Adventures in Human Being

  • by Gavin Francis
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory.
In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the listener on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.
Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends firsthand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the listener on an adventure through what it means to be human.
Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this audiobook will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.
Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and doctor and a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books.

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What the Critics Say

"A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent." (Hilary Mantel)
"Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious...produces a kind of complicity between the author, the reader, and the subject." (John Berger)

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Brilliant

A clear journey through the body from head to toe, describing the wonderful workings of the human body. Highly recommended!
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- Amz

Fantastic

Highly, highly recommend this book. A clever mix of history, superstition and anecdotes. As a student nurse I found this style to be incredibly informative and enjoyable.
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- JamesHurst

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios