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Spark of Life : Electricity in the Human Body -- Hardback
Spark of Life : Electricity in the Human Body -- Hardback
Publisher : Penguin Books Ltd
Published Date : 2012/06
Binding : Hardcover
ISBN : 9781846143014

BookWeb Price : MYR 118.50
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Table of Contents
 
I Sing the Body Electric                           1  (7)
    1 The Age of Wonder                            8  (25)
    2 Molecular Pores                              33 (21)
    3 Acting on Impulse                            54 (26)
    4 Mind the Gap                                 80 (22)
    5 Muscling in on the Action                    102(15)
    6 Les Poissons Trembleurs                      117(23)
    7 The Heart of the Matter                      140(30)
    8 Life and Death                               170(22)
    9 The Doors of Perception                      192(34)
    10 All Wired Up                                226(30)
    11 Mind Matters                                256(29)
    12 Shocking Treatment                          285(27)
Notes                                              312(5)
Further Reading                                    317(3)
Acknowledgements                                   320(2)
Text and illustration permissions                  322(1)
Index                                              323
 

We are all familiar with the idea that machines are powered by electricity, but perhaps not so aware that this is also true for ourselves. "The Spark of Life" is a spectacular account of the body electric, showing how, from before conception to the last breath we draw, electrical signals in our cells are essential to everything we think and do. These signals are produced by some amazing proteins that sit at the forefront of current scientific research - the ion channels. They are found in every cell in Earth and they govern every aspect of our lives, from consciousness to sexual attraction, fighting infection, our ability to see and hear, and the beating of our hearts. Ion channels are truly the 'spark of life'. Award-winning physiologist Frances Ashcroft weaves real-life stories with the latest scientific findings to explain the fundamental role of ion channels in our bodies. What happens when you have a heart attack? Why does an electric eel not shock itself? Can someone really die of fright? Why does Viagra turn the world blue? How do cocaine, LSD and morphine work? Why do chilli peppers taste hot? How do vampire bats sense their prey?Was Mary Shelley right when she inferred that electricity is the 'Spark of Life? Frances Ashcroft explains all this and more with wit and clarity. She introduces a cast of extraordinary personalities whose work has charted the links between molecule and mind over the centuries. She recounts the scientific detective stories involved in the development of our ideas about animal electricity, and shows how these are intimately entwined with our understanding of electricity itself. And she describes how the latest advances have led to the identification, and in some cases the cure, of a new class of disease. Anyone who has ever wondered about what makes us human will find this book a revelation.DM EE EG ES FI FJ FK FO FR GD GG GH GI GL GM GR GY HK HU IL IM IN IQ IS IT JE JM JO KE KI KN KW KY LC LI LK LS LT LU LV MC MS MT MU MW MY NA NG NL NO NP PK PL PN PT RO SB SC SD SE SG SH SI SK SL SM SO SZ TO TR TT TV TZ UG VA VC VG WS YE ZM ZWCG CI CK CL CN CO CR CU CV CX DJ DO DZ EC EH ER ET GA GE GF GN GP GQ GS GT GW HM HN HR HT ID IO IR JP KG KH KM KP KR KZ LA LB LR LY MA MD ME MF MG MK ML MM MN MO MP MQ MR MV MX MZ NC NE NF NI NR NU OM PA PE PF PG PM PS PY QA RE RS RU RW SA SJ SN SR ST SV SY TC TD TF TG TH TJ TK TL TM TN TW UA UY UZ VE VI VN VU WF YTHeart Disease 43 Moira McLean, Frances A. Bu'Lock and S. Elizabeth Robson 4.1 Mild Structural Heart Disease 44 4.2 Moderate Structural Heart Disease 48 4.3 Severe Structural Heart Disease 51 4.4 Rheumatic and Valvular Heart Disease 54 4.5 Marfan's Syndrome 56 4.6 Functional Heart Disease: Cardiomyopathy 58 4.7 Functional Heart Disease: Arrhythmias 60 4.8 Ischaemic Heart Disease: Angina and Myocardial Infarction 62 4.9 Pulmonary Hypertension and Eisenmenger's Syndrome 64 4.10 Heart Transplant 66 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 68 References 69 Appendix 4.3.1 Drugs for Cardiac Disease -- An Overview for Midwives 74 5 Respiratory Disorders 75 Jane Scullion, Christopher Brightling and Michelle Goldie 5.1 The Breathless Pregnant Woman 76 5.2 Asthma 78 5.3 Pneumonia and Chest Infections 80 5.4 Tuberculosis 82 5.5 Cystic Fibrosis 84 5.6 Sarcoidosis 86 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 88 References 89 Appendix 5.2.1 Asthma in Pregnancy: An Information Leafl et for Pregnant Women 90 6 Renal Disorders 91 Nigel J. Brunskill and Andrea Goodlife 6.1 Urinary Tract Infections 92 6.2 Chronic Kidney Disease 94 6.3 Dialysis in Pregnancy 96 6.4 Renal Transplantation 98 6.5 Nephrotic Syndrome 100 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 102 References 103 Appendix 6.3.1 Replacement of Renal Function by Dialysis 104 7 Endocrine Disorders 105 Robert Gregory