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Billy's Halo


Billy's Halo

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    Ruth McKernan(Author)

Science is just one way of looking at life. As a neuroscientist working at the forefront of medical research it is Ruth McKernan’s way. For a while it was her father Billy’s too; science was a language they shared. When Billy succumbed to a mystery illness and slipped from consciousness into coma, Ruth watched his life ebb away with a mixture of love and terror. She struggled for control by using her scientific knowledge to analyse and understand his medical condition. Billy had been a demanding father, the postman’s son who became a self-made success – but it took his collapse for Ruth to realize just how intense her feelings were for him.

Now, she tells the story of her father’s last year as a collection of cutting-edge scientific themes – memory, consciousness, microbes, stem cells – like pearls strung together on the thread of her father’s life. The result is an inspired blending of personal emotion, love and grief, with a crystal-clear scientific explanation of the way our brains and bodies work in sickness and in health.

'An intriguingly original venture...Her excursions into science genuinely augment the story-line.' -- Independent'Full of clean and lively science writing...A brave book, willing to take on tricky but important questions.' -- Scotsman

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Book details

  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Ruth McKernan(Author)
  • Doubleday (1 Mar. 2006)
  • English
  • 4
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle

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