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The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life. (edition 1987)

by Robert O. Becker (Author), David Bichell (Illustrator)

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Title:The Body Electric: Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life.
Authors:Robert O. Becker (Author)
Other authors:David Bichell (Illustrator)
Info:Quill (1987), Edition: 26th, 364 pages
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The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body.
  CenterPointMN | Oct 11, 2018 |
The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body.
  CenterPointMN | Jun 13, 2018 |
Robert Becker describes his research in how electricity influences biological processes. Much of the material will not appeal to a general audience, which is unlikely to warm to animal limb amputations and limb regeneration. Becker and his colleagues nevertheless made some fascinating discoveries. The idea that biological processes are driven by electricity had never been entirely welcome in biology and medicine because it is associated with the notion of vitalism, that there is an essential force that gives organisms life, and some vitalists suggested that electricity could be that essential force. Becker was of course not a vitalist, but had to overcome the stigma of studying electrical influences on physiology and behavior.

In his later work, he became interested in both the beneficial and harmful effects of electrical currents and fields on human health, and that material is covered here too. Electrical and magnetic fields have since been implicated as the causes of harmful effects and since the early 1980's when Becker wrote this book the introduction of cell phones and other wireless technologies have vastly increased the electromagnetic fields people encounter in their daily lives. His historical summary of work in this area shows that researchers who have found harmful effects have had their grants withdrawn. ( )
  bkinetic | Jul 21, 2017 |
The book is an account of Robert Becker's research career in bioelectricity. Becker had some success in research associated with infection control using silver electrodes. He followed some interesting concepts associated with the involvement of electricity in nerve transmission and magnetic fields in direction sense. His research in electropolution and regeneration were more controversial. Eventual effects of claims of the negative effects of electromagnetic fields caused his loss of funding and of his lab. He was obviously and intelligent man, which had a disappointing end to his career. I can not recommend this book except to those interested in the subject. I have a personal interest since I was a graduate student of one of Becker's graduate assistants (Andrew Marino). ( )
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The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the filed of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life. But as exciting as Becker's discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker's struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

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In this landmark book, Robert O. Becker, M.D., a pioneer in the field of bioelectric science, presents a fascinating look at the role electricity plays in healing, challenging the traditional mechanistic model of the body. Colorful and controversial, this is a tale of engrossing research, scientific and medical politics, and breakthrough discoveries that offer new possibilities for fighting disease and harnessing the body's healing powers.… (more)

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