Poet and cardiologist John Stone has written a compelling collection of essays and stories from his practice regarding his care of the human heart. The two disciplines not only get equal time but are beautifully juxtaposed in his writing. His tremendous love and appreciation for his patients and for medicine are easy to read between almost every line in the book. His warm sense of humor and keen eye for irony keep the stories from becoming maudlin, something that can happen easily in the telling of medical tales. This is a book for non-medical as well as medical people, a great traveller that can be read a few pages at a time; some of his stories are only one or two paragraphs! But even the shortest are thoughtful and provocative. Dr. Stone's deep humanism restores faith in the medical profession!