How We Live by Sherwin B Nuland
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How We Live
By Sherwin B Nuland

How We Live

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How We Live by Sherwin B Nuland

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"An anatomy of human life, vividly illustrated. . . . Awe-inspiring [and] sublimely uplifting".--TimeHaving won the National Book Award for "How We Die", his best-selling inquiry into the causes and modes of death, Sherwin Nuland now turns his attention to the miraculous resiliency of human life. For this lucid, wonderful, and wonder-filled new book explores the body's mysterious capacity to marshal disparate organs and processes in the interests of survival.Like its predecessor, "How We Live" is filled with gripping medical case histories: a woman is pulled back from the brink of death from inexplicable internal bleeding; another patient triumphs over breast cancer; the "routine" removal of a polyp triggers a nearly lethal medical crisis. For Nuland, each of these cases serves to illustrate the extraordinary responsiveness and adaptability of the human organism. We learn how the aorta's baroreceptors monitor blood pressure and respond to its minutest fluctuations. We follow the intricate chain of electrochemical command that makes us leap out of the path of a speeding car. We discover why the stomach--which is capable of breaking down everything from porridge to pizza--refrains from digesting itself. Informed by sympathy for human suffering and an erudition that includes poetry and the Talmud as well as the medical canon, "How We Live" is science writing of the rarest kind--lucid, poetic, and genuinely uplifting. Originally published under the title "The Wisdom of the Body"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780679781400
ISBN-10: 0679781404
Format: Paperback / softback
(203mm x 132mm x 23mm)
Pages: 432
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Sherwin B Nuland

Leonardo Da Vinci by Sherwin B Nuland Leonardo Da Vinci, Paperback / softback (January 2005)

National Book Award winner Nuland "distills one of the greatest minds ever into its pure essence . . . truly awe-inspiring" ("Time"). Illustrations.

Art of Aging by Sherwin B Nuland Art of Aging, Paperback / softback

Melding a scientist's passion for truth with a humanist's understanding of the heart and soul, "How We Die" creates a wise, frank, and inspiring book about the ultimate stage of life's journey.

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