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A Pop Cultural History of Hearts

The heart is a rather funnily-shaped organ that is absolutely crucial to life. We can live without a functioning brain (although it’s rather difficult) but not without a heart. As physician Sherwin B. Nuland writes in How We Die, the cease of cardiac activity is the universal signifier of death, no matter the cause.

It’s no surprise, then, that hearts have gained a prominent role in the zeitgeist. They…

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