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Author Stephen, Michael J., author.

Title Breath taking : the power, fragility, and future of our extraordinary lungs / Michael J. Stephen, MD.

Publication Info. New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  612.24 STEPHEN    DUE 10-23-23 Billed
 Middletown, Russell Library - NEW Adult Nonfiction  612.24 STE    Missing
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  612.24 STE    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  612.24 STEPHEN    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  612.24 STEPHEN    Check Shelf
Edition First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
Description xv, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-293) and index.
Contents Prologue : Lungs = life -- Part I : The past : the lungs shaped our beginnings, physically and spiritually. Oxygen, then existence -- We must inhale and exhale. but why? -- An infant's drive to breathe -- The extraordinary healing power of the breath -- Part II : The present : our lungs -- and us -- against the world. A window onto the immune system -- The lungs and the common good -- Nicotine seduction and stem cells -- Health is not the absence of disease : climate change -- Exposures unnecessary : time does not heal all wounds -- Part III : The future : the lungs provide a vision of what's to come. Curing the incurable -- Getting personal with the lungs -- The breath and the voice -- The miracle of lung transplant -- Part IV : Life, love, and the lungs. The greatest medical story never told -- Cystic fibrosis, the most heartbreaking lung desease.
Summary "We take an average of 7.5 million breaths a year and some 600 million in our lifetime, and what goes on in our body each time oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide expelled is nothing short of miraculous. 'Our lungs are the lynchpin between our bodies and the outside world,' writes Dr. Michael J. Stephen. And yet, we take our lungs for granted until we're incapacitated and suddenly confronted with their vital importance. In Breath Taking, pulmonologist Michael J. Stephen takes us on a journey to shed original and much-needed light on our neglected and extraordinary lungs, at a most critical societal moment. He relates the history of oxygen on Earth and the evolutionary origins of breathing, and explores the healing power of breath and its spiritual potential. He explains in lay terms the links our lungs have with our immune system and with society at large. And he offers illuminating chronicles of pulmonary research and discovery-from Galen in the ancient world to pioneers of lung transplant-and poignant human stories of resilience and recovery-from the frantic attempts to engage his own son's lungs at birth to patients he treats for cystic fibrosis today. Despite great advances in science, our lungs are ever more threatened. Asthma is more prevalent than ever; rising stress levels make our lungs vulnerable to disease; and COVID-19 has revealed that vulnerability in historic ways. In this time, Breath Taking offers inspiration and hope to millions whose lungs are affected and vital perspective to us all"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Lungs -- Philosophy.
Respiration -- Regulation.
Lungs -- Pathophysiology.
Lung. (DNLM)D008168
Respiration. (DNLM)D012119
Lung -- physiopathology. (DNLM)D008168Q000503
Philosophy. (DNLM)D010684
Lungs -- Pathophysiology. (OCoLC)fst01003846
Respiration -- Regulation. (OCoLC)fst01095707
Genre/Form Instructional and educational works.
Creative nonfiction.
ISBN 9780802149312 (hardcover)
0802149316 (hardcover)
9780802149336 electronic book
Standard No. 40030347147
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