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Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum

AUTHOR Francis, Gavin
PUBLISHER Basic Books (10/25/2016)
PRODUCT TYPE Paperback (Paperback)

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"Adventures in Human Being, with its deft mix of the clinical and the lyrical, is a triumph of the eloquent brain and the compassionate heart."--Wall Street Journal
We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to well-being, or the why the foot holds the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Drawing on his experiences as a surgeon, ER specialist, and family physician, Francis blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to describe the body in sickness and in health, in living and in dying. At its heart, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it means to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this book will transform the way you view your body.
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ISBN-13: 9780465096824
ISBN-10: 0465096824
Binding: Paperback or Softback (Trade Paperback (Us))
Content Language: English
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Page Count: 272
Carton Quantity: 44
Product Dimensions: 5.40 x 0.90 x 8.10 inches
Weight: 0.60 pound(s)
Feature Codes: Bibliography, Index, Price on Product, Illustrated
Country of Origin: US
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BISAC Categories
Science | Physiology
Science | Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Science | Physician & Patient
Dewey Decimal: 612
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"Adventures in Human Being, with its deft mix of the clinical and the lyrical, is a triumph of the eloquent brain and the compassionate heart."--Wall Street Journal
We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to well-being, or the why the foot holds the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Drawing on his experiences as a surgeon, ER specialist, and family physician, Francis blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to describe the body in sickness and in health, in living and in dying. At its heart, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it means to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this book will transform the way you view your body.
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