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Summary

Two hundred and six bones. One heart. Two eyes. Ten fingers. You may think we know what makes up a human. But it turns out our bodies are full of surprises.

What makes tears of joy different from tears of sadness?

Why is a gut feeling so much smarter than you think?

And why is 90 percent of you not even human?

You may think you know the human body - heart, lungs, brain and bones - but it's time to think again. Your body is full of extraordinary mysteries that science is only just beginning to understand. This book, which accompanies a major new BBC TV programme, turns your knowledge of the human body on its head. Leading us through all of these revelations are stories of everyday miracles - the human stories that bind every one of us together through the universal stages of life. From the most extreme environments on earth to the most extreme events, we reveal the extraordinary abilities every human shares.

Combining cutting-edge science with cutting-edge technology, we see the human body like never before.

©2017 Chris van Tulleken, Xand van Tulleken and Andrew Cohen (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"The van Tullekens are the pin-up doctors at the forefront of HIV research, medicine in war zones and the Ebola epidemic. They're so warm and likeable that they've made roughly 20 TV shows between them in the past 10 years. Proving that smart is indeed the new sexy, both van Tullekens are highly qualified doctors researching and treating infectious diseases, while their shows tend to involve hair-raising, death-defying or body-hacking challenges - all carried off with inexhaustible good humour in the name of science. Indeed, at the age of 36, their bucket list is as short as Chris' stubble: to date they've trekked to the North Pole, shoved spikes through their tongues and even won a BAFTA." ( Evening Standard)

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Fascinating

I was worried this would not go into as much depth as I wanted, but I was wrong. It is full of so much information - thoroughly up to date research - and yet written and narrated in a clear and approachable way. Not at all dry and not at all superficial.
I recommend it to anyone with a human body.