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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.



Published in association with the Wellcome Collection.



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Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death.



Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries.



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Medical & VeterinaryPre-clinical medicine: basic sciencesPhysiologyScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Profile Books Ltd Publication Date: 04/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9781781253427  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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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 the Guardian, the Times, London Review of Books and Granta. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and children. WELLCOME COLLECTION Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library that aims to challenge how we think and feel about health. Inspired by the medical objects and curiosities collected by Henry Wellcome, it connects science, medicine, life and art. Wellcome Collection exhibitions, events and books explore a diverse range of subjects, including consciousness, forensic medicine, emotions, sexology, identity and death. Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, funding over 14,000 researchers and projects in more than 70 countries. wellcomecollection.org

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Francis blends his travel writing skills with his medical knowledge and explores the varied landscapes of our bodies with a wonderful mixture of history, human interest and biology. It is a fascinating journey to make, but also such that one can dip in and out of the various chapters to enjoy further exploration of one part of the body in particular.

- 10/10/2016
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Broken down into bite sized chunks relating to just one part of our anatomy, this books combines medical writing, memoir and cultural history, offering insights into both our biology and how we've see and treated our bodies throughout history. Easy to dip in and out of, Gavin Francis writes with humour and compassion, as he takes you on this captivating voyage around the human body.

 

Lauren, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/07/2018

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