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On Being Born (Paperback)

F. Gonzalez-Crussi

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-679-8
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There is no theme more central to human life on earth than birth (unless it is its natural counterpart, death). With a pathologist s trained eye for observation of detail and a style unrivaled in elegance and wit, F. Gonzales-Crussi reflects on the largest of topics, those in which science, religion, and philosophy brush most closely together, such as the origin of life in the universe, the complex evolution of human sexuality, and the debate over when the soul is acquired.

Drawing on a variety of sources spanning the fields of biology, literature, history, myth, medicine, and philosophy, On Being Born and Other Difficulties surveys a vast field of opinions and theories, contrasting the supremely rational processes by which we evolved on this planet with our irrational and often bizarre attempts to understand them. Gonzales-Crussi traces millennia of misunderstandings to their sources Aristotle, Hippocrates, Descartes, Sir Thomas Browne, Cervantes, Rabelais, Maupassant, and Nietzsche, among others engaging them with precision, humor, and humanity.

With its unparalleled depth and insight, On Being Born and Other Difficulties is a profoundly entertaining work of the highest literary caliber.

For fans of Oliver Sacks and Sherwin Nuland

[Gonzalez-Crussi] is learned, compassionate, genuinely witty and, at the most unexpected moments, strangely moving His learning, his diligence, his lively curiosity, together make a formidable lens that he brings to bear upon the enigma of what we are. John Banville, New York Times Book Review

F. Gonzalez-Crussi writes essays that fuse science, literature, and personal history into highly civilized artifacts. The Washington Post

F. Gonzalez-Crussi is currently Professor Emeritus of Pathology at Northwestern University Medical School. He is the author of Notes of an Anatomist, The Five Senses (Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee), Suspended Animation (a New York Times Notable Book), The Day of the Dead, and There Is a World Elsewhere.

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