The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology Watcher

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Lewis Thomas has been compared to a philosopher who uses the language of biology. With the medusa as a metaphor for life, he continues the exploration of the world he began in The Lives of a Cell. Among his offerings are essays on the genius of human error, cloning, disease and natural death, and an assessment of contemporary health care-all of it conveyed in an eloquent prose that is a delight to hear. Listening to this tape is like being fortunate enough to sit next to the most intelligent and witty guest at a ...

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Overview

Lewis Thomas has been compared to a philosopher who uses the language of biology. With the medusa as a metaphor for life, he continues the exploration of the world he began in The Lives of a Cell. Among his offerings are essays on the genius of human error, cloning, disease and natural death, and an assessment of contemporary health care-all of it conveyed in an eloquent prose that is a delight to hear. Listening to this tape is like being fortunate enough to sit next to the most intelligent and witty guest at a dinner party.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140243192
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/12/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 652,469
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

The Medusa and the Snail The Tucson Zoo The Youngest and Brightest Thing Around On Magic in Medicine The Wonderful Mistake Ponds To Err Is Human The Selves The Health-Care System On Cloning a Human Being On Etymons and Hybrids The Hazards of Science On Warts On Transcendental Metaworry (TMW)
An Apology On Disease On Natural Death A Trip Abroad On Meddling On Committees The Scrambler in the Mind Notes on Punctuation The Deacon's Masterpiece How to Fix the Premedical Curriculum A Brief Historical Note on Medical Economics Why Montaigne Is Not a Bore On Thinking About Thinking On Embryology Medical Lessons from History

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