Books: Body Language
01/19/2016 08:00AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier
By Ray Saadi—Book Editor
ADVENTURES in HUMAN BEING By Gavin Francis, Basic Books $26.99
Doctor Francis takes us on a tour of our bodies unlike any we’ve ever seen so up close and intimate. Beginning with the brain, which he feared he’d drop the first time he held one, he delivers the clearest explanation of how this mighty computer affects the rest of the body. From there, to the heart and lungs, a quick pass through the abdominal section, we arrive at what he describes as the all-important, feet. Using actual cases of his patients (disguised for privacy), it’s an illuminating and fascinating journey.
MAYO CLINIC A To Z HEALTH GUIDE Edited by Scott C. Litin, M.D., Oxmoor House $21.95
Feeling bad? Muscles sore from over exercising your New Year’s resolution? Head, back, tummy hurt? Strange pains? What to do? Reach for this one volume guide to symptoms, treatment and prevention. Every condition from Acne to Zoster (shingles) is covered and explained by Mayo Clinic doctors in simple, easy to understand language advising what you can do at home and when it’s imperative to see a doctor. It’s a good book to have at hand when you’re in doubt.
SPRING CHICKEN By Bill Gifford, Grand Central $27
If you’ve resolved to turn back the calendar to when you were still a Spring Chicken, but not succeeding too well, Gifford’s sprightly guide might offer the encouragement you need. From wrinkles and baldness to your basic cells, he shows what great medical strides have already been made in extending our lives, what advances are in the making, and what you can do yourself to extend your life for years more than you might have expected. Go for it.