and Diane Todd 7.1 Hypothyroidism 106 7.2 Thyrotoxicosis 108 7.3 Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus 110 7.4 Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus 113 7.5 Gestational Diabetes Mellitus 115 7.6 Addison's Disease (Adrenal Insuffi ciency) 118 7.7 Prolactinoma 120 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 122 References 123 Appendix 7.3.1 Diabetes Mellitus 124 8 Neurological Disorders 125 Fionnuala McAuliffe, Eleanor Burns-Kent, Deborah Frost and Edmund S. Howarth 8.1 Migraine and Headaches 126 8.2 Epilepsy 128 8.3 Cerebrovascular Disease and Stroke 132 8.4 Bell's Palsy 137 8.5 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 140 8.6 Myasthenia Gravis 142 8.7 Multiple Sclerosis 144 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 147 References 148 Appendix 8.2.1 Drugs Used for Neurological Conditions 152 9 Musculoskeletal Disorders 153 S. Elizabeth Robson, Marie C. Smith, Edmund S. Howarth and Javed Iqbal 9.1 Back and Pelvic Pain 154 9.2 Diastasis Recti Abdominis 156 9.3 Pregnancy Related Pelvic Girdle Pain 158 9.4 Hypovitaminosis D 160 9.5 Osteoporosis 163 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 165 References 166 Appendix 9.1.1 Pain Therapy Ladder for Pregnancy 169 10 Gastrointestinal Disorders 171 Rosemary Lydall, Manjiri Khare, Caroline Farrar and S. Elizabeth Robson 10.1 Gastro-oesophageal Refl ux and Hiatus Hernia 172 10.2 Coeliac Disease 176 10.3 Ulcerative Colitis 178 10.4 Crohn's Disease 180 10.5 Irritable Bowel Syndrome 182 10.6 Haemorrhoids 184 10.7 Anal Sphincter Disorders 186 10.8 Obstetric Cholestasis 188 10.9 Gall Bladder and Pancreatic Disease 190 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 192 References 193 Appendix 10.3.1 Care of a Stoma 197 Appendix 10.5.1 Management Algorithm of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 198 11 Autoimmune Disorders 199 S. Elizabeth Robson and Julie Goddard 11.1 Rheumatoid Arthritis 200 11.2 Raynaud's Phenomenon 202 11.3 Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 204 11.4 Antiphospholipid (Hughes) Syndrome 206 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 209 References 210 Appendix 11.1.1 Drugs for Autoimmune Disease -- An Overview for Midwives 213 12 Infectious Conditions 215 Karen Watkins, Veronica Johnson-Roffey, Juliet Houghton and S. Elizabeth Robson 12.1 Viral Hepatitis 216 12.2 Human Immunodefi ciency Virus 218 12.3 Malaria 220 12.4 Chickenpox 223 12.5 Toxoplasmosis 226 12.6 Listeriosis 228 12.7 Herpes Simplex Virus 230 12.8 Streptococcal Sepsis 232 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 234 References 235 Appendix 12.1.1 The ABC of Hepatitis 238 Appendix 12.2.1 Other Infectious Viral Diseases 239 Appendix 12.2.2 Other Infectious Bacterial Diseases 240 13 Metabolic Disorders 241 Rowena Doughty and Jason Waugh 13.1 Obesity 242 13.2 Phenylketonuria 244 13.3 Hyperemesis Gravidarum 246 13.4 Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy 248 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 250 References 251 Appendix 13.1.1 Body Mass Index 253 14 Haematological Disorders 255 Abena Addo, Christina Oppenheimer and S. Elizabeth Robson 14.1 Iron Defi ciency Anaemia 256 14.2 Megaloblastic Anaemia 260 14.3 Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation 262 14.4 Von Willebrand's Disease and Other Bleeding Disorders 264 14.5 Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy 266 14.6 Thalassaemia 268 14.7 Sickle Cell Disorders 270 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 273 References 274 Appendix 14.1.1 Blood and Blood Products Overview 277 15 Thrombo-embolic Disorders 279 Daksha Elliott and Sue Pavord 15.1 Thrombophilia and Inherited Clotting Disorders 280 15.2 Deep Vein Thrombosis 282 15.3 Pulmonary Embolism 287 15.4 Thromboprophylaxis 290 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 294 References 295 Appendix 15.4.1 Thrombo-embolic Disease Stockings 297 16 Addictive Disorders 299 Paul Moran and Madeleine Findlay 16.1 Substance Misuse 300 16.2 Alcohol Addiction 302 16.3 Tobacco and Cannabis Use 304 16.4 Cocaine Addiction 306 16.5 Opiate Addiction 308 16.6 Stimulant Addiction 310 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 312 References 313 Appendix 16.1.1 Applying a Formal Assessment Framework 315 Appendix 16.3.1 Preventing SIDS: Advice to Parents 316 Appendix 16.4.1 Care of the Baby who Experiences Withdrawal 317 17 Psychiatric Disorders 319 Renuka Lazarus and Kathryn Gutteridge 17.1 Antenatal Psychiatric Disorders 320 17.2 Postnatal Psychiatric Disorders 322 17.3 Eating Disorders 324 17.4 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 326 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 328 References 329 Appendix 17.1 Treatment Guidance for Depression 331 18 Neoplasia 333 Caroline Farrar and Francis J. E. Gardner 18.1 Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (Hydatidiform Mole and Choriocarcinoma) 334 18.2 Cervical Cancer 336 18.3 Cervical Screening 340 18.4 Breast Cancer 342 18.5 Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma 344 18.6 Hodgkin's Lymphoma 346 18.7 Ovarian Neoplasia 348 18.8 Malignant Melanoma 351 Patient Organisations and Essential Reading 354 References 355 Index 357