This is a biological deep dive with author and pulmonologist Michael Stephen about the miraculous nature of our lungs and his brilliant new book, Breath Taking. We also touch on his life threatening experience with COVID-19, his work on the front lines, how we can do better in dealing with these sort of challenges and so much more. There is also a beautiful spiritual component to this show because the human body is simply so amazing.
In Breath Taking, pulmonologist Michael Stephen takes us on a journey to shed original and much-needed light on our neglected and extraordinary lungs, at a most critical societal moment. He relates the history of oxygen on Earth and the evolutionary origins of breathing, and explores the healing power of breath and its spiritual potential. He explains in lay terms the links our lungs have with our immune system and with society at large. And he offers illuminating chronicles of pulmonary research and discovery―from Galen in the ancient world to pioneers of lung transplant―and poignant human stories of resilience and recovery―from the frantic attempts to engage his own son’s lungs at birth to patients he treats for cystic fibrosis today.
Despite great advances in science, our lungs are ever more threatened. Asthma is more prevalent than ever; rising stress levels make our lungs vulnerable to disease; and COVID-19 has revealed that vulnerability in historic ways. In this time, Breath Taking offers inspiration and hope to millions whose lungs are affected and vital perspective to us all.
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