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The Spark of Life

Electricity in the Human Body
Ashcroft, Frances M. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do.
Authors: Ashcroft, Frances M.
Title: The spark of life
electricity in the human body
Publisher: New York : Norton, 2012
Edition: 1st American ed
Characteristics: 339 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm
Contents: The age of wonder
Molecular pores
Acting on impulse
Mind the gap
Muscling in on the action
Les poissons trembleur
The heart of the matter
Life and death
The doors of perception
All wired up
Mind matters
Shocking treatment
Summary: A spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do.
ISBN: 0393078035
9780393078039
Statement of Responsibility: Frances Ashcroft ; line drawings by Ronan Mahon
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Human physiology Electrophysiology
Topical Term: Human physiology
Electrophysiology
LCCN: 2012021264
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In 1771, Italian physician Luigi Galvani discovered that dead frogs will kick their legs when shocked; shortly after, his nephew Giovanni Aldini electrocuted fresh corpses to achieve a similar effect. Their discoveries marked the beginning of a new scientific field, one dedicated to study of the electrical energy produced by living tissues or organisms. In The Spark of Life, Oxford physiology professor Frances Ashcroft reveals how our bodies produce, conduct, and transmit electricity -- and what effects this has on our health and survival. From the ion channels that play a role in conception to the cessation of pulses between nerve endings that leads to death, electricity truly governs every aspect of our lives.

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Nov 17, 2012
  • binational rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Though I love science writing, I found this book very disappointing. To begin with, the type was improperly set, creating highly distracting spaces within words, like this: spar k of li fe. Beyond that, the explanations of intracellular mechanisms remained bewildering and opaque. I am trained in the sciences, and expect to be able to understand anything presented in such a work intended for the general public. Not in this book!

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