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by Ruth McKernan

Billy's Halo: Love, Science and My Father's Death download ebook
ISBN:
030910100X
ISBN13:
978-0309101004
Author:
Ruth McKernan
Publisher:
Joseph Henry Press (June 10, 2006)
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292 pages
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1323 kb
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4.2

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Ruth McKernan is vice president of drug discovery for a multinational pharmaceutical company and a visiting professor at London’s Institute of Psychiatry. She is an internationally recognized neuroscientist whose talent for making complex science interesting, entertaining, and understandable earned her the Glaxo. As Ruth McKernan’s father slowly succumbs to a mysterious illness, she relies on her professional training as a neuroscientist to help her work through her fear and grief.

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Ruth McKernan tells the story of her father's life and death, laced with her .

Ruth McKernan tells the story of her father's life and death, laced with her own emotional journey. She injects into the narrative chunks of cutting-edge bioscience: beginner's guides to everything from memory and consciousness to stem cells, bacterial infections and drug design. Part memoir, part popular science, Billy's Halo is an intriguingly original venture. Ruth McKernan tells the story of her father's life and death, laced with her own emotional journey. She says that science doesn't really explain, for instance, Billy's love of his native Scotland, "hard-wired into his brain", nor his fearsome determination to build a successful manufacturing business in chemicals.

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Part memoir, part popular science, Billy's Halo is an intriguing original venture. Ruth McKernan has written a moving book on the death of her father

Part memoir, part popular science, Billy's Halo is an intriguing original venture. The excursions into science genuinely augment the story-line. Eye-opening, poignant" (Woman & Home). 'An illuminating combination of medical science and personal feeling. Professor Lewis Wolpert). Ruth McKernan has written a moving book on the death of her father. She does this both as someone who sees what is happening as a clear-eyed scientist and as a devoted daughter. She has produced a remarkably fine book, we are all in her debt.

As Ruth McKernan’s father slowly succumbs to a mysterious illness, she relies on her professional training as a neuroscientist to help her work through her fear and grief. This moving memoir of love, science, and a parent’s death is an inspired blend of personal revelations and professional insights. Science is just one way of looking at life. As a neuroscientist working at the forefront of medical research, it is Ruth McKernan’s way. For a while it was her father Billy’s way, too. Indeed, science was a language they sharedâ€"until Billy inexplicably lapsed into a coma after being admitted to the hospital. As Ruth watches her father’s life ebbing away, she struggles to understand what is happening, grasping for control of the scientific knowledge that would allow her to objectify and analyze his medical condition. A postman’s son who parlayed his formidable intellect and natural strength of character into a successful career, Billy was always a difficult and demanding father. But it took his collapse and slow slide toward death for Ruth to realize how intense her feelings were for him. Ruth recounts the story of Billy’s last year while exploring a collection of cutting-edge scientific themesâ€"delving into memory, consciousness, microbes, and stem cellsâ€"gracefully linking them together like pearls strung upon the thread of her father’s life. A true labor of love, Billy’s Halo shines with heartfelt emotion, yet manages to provide a crystal-clear explanation of the way our brains and bodies work in sickness and in health.

Reviews:
  • Quamar
i read this book last year and tyerefore am a little hazy;no fault of the book which i found truely amazing,the best for a long time .it analises the emotions of a dying man (thru the eyes of his adult child) trying to work out how much of our emotions are really attributable to the "heart" and how much are due to the biochemical reactions in the physical brain per se ;easy to read despite the topic....highly recommend it, a must......should be better promoted (advertised)
  • BeatHoWin
Ruth McKernan has written a moving book on the death of her father. She does this both as someone who sees what is happening as a clear-eyed scientist and as a devoted daughter. She has produced a remarkably fine book, we are all in her debt.