The March-April 2013 issue of the Harvard Magazine featured the article “A Cardiac Conundrum” written by Alice Park about David Jones’ new book, Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care (Johns Hopkins), published December 26, 2012. In her article, Park writes,
During the twentieth century, heart disease began to climb from relative obscurity to its now longstanding status as the leading cause of death for American adults. It has held that position every year except those between 1918 and 1920, when it yielded to the influenza pandemic. Yet cardiac care in 2013 is dramatically more advanced than it was in 1910—isn’t it?
The article provides an overview of Jones’ new book and provides many details enticing the reader to learn more about the history of cardiac research and cardiac care. Both the article and the book describe the history of how treatments for cardiac care have changed historically and how that impacts what options are available for patients today and what may be available in the future.