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Author Francis, Gavin, author.

Title Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum / Gavin Francis.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Casa Verdugo Library Non-Fiction    612 FRA    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xi, 252 pages ; 22 cm.
text rdacontent.
unmediated rdamedia.
volume rdacarrier.
Summary "Drawing on his work as a General Practitioner in Scotland, as well as his experiences traveling and practicing medicine in Africa, Asia, Antarctica, and the Arctic, Francis blends case studies, first-hand accounts, and episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to reveal not only what can go wrong with our bodies, but also how our ideas about our anatomy have evolved. Mirroring the structure of classic anatomy books, Adventures in Human Being proceeds from the brain down to the feet, stopping along the way to reflect on how seizures occur, what vertigo really means, and why kidney transplants work. At its heart, Adventures in Human Being is a reflection on what it means to be human: for behind each disease, degeneration, or miraculous recovery lies a story of suffering and survival, lucky and unlucky, fragile and resilient."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A note on confidentiality -- Prologue -- Brain. Neurosurgery of the soul ; Seizures, sanctity & psychiatry -- Head. Eye : a renaissance of vision ; Face : beautiful palsy ; Inner ear : voodoo & vertigo -- Chest. Lung : The breath of life ; Heart : on seagull murmurs, ebb & flow ; Breast : two views on healing -- Upper limb. Shoulder : arms & armor ; Wrist & hand : punched, cut & crucified -- Abdomen. Kidney : the ultimate gift ; Liver : a fairy-tale ending ; Large bowel & rectum : a magnificent work of art -- Pelvis. Genitalia : of making babies ; Womb : thresholds of life & death ; Afterbirth : eat it, burn it, bury it under a tree -- Lower limb. Hip : Jacob & the angel ; Feet & toes : footsteps in the basement -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgements -- Notes on sources -- List of images -- Index.
Subject Human physiology.
Human body.
Human anatomy.
ISBN 9780465079681 hardcover
0465079687 hardcover

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