Lewis thomas was a physician poet etymologist essayist administrator educator policy advisor and researcher a graduate of princeton university and harvard medical school he was the dean of yale medical school and new york university school of medicine and the president of memorial sloan kettering institute. The lives of a cell notes of a biology watcher 1974 is collection of 29 essays written by lewis thomas for the new england journal of medicine between 1971 and 1973 throughout his essays thomas touches on subjects as various as biology anthropology medicine music showing a particular affinity for bach etymology mass communication and computers. In the lives of a cell lewis thomas dances around the question of what life is and what it means to be alive this book is a collection of essays that discuss biology language society and other issues of naturalism and scientific observation that weave together into a rather unique way of looking at the lives of individuals with respect . The lives of a cell notes of a biology watcher lewis thomas essays which appeared in the new england journal of medicine his reflections and observations on man and nature science and life biology and life and on health and language. Elegant suggestive and clarifying lewis thomass profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships this provocative
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