The heart of the matter||Not just a pump

Editorial HH 2006 3-3 heart

In everyday life and language we associate the heart with love, emotion and compassion. Until lately though, medical science would have none of this, assuming ever since Harvey discovered the blood-circulation that the heart is just a pump. By draining the body of emotion, and placing the mind in the head, high science opened a rift between felt-sense and modern medicine. But the gap is beginning to close. New insights into the heart-brain connection are bringing body and mind back together.

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