How We Live The Wisdom of the Body

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ISBN-13: 9780679781400
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Description: "An anatomy of human life, vividly illustrated. . . . Awe-inspiring [and] sublimely uplifting." --Time Having won the National Book Award for How We Die, his best-selling inquiry into the causes and modes of death, Sherwin Nuland now turns his  More...

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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/26/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

"An anatomy of human life, vividly illustrated. . . . Awe-inspiring [and] sublimely uplifting." --Time Having won the National Book Award for How We Die, his best-selling inquiry into the causes and modes of death, Sherwin Nuland now turns his attention to the miraculous resiliency of human life.  For this lucid, wonderful, and wonder-filled new book explores the body's mysterious capacity to marshal disparate organs and processes in the interests of survival. Like its predecessor, How We Live is filled with gripping medical case histories: a woman is pulled back from the brink of death from inexplicable internal bleeding; another patient triumphs over breast cancer; the "routine" removal of a polyp triggers a nearly lethal medical crisis.  For Nuland, each of these cases serves to illustrate the extraordinary responsiveness and adaptability of the human organism.  We learn how the aorta's baroreceptors monitor blood pressure and respond to its minutest fluctuations.  We follow the intricate chain of electrochemical command that makes us leap out of the path of a speeding car. We discover why the stomach--which is capable of breaking down everything from porridge to pizza--refrains from digesting itself.  Informed by sympathy for human suffering and an erudition that includes poetry and the Talmud as well as the medical canon, How We Live is science writing of the rarest kind--lucid, poetic, and genuinely uplifting. Originally published under the title The Wisdom of the Body

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.

Note to the Vintage Edition
The Will to Live
The Constant Sea Within Maintains the Constancy Within
Of Nymphs, Lymph, and Courage in the Face of Cancer
Sympathy and the Nervous System
The Fundamental Unit of Life: The Cell
Biology, Destiny, and Free Will
The Act of Love
A Child is Born
The Heart of the Matter
The Blood Is Life
A Voyage Through the Gut
Mining the Mind: The Brain and Human Nature
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