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The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body (Paperback)
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The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 15/10/2001
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In this gripping exploration of the organs of the body and the myths associated with them, Sherwin B. Nuland M.D., the author of the award winning HOW WE DIE (Vintage), once again displays his ability to combine clarity, compassion, and knowledge to shed light on the working of our bodies from a surgeon's perspective. Dr. Nuland recounts legends about the functions and 'personalities' of the stomach, liver, heart, spleen, and uterus, and, in riveting vignettes of the surgery he has performed, describes the actual surgery and explains the connections between myth and reality. He reflects on humanity's impulse to invent explanations for things we don't understand and shows we have never abandoned long-held superstitions. Eloquent and informative, THE MYSTERIES WITHIN is an extraordinary synthesis of science and folklore, medicine and myth.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9780684854878
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 214 x 140 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lee Gutkind Chicago Tribune To be compelled by fascinating stories while simultaneously learning about human anatomy and the surgeon's complicated profession, you will have to read this book.
Laurie Tarkan The New York Times An engaging tale of five organs -- the stomach, liver, spleen, heart (his favorite), and uterus -- and the history of those who tried to understand them.
Frank Huyler San Francisco Chronicle This is a book about more than medicine. It is also about the rise of Western thought, the ways in which the past inhabits us, and a powerful reminder that we do have a history....Nuland is a gifted and deeply intelligent writer.

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