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Gavin Francis - Author

About the Author

Gavin Francis was born in 1975 and brought up in Fife, Scotland. After qualifying from medical school in Edinburgh he spent ten years travelling, visiting all seven continents. He has worked in Africa and India, made several trips to the Arctic, and crossed Eurasia and Australasia by motorcycle. His first book, True North, was published in 2008. He has lectured widely and his essays have appeared in the Guardian, Granta and the London Review of Books. He lives in Edinburgh.

Featured books by Gavin Francis

Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in Human Being

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2016

We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader 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 book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health. Published in association with the Wellcome Collection.

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Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in Human Being

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2015

We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the reader 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 book will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health. Published in association with Wellcome Collection.

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Empire Antarctica Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Empire Antarctica Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2013. This is the Winner of Scottish Book of the Year Award 2013. Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition when he spent fourteen months as the base-camp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research station on the Caird Coast of Antarctica. So remote, it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than it is to bring someone out of Halley in winter. Antarctica offered a year of unparalleled silence and solitude, with few distractions and very little human history, but also a rare oppurtunity to live among emperor penguins, the only species truly at home in the Antarctic. Following the penguins throughout the year - from a summer of perpetual sunshine to months of winter darkness - Gavin Francis explores a world of great beauty conjured from the simplest elements, the hardship of living at 50degreeC below zero and the unexpected comfort that the penguin community bring.

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Other books by Gavin Francis

Intensive Care

Intensive Care

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2021

13 January, 2020. A bulletin from Health Protection Scotland is sent to all GP practices, describing a 'novel Wuhan coronavirus'. 'Current reports describe no evidence of significant human to human transmission, including no infections of healthcare workers,' it says reassuringly. In Intensive Care, GP Gavin Francis will take you beyond the headlines to the reality of the pandemic response, from his surgery in Edinburgh to care homes and remote and fragile island communities. And inside this compelling narrative of missed opportunities, tragedies and occasional triumphs, he weaves the wider history of medical practice, pandemics and vaccines. This deeply personal account of medicine in a time of crisis is also an intelligent, compassionate study of what pandemics can do to us - and what we can do about them.

Island Dreams

Island Dreams

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2020

In Island Dreams, Gavin Francis examines our collective fascination with islands. He blends stories of his own travels with psychology, philosophy and great voyages from literature, shedding new light on the importance of islands and isolation in our collective consciousness. Comparing the life of freedom of thirty years of extraordinary travel from the Faroe Islands to the Aegean, from the Galapagos to the Andaman Islands with a life of responsibility as a doctor, community member and parent approaching middle age, Island Dreams riffs on the twinned poles of rest and motion, independence and attachment, never more relevant than in today's perennially connected world. Illustrated with maps throughout, this is a celebration of human adventures in the world and within our minds.

Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

'Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity... inspiring' Hilary Mantel 'A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses.' Henry Marsh Timely, thought-provoking and eloquent, brimming both with warmth and insight, he puts himself among the ranks of ... Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande.' The Times Unreliable bodies and shifting symptoms are all in a day's work for a GP. In his years of practising, Gavin Francis has seen it all: the promising law student trapped under the spell of anorexia; the bodybuilder whose use of illegal steroids threatens his fertility; the teenager agonising over the perplexing physical dramas of puberty; and the surprisingly upbeat woman growing a horn in the centre of her forehead. In Shapeshifters he draws on his patients' bodily transformations, both welcome and unwelcome, bringing together case histories and accounts from the history of medicine, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.

Shapeshifters

Shapeshifters

Author: Gavin Francis Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Unreliable bodies and shifting symptoms are all in a day's work for a GP. In his years of practising, Gavin Francis has seen it all: the promising law student trapped under the spell of anorexia; the bodybuilder whose use of illegal steroids threatens his fertility; the teenager agonising over the perplexing physical dramas of puberty; and the surprisingly upbeat woman growing a horn in the centre of her forehead. In Shapeshifters he draws on his patients' bodily transformations, both welcome and unwelcome, bringing together case histories and accounts from the history of medicine, art, literature, myth and magic to show how the very essence of being human is change.

Aventuras por el ser humano

Aventuras por el ser humano

Author: Gavin Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

Pensamos que conocemos nuestro cuerpo intimamente, pero la realidad es que para la gran mayoria es un territorio inexplorado. Cuantos de nosotros comprendemos la manera en la que funciona el cerebro, como esta relacionado el corazon con el bienestar o por que la clave de nuestra humanidad se encuentra en el pie? En Aventuras en el ser humano, Gavin Francis invita a los lectores a un viaje fascinante por los caminos escondidos del cuerpo humano, y ofrece una guia a traves de su sorprendente funcionamiento. Basndose en su experiencia como cirujano y mdico de familia, Francis combina experiencias de su consulta con episodios de la historia de la medicina, filosofa y literatura para describir el cuerpo en la salud y en la enfermedad, en la vida y en la muerte. Aventuras en el ser humano es una reflexin acerca de lo que significa ser humano. Potico y elocuente, este libro transformar la manera en la que concebimos nuestro cuerpo.

