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Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum

Review: Gavin Francis Takes Us on a Tour Through the Human Body

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When it comes to thinking about our bodies—well, we don’t know exactly what to think. Whether we’re being bombarded with advertisements featuring crazy-thin models, groaning through the third Cialis commercial in a row, or discovering fresh ways the devices we use every day can slowly kill us, we have to contemplate our bodies in new ways every day. Not everyone has the unique viewpoint on the human body that Gavin Francis presents in his new book, Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum (Basic Books, October 13). The collection of short stories features personal anecdotes from his time as a surgeon, family physician and ER specialist. Each story is meant to help us explore our…

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