The Wisdom of the Body

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Knopf, Jan 1, 1997 - Science - 395 pages
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Dr. Sherwin Nuland offers a mesmerizing portrait of the tumultuous universe within the human body--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 the species' survival lies in how it has transcended mere survival. This journey is the central story of this work--how people have developed the singular quality that makes each of them unique, the human spirit. Simultaneous release from Knopf. 2 cassettes.

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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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Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland was born Shepsel Ber Nudelman on December 8, 1930 in the Bronx, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University in 1951 and a medical degree from Yale University in 1955. He decided to specialize in surgery and in 1958, became the chief surgical resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital. From 1962 to 1991, he was a clinical professor of surgery at Yale University, where he also taught bioethics and medical history. Before retiring to write full-time, he was a surgeon at Yale-New Haven Hospital from 1962 to 1992. His books include Doctors: The Biography of Medicine, The Wisdom of the Body, The Doctors' Plague, The Uncertain Art, and the memoir Lost in America. His book, How We Die, won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1994. He was also a contributing editor to The American Scholar and The New Republic. He died of prostate cancer on March 3, 2014 at the age of 83.

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