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Join us on Thursday, June 30th at 6pm ET on Zoom as we welcome zoologist and author Bill Schutt to discuss his latest book Pump: A Natural History of the Heart. Schwarzman AMC's Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, Senior Veterinarian, Specialist in Oncology, will lead the conversation.

In this lively look at the hearts of animals—from whales to hummingbirds to bats to humans—Pump tells an incredible story of evolution and scientific progress. Along with examining the diversity of hearts and circulatory systems in the animal kingdom, Pump explores the symbolic significance of the heart throughout history.

Bill Schutt is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at LIU Post and a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. His latest book Pump has already garnered great reviews from Publisher's Weekly (starred review)​, Kirkus Reviews, ​The Wall Street Journal​, Cool Green Science​, and elsewhere.

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About the Book

Pump: A Natural History of the Heart

Millennia ago, when we first began puzzling over the mysteries of the human body, one organ stood out as vital. The heart was warm, it was central, and it moved as it pumped blood. The ancient Egyptians treated it with reverence, mummifying it separately from the body so that the soul inside it could be weighed. Aristotle believed that it was the seat of consciousness. Over the centuries, science has dispelled the myths, but our fascination with the heart has endured.

From the origins of circulation, still evident in some microorganisms today, to the enormous hearts of blue whales, we journey with Bill to beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood, and under the sea to learn about the world's most natural antifreeze, flowing through the veins of icefish. And we follow him through human history, too, as scientists hypothesize wrongly and rightly about what is arguably our most important organ, ultimately developing the technologies that have helped us study the heart—and now, in the most cutting-edge labs, the tools that will help us regenerate it.

Deeply researched and engagingly told, Pump is a fascinating natural history sure to be loved by readers of Mary Roach and Bill Bryson.

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