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Wisdom of the Body

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9780701166724: Wisdom of the Body

The author of "How We Die" combines his clinical knowledge and a sense of wonder to explore the human body, explaining how our myriad, multifarious cells work and how they organize themselves to protect our bodies from threats to our wellbeing and safety. The book's topics range from the complex detail of DNA to the engineering of the circulatory system, and through accounts of life-and-death emergencies and case histories the author takes readers close to his own experience as a practising surgeon and physician. He also seeks to move beyond mechanics and biology to explore the human spirit.

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After he won the National Book Award for How We Die, physician and popular medical writer Sherwin Nuland noticed that book critics kept referring to his next book, The Wisdom of the Body, as How We Live. Rather than fight the tide, he embraced the nickname and reissued the book. How We Live is a fascinating examination of the machinery of life. Dr. Nuland begins his meditation with a hair-raising account of a medical emergency that nearly ends in disaster: a 40-year-old woman almost bleeds to death on the operating table as he and other doctors struggle frantically to find the source of the hemorrhage. Eventually, Dr. Nuland and his team are able to locate the cause--a rare aneurysm of the splenic artery--and repair it. The patient survives. How We Live, Dr. Nuland tells us, grew out of the experiences of that night and his certainty that Marge Hanson lived because of her own will and the surgical team's will not to let her die. That "will to live" is what Dr. Nuland calls the Human Spirit, and spirit is very much a part of the body's wisdom.

Each chapter of How We Live focuses on a different biological function, from the work of the lymph nodes to the process of pregnancy and birth. The heart, the nervous and digestive systems, the sex organs, and the brain are all explored and commented on with clarity and grace. But Dr. Nuland is not content with merely providing an operating manual for the body. He is in a constant state of wonder at what a miraculous and mysterious thing the body is: a dynamic system of parts all working in concert, infused with that fierce, intangible quality--the human spirit.

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hor of the acclaimed, bestselling, National Book Award -- winning How We Die, an inspiring search -- within the interior life of our bodies -- for the biologically elusive quality of life that defines us.

We care for our bodies, yet in myriad ways they also care for themselves. They function, simply and miraculously, to maintain the momentum of life. Dr. Sherwin Nuland offers a mesmerizing portrait of the tumultuous universe within us: the turbulence of chemistry, the seeming chaos of tissue, the volatile responsiveness of cells. And he shows how, amazingly, the stability of health rides on these tempests.

But the real secret of our species' endurance lies in how we have transcended mere survival, how we have made use of our unique biology to travel the long road from the creature Homo to the human being. This journey is the central story of The Wisdom of the Body: how we have developed the singular quality that makes each of us unique -- the human spirit.

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