The Unseen Body

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Doctor of internal medicine and pediatrics Jonathan Reisman, M.D., chats with Trey Elling about THE UNSEEN BODY: A DOCTOR’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE HIDDEN WONDERS OF HUMAN ANATOMY. Questions include:

  • How did an early love of exploring the outdoors benefit his eventual medical career? (1:21)
  • How did an elderly patient help him better appreciate the throat? (3:31)
  • Why is the cardiovascular system analogous to the Earth’s waterways? (7:14)
  • What exactly is the Indian-style way of wiping one’s butt? (13:11)
  • How are fecal transplants administered, and how do they work? (15:28)
  • Why do bodily rhythms come up in the chapter dedicated to genitals? (18:25)
  • What exactly is the pineal gland? (23:19)
  • Why do our brains swell the further we get from sea level? (26:49)
  • Where does the brain end and the mind begin? (30:29)
  • Why is the skin ‘intelligent’? (33:52)
  • What does he love about urine more than any other bodily fluid? (36:29)
  • How much of obesity is a medical disease versus a person making continually poor lifestyle choices? (43:44)
  • Do medical schools provide adequate training on nutrition? (47:39)
  • Why are the lungs a forbidden food in the US? (50:16)
  • Why is eye contact an important component of his patient care? (54:04)
  • Why is it important to assess the temperature of a finger or toe when treating an injury to the digit? (56:26)
  • Why do plastic surgeons use leaches? (58:22)
  • Why is empathy crucial for patient care? (1:01:15)