The Wisdom of the Body: Discovering the Human Spirit

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Knopf, 1997 - Medical - 395 pages
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Dr. Sherwin Nuland offers a mesmerizing portrait of the tumultuous universe within us: the turbulence of chemistry, the seeming chaos of tissue, the volatile responsiveness of cells. And he shows how, amazingly, the stability of health rides on these tempests. But the real secret of our species' survival lies in how we have transcended mere survival: how we have made use of our unique biology to travel the long road from the creature Homo to the human being. That journey is the central story of The Wisdom of the Body: how we have developed the singular quality that makes each of us unique - the human spirit.

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In this engrossing book, Nuland, author of the prize-winning How We Die, has turned his medical knowledge to the wonder of life. He offers a lucid anatomical and physiological tour of the human body ... Read full review

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It took me a long time to read this book - a very long time. This was NOT due to the fact that the book is not good! I picked it up while in college, in the early 90's, and started reading it. When I got to the second chapter it got a little rough, with all the medical terminology. I ended up putting it aside, and then forgot about it, as I read other books.
Throughout the years, I started the book 5-6 different times, and I would always "pause" at the same place :) A month ago, I decided to read beyond that chapter, and I continued reading, and finally finished the book.
I would say that this is a wonderful book! The only obstacle, constant obstacle, for a musician reading this book :) , was the constant use of medical terminology - I assume the book is written for individuals who work in the field.
If you can get passed that, the book will be a wonderful read, even if you do not work in the medical field.
I highly recommend this book!

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About the author (1997)

Sherwin B. Nuland is the author of the best-selling "How We Die," which won the 1994 National Book Award for Nonfiction, "The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myth," "The Biography of Medicine," & "The Wisdom of the Body," recently published in paperback as "How We Live." He is Clinical Professor of Surgery at Yale University, where he also teaches medical history & bioethics. He lives in Hamden, Connecticut.

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