Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to by Gavin Francis

By Gavin Francis

We suppose we all know bodies in detail, yet for plenty of people 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 attached to health and wellbeing, or the why the foot holds the foremost 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 reports as a doctor, ER professional, and relatives doctor, Francis blends tales from the health facility with episodes from clinical historical past, philosophy, and literature to explain the physique in ailment and in well-being, in existence and in demise. whilst assessing a tender lady with paralysis of the face, Francis displays at the age-old trouble artists have had in shooting human expression. A veteran of the struggle in Iraq suffers a shoulder damage 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 slumbering beauties within the fairy stories we study as children.

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

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Cremation, inhumation, or both), types of offerings and their positions, funerary monuments, and funerary iconography. 4 The second major treatment of Greek burial practices, The Greek Way of Death (1985, revised edition 2001) by Robert Garland, uses the methodology employed by Kurtz and Boardman in their reconstruction of funerary rituals. Garland, however, expands his scope and examines archaeological, artistic, and literary evidence to determine how ordinary Greeks viewed death and the dead from the time of Homer to the Hellenistic period.

It is unclear whether food offerings were given solely to the dead or if the living also shared in the meal. 25 These foods could be presented to the dead either whole or burned, the latter being believed to speed the journey of the offering to the deceased (Aristophanes Lysistrata 601; Garland 2001, 111–13). 26 The Genesia, which took place on the fifth day of the month of Boedromion 28 · The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina (Βοηδρομιών, toward the end of September), was a festival devoted solely to honoring the dead (Garland 2001, 105).

For the Greek sites the most comprehensive study is Claire Lyons’s Morgantina Studies V: The Archaic Cemeteries (1996a), which clearly presents the burials and their contexts. As with the Punic material, the results of osteological findings, conducted by Marshall Becker, are included in an appendix. 7 No category of mortuary evidence has been omitted, as the study consists of osteological, material culture, and ritual analyses, all of which are given equal weight and interpreted in alignment with the theory of materiality (discussed in detail later in this introduction).

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