Adventures in Human Being

Adventures in Human Being

Author: Gavin Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 13/10/2015

"e;Adventures in Human Being, with its deft mix of the clinical and the lyrical, is a triumph of the eloquent brain and the compassionate heart."e;--Wall Street JournalWe assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory, an enigma of bone and muscle, neurons and synapses. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to well-being, or the why the foot holds the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the human body, offering a guide to its inner workings and a celebration of its marvels. Drawing on his experiences as a surgeon, ER specialist, and family physician, Francis blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy, and literature to describe the body in sickness and in health, in living and in dying. At its heart, Adventures in Human Being is a meditation on what it means to be human. Poetic, eloquent, and profoundly perceptive, this book will transform the way you view your body.

DuMont Reiseabenteuer Dem Nordpol entgegen

DuMont Reiseabenteuer Dem Nordpol entgegen

Author: Gavin Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2014

Auf hohen Breitengraden unterwegsSeit jeher ubt die raue, karge Schonheit der europaischen Arktis auf Entdecker und Abenteurer eine magische Anziehungskraft aus. So geht es auch dem geburtigen Schotten Gavin Francis, der sich auf eine mehrmonatige Reise zu den nordlichsten Auenposten Europas begibt. Sie beginnt auf den Shetlandinseln und fuhrt ihn uber die Faroer, Island und Gronland schlielich nach Spitzbergen und Lappland. Mit den Menschen, die in den einsamen und von weiterer Entvolkerung bedrohten Landschaften verwurzelt sind, spricht er uber ihr Leben unter den extremen Umweltbedingungen, ihre Zukunftssorgen und Hoffnungen, uber Klimaveranderung und das geopolitische Gerangel um die Bodenschatze der Arktis. Zugleich sucht er nach Spuren der Geschichte, geht Mythen und Sagen nach und nimmt den Faden von arktischen Expeditionsforschern wieder auf: Die Zeit der irischen Monche, die sich auf Missionierungsreisen zu den entlegenen Inseln begaben, der Wikinger und Walfanger sowie wagemutiger Seefahrer, die Schiffspassagen durch das Eis der arktischen Gewasser suchten, wird wieder lebendig. Mit seiner spannenden Mischung aus Reisebericht, Geschichte und Mythologie zeichnet Gavin Francis ein einzigartiges Panorama der nordlichsten Vorposten Europas.Dieses E-Book basiert auf folgender Printausgabe: 1. Auflage 2014Mehr Informationen, Videos und Bilder unter www.dumontreise.de/reiseabenteuerBitte beachten Sie: Nicht alle Lesegerate unterstutzen samtliche der praktischen Zusatzfunktionen gleichermaen (z.B. Internetlinks, Zoombarkeit von Karten). Auch konnen je nach Reader Ladezeiten variieren. Wir bitten Sie dies vor dem Kauf zu berucksichtigen!

DuMont Reiseabenteuer Empire Antarctica

DuMont Reiseabenteuer Empire Antarctica

Author: Gavin Francis Format: eBook Release Date: 18/12/2013

Ein Jahr auf Auenposten am Ende der Welt Fur Gavin Francis erfullt sich ein Lebenstraum, als er die Arztstelle in Halley, dem Basislager einer britischen Forschungssation in Antarktika, bekommt. Halley liegt vollig abgeschieden an der antarktischen Caird Coast und weit von allen bewohnten Kontinenten entfernt. An diesem auersten Ende der Welt erlebt Francis im Kreis eines kleinen Forscher- und Technikerteams das ewige Schweigen der Eismassen und eine tiefe Einsamkeit - ohne Zerstreuung, ohne Abwechslung, ohne Spuren menschlicher Geschichte. Von konstant taghellen Sommertagen uber den dreieinhalbmonatigen antarktischen Winter, in dem nur die Sterne ein schwaches Licht in das Dunkel tupfen, fuhrt er den Leser durch ein antarktisches Jahr. Er erlebt die physischen und mentalen Belastungen bei Temperaturen von minus 50 Grad Celsius, die Stimmungen eines Lebens im Eis und in einer weien Landschaft, in der die Legenden und Mythen von Polarforschern wie Shackleton, Scott, Amundson oder Admiral Byrd weiterleben. Auf seinem Auenposten im Eis verschaffen Gavin die Kaiserpinguine uberraschenden Trost. Empire Antarctica ist eine bewegende Erzahlung uber die Dienstzeit eines Arztes auf dem einsamsten Kontinent unseres Planeten. Uber den Autor: Gavin Francis, geboren 1975, wuchs in der schottischen Grafschaft Fife auf und studierte Medizin in Edinburgh. Nach dem Studium war er zehn Jahre unterwegs, er arbeitete in Afrika und Indien und erkundete alle Kontinente, teils auf ausgedehnten Motorradreisen. Nach mehreren Expeditionen in die Arktis erschien 2008 sein erstes Werk "e;True North - Travels in Arctic Europe"e;. Geschichte, Geografie und Reisen faszinieren den Arzt, der sich durch seine ungewohnlichen Bucher schnell einen Namen als Reiseschriftsteller machte. Dieses E-Book basiert auf folgender Printausgabe: 1. Auflage 2013 Mehr Informationen, Videos und Bilder unter www.dumontreise.de/reiseabenteuer