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The Resource Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum, Gavin Francis

Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum, Gavin Francis

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Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum
Title
Adventures in human being
Title remainder
a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum
Statement of responsibility
Gavin Francis
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to wellbeing, or the why the foot carries the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of 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."--
  • "We all have plenty of long-held ideas about our bodies, but for many of us our bodies remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, physician and award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of the human body, from the brain's pea-sized pineal gland--the so-called "seat of the soul"--To the delicate machinery of the hand, and from the cranium to the calcaneum, the largest bone in the foot. 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. Poetic, eloquent and profoundly perceptive, Adventures in Human Being will transform the way you view your body"--
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Biographical or historical data
Gavin Francis is a physician, the author of True North, which has won numerous awards, a contributor to the London Review of Books, Guardian and the New York Review of Books . He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Francis, Gavin
Dewey number
612
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QP34.5
LC item number
.F697 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 K-102
  • QT 104
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Human physiology
  • Human body
  • Human anatomy
  • Physiological Phenomena
  • SCIENCE
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • MEDICAL
  • SCIENCE
  • Human anatomy
  • Human body
  • Human physiology
Label
Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum, Gavin Francis
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn905686156
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 252 pages
Isbn
9780465079681
Lccn
2015015371
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465079681
  • (OCoLC)905686156
Label
Adventures in human being : a grand tour from the cranium to the calcaneum, Gavin Francis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn905686156
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xi, 252 pages
Isbn
9780465079681
Lccn
2015015371
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465079681
  • (OCoLC)905686156

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