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The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft
  

The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body

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Synopsis

The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft

What happens during a heart attack? Can someone really die of fright? What is death, anyway? How does electroshock treatment affect the brain? What is consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our hearts. The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.

Reviews

This is a wonderful book. Frances Ashcroft has a rare gift for making difficult subjects accessible and fascinating. -- Bill Bryson, author of At Home: A Short History of Private Life An extraordinary fusion of culture and cutting-edge science. -- Nick Smith - Engineering and Technology Starred review. The human body is a symphony of complicated chemical and electrical signals. Let Ashcroft's book serve as your program guide. -- Tony Miksanek - Booklist


About the Author

Frances Ashcroft

Frances Ashcroft is a professor of Physiology at Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College and the Royal Society. She divides her time between research on insulin (the hormone that controls the blood sugar level), teaching and writing books. She has experienced several of the extremes discussed in Life At The Extremes, but has yet to try spaceflight. This is her first work for the general reader.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th October 2013

Author

Frances Ashcroft

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Publisher

WW Norton & Co
www.wwnorton.com

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Popular science
Physiology

ISBN

9780393346794

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