Who hasn't noticed how well-behaved French children are, compared to our own? How come French babies sleep through the night? Why do French children happily eat what is put in front of them? How can French mothers chat to their friends while their children play quietly? This book deals with these questions.
Perched on the exterior of our delicate and intricate body, we see our skin, touch it and live in it every moment of our lives. And yet how often do we consider what the skin has to deal with, faced with the joys and terrors, pleasures and pain of the outside world?
Everything that hits us strikes our skin first - it is a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and its physical functions are vital to our health and survival.
Everyone who sees us, views our skin first - it is a doorway to ideas of identity, imbued with social significance and psychological meaning.
Whether male or female, old or young, we all have unanswered questions about this underrated and overlooked organ. Does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? Why can't we tickle ourselves? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history Skin: An intimate journey across uur outer covering explores the comedy, tragedy and exquisite humanity of the skin.
What can a brain scan, or our reaction to a Caravaggio painting, reveal about the deep seat of guilt?
How can reading Heidegger, or conducting experiments on rats, help us to cope with anxiety in the face of the world's economic crisis?
Can ancient remedies fight sadness more effectively than anti-depressants?
What does the neuroscience of acting tell us about how we feel empathy, and fall for an actor on stage?
What can writing poetry tell us about how joy works?
And how can a bizarre neurological syndrome or a Shakespearean sonnet explain love and intimacy?
We live at a time when neuroscience is unlocking the secrets of our emotions. But is science ever enough to explain why we feel the way we feel?
Giovanni Frazzetto takes us on a journey through our everyday lives and most common emotions. In each chapter, his scientific knowledge mixes with personal experience to offer a compelling account of the continual contrast between rationality and sentiment, science and poetry. And he shows us that by facing this contrast, we can more fully understand ourselves and how we feel.
Winner of the Medical Journalists' Open Book Award 2005, this book is about John Hunter. Revered and feared in equal measure, Hunter was the most famous surgeon of eighteenth-century London. An inspiration for Dr Jekyll and Dr Dolittle, he was a maverick medical pioneer, and even anticipated the evolutionary theories of Darwin.