Shapeshifters: A Doctor's Notes on Medicine & Human Change - Wellcome Collection (Paperback)Gavin Francis (author)
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Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm
In this provocative and important book about our shared future, Francis ranges broadly to describe altered human states and selves. He delves into medical history, and, with equal ease, into medical case studies, to reveal how humans are capable of changing our bodies and minds. -- Siddhartha Mukherjee
Wonderful, written with a deep feeling for language. A writer-physician who sees the drama and beauty in human life. -- Annie Dillard
Francis's method is to weave together stories from his general practice, his medical training and his travels, with a host of quotes, references and anecdotes from art, literature and history. The result is a rich pleasure. -- James McConnachie * The Sunday Times *
Timely, thought-provoking and eloquent... brimming both with warmth and insight, he puts himself among the ranks of physicians with fine pens, including Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande, who, for all their learning, retain a deep humility. -- Janice Turner * The Times *
Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity. With warmth and wit, Gavin Francis examines the body's strategies for survival and change, embedding his thoughts in a broad frame of reference from across human culture and history. Each piece is a pleasure to read, and in sum they are inspiring. -- Hilary Mantel
As compelling as it is affecting * Scotland on Sunday *
Such is the breadth of Francis's interests that Shapeshifters is never less than intellectually energetic -- Brian Dillon * Guardian *
[An] enthralling collection of illustrated pieces about human transformation. -- Charlotte Heathcote * Sunday Express *
Shapeshifters is beautifully written as well as extremely absorbing -- Susan Flockhart * Sunday Herald *
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