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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 14 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3341
  1. Anne Parfitt-Rogers, foundation year 1 doctor, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
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For a time, the late surgeon Paul Brand was the world’s only orthopaedic surgeon to work with people with leprosy. He was made commander of the order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1961. This book, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, coauthored with Philip Yancey, draws on his experiences as a doctor in India (his country of birth), and Louisiana, where he married and settled.

From a single cell in Brand’s laboratory in Louisiana, to bones and skin, to locomotion, this book brings physiology, anatomy, and histology to life. It gives an insight into the …

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