Fragile Species

Fragile Species

Lewis Thomas / May 31, 2020

Fragile Species The author of The Lives of a Cell and The Medusa and the Snail now raises challenging questions about some of the major issues of our time AIDS drug abuse and aging With extraordinary perception he

  • Title: Fragile Species
  • Author: Lewis Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780684843025
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • The author of The Lives of a Cell and The Medusa and the Snail now raises challenging questions about some of the major issues of our time AIDS, drug abuse, and aging With extraordinary perception, he discusses topics such as evolutionary biology, the development of language, the therapeutic aspects of medicine, and his love for his profession.

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      • Lewis Thomas

        Lewis Thomas November 25, 1913 December 3, 1993 was a physician, poet, etymologist, essayist, administrator, educator, policy advisor, and researcher.Thomas was born in Flushing, New York and attended Princeton University and Harvard Medical School He became Dean of Yale Medical School and New York University School of Medicine, and President of Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute His formative years as an independent medical researcher were at Tulane University School of Medicine.He was invited to write regular essays in the New England Journal of Medicine, and won a National Book Award for the 1974 collection of those essays, The Lives of a Cell Notes of a Biology Watcher He also won a Christopher Award for this book Two other collections of essays from NEJM and other sources are The Medusa and the Snail and Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler s Ninth Symphony His autobiography, The Youngest Science Notes of a Medicine Watcher is a record of a century of medicine and the changes which occurred in it He also published a book on etymology entitled Et Cetera, Et Cetera, poems, and numerous scientific papers.Many of his essays discuss relationships among ideas or concepts using etymology as a starting point Others concern the cultural implications of scientific discoveries and the growing awareness of ecology In his essay on Mahler s Ninth Symphony, Thomas addresses the anxieties produced by the development of nuclear weapons 1 Thomas is often quoted, given his notably eclectic interests and superlative prose style.The Lewis Thomas Prize is awarded annually by The Rockefeller University to a scientist for artistic achievement.


    1. I love his quirky essays, but this book got demoted to 2 stars because of the section on AIDS. I can't forgive the blatant dismissal of gays who were suffering and dying in their thousands while he writes about the concern that the "general population" was likely to be infected at some point, too. The clear sense that this only matters if heterosexuals might suffer is too painful a reminder of those days (and thanks to the orange one, those days are back, at least until he and Pence are removed [...]

    2. totally worth reading if you want a clear presentation of biological evolution written by a professional for the lay person. lewis thomas is an excellent writer. he knows his subject matter. he presents his details with a slant that is a bit off center from the establishment. in short even his questions are worth reading.

    3. Wonderful essays. No idea why I pulled it off the shelf. Glad I did.Very good essay (p. 158) on cultural evolution, linguistics. Another (p. 99) on "Comprehending my Cat Jeoffry." Includes the author's use of Fibonacci numbers (p. 113).

    4. Not my favorite of Thomas's, but still--I always fall in love with his writing; it's science made poetry. And I feel like he had some really interesting ways of looking at things--his stuff just clicks with me

    5. Lewis Thomas and I have our (significant) differences, especially when talking about the nature and purpose of the human race; nevertheless, a voice to be heard. Enjoyed this very much.

    6. Thomas writes so eloquently of medicine and science; but when he pays tribute to nurses and the importance of their role in health care. it just makes my heart sing.

    7. Although this was published in 1992 and doesn't include the advances in DNA sequencing that has happened since, Dr. Thomas is a visionary that is forseeing those things to come. He scans a broad time frame from the creation of the universe to the start life on earth as simple organisms to human life to the complex organism that is earth itself. Each chapter is a jewel. You do not need to have any more than high school science to understand it but you will come away with much more. He sees scienc [...]

    8. This a wide range of essays by a medical doctor known for his forays onto the best seller list with bioscience essay collections. In this one he strays further out of his field with interesting thoughts, some of which I thought off base but still worth reading. The essays were originally drafted over about a decade of years, and there is occasional repetition, but that is a minor detail.

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