Superhuman: THE AWESOME POWER WITHIN

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The Companion Guide to "Superhuman Body" Airing Nationwide on The Learning Channel March 27-28! Following on from the enormously successful BBC program, The Human Body, Superhuman explores the body's amazing ability to heal, renew, and regenerate itself. This stunningly illustrated book relates dramatic tales of futuristic medicine taking place today, and, also, describes how the body's own power of self-repair is enhanced with contemporary drugs and techniques. It explores medicine being pioneered today and ...
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Overview

The Companion Guide to "Superhuman Body" Airing Nationwide on The Learning Channel March 27-28! Following on from the enormously successful BBC program, The Human Body, Superhuman explores the body's amazing ability to heal, renew, and regenerate itself. This stunningly illustrated book relates dramatic tales of futuristic medicine taking place today, and, also, describes how the body's own power of self-repair is enhanced with contemporary drugs and techniques. It explores medicine being pioneered today and looks ahead to what will be possible in the near future -- 'designer' babies, viruses carrying repair genes to cells before they become cancerous, tailor-made human tissue and organs from modifying animal organs with human genes, and electrodes implanted into the brain allowing the blind to see. Superhuman concentrates on six key medical areas -- cancer, infection, transplantation, trauma, repair, and reproduction. It records the before, during, and after of radical operations on real people. It gives witness to the hopes and fears of doctors and patients as new treatments are administered -- in many cases, for the first time for both the patients and the professionals. None of these developments would be possible without an increasing understanding of the basic way our body functions, or without a clear recognition of medicine's history. Superhuman focuses on these aspects of medicine and, also, on the key ethical problems raised by the advance of medical technology. In this guide to the future of medicine, we begin to understand just how superhuman the body really is.
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A companion volume to the BBC television series of the same name, which followed on the heels of the previous series, . Covering the same material as the series, the book presents chapters explaining biological and medical aspects of the human body related to physical trauma, transplants, self-repair, cancer, the outbreak of disease, and fertility. The text is supported by a wealth of color photographs taken by many of the same photographers who worked on the television series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789468277
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Robert Winston is Director of Reproductive Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital in London, and Professor of Fertility Studies, Imperial College. He is currently Chairman of the House of Lords Committee on Science and Technology. His research into embryology and genetics is recognized internationally, and among his many publications that have received awards are: The IVF Revolution, Genetic Manipulation, Making Babies, Infertility, and Getting Pregnant. Lori Oliwenstein is Science Writer at the University of Southern California and was formerly a Senior Editor at Discover Magazine.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 11
Chapter 1 Trauma 24
Chapter 2 Transplants 62
Chapter 3 Self-repair 98
Chapter 4 Cancer 132
Chapter 5 Outbreak 168
Chapter 6 Fertility 202
Conclusion 244
Index 253
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