The Language of Cells by Spencer Nadler
Life as Seen Under the Microscope

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As a surgical pathologist for more than twenty-five years, Spencer Nadler was not content with the distance between his lab and the patient. Meeting with those whose diseased cells he has diagnosed, he offers them a rare understanding.
Hanna Baylan is a woman as determined as he is to confront the cancer cells biopsied from her breast. Comille, a young boy with Sickle Cell anemia, has frequent racking pain, but doesn’t let it interfere with his gusto for life. And 91-year old-conductor Mehli Mehta inspires comparison between the cellular rhythms that threaten his heart and those that govern his work.
In these intimate, lyrical portraits of people and their cells, Nadler brings a unique
clarity and compassion to medicine.

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Spencer Nadler, M.D., has practiced surgical pathology for more than twenty-five years in Southern California. His essays have appeared in Harper's, The Massachusetts Review, Cross Currents, The Missouri Review, The American Scholar, and Reader's Digest. The Language of Cells is his first book.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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The subtitle is a bit misleading, for the eight essays collected here are really much more concerned with the impact of disease and aging on the individual patients Nadler encounters in his daily practice than in “the cellular world of biopsies” that is the stated aim of his study.

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