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The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body What happens during a heart attack Can someone really die of fright What is death, anyway How does electroshock treatment affect the brain What is consciousness The answers to these questions lie in the electrical signals constantly traveling through our bodies, driving our thoughts, our movements, and even the beating of our heartsThe history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments Moreover, present day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric



10 thoughts on “The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body

  1. says:

    This book is life altering and paradigm changing If you ve not been amazed by your own body just yet, first,shame on you, and second, buy this book and keep it as a national treasure The overall content of the book is about how electricity is generated in our amazing bodies All of our thousands of cells contain potassium, and outside of the cell is highly concentrated with s


  2. says:

    I think most of us are aware that the human body uses both chemical and electrical signalling to control its inner functions, but until I read this book I had certainly never realised that extent to which a rather strange electrical process strange because it involves the flow not of electrons as in normal electricity, but of ions is handled by ion channels.After a preface that


  3. says:

    Since I m in the middle of my female authors only month, I thought now would be a good time to get round to some of the non fiction books I have by women, especially in the STEM field I d forgotten I had this one, which is a shame it fits into my general theme of reading about neurology, and builds on a lot of the stuff about ion channels that I learnt in an introductory biology cla


  4. says:

    For such an interesting topic, reading this book really felt like a chore sometimes The author jumped from one topic to another a lot, had too many unnecessary details and dates, and the overall writing style just wasn t engaging enough, in my opinion I still found some chapters quite interesting, so 3 stars.


  5. says:

    A well written and balanced book, that gets neither too complex or patronising, delivering the technical facts at a rate they can be absorbed by the layperson, interspersed with a level of anecdotes that keep it flowing at an agreeable rate, without it becoming a tome of personal triumph or vehicle for misplaced humour as is often the case with less diligent science authors.


  6. says:

    Rating 4 of 5Okay, so I think I ll have to read The Spark of Life Electricity in the Human Body at least three or fourtimes to fully understand everything Ashcroft covered It was fascinating to learn the history of electricity and I couldn t get enough of Chapter 9, The Doors of Perception Even for non scientists, like moi, there is much to learn from The Spark of Life despite its scientific te


  7. says:

    The Spark of Life is a fascinating tour of the electrochemical system in the human body Starting with the discovery of electricity and the subsequent evolution in the understanding of the role of electricity in the body, Ashcroft cogently explains in relatively deep technical detail the many aspects of the human electrical system I had not known about the many different ways that tetrodotoxin the t


  8. says:

    A scientist talking about electricity in the human body ties into energy therapy, design in nature and the dots are starting to join up but I m only on p58.


  9. says:

    Do you thirst for in depth explanations about how your body works If so, read this book We know well how an electric cord works when plugged into an outlet and a switch is flipped But what plugs you in What sort of current does the human body use to breathe, eat, move, have sex, read a book, or even to sit and think Ashcroft goes into great detail about the currents that make you an active system Instead o


  10. says:

    This was not a fast read, but quite understandable to the educated layperson I learned a great deal from the AC or DC wars of Edison and Tesla, to the ways ion channels, which are proteins, control whether and when certain ions pass into or out of the cells causing electrical currents throughout the neurons, causing muscles to contract and glands to secrete or not The history of the discovery of electricity wa


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About the Author: Frances Ashcroft

Frances Ashcroft MA PhD FRS is a British physiologist She is Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor in the University of Oxford She is a fellow of Trinity College and, with Kay Davies and Peter Donnelly is a director of the Oxford Centre for Gene Function.Her research group has an international reputation for work on insulin secretion, type II diabetes and neonatal diabetes Her work with Professor Andrew Hattersley has helped enable children born with diabetes to switch from insulin injections to tablet therapy.She is the author of the book Life at the Extremes The Science of Survival.


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