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Shapeshifters: On Medicine & Human Change (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 03/05/2018
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To be alive is to be in perpetual change: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, award-winning writer and doctor Gavin Francis considers the transformations in mind and body that continue across the arc of human life. Some of these changes we have little choice about. We can't avoid puberty, the menopause, or our hair turning grey. Others may be welcome milestones along our path - a much-wanted pregnancy, a cancer cured, or a long-awaited transition to another gender. We may find ourselves turning down dark paths, towards the cruel distortions of anorexia, or the shifting sands of memory loss. New technologies can upgrade us, and even without them our bodies can transform in rare, almost magical, ways - with gigantism, or the sun-sensitivity and facial hair that led porphyria sufferers, once upon a time, to be suspected as werewolves. Medicine now has unprecedented power to alter our lives, but that power has limitations. As he helps patients face transformations both temporary and sustained, Francis draws on history, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781788161411
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 22 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Praise for Adventures in Human Being: A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent. -- Hilary Mantel
So enthralling and so well written that it should win its own clutch of prizes... immensely engaging and often unexpected. His achievement here is to guide readers through his special landscape with such eloquence and subtlety. * Sunday Times *
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 *
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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