Science is just one way of looking at life. As a neuroscientist working at the forefront of medical research it is Ruth McKernans way. For a while it was her father Billys 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 postmans 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 fathers last year as a collection of cutting-edge scientific themes memory, consciousness, microbes, stem cells like pearls strung together on the thread of her fathers 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.' -- Scotsmanshow more
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