This Mortal Coil: A History of Death (Hardback) - Andrew Doig

This Mortal Coil: A History of Death (Hardback) - Andrew Doig

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Andrew Doig is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. He studied Natural Science and Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and Biochemistry at Stanford University Medical School. He became a lecturer in Manchester in 1994, where he has been ever since. His research is on computational biology, neuroscience, dementia, developmental biology and proteins. This Mortal Coil is his first book.

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A TIMES AND OBSERVER HIGHLIGHT FOR 2022 'In this gripping book, Andrew Doig explores the fascinating biology of our own mortality and, crucially, what death can teach us about life' Prof. Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins 'Full of curious facts' The Times 'An enthralling read . . . No subject could be more important to understand who we are and what will become of us' David Wootton ___________ Causes of death have changed irrevocably across time. In the course of a few centuries we have gone from a world where disease or violence were likely to strike anyone at any age, and where famine could be just one bad harvest away, to one where in many countries excess food is more of a problem than a lack of it. Why have the reasons we die changed so much? How is it that a century ago people died mainly from infectious disease, while today the leading causes of death in industrialised nations are heart disease and stroke? And what do changing causes of death reveal about how previous generations have lived? University of Manchester Professor Andrew Doig provides an eye-opening portrait of death throughout history, looking at particular causes - from infectious disease to genetic disease, violence to diet - who they affected, and the people who made it possible to overcome them. Along the way we hear about the long and torturous story of the discovery of vitamin C and its role in preventing scurvy; the Irish immigrant who opened the first washhouse for the poor of Liverpool, and in so doing educated the public on the importance of cleanliness in combating disease; and the Church of England curate who, finding his new church equipped with a telephone, started the Samaritans to assist those in emotional distress. This Mortal Coil is a thrilling story of growing medical knowledge and social organisation, of achievement and, looking to the future, of promise.

About the Author

Andrew Doig is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. He studied Natural Science and Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and Biochemistry at Stanford University Medical School. He became a lecturer in Manchester in 1994, where he has been ever since. His research is on computational biology, neuroscience, dementia, developmental biology and proteins. This Mortal Coil is his first book.

Contributor:
Andrew Doig
Imprint:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Release Date:
03 Feb 2022
Number of Pages:
384
Binding:
Hardback
ISBN13:
9781526624413

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