The medusa is a tiny jellyfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug found in the Bay of Naples. Readers will find themselves caught up in the fate of the medusa and the snail as a metaphor for eternal issues of life and death as Lewis Thomas further extends the exploration of man and his world begun in The Lives of a Cell. Among the treasures in this magnificent book are essays on the human genius for making mistakes, on disease and natural death, on cloning, on warts, and on Montaigne, as well as an assessment of medical science and health care. In these essays and others, Thomas once again conveys his observations of the scientific world in prose marked by wonder and wit.
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Lewis Thomas was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, he was the dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He wrote regularly in the New England Journal of Medicine, and his essays were published in several collections, including The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher, which won two National Book Awards and a Christopher Award, and The Medusa and the Snail, which won the National Book Award in Science. He died in 1993.
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Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0670465682
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0670465682
Book Description The Viking Press, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670465682
Book Description Viking Press, New York, NY, 1979. Hard Cover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition, 4th Printing of 1979. Text/BRAND NEW & Bright. Bi-color boards/Fine. DJ/VG; sound w/closed tears to upper edges. Light discoloration to endpapers. Physician, etymologist, poet and author, Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993) was Dean of Yale Medical School and New York Univ. School of Medicine, and regularly wrote essays for the New England Journal of Medicine. This volume is a collection of those essays, and some first published elsewhere, and won the Nat'l Book Award in Science, as did the earlier collection of essays: The Lives of Cells. The medusa is a tiny jellyfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug in the Bay of Naples --- living in symbiotic relationship. An excursion into the natural world where life is bound in fate. Bookseller Inventory # 013560