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

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

By Frances Ashcroft

  • Release Date: 2012-09-24
  • Category: Life Sciences

Brief Description

"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

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.

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  • PAGE LAYOUT ERRORS IN SAMPLE BOOK

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    By Mr. Safety
    Fantastic author interview on NPR Fresh Air led me to the interesting book. I think it will be a good read, but in iBooks there are page layout error dialog boxes on the pages for the sample book. The sample book looks great on the Kindle. PLEASE FIX - then remove this "review"

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