Francis, Gavin. Adventures in Human Being

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We have a lifetime’s association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.

Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader on an adventure through what it means to be human.

Both a user’s guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.

Publisher: Profile Books
Year: 2015
ISBN-10: 1781253412

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  1. Steven Oliver Post author

    This collection of short essays travels from top-to-toe in its coverage of the human body – with essays on brain, bowels, bones… I think it’s a great ‘Phase I’ read – it keeps bringing the form and function of the human body alongside the very patient-centred stories of a practicing doctor. It was a great reminder of how fascinating the human body is – something that can perhaps get lost in the depths of study – and of the need for ‘humanity’ in medicine.

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