Edited by Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.
It is something I take for granted, now. Something I have assistants
to do. But to hold the living heart of another human being is among the rarest
of privileges. Those so favored should never lose sight of the inherent mystery
and wonder of the experience. When you hold the heart you can know its story.
You can read, as if in Braille, the brittle threads of atherosclerosis. You
can feel the heft of ventricular hypertrophy or the flaccid ennui of dilated
cardiomyopathy. When you hold the heart you can know almost all of its secrets.
Waters DJ. Holding the Heart. JAMA. 1998;279(19):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.279.19.1520