Reviews

  • "Thrilling ... Significant and often immersive… The “dizzying” story of heart surgery is every bit as important as that of the nuclear, computer or rocket ages. And now it has been given the history it deserves"

    James McConnachie, Sunday Times
  • "The research that has gone into this book is simply staggering, and Morris has achieved much more than a history of heart operations… It is a study of human beings driven by Olympian ambition and bottomless curiosity. It is, in the end, a book about wonder. And a wonderful book."

    Frances Wilson, Daily Telegraph, 5 stars *****
  • "Gripping... The Matter of the Heart details the breathtaking advances that have been made in the past 100 years."

    John Crace, Guardian
  • "Thomas Morris has written not a history of medical ideas about the heart, but a history of heart surgery... The stories come quickly: fluent, wry, admiring ... Morris has made something unique: a history less of people than of procedures, but lively, enthusiastic and brimming with detail ... anything but boring."

    Gavin Francis, New Statesman
  • "I recommend the book to all who are fascinated by the medical world...a thoroughly engaging history."

    Wall Street Journal