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The Mysteries Within : A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body - Sherwin B. Nuland

The Mysteries Within

A Surgeon Explores Myth, Medicine, and the Human Body

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Published: 6th March 2001
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Dr. Sherwin Nuland, author of the National Book Award-winning "How We Die, " once again combines knowledge, compassion, and elegance of expression to shed light on the workings of our bodies from the perspective of a surgeon. Dr. Nuland recounts age-old legends about the functions and "personalities" of the body's organs and, in riveting vignettes of the surgery he has performed, he describes the connections between myth and reality. A brilliant blend of science and folklore, "The Mysteries Within" reveals the enigmas not only of the body but also of the human imagination.

"To be compelled by fascinating stories while simultaneously learning about human anatomy and the surgeon's complicated profession, you will have to read this book." Lee Gutkind, Chicago Tribune

Introductionp. 15
The Stomach: A Little Boy's Big Secretp. 23
The Stomach: Soul, Spirit, and Centralityp. 44
The Stomach: Ghostly Gases, Mystical Acidsp. 65
The Liver: Dumb Luck and the Surgeonp. 84
The Liver: Source of Lifep. 109
The Spleen: Organ of Mystery, Organ of Melancholyp. 135
The Heart: Cracking the Valvep. 163
The Heart: The First and Last Dyingp. 183
The Uterus: The Hysterical Passionp. 207
Reproduction: Babies in Boxesp. 232
Epiloguep. 253
Indexp. 275
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ISBN: 9780684854878
ISBN-10: 0684854872
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 6th March 2001
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1