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The Heart: Its History, its Symbolism, its Iconography, and its Diseases.
The Heart Its History its Symbolism its Iconography and its Diseases Author:N. Boyadjian Excerpt from Introduction: — The history of the heart, told by a cardiologist, inspired by a collection of hearts- there you have the substance of this work. It is a task of research which spreads over many years. Its witnesses, those few thousands of objects and pictures which form my collection. Since the beginning of Time, the heart has bee... more »n a symbol of the most precious thing the Human Race possesses: Love.
In this work, I am attempting to offer a glimpse of the knowledge we possess. The study of symbolism throughout civilizations will perhaps allow us to discover why the heart, at the expense of all other organs, is regarded as the centre of Man, and has become for him the emblem of love, friendship, intelligence, and courage.
For twenty years I have been forming a collection of the heart in all its shapes and all its portrayals. The idea of such a collection came to me in 1958, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in Brussels. ... I was to discover heart of all materials, of all sizes, from all spheres in all the countries of the world.« less