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Martha Weinman Lear

Martha Weinman Lear is the bestselling author of Heartsounds and Echoes of Heartsounds. She is a former articles editor and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and has written extensively for that and many other national publications, including AARP The Magazine, the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, GQ, House Beautiful, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, McCall's, Family Circle, and Reader's Digest, often on medical, cultural, and sociological subjects. She lives in New York City with her husband, screenwriter Albert Ruben.

You have perhaps noticed that our calendars are getting crowded with disease-awareness months. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, November was Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, December was for flu-shot awareness and January was for codependency awareness and here we are now in February, which is American Heart Month. (I am not making fun. These are …

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