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The Medusa and the snail : more notes of a biology watcher

Author: Lewis Thomas
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Astute observations on the fates of the medusa, a parasitical jellyfish, and the sea slug to which it attaches itself touch upon eternal issues of life and death.
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Genre/Form: Essays
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomas, Lewis, 1913-1993.
Medusa and the snail.
New York : Penguin Books, 1995
(OCoLC)894781333
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lewis Thomas
ISBN: 0140243194 9780140243192
OCLC Number: 31801203
Notes: "First published in the United States by The Viking Press 1979"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 175 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: The Medusa and the snail --
The Tucson Zoo --
The youngest and brightest thing around --
On magic in medicine --
The wonderful mistake --
Ponds --
To err in human --
The selves --
The health-care system --
On cloning a human being --
On etymons and hybrids --
The hazards of science --
On warts --
On transcendental metaworry (TMW) --
An apology --
On disease --
On natural death --
A trip abroad --
On meddling --
On committees --
The scrambler in the mind --
Notes on punctuation --
The deacon's masterpiece --
How to fix the premedical curriculum --
A brief historical note on medical economics --
Why Montaigne is not a bore --
On thinking about thinking --
On embryology --
Medical lessons from history.
Responsibility: Lewis Thomas.

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Astute observations on the fates of the medusa, a parasitical jellyfish, and the sea slug to which it attaches itself touch upon eternal issues of life and death.

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