By Gavin Francis
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 best way seizures impact the mind, how the guts is attached to healthiness, 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, supplying a advisor to its internal workings and a party of its marvels.
Drawing on his stories as a doctor, ER expert, and kin healthcare professional, Francis blends tales from the health facility with episodes from clinical historical past, philosophy, and literature to explain the physique in illness and in overall healthiness, in existence and in loss of life. whilst assessing a tender lady with paralysis of the face, Francis displays at the age-old trouble artists have had in shooting human expression. A veteran of the conflict in Iraq suffers a shoulder harm that Homer first defined 3 millennia in the past within the Iliad. And while a gardener pricks her finger on a grimy rose thorn, her case of bacterial blood poisoning brings to brain the comatose sound asleep beauties within the fairy stories we study as children.
At its center, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it potential to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this e-book will remodel how you view your physique.
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McKenzie placed a cylindrical metal electrode, shaped like a judge’s gavel, against each of Mr. Edwards’s temples. She pushed a button on the handle of each, and I thought I heard a low whine, like the sound of a mosquito in the ear. Mr. Edwards’s face quivered, his arms flexed, and his body began to twitch and shudder. ” I asked, wondering if something was wrong. “These tonic-clonic movements are actually pretty minimal,” the anesthetist said. ” After only twenty or thirty seconds Mr. Edwards’s arms dropped to the couch.
He seemed startled by life, like a Lazarus unconvinced that he’d been done a favor. After two weeks he began to talk. ELECTROCONVULSIVE THERAPY is one of psychiatry’s most controversial treatments – it’s used less now than in decades past, but is still recommended in some cases of severe depression. It triggers epileptic seizures by applying electricity to an unconscious patient’s temples – a dramatic and, to some, a frightening idea for a medical therapy. Seizures have long been considered an alarming transformation of the body – to the ancient Greeks they were even “The Sacred Disease”: evidence of direct communication between the human world and a spiritual realm.
Whites strike him as purer, blacks strike him as heavier, their essential natures reborn through a baptism of light. The words in Berger’s essay are accompanied by cartoons drawn by the Turkish illustrator Selçuk Demirel. The picture to accompany the second to last page is of a couple standing side by side with their arms around each other’s shoulders, watching the night sky, while the taller figure points out a star or a planet. But both the figures’ heads have been drawn as eyeballs, as have the celestial bodies that hover over them – the sun and stars that generate light have metamorphosed into the organs for receiving it.
Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum by Gavin Francis