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Brain Spice

Original Skin - Exploring the Marvels of the Human Hide


Book - All Ages

Original Skin is the grand and sweeping story of our largest organ - the exquisitely sensitive, constantly reactive, and staunchly protective human skin. Our skin is where we end and the rest of the cosmos begins, and our first port of call in understanding the way in which we each connect with the world. Reading Original Skin is like revisiting a hometown long taken for granted: treading the echoing streets of history, the brisk boulevards of anatomical science, and the intimate alleyways of personal experience in the company of Cuskelly, the wonder of skin is revealed anew. It's a captivating journey, complete with surprise discoveries, rewarding diversions, and memorable characters. From tickling to Botox to books bound in human skin, this is a complete exploration of our mysterious skin.