The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

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by Frances Ashcroft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393078035

ISBN-13: 9780393078039

Pub. Date: 09/24/2012

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

A lively exploration of the surprising role that electricity plays in our bodies.
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…  See more details below

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A lively exploration of the surprising role that electricity plays in our bodies.
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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393078039
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/24/2012
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: I Sing the Body Electric 1

1 The Age of Wonder 8

2 Molecular Pores 33

3 Acting on Impulse 54

4 Mind the Gap 80

5 Muscling in on the Action 102

6 Les Poissons Trembleurs 117

7 The Heart of the Matter 140

8 Life and Death 170

9 The Doors of Perception 192

10 All Wired Up 226

11 Mind Matters 256

12 Shocking Treatment 285

Notes 312

Further Reading 317

Acknowledgements 320

Credits 322

Index 323

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DBurnell More than 1 year ago
What an enjoyable read! I heard Ms. Ashcroft being interviewed on NPR and bought her book as soon thereafter as possible. She brings life to the subject of life. I am 64 and as a teenager and young adult played in several loud rock and roll bands. I now have a very minor case of tinnitus, but no discernable hearing loss. I was reading her section on the auditory nerves in our smoking room that contains an air filter and fan to blow smoke out the window. The air filter was shrieking as I read how many of us will grow deaf from the constant bombardment of high decibel noise around us. I immediately put down the book and cleaned the air filter to quiet it.