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Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in Human Being

作者 : Gavin Francis

出版社 : PROFILE BOOKS LTD

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定價 : NT 495

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「Gavin Francis扣人心弦又啟迪人心的著作《Adventures in Human Being》,藉由把解剖學放在人類經驗的更大格局中,為其注入活水,將人體與藝術、文學、音樂、天文學與歷史連結在一起。」--《紐約書評》(New York Review of Books)

你了解癲癇如何影響大腦嗎?心臟與身心健全之間的關係?為什麼食物是人類的關鍵?

作者汲取外科醫生、急診室醫生與家庭醫生的經驗,以一篇篇臨床故事,融合醫療史、哲學與文學,描述人體的病痛與健康、生存與死亡。當他在診斷臉部癱瘓的年輕女性時,他想起藝術家長期以來的困難:捕捉人類表情。一位經歷伊拉克戰爭的老兵,其肩膀上的傷,首度於荷馬在三千年前撰寫的《伊利亞德》中被記載。當一位園丁被骯髒的玫瑰刺刺傷手指,細菌引起的血液中毒,讓人想起童話故事中沉睡的美人們。
本書流暢、動人且見解深刻,帶領讀者踏入人體秘境,提供精采的內部運作指南,在本書的核心,卻是對於身為人類的思索。 


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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