Can you keep a severed head alive? Do your fingernails really grow after you die? Can our bodies warn us of earthquakes? Sometimes strange but always informative and entertaining, The Odd Body contains the answers to these and many more questions. With an eye for the intriguing and bizarre, Dr Stephen Juan presents us with unusual body facts and exposes some fallacies. From top to bottom, from your inside to your outside and everywhere in between, The Odd Body gives you the bare facts about your body. Starting at the beginning, Dr. Juan addresses questions about birth and babies such as 'When did I first know I was alive?' and 'How soon was I right- or left-handed?'. He moves on to explore questions about the brain, 'Can we live normally with only half a brain?'; the head 'Can you keep a severed head alive?'; the eyes; the nose; ears and mouth; the skin; the hair and nails; the skeleton, bones and teeth; the inside; and, finally, the ending of life. Dr. Juan tackles these questions seriously but his answers can be understood by us all. Along the way, we become better informed about how our body actually works.
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Dr. Stephen Juan grew up in California and holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Berkeley, California. From 1978, Dr. Juan taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Sydney where he was in charge of the First-Year Program. He is currently having a sabbatical in California. He is an anthropologist by training and one of Australia's best-known communicators of research. Dr. Juan has been honoured in Australia and overseas for his writing and other public education work. He appears regularly on Australian radio, TV, and in the press covering any and all topics having to do with being a human being. Booksellers often find it difficult to decide which part of the bookshop to stock his books. He says, 'They don't know whether they should put them in science, psychology, medecine or even humour. I guess it doesn't matter - as long as they put them somewhere!'
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Book Description Collins, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007185219