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By Gavin Francis

We think we all know bodies in detail, yet for lots of folks they continue to be uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. what number folks comprehend the best way seizures have an effect on the mind, how the guts is hooked up to wellbeing and fitness, or the why the foot holds the most important to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning writer Gavin Francis leads readers on a trip into the hidden pathways of the human physique, providing a consultant to its internal workings and a party of its marvels.

Drawing on his studies as a general practitioner, ER expert, and relatives general practitioner, Francis blends tales from the health facility with episodes from scientific historical past, philosophy, and literature to explain the physique in illness and in health and wellbeing, in existence and in loss of life. whilst assessing a tender girl with paralysis of the face, Francis displays at the age-old hassle artists have had in shooting human expression. A veteran of the conflict in Iraq suffers a shoulder harm that Homer first defined 3 millennia in the past within the Iliad. And whilst a gardener pricks her finger on a filthy rose thorn, her case of bacterial blood poisoning brings to brain the comatose drowsing beauties within the fairy stories we examine as children.

At its center, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it skill to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this ebook will remodel how you view your physique.

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Activity 2 – Death by numbers Students can brainstorm the many different ways in which people can die. indd 47 18/5/06 15:06:58 • Mass tragedies • War and conflict • Hunger/poverty • Old age • Natural disasters. Ask students to work in pairs and rank the causes of death from most common to the least common cause. It may be helpful to use the Internet to research statistics on death, or use the ‘Death by Numbers’ information sheet. It may then be useful to discuss the accuracy or otherwise of students’ ideas here.

She plans to go to university and train to be a Doctor. Sam is 14 and has got four mums and two homes! His birth-mother Carole is a lesbian who used artificial insemination to conceive Sam. Until he was four he lived with Carole and her partner Kay. indd 35 S3 S1 Parvan is 14. He is the only Sikh in his school which is a Catholic School in Brighton. Parvan lives with his parents, his grandmother and his two sisters. There are very few other pupils in the school who live with both their parents.

Worldwide, about 5,000 people are struck by lightening each year. Of these, about 20% or 1000 will die. Every year about 1500 city dwellers in America die of heat. Strange But True Vets are four times more likely to commit suicide than any other profession. You are more likely to die crossing the road than in an aeroplane crash. May is the month when most suicides happen. In the UK 24 people will be struck by lightening each year. 5 will die. Every year about 100 people die from choking on ball point pens.

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