Ever wondered what it’s like to be hit by lightning or to lose your sense of smell? Heard about the woman saved by bee stings — or the window cleaner who survived a 400ft fall?
Originally written for the Wellcome charity, these 16 stories by leading science writers explore the mysteries of the human body. Learn about everything from diets to allergies, hair colour to rare blood, and from allergies to remote surgery.
What’s it like to be struck by lightning?
Why do we colour hair?
The man with the golden blood
Why dieters can’t rely on calories
3D printers can now make body parts
How to fall from a skyscraper and live to tell the tale
The quest to explain miscarriages
Seeking a ‘cure’ for male baldness
How bee stings saved a woman’s life
The global trend for ‘kangaroo’ babies
What it means to lose your sense of smell
The doctor aiming to end eye pain
Could allergies be a defence against noxious chemicals?
The topics are all vaguely human body related, but thankfully not all medical (not my favourite subject) - so, for example, as well as stories of a person cured of Lyme disease by bee stings or a piece on miscarriages we get topics like the effects on the body of being struck by lightning or falling from a high place. Even some more explicitly health-related matters, such as the impact of losing your sense of smell, were engaging enough to get me past my medical squeamishness.'
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