In this humane and important exploration of modern medicine, Druin Burch examines the future of medicine, our changing physicalities and the implications of longer life.
From birth to death and through the exploration of topics such as disease, sex, mind, eating and drinking, Burch tracks the future of medicine by looking at what is already possible today. Weaving in insights from literature, art and history, The Shape of Things to Come considers the cultural complexity surrounding medicine as well as its impact on the humanities.
As a specialist in geriatric medicine Burch writes with a keen understanding of the medical profession. He outlines the areas of medicine which have seen the greatest improvements and optimistically offers insight into further advancements.
Praise for Druin Burch:
'A writer of searing intelligence and lively wit' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
'Each chapter is a self-contained pleasure to read' SUNDAY TIMES
'Intriguing and informed' THE TIMES
'Each chapter is a self-contained pleasure to read, like mini-fables on the perils of medicine' Sunday Times.
'Intriguing and informed' The Times.
'A gripping history of the blundering progress of medicine' Independent.
'A fascinating and irreverant history of medicine and those who've claimed to understand it, written by an NHS doctor with searing intelligence and lively wit' The Good Book Guide