Shapeshifters : a journey through the changing human body (Book, 2018) [Alabama State University Library]
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Shapeshifters : a journey through the changing human body

Shapeshifters : a journey through the changing human body

Author: Gavin Francis
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, ©2018 [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First US editionView all editions and formats
Summary:
"From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life. To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo-such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Nonfiction
Personal Narrative
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin Francis
ISBN: 9781541697522 1541697529
OCLC Number: 1003310646
Notes: "Wellcome collection."
"June 2018"--Title page verso.
Description: 282 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Transformation --
Werewolves : agitation at the full moon --
Conception : the first and second reason for existing --
Sleep : the chamber of dreams --
Bodybuilding : unhelmed by fury --
Scalp : of horns, terror and glory --
Birth : reshaping the heart --
Rejuvenation : an alchemy of youth and beauty --
Tattooing : the art of transformation --
Anorexia : the enchantment of control --
Hallucination : a sphere of devils --
Puberty : suddenly accelerated youth --
Pregnancy : the most meticulous work --
Gigantism : two giants of Turin --
Gender : the two lives of Tiresias --
Jetlag : the brain that holds the sky --
Bonesetting : an algebra of healing --
Menopause : third face of the goddess --
Castration : hope, love and sacrifice --
Laughter : some eminency in ourselves --
Prosthetics : humanity 2.0 --
Memory : palaces of forgetting --
Death : the celebration of life --
Transformations.
Other Titles: Shape shifters
Responsibility: Gavin Francis.

Abstract:

"From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life. To be alive is to be in perpetual metamorphosis: growing, healing, learning, aging. In Shapeshifters, physician and writer Gavin Francis considers the inevitable changes all of our bodies undergo-such as birth, puberty, and death, but also laughter, sleeping, and healing-and those that only some of our bodies will: like getting a tattoo, experiencing psychosis, suffering anorexia, being pregnant, or undergoing a gender transition. In Francis's hands, each event becomes an opportunity to explore the meaning of identity and the natures-biological, psychological, and philosophical-of our selves. True to its own subject, Shapeshifters combines Francis's lyrical imagination and deep knowledge of medicine and the humanities for a life-altering read."--Publisher.
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