Blurb: The book encompasses five five different heart touching stories with simple narration to bring an awareness about the misconception about kidney (referred as Second Heart) issues among general public. These are partly based on true stories about individual experiences. The book attempts on non-technical handling of a technical issue through emotional stories.
About the author:
Dr. Sandeep Huilgol : Sandeep did his medical schooling from Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli and he underwent his medical training at Mallya Hospital a leading super specialty hospital in Bengaluru. During his medical training, he developed a special interest in nephrology, which deals with kidney diseases. After having spent a year in the Nephrology department to complete his Masters at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom he returned back to India to undergo further training in Nephrology and transplantation at Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore. He has published articles on kidney diseases in National daily and an international magazine apart from academic publications and presentations. He is also part of an initiative, a journal that is trying to create a platform for the resident to publish academic articles. During his Nephrology training, he has come across many patients with various problems other than medical that were more troublesome than kidney diseases. This prompted him to come up with an idea to create awareness among the general public about the matterand he has given several talks to achieve this objective with which he is not satisfied yet and aims to reach a larger audience in future.
Santosh Avvannavar : Santosh started his career as a consultant and Soft Skills Trainer. He did his college education from NITK, Surathkal. He functioned as a researcher at University of Eindhoven, University of Twente and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He was also the Placement President, while he was working at IISc, Bangalore. He has over 25 publications of mostly research documents that have found their place in National & International Journals. Also, he has done 16 conference papers and regularly functions as a writer of different articles for a national and worldwide daily paper.
Review: The book second heart includes five fiction stories wonderfully written to give a proper message. There are several fallacies among people about kidney & the diseases of it. The authors have characterized the stories in such a way that people who have misunderstanding and half knowledge about kidneys & its functioning are given proper knowledge through them. The cover is an illustration of a heart and kidneys which definitely throws light on the theme connected with medical science. In every story, some character suffers kidney problem. All the stories end with a doctor’s advice to the reader about the kidney problems. It is a quick read of just five stories which are plain and straightforward, not great piece of literature but a book to create medical awareness among the general public and remove the misconceptions from their mind.
I write a lot, which keeps me off the streets and out of trouble. There is always something to write about, always a new story to craft. Not writing, for me, is like trying to hold back a sneeze. Learning to write was the most powerful influence in my life. I can still remember the awe I felt when I realized I could put real words onto paper and tell out a story. From that first ‘a-ha’ moment I knew I wanted to write.
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