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The Gastro-Archeologist

Revealing the Mysteries of the Intestine and its Diseases

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  • Explores the evolutionary history of the gut from a unique perspective

  • Includes a wealth of hand-drawn illustrations

  • Sprinkled with anecdotes and amusing facts

  • Puts the gut and immune system in context to explain intestinal diseases

  • Written for anyone with an interest in the gut, its immunity and diseases

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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-62621-1
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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-2
    2. The Invention of Eating

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 3-25
    3. The Gut Revolution

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 27-52
    4. The Bowels of Existence

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 53-85
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 87-89
    2. The Rules of Social Engagement

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 91-119
    3. The Orchestra of Life

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 121-153
    4. Gut Immunity: The Layers of Time

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 155-180
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 181-185
    2. What Is Food to One Is Rank Poison to another’

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 187-215
    3. ‘The Evil Bread’

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 217-247
    4. ‘Back to the Very Beginning’

      • Jeremy Woodward
      Pages 249-296
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 297-304

About this book

In order to understand common conditions such as coeliac disease and Crohn’s disease, one must view the gut in its evolutionary context. This is the novel approach to the gut and its diseases that is adopted in this book. The first part tells the story of the evolution of the gut itself – why it came about and how it has influenced the evolution of animals ever since. The second part focuses on the evolution of immunity and how the layers of immune mechanisms are retained in the gut, resembling the strata revealed in an archeological dig. The final part, ‘The Gastro-Archeologist’, ties the first two together and highlights how understanding the gut and immune system in their evolutionary context can help us understand diseases affecting them.

Ambitious in its scope but telling a unique story from a refreshingly novel perspective, the book offers an informative and enjoyable read. As the story of the gut, immunity and disease unfolds, the author aims to endow readers with the same sense of awe and excitement that the subject evokes in him. Difficult concepts are illustrated using simple and colourful analogies, and the main content is supplemented with anecdotes and unusual and amusing facts throughout the book.

The book is intended for anyone with an interest in the gut, its immunity and diseases, ranging from school and college biology and biomedical students, to professionals working in the field, and to patients suffering from intestinal diseases who want to understand more about their conditions.

Keywords

  • Gut health
  • Food allergy
  • Gut microbiota
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Celiac disease
  • Evolution
  • Mucosal immune system
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Adaptive immunity
  • Digestive system diseases
  • Bowels

Reviews

“The Gastro-Archeologist occupies an informative and engaging middle ground. … Woodward tackles difficult concepts with relative ease, and The Gastro-Archeologist promises readers a fresh perspective on how eating, digestion, and the diseases they engender came about—and the ways in which we can begin to tackle them. Woodward’s unique take encourages us to question and reinterpret the ways we view the gastrointestinal system, challenging us to look beyond the superficial, step back, and take in the bigger picture.” (Jennifer Thorley, The Lancet, Vol. 6, August, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK

    Jeremy Woodward

About the author

Author:

Dr Jeremy Woodward is a consultant gastroenterologist working in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. He specialises in diseases of the small intestine and clinical nutrition, which extends from tube-feeding techniques to intestinal transplantation. He lectures on gastroenterology and nutrition in the Medical School in Cambridge University where he is also a communications skills facilitator, and he teaches gastrointestinal physiology to undergraduates in Christ’s College (where his own career started). An enthusiastic wildlife observer and photographer he particularly enjoys studying moths in his back garden and hunting reptiles when on holiday in warmer climes.    

Illustrator:

Charlie E. Manning comes from a long line of creative folk. Educated in Saffron Walden, Essex and in Cambridge, she has worked within the art industry in roles such as college technician, art and antiquities custodian and art materials advisor and retail for over 20 years. She chose to refresh some of her skills and studied illustration and visual communications with the Open College of the Arts.  Whilst pursuing various creative avenues, she enjoys trying to incorporate recycling wherever possible, being a history nerd, folklore enthusiast, appreciator of traditional crafts and an avid plant collector.  Working predominantly in pen and ink, gouache, coloured pencil, mixed media collage and in Lino printing, she takes inspiration from the natural world and can be found recharging her batteries outdoors, preferably in the dappled shade of woodland amongst the flora and fauna, taking lots of photographs and possibly hugging a tree.  Currently dwelling near the Fenlands of East Anglia. She is a devoted auntie to her nieces and nephews and works part time in floristry.

 

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 29.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-62621-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)