Shapeshifters: A Doctor’s Notes on Medicine & Human Change (Paperback)
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Shapeshifters: A Doctor’s Notes on Medicine & Human Change (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 07/02/2019
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'Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity... inspiring' Hilary Mantel

'A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses.' Henry Marsh

Timely, thought-provoking and eloquent, brimming both with warmth and insight, he puts himself among the ranks of ... Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande.' The Times

Unreliable bodies and shifting symptoms are all in a day's work for a GP.

In his years of practising, Gavin Francis has seen it all: the promising law student trapped under the spell of anorexia; the bodybuilder whose use of illegal steroids threatens his fertility; the teenager agonising over the perplexing physical dramas of puberty; and the surprisingly upbeat woman growing a horn in the centre of her forehead.

In Shapeshifters he draws on his patients' bodily transformations, both welcome and unwelcome, bringing together case histories and accounts from the history of medicine, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781257746
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 250 g
Dimensions: 194 x 128 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses. - Henry Marsh

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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