Adventures in Human Being by Gavin Francis

Adventures in Human Being

We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to wellbeing, or the why the foot carries the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the hidden pathways of the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its ma...

Details Adventures in Human Being

TitleAdventures in Human Being
Release DateOct 13th, 2015
PublisherBasic Books
GenreNonfiction, Science, Medical, Health, Medicine, Biology

Reviews Adventures in Human Being

  • Petra X
    This book wasn't a blog but it might as well have been. It is a series of essays on different body parts, from the head down. The author concentrates on the medical, with anecdotes, always interesting, but also brings in what history, mythology, different cultures and even literature have to say about that part of the anatomy. It reminds me a little of F. González-Crussí, especially Notes of an Anatomist, but González-Crussí's meditations wer...
  • Elyse
    "The book is series about the body in sickness and in health, in living, and in dying."A very beautiful book... magnificent work of Human Anatomy, Physiology, History,Philosophy, Literature, Nature, Art, and an informational guide about the body. We take a journey with Dr. Gavin Franciswho shares with us his experience as a doctor... sharing real case studies of ways the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. In one of my favori...
  • Bettie☯
    BOTW Gavin Francis leads us round a cultural map of the body - an adventure in what it means to be human. Taking in health and illness, and offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the unique engineering of the foot.Drawing on his own experiences as a physician and writer, he blends first-hand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and ...
  • Jay Green
    In the 1980s, Picador brought out a bunch of books featuring anecdotes about the human body by the Mexican physician F. Gonzalez-Crussi. I lapped them up. Apart from the suspicious overuse of the word "guerdon," the stories were well told, interesting, educational, and sometimes a little awe-inspiring. Gavin Francis's book follows in the same tradition, but without any of the enthusiasm. These are drily recounted chapters with the necessary exhib...
  • David
    Gavin Francis is a surgeon, an emergency room specialist, and a family physician. He takes the reader on a quick tour of the human body, from head to toe. He blends together anecdotes from his personal experience with literature, science, and history. This is not a comprehensive guide to human anatomy. Each chapter is but a cursory glance at some body part. But, as a result, the book is highly entertaining and engaging. Francis avoids excessive j...
  • Jeanette
    Exceptional poetic, lyrical (quotes too by past poets and philosophers included)detailing of the human body. Human body systems are equated to geographic shapes and movements of wider nature through the treatments of their own special workings. Dr. Francis starts with the brain and moves on down to the last chapter on feet /toes. Lovely, peaceful, respect of awe poise is rare and exquisite! I've never come across something this aesthetic "light" ...
  • Joe McNally
    I reviewed this book on Amazon's UK site. It's worth noting that the book, and my review, refer to the UK's National Health Service (the NHS), which makes many mistakes, but without it millions of lives in Britain would be seriously affected. For all its UK 'bias' (Dr, Francis lives and practices in Scotland, it is a book that will cross all boundaries and cultures, and I urge you to read it.Medicine men...I never quite know what to make of those...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    More reviews at Gavin Francis truly takes readers on Adventures in Human Being. From stem to stern, tip to toes, Francis picks a vital part of anatomy and verbally dissects it. It’s a fascinating premise for anyone who enjoys information about their body, or who is just beginning the learning adventure.Francis organizes his essays in seven sections: Brain, Head, Chest, Upper Limb, Abdomen, Pelvis, and Lower Limb. Ea...
  • Hameed Younis
    الكتاب برمته محاولة لاعادة تذكر اعضاء وحواس الجسم البشري بطريقة تجمع بين الادب والتاريخ والخيال كتب جميل لكنه ممل جداً... ربما لأنني اعلم الكثير عمّا كتب فيه، لذلك قمت بالقفز كثيراً بين الصفحات، وهذا ما لا احب ان افعله عادة
  • Nikki
    Gavin Francis’ book is basically a series of essays about the human body and how it works (and how it breaks), from the head down. It’s pretty readable, with anecdotes from Francis’ time as a doctor, though it’s not something that grabbed me as much as, say, Henry Marsh’s Do No Harm. Actually, it’s fading a bit from memory already. It’s certainly readable and filled some time during an epic plane and train ride from Canada through A...
  • Emily Brown
    Very much a fantastic journey. Every doctor has tales to tell and these are fascinating. I really enjoyed reading about ECT, DSH, and seeing a kidney come to life. Easy to read and full of awesome facts!! Highly recommend!!
  • Aisha
    Sensational. A moment of silence for a work of not only literature, but also science. The way the two opposing elements of literature and science intertwined is noteworthy. The core of this book, which was a series of stories as Francis journeys the reader from cranium to calcaneum touched me heart and soul. It is a book that I could always go back to, reading it was no rush because somehow it resembled me, and that way I was sure relativity and ...
  • Ryan Lackey
    A Scottish GP introduces human anatomy to the public. This was an easy read or listen with lots of interesting stories about anatomy and medicine, structured system by system. Clearly presented, entertaining, and engaging. Not a huge amount of depth or comprehensiveness, but everything that was here was good.
  • İlkim
