The Spark of Life (Hardcover)

Electricity in the Human Body

By Frances Ashcroft

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393078039, 339pp.

Publication Date: September 24, 2012

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Paperback (9/9/2013)

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The history of how scientists discovered the role of electricity in the human body is a colorful one, filled with extraordinary personalities, fierce debates, and brilliant experiments. Moreover, present-day research on electricity and ion channels has created one of the most exciting fields in science, shedding light on conditions ranging from diabetes and allergies to cystic fibrosis, migraines, and male infertility. With inimitable wit and a clear, fresh voice, award-winning researcher Frances Ashcroft weaves together compelling real-life stories with the latest scientific findings, giving us a spectacular account of the body electric.