The Body Electric

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Following his own conviction, Becker began with experiments on regeneration in certain animals (such as the salamander) that can grow perfect replacements for body parts which have been destroyed. In this book he presents his belief that discoveries about electromagnetism presage a revolution in biology and medicine that may one day enable physicians to control and stimulate healing using only the electromagnetic forces present in the human body.

The Body Electric tells the fascinating story of our bioelectric selves. Robert O. Becker, a pioneer in the field of regeneration and its relationship to electrical currents in living things, challenges the established mechanistic understanding of the body. He found clues to the healing process in the long-discarded theory that electricity is vital to life. But as exciting as Becker's discoveries are, pointing to the day when human limbs, spinal cords, and organs may be regenerated after they have been damaged, equally fascinating is the story of Becker's struggle to do such original work. The Body Electric explores new pathways in our understanding of evolution, acupuncture, psychic phenomena, and healing.

Becker uses his personal experience to describe the rise and fall of technological medicine; he recalls the transformation of medical discovery into mechanistic dogma and the abandonment of the central rule of science: revision in light of new data. Following his own conviction, Becker began with experiments on regeneration in certain animals (such as the salamander) that can grow perfect replacements for body parts which have been destroyed. In this book he presents his belief that discoveries about electromagnetism presage a revolution in biology and medicine that may one day enable physicians to control and stimulate healing using only the electromagnetic forces present in the human body.