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Inside and Out

Roy A. Meals



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20 October 2020
Physical anthropology & ethnography; Orthopaedics & fractures; Mathematics & Sciences; Evolution; Human biology
Bone is ubiquitous and versatile, and uniquely repairs itself without scarring. However, we rarely see bone in its living state?and even then, mostly in two-tone images that only hint at its marvels. After it serves and protects vertebrate lives, bone reveals itself in surprising ways, sometimes hundreds of millions of years later. In Bones, orthopedic surgeon Roy Meals explores and extols this amazing material that both supports and records vertebrate life. He demystifies the biological makeup of bones; how they grow, break, and heal; and how medical innovations?from the first X-rays to advanced surgical techniques?enhance our lives. With enthusiasm and humor, Meals also reveals the enduring presence of bone outside the body?as fossils, ossuaries, tools, musical instruments?and celebrates allusions to bone in history, religion, and idiom. Approachable and entertaining, Bones richly illuminates our bodies' essential framework.
By:   Roy A. Meals
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 160mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   498g
ISBN:   9781324005322
ISBN 10:   1324005327
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   20 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Roy A. Meals, MD is a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at UCLA. The author of several medical books, he has practiced, researched, and taught hand surgery for forty years. He has served as president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and has also been on the editorial board of the Journal of Hand Surgery for most of his career. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Reviews for Bones: Inside and Out

An engaging journey for readers that explores and explains the mysteries and wonders of the skeleton, illustrating the importance of bone in health and history in a wonderful storytelling style. Most informative and a real joy to read.--Vernon Tolo, MD, former president, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Roy A. Meals has done for bone what Mark Kurlansky did for salt: he saw the possibilities in something that everyone takes for granted and made it into a star. This is a paean to bone, a scientific primer as well as a cultural history, composed by a master of his subject.--Ross D. E. MacPhee, curator, American Museum of Natural History, and author of End of the Megafauna

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