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Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in Human Being

Oliver Sacks meets Atul Gawande in this unique voyage around the human body, from the prize-winning author of Empire Antarctica.

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ISBN 9781781253410
Barcode 9781781253410
Published 27 May 2015 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Hardback, Main
Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Francis, Gavin
Series Wellcome

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ISBN-13 9781781253410
ISBN-10 1781253412
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Wellcome Collection
Publication Date 27 May 2015
International Publication Date 30 April 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Francis, Gavin
Series Wellcome
Category Award Winning
Physiology
Popular Science
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 451g
Dewey Code 612
Catalogue Code 569398

Description of this Book

Our bodies are the most certain manifestation of our existence. But how well do we really know them? What do we really understand about the internal processes that allow us to think, breathe, laugh, eat, move and speak? Drawing on his experiences as a GP - and his sense of adventure - Gavin Francis explores the hidden pathways of the human body, from the brain's pea-sized pineal gland, the 'seat of the soul', to the delicate machinery of the hand and back to where it all begins, in the womb. Blending case studies and first-hand accounts, and providing insights from literature and history, Francis provides unique insights into what it is to be human: for behind each disease, degeneration or miraculous recovery lies a story of suffering and survival, of rich and poor, lucky and unlucky, fragile and resilient. Poetic, eloquent and profoundly perceptive, Adventures in Human Being will transform the way you view your own body.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Saltire Society Scottish Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award 2015
NZ Review Praise for Empire Antarctica: Francis' best writing (and it is excellent)... is Robert Macfarlane on ice. This writing achieves the 'quilted quality' of silence, and through it we are brought to a new landscape of words. Literary Review A beautiful, profound and highly readable account of a remarkable personal adventure. Francis's pacing is deft, his prose vivid, his research worn lightly. This is probably as close as most of us will ever get to experiencing a modern polar winter. Empire Antarctica is surely destined to become a standard, not so much of travel as of staying very still. Daily Telegraph Empire Antarctica is the embodiment of everything I admire in travel writing -- a great journey, intense isolation, wide reading, vivid writing, scientific research, and something in the nature of an old-fashioned ordeal. That Gavin Francis is a medical doctor, with an important role to play in the darkness and cold at the ends of the earth, is a bonus. I loved this book. -- Paul Theroux
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Gavin Francis is a GP, and the author of True North and Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins, which won the Scottish Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize and Costa Prize. He also writes for Guardian, The Times, London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children.

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