A Muscle Odyssey

A Muscle Odyssey

By: Robert D. Cohen (author)Paperback

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A Muscle Odyssey follows Splancreas and some other offal (Matador, 2013), Nephrosapiens (Matador, 2012) and Man and the Liver (Matador, December 2011). Robert D. Cohen's previous books in his biological series have described the evolution, development, anatomy, physiology and pathology of liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, brain and testicles, and have referred to how these subjects have been treated in literature, cuisine and linguistics. All these may be referred to as 'innards', in contrast to what might be regarded as 'outers', i.e. the framework which contains and moves all these vital organs. However, this distinction is not absolute, since muscle appears in the walls of blood vessels, gut and airways, and in an internal sphincter - the sphincter of Oddi - which is the orifice through which the enzymatic secretions of the pancreas enter the small gut. This framework contains, of course, skin and bone, in addition to muscle. Robert now moves on in the same vein, dealing with history, evolution, embryology, anatomy, physiology, pathology of muscle and its roles in art and music. A Muscle Odyssey will appeal to readers interested in human biology.

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Robert D. Cohen is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the University of London, UK. He was educated at Plymouth and Clifton Colleges, and spent most of his career at The London Hospital (now The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel) and its Medical College. His main interests were internal medicine and metabolic disorders, especially those of the liver and kidneys; he is the author of many papers and chapters in books and the writer or editor of several multi-author volumes on these topics. Since his days as a Cambridge undergraduate he has always had a special interest in biochemical aspects of medicine. He and his wife have two children and five grandchildren. They retired in 1999, and now live in a small village a few miles north of Chichester.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781780884738
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 104
  • ID: 9781780884738
  • ISBN10: 1780884737

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