If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the listener on an adventure through what it means to be human. It's a great book with some strange oddities thrown in there...you did what with WHAT??!! More By and About This Author. The book uses patient case histories, tales from med school, great moments in medical history, and even references to art and pop culture to intrigue the reader with the awesome nature of the human body. Not Enough On Anatomy and Medical Practice, Too Much on Other Stuff, Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2016. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 31, 2019, I had great expectation of this book since I have a strong interest in anatomy but found it dull and gave up. In many ways, this work sounded a similar chord with the writing of the late Harvard zoologist and geologist, Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, who had written about human beings—at the core—being essentially “wet biology.”, Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2016. 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. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Fascinating, Revealing, and Beautifully Written, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 29, 2016. Reviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016. The book would also have been much improved, I think, by accurate and readable anatomical diagrams. Plain but poetic prose expresses deep thoughts based on personal experience. Please try again. The organic “connectedness” of the volume makes it all the more compelling. I belong to the former, but have always been fascinated by the workings of the human body. A very knowledgeable man who brings breadth to the subject making out s thoroughly interesting read on many levels. The tone and pitch and rhythm are almost lyrical, a meditation. There's a problem loading this menu right now. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In other hands, Adventures in Human Being might well have become cluttered with cliché, detail or sentimentality but Francis has a lightness of touch that helps him avoid these pitfalls. He is an outstanding medical, surgical, consultant. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. I appreciated many dimensions of this work, most particularly the primary medical and anatomical “melody” complemented by multiple “harmonies” that encompassed human custom, linguistics, history, and archaeology, as well as philosophy, poetry, and psychology. Unable to add item to List. Every business has a beginning, and this is where you talk about yours. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Given that so many people very much liked the book, my response may be more my problem than the authors. What I enjoyed was the minimal amount of technical terms and his down to earth approach to describing interesting cases and the variety of his cases. I suspect I am not the target audience for this book, and would not warn an interested person away from it, but if you are looking for more muscle and less flab, then pass this one over. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Or get 4-5 business-day shipping on this item for $5.99 There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Case by case, the stories range from mundane injury to obscure malady, with each patient used as a touchstone to describe deeper mysteries of our astonishing home. I've always been fascinated by medicine but never studied it academically. Given that so many people very much liked the book, my response may be more my problem than the authors. I enjoyed reading this book. Exploration of body from head to foot from a doctor's perspective, which basically implies when something goes wrong. Though the reader can not help but absorb some knowledge, the author is not teaching or lecturing, simply sharing his wonder. Please try again. These days in the US, how many of us physicians have time or inclination to be so curious and thoughtful, never mind showing empathy for our patinients? But those who like a book that sticks to its subject may be disappointed. I am an anatomy professor at a US medical school and purchased this book hoping to find material I could use in class - anything from an entertaining anecdote to more extensive passages I could assign to my students. Please try your request again later. We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. has been added to your Cart. "Adventures in Human Being, with its deft mix of the clinical and the lyrical, is a triumph of the eloquent brain and the compassionate heart." There was a problem loading your book clubs. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime. I suspect I am not the target audience for this book, and would not warn an interested person away from it, but if you are looking for more muscle and less flab, then pass this one over. Stimulated me to review Anatomy, Physiology, and clinical situations. I wish that there had been of this -- showing how medicine is actually practiced -- and more information about its putative subject, anatomy. In addition, Dr. Francis's deeply respectful yet matter-of-fact treatment of the end of human life was uplifting, and indeed inspiring. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. In exchange, I could have done with a good deal less of the historical material and various other wanderings. This book is beautifully and sensitively written, and structured in such a way that you can read small sections at a time, allowing you to digest one specific function of our amazing body before moving swiftly on to the next. Surely, for most of us, the most interesting parts of the human body (with perhaps one exception) are located in … Please try again. ", "[A] brilliantly original and highly engaging book that takes you on a journey that is both familiar and unfamiliar, a book that marries both the physical and metaphysical with such imaginative wit and eloquence. What could be more interesting? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. I came away with far greater appreciation for seemingly mundane entities, such as my hands and feet. Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and doctor and a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books. This is a fascinating read both for those with and without a medical background. This is a fascinating read both for those with and without a medical background. Reviewed in the United States on March 27, 2016. -- Wall Street Journal We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. My Human Biology teacher used this book as his "textbook" for our class. In addition, Dr. Francis's deeply respectful yet matter-of-fact treatment of the end of human life was uplifting, and indeed inspiring. 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. I was disappointed in this book, given its fascinating topic and the excellent reviews that it received. Learn more about the program. Adventures in Human Being Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 12, 2019. This book is beautifully and sensitively written, and structured in such a way that you can read small sections at a time, allowing you to digest one specific function of our amazing body before moving swiftly on to the next. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Adventures in Human Being. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Rather than in-depth, detailed discussions of anatomy made more interesting with asides, this book is more long-winded detour and less focused. The tone and pitch and rhythm are almost lyrical, a meditation. Buy Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis from the Edinburgh Festival Online Bookshop. Goals: How to Get the Most Out of Your Life, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat: And Other Clinical Tales, Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins. Adventures in Human Being, however, is the first book he has written in which medicine really takes centre stage, although traces of his love of geography aren’t hard to find. The book would also have been much improved, I think, by accurate and readable anatomical diagrams. Can't put this book down again a fabulous read by this author who makes so many links and references to support his explanation of the intricacies of the body and how we have understood it's function both historically and in prose aswell as scientifically. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Just finished savoring and reflecting on the book, Adventures in Human Being. Having heard excerpts from the book on the radio, I bought a copy. I purchased this book after listening to the author, Gavin Francis talking on the radio about his neurological cases. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. In Adventures in Human Being , Gavin Francis leads the reader on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed… This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. Fascinating essays on anatomy and physiology, Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2016. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. ISBN 9781781253427 Human Being Adventures. Adventures in Human Being is a set of essays organised “from head to toe, like certain anatomy texts, though they can be read in any order” – which, at first sight, seems a risky approach. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2019. Please try again. This isn’t the kind of book that tries to tell one everything there is to know on a subject. He is an outstanding medical, surgical, consultant. Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2016. I appreciated many dimensions of this work, most particularly the primary medical and anatomical “melody” complemented by multiple “harmonies” that encompassed human custom, linguistics, history, and archaeology, as well as philosophy, poetry, and psychology. For example, the final chapter on feet spends a few pages on foot anatomy (and somewhat outdated evolutionary thinking on foot evolution) but many more pages discussing an anatomy museum. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. His use of quotes is sparing but erudite and his lack of self-importance--often a failing in his profession--is welcome. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. It's a short story style with each part of the body. These days in the US, how many of us physicians have time or inclination to be so curious and thoughtful, never mind showing empathy for our patinients? Just finished savoring and reflecting on the book, Adventures in Human Being. -- Wall Street Journal We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of … It's a short story style with each part of the body. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. For example, the final chapter on feet spends a few pages on foot anatomy (and somewhat outdated evolutionary thinking on foot evolution) but many more pages discussing an anatomy museum. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 2, 2019. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. ADVENTURES IN HUMAN BEING A GRAND TOUR FROM THE CRANIUM TO THE CALCANEUM by Gavin Francis ‧ RELEASE DATE: Oct. 13, 2015 Doctors with literary ambitions write memoirs, tell stories about patients, or educate us. . Thoroughly enjoyable, highly educational, and hard to put down once you start! 121 likes. People want to know what opportunity you saw or how your passion led to the creation of something new. It made the class so much more interesting! I am an anatomy professor at a US medical school and purchased this book hoping to find material I could use in class - anything from an entertaining anecdote to more extensive passages I could assign to my students. Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices. Book of the Week. My Human Biology teacher used this book as his "textbook" for our class. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books. 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. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Inspire a love of reading with Amazon Book Box for Kids, Previous page of related Sponsored Products, " This book is a must-have for all nursing and medical students looking to broaden or refreshen their skills of understanding human pathophysiology. 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. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2015. " Adventures in Human Being , with its deft mix of the clinical and the lyrical, is a triumph of the eloquent brain and the compassionate heart." Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2016. I purchased this book after listening to the author, Gavin Francis talking on the radio about his neurological cases. ". 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