    Uzun sürdü bitirmek. Aslında her şeyden çok vaka okumayı seven biriyim o yüzden böyle uzun sürdü. Vücuttaki belli başlı tüm yapıları hem tarihteki yeri, hem felsefik yeri hem de hastalarından elde ettiği anılarıyla anlatıyor ama ben de hep hastasına noldu acaba diye okuyordum. Bir de yaptığı şeylerden, aldığı eğitimlerden etkilenmedim değil.
  • Victor Sonkin
    Written by a doctor, a review of the human body from the perspective of someone who tries to heal it (in the very mundane, 21st-century, European medical sense). It proceeds from top to bottom with little details, explanations of anatomy, reminiscences from education at the Edinburgh University, and many quotes from various sources (including many from Classical authors, which I found endearing). It reads well, it's rather short, and it's very in...
  • Shelby (shelbyymay)
    Adventures in Human Being was a quick and interesting read. Perfect for those wanting either to pick up a non-fiction book but don’t really know where to start; or for those interested in human anatomy but want to read something that is light and sufficiently brief. Each chapter outlines a different part of the body, and begins from head to toe, although you can read the chapters in any order. The book is written by an experienced doctor who ha...
  • Alex Givant
    Интересные заметки врача про разные части нашего тела.
  • Spencer Fancutt
    Clunky when attempting to be literary or philosophical, but very interesting anecdotes about a variety of patients, medical procedures, and the wonders of the body. At one point, Francis talks about people who can 'wink with both eyes' and it serves as a good example of how his lesser abilities in the former field can obscure our appreciation of his clear expertise in the latter. Another thread that annoyed me slightly was the impression he gives...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    'Adventures in Human Being' are a collection of interesting vignettes about the human body by a practicing physician. In eighteen chapters Gavin Francis takes us on a journey from our heads to our feet, explaining through a representative case history of an actual patient how a body organ or system works, adding to the story the often fanciful and metaphysical guesses of physicians in earlier civilizations. This is a very respectful and amusing e...
  • Ali Al-Khalifa
    Like Oliver Sacks, Gavin Francis has written a book for a non-medical audience that explores anatomical subjects in highly accessible manner, with minimal jargon and many real-life examples that are as interesting as they are insightful. In a profession that requires its practitioners to be clinical and detached from the patients they treat so intimately, the author shows thoughtfulness and sensitivity in his dealings with those under his care. T...
  • Charlene
    The author takes the reader on a tour of body. He clearly excels when talking about the colon/gut/ OB stuff. The rest of the book doesn't quite measure up to that one exceptional part of the book. While talking about the bowels and related areas of the body, this author was able to find beauty in what most people find disgusting. For me, that was the highlight of this book. Interesting perspective
  • Emma Conway
    To begin with, I did feel a little bombarded with information, although as I read on I felt more settled into the book and it became a more relaxing read. Francis took me on a beautiful journey through both the body and his own personal life. Some of the information was a little mundane, but I did find great interest in much of what was written.
  • Jalendhari Tabeeb
    An artistic review of human body and medicine.Loved it.
  • Yasmin
    Brilliantly written. Manages to marry medicine with the arts and many things in between.
  • Moonlight
    задумывались ли вы когда нибудь о своих органах? Нет, я не говорю о том, когда что-то болит то мы открываем Гугл и после того , как он сообщает нам , что мы при смерти срочно бежим к доктору , который сообщает , что нужна баснословная куча денег на то, ч...
  • Jami
    I listened to this on audible, and the narration was fine. I tend to enjoy nonfiction books more in audio than print format.This started a little slow for me, but it became more interesting as the book progressed. I wasn't too keen on the literary references and some of the historical information at first, but then it became a bit more interesting. The book was set up in sections starting a the head and ending with the feet. While there wasn't a ...
  • Eli Claire
    What a cool book. I first came across it in the gift shop of the Wellcome Collection in London, a museum of medical antiquities, and knew I had to check it out sooner than later. Francis writes about the body in such a beautiful way- he uses examples from his own practice and literature, poetry, music, and art to talk about each major body part. I skipped one chapter that discussed self-harm, but otherwise listened/read the whole thing, and reall...
  • Abbas
    More like "A doctor's adventures in human being"Such a lovely book. I think it is well written for people who don't work in the medical field. It describes part of the routine doctors go through and provide insight to the relationship between doctors and patients. All that while talking about some of the marvellous things in the human body. This book is really good for anyone thinking about enrolling in a medical carrier.
  • Nadia Zeemeeuw
    This book turned out to be not quite what I was expecting when I bought it. If you would like to have some educational reading, you better go for books with more scientific approach. But if you don’t mind to be entertained and a little bit charmed by exquisite medical poetry this is definitely something you have to take a look at. I rather enjoyed it than not.
  • Joanne
    Quick read which takes a head to toe journey through the body by examining cases in the author's own career. He also draws on relevant literature and culture, which is something I haven't really come across before and really enjoyed. I found his examination of the Iliad, Shakespeare, various poems, fairy tales (and more) really interesting.