Few people doubt that humans are descended from the apes; fewer still consider, let alone accept, the psychological implications. But in truth, man not only looks, moves and breathes like an ape, he also thinks like one.
Sexual drive, survival, competition, aggression – all of our impulses are driven by our human instincts. They explain why a happily married man will fantasize about the pretty, slim, young woman sitting across from him on the tube and why thousands of people spend their week entirely focused on whether their team will win their next crucial match.
But how well do our instincts equip us for the twenty-first century? Do they help or hinder us as we deal with large anonymous cities, stressful careers, relationships and the battle of the sexes? In this fascinating book, Robert Winston takes us on a journey deep into the human mind. Along the way he takes a very personal look at the relationship between science and religion and explores those very instincts that make us human.
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Bantam Publishing (2003)
Co-authored with Lori Oliwenstein
Following on from the enormously successful BBC program, The Human Body, Superhuman explores the body’s amazing ability to heal, renew, and regenerate itself. This illustrated book relates dramatic tales of futuristic medicine taking place today, and, also, describes how the body’s own power of self-repair is enhanced with contemporary drugs and techniques. It also looks ahead to what will be possible in the near future — ‘designer’ babies, viruses carrying repair genes to cells before they become cancerous, tailor-made human tissue and organs from modifying animal organs with human genes, and electrodes implanted into the brain allowing the blind to see.
Superhuman concentrates on six key medical areas — cancer, infection, transplantation, trauma, repair, and reproduction. It records the before, during, and after of radical operations on real people. It gives witness to the hopes and fears of doctors and patients as new treatments are administered — in many cases, for the first time for both the patients and the professionals. None of these developments would be possible without an increasing understanding of the basic way our body functions, or without a clear recognition of medicine’s history. Superhuman focuses on these aspects of medicine and, also, on the key ethical problems raised by the advance of medical technology.
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DK Publishing (2001)
A guide from a leading British expert on the practice and ethics of assisted fertility techniques. Subjects include the latest in vitro fertilisation and gamete intra-fallopian transfer techniques, egg donation and embryo freezing. Winston also looks at the possible causes of infertility and offers advice on the emotional and practical angles.
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Vermilion Publishing 1999
This title is one in a series of books in which some of the world’s most distinguished academics and writers in their particular fields attempt to forecast the future, over the next 50 years, across a range of social, economic, political , geographical, and technological subject areas.
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Orion Publishing (1997)
Accompanying a six-part BBC1 television series, this is an examination of the human, ethical and emotional issues arising from in-vitro fertilization. The book presents the background to the problems faced by women who had IVF treatment during the filming of the series.
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BBC Worldwide (1996)
Pregnancy is one of the great miracles of everyday life, and infertility, for many couples, is one of the greatest sadnesses. This book examines conception and pregnancy and all the potential surrounding problems. Based on the most up-to-date research, the author gives advice on topics such as how to increase the chances of conception, the causes of male and female infertility, miscarriage, and late motherhood.
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Pan Macmillian (1989)
What are the causes of infertility? How can it be overcome? What is involved in IVF treatment? What are the chances of success?
An estimated 1 in 8 couples have trouble conceiving. In this indispensable guide, Professor Robert Winston, Director of the Infertility Clinic ay Hammersmith Hospital, London, looks at the facts: the known cures for infertility in both men and women, what tests and investigations can be done and what they involve, different treatments available and their success rates, together with advice and support for sufferers of untreatable infertility. All the most up to date information is presented with sympathy and insight.
Published by Ebury Press (1984)