The Spark of Life by Frances Ashcroft
Electricity in the Human Body

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“A gem that sparkles.”—William Bynum, Wall Street Journal


What happens during a heart attack? Can someone really die of fright? What is death, anyway? How does electroshock treatment affect the brain? What is consciousness? The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our hearts.



The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.
 

About Frances Ashcroft

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Frances Ashcroft is an award-winning scientist, a professor of physiology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of both Trinity College Oxford and the Royal Society, and an internationally best-selling author. She lives in Oxford, UK.
 
Published September 24, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 353 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by David Wootton on Jul 13 2012

The Spark of Life isn't, however, organised as a history book. Instead it proceeds fairly logically through nerves, muscles, the heart, the senses, the brain, the mind. And we get lots of interesting examples...

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Reviewed by William Bynum on Sep 28 2012

All this might give the impression that "The Spark of Life" is merely a collection of interesting facts. It is far more than that...

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