The Medusa And The Snail: More Notes Of A Biology Watcher by Lewis ThomasThe Medusa And The Snail: More Notes Of A Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas

The Medusa And The Snail: More Notes Of A Biology Watcher

byLewis Thomas

Paperback | January 1, 1995

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The medusa is a tiny jellyfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug found in the Bay of Naples. Readers will find themselves caught up in the fate of the medusa and the snail as a metaphor for eternal issues of life and death as Lewis Thomas further extends the exploration of man and his world begun in The Lives of a Cell. Among the treasures in this magnificent book are essays on the human genius for making mistakes, on disease and natural death, on cloning, on warts, and on Montaigne, as well as an assessment of medical science and health care. In these essays and others, Thomas once again conveys his observations of the scientific world in prose marked by wonder and wit.
Lewis Thomas was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Medical School, he was the dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and the president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Institute. He wrote regularly...
Title:The Medusa And The Snail: More Notes Of A Biology WatcherFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.41 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140243194

ISBN - 13:9780140243192

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful.. and still timely!! I read these books quite a few years ago, along with my mum (her copies), and felt compelled to purchase now and reread. After finding that Mr. Thomas has since passed, I wanted to keep copies of the books in my library to enjoy and pass along to my family.
Date published: 2012-09-19

Table of Contents

The Medusa and the Snail
The Tucson Zoo
The Youngest and Brightest Thing Around
On Magic in Medicine
The Wonderful Mistake
To Err Is Human
The Selves
The Health-Care System
On Cloning a Human Being
On Etymons and Hybrids
The Hazards of Science
On Warts
On Transcendental Metaworry (TMW)
An Apology
On Disease
On Natural Death
A Trip Abroad
On Meddling
On Committees
The Scrambler in the Mind
Notes on Punctuation
The Deacon's Masterpiece
How to Fix the Premedical Curriculum
A Brief Historical Note on Medical Economics
Why Montaigne Is Not a Bore
On Thinking About Thinking
On Embryology
Medical Lessons from History

From Our Editors

Continuing the exploration of humanity and its world he began in The Lives of a Cell, the acclaimed scientist examines disease and natural death, cloning, making mistakes, and other timely topics with his trademark wonder and wit. Reprint.