Sandeep Jauhar | Q&A: Sandeep Jauhar (Newsday)
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Q&A: Sandeep Jauhar (Newsday)

Q&A: Sandeep Jauhar (Newsday)

“‘Perhaps the most consequential event in my life occurred fifteen years before I was born,’ writes Sandeep Jauhar in the introduction to his third book of medical storytelling, following the acclaimed memoirs Intern and Doctored. He’s referring to the sudden death of his paternal grandfather in India at the age of 57 due to a heart attack — also the killer of his maternal grandfather. These losses led to a family obsession with the heart; both Jauhar and his older brother became cardiologists.

Then three years ago, Jauhar, at 45, learned that he already suffered from serious coronary blockage. This life-changing incident forms the prologue of Heart: A History (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 269 pp., $27) which goes on to tell a tale of scientific and cultural development from 13th century Persia to the present day.”