• The Unseen Body

  • A Doctor's Journey Through the Hidden Wonders of Human Anatomy
  • By: Jonathan Reisman
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (129 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In The Unseen Body, a fascinating journey through the human body and across the globe, Dr. Reisman weaves together stories about our insides with a unique perspective on life, culture, and the natural world.

Dr. Jonathan Reisman - a physician, adventure traveler, and naturalist - brings listeners on an odyssey, navigating our insides like an explorer discovering a new world. With unique insight, Reisman shows us how understanding mountain watersheds helps to diagnose heart attacks, how the body is made mostly of mucus, not water, and how urine carries within it a tale of humanity’s origins.

Through his offbeat adventures in health care and across the globe, Reisman discovers new perspectives on the body: a trip to the Alaskan Arctic reveals that fat is not the enemy, but the hero; a stint in the Himalayas uncovers the boundary where the brain ends and the mind begins; and eating a sheep’s head in Iceland offers a lesson in empathy. By relating rich experiences in far-flung lands and among unique cultures back to the body’s inner workings, he shows how our organs live inextricably intertwined lives - an internal ecosystem reflecting the natural world around us.

Reisman offers a new and deeply moving perspective and helps us make sense of our bodies and how they work in a way listeners have never before imagined. 

"Petkoff gives a flawless performance of this doctor/naturalist's memoir, conveying both his inquisitiveness and assuredness with aplomb." (AudioFile)

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

©2021 Jonathan Reisman (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Fascinating Journey Indeed!

I wish there were more books like this from a physician's point of view. Enlightening!

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A must read

Everything you ever wanted to know about how our bodies function - and a delightful
delivery to make it so interesting. Could not stop listening! Good narration and you come away delighted with the author somehow. A fascinating read if you want to know how we all “work inside “ our bodies.

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struggled to finish

Full of personal anecdotes and travelog-ish. Sometimes seemed superficial. An unexpected approach, some good, some disappointing.

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this was the best book my sig. other ever read

I got this for my significant other. he loved the book! told me for now to not take out of the Ipod. he will read again. he never doe this! it must be good. I did not read as it is not my kind of book tho mike is trying to get me to read it. I like fiction best or true crime.

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Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Several family members thoroughly enjoyed it. We’re grateful that Dr. Reisman took the time to educate and/or remind us in layman’s language of parts of the human body and its functions. I would eagerly read a follow up.

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Mesmerizing

If you enjoy knowing the inner workings of the human body, this book is for you. Part anatomy class, part travelogue, part history lesson- this book has it all! Narration very easy to listen to and absorb the info.

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Great book

For the person who has a general curiosity about all things, rather than intense curiosity for a few things.

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Fascinating perspective

This author has a fascinating perspective of the human body. I liked this book so much I got my retired nurse mother a hard cope for Christmas and recommended it it to my nursing student daughter.

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excellent read!

very informative take on the human body and it’s systems. very well read as well.