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We imagine we all know bodies in detail, yet for plenty of folks they continue to be uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. what percentage folks comprehend the way in which seizures impact the mind, how the guts is hooked up to future health, or the why the foot holds the foremost to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning writer Gavin Francis leads readers on a trip into the hidden pathways of the human physique, providing a advisor to its internal workings and a party of its marvels.

Drawing on his reviews as a health practitioner, ER expert, and family members doctor, Francis blends tales from the health facility with episodes from clinical historical past, philosophy, and literature to explain the physique in affliction and in well-being, in lifestyles and in dying. while assessing a tender girl with paralysis of the face, Francis displays at the age-old hassle artists have had in taking pictures human expression. A veteran of the battle in Iraq suffers a shoulder damage that Homer first defined 3 millennia in the past within the Iliad. And whilst a gardener pricks her finger on a grimy rose thorn, her case of bacterial blood poisoning brings to brain the comatose dozing beauties within the fairy stories we research as children.

At its center, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it capability to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this e-book will rework how you view your physique.

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O. Smykla, ‘The Human Impact of Capital Punishment: Interviews with Families of Persons on Death Row’, Journal of Criminal Justice, 15 (1987), 331-347. 12 Margaret Vandiver, ‘The Impact of the Death Penalty on Families of Homicide Victims and of Condemned Prisoners’, p. 477-505 in America’s Experiment with Capital Punishment: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of the Ultimate Penal Sanction, eds. by James R. Acker, Robert M. Bohn, and Charles S. Lanier. : Carolina Academic Press, 1998).

11 Norbert Elias, Kuolevien yksinäisyys (Tampere: Gaudeamus, 1993), 3-6. 12 Michael Mulkay, ‘Social Death in Britain’, in The Sociology of Death, ed. David Clark (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 1993), 32-34. 13 Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror. An Essay on Abjection (New York: Columbia University Press, 1982), 1-12. 14 Jonathan Lake Crane, Terror and Everyday Life (Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 1994), 30-34. 15 Hänninen, Latvanen, 21. 16 Leffler, 153. 17 Michael Pickering, Stereotyping. The Politics of Representation (Basingstoke, New York: Palgrave, 2001), 2-5, 47-50.

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