Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body

Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body

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 o From birth to death, a lyrical exploration of the role of transformation in human life To be alive is to be in perpetu...

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Title:Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body
Author:Gavin Francis
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1541697529
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Shapeshifters: A Journey Through the Changing Human Body Reviews

  • Shelbycat
    Jan 03, 2019
    A thoroughly interesting read, I would highly recommend. ...
  • Jaime
    Apr 13, 2018
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  • Lauren
    Apr 23, 2019
    Gavin Francis, a Scottish General Practitioner, highlights his decades of experience in patient care, focusing on the transitions and body changes in life: puberty, pregnancy, sex and gender, mental health, amputations/ trauma, illness, end of life. ...
  • Jo
    Mar 18, 2019
    GP Gavin Francis talks about different medical changes to the human body from pregnancy to puberty to gender reassignment with some references to specific cases that have come into his orbit. He's knowledgeable on the subjects and discusses personal cases with warmth and empathy. ...
  • Canadian
    May 02, 2018
    ?no one is immortal, nothing is eternal, everything is in flux . . .? In this fascinating book, medicine and culture intersect. Gavin Francis takes as his theme the many and various changes that the human body can undergo in the course of a lifetime. An Edinburgh GP, Francis d...
  • Megan Anderson
    Apr 02, 2019
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  • Scott Martin
    Feb 15, 2019
    (Audiobook) (3.5 stars). A solid read about one doctor?s experience dealing with the various issues that humans face throughout their lives. He covers the ?usual?, such as pregnancy, reproduction, growing up, growing older and death, as well as covering the medical oddities. Yet,...
  • Basma
    May 06, 2018
    This was an interesting read - I basically say this about all medical/biology related books but it's true. I find these subjects very interesting and intriguing especially if they're written in a way that's both informative but not too academic that it becomes dull or that it becomes t...
  • Rebecca
    Jul 30, 2018
    (3.5) Gavin Francis is a physician with a practice near Edinburgh. His latest book is like a taster course in medical topics. The overarching theme is the modifications the body undergoes, so there are chapters on, for example, body-building, tattoos, puberty, prosthetic limbs, dementi...
  • LaVerne Scheltens
    Nov 19, 2018
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  • Moray Teale
    May 24, 2018
    I loved this fascinating book by Edinburgh GP Gavin Francis. In it he tackles a huge range of mental and physical human transformation from the typical - birth, death, puberty - to the atypical - amputation, disease and even the "supernatural" such as the possible origins of lycanthrop...
  • Yicheng Liu
    Apr 13, 2018
    -Netgalley Review- I walked in reading this book with very few expectations; I have never read anything by this author before, but I was interested in medical writings, and tales of the human body intrigues me as a layman with no medical expertise. This book offers a sharp and compr...
  • Savina King
    Dec 13, 2018
    Brilliant book!!!. From conception too castration, werewolves and anything in between. Just read and all will become clearer grasshopper. ...
  • Heather Zehnder
    Jun 30, 2018
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  • Laura
    Mar 11, 2019
    Not sure I can give this book a fair review. It wasn't the book I had imagined it to be and I am really disappointed not to be able to read the book I had imagined. It's really just more of the same as Adventures in Human Being, which is all right, but the title/blurb/artwork made me t...
  • nisan
    Jul 07, 2018
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  • Alexis Latner
    Feb 21, 2019
    This book is an expertly guided tour of how the human body is fundamentally changeable through both natural development and different diseases. Dr. Francis tells these medical tales with fascination, compassion, and strong, clear, evocative writing. And this is highly recommended readi...
  • Ellen Hunter
    Sep 04, 2018
    Here is an exquisite collection of essays from a Scottish physician/writer. Gavin Francis has practiced medicine in a barren outpost in Africa, as base doctor and researcher in Antarctica, and in his own clinic in Edinburgh. From a variety of perspectives, Francis explores life?s mys...
  • Joy
    Oct 21, 2018
    Very accessible and beautifully presented anthology ...
  • Kate
    Jul 12, 2018
    A largely enjoyable read about different parts of medicine and how our bodies transform in every moment and also on a large scale. Medical reads are my bread and butter as I love and live to work and consider healthcare as a whole. ...
  • Rebecca
    Jun 10, 2018
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  • Sophy H
    Dec 04, 2018
    A fantastic book. I am biased as I do love my medical/anthropology/psychology/philosophy books, and this has it all in spades. Gavin Francis comes across as a very laid back yet knowledgeable medic which is reflected in his writing. I like the layout of chapters with a particular subje...
  • Keen
    Jul 09, 2018
    Charting back to Freud and Jung going through to the likes of Sacks and Grosz, human case studies will always make for compelling, often fascinating reading, depending on the subject matter. They will always retain a perennial appeal because they are human stories relating to the hum...
  • Esther Ní Dhonnacha
    Oct 12, 2018
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  • Dave
    Jan 02, 2019
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  • Aspen Schuyler
    Feb 03, 2019
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  • Graham
    May 23, 2018
    I love this book . The medical anecdotes are fascinating. It is written in a very accessible manner . Highly recommended. Some very unusual stuff and very entertaining. ...
  • Jinia Pal
    Mar 20, 2019
    Mind-blowing ...
  • Rebekah Tregonning
    Feb 18, 2019
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  • Lorin 🔮
    May 31, 2018
    I absolutely love Gavin Francis?s writing. He writes about medical history and his own experiences as a doctor with such flourish, you?d be forgiven for thinking it was fiction. Shapeshifters looks into how bodies change and how bodies adapt. It looks at pregnancy, puberty, dea...