Books by Lewis Thomas

Released: April 1, 1992

"A literary stethoscope: polished, professional, predictable."
Further essays by the prolific physician-writer (Et Cetera, Et Cetera, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 1990

"Such charming images are the mark of an infectious enthusiasm, and will surely tempt others to succumb."
The master essayist-doctor celebrates the tools of his literary trade—in this delightful etymological exploration of the English language. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"These essays, with their theme and coda on nuclear holocaust, add a note of gravity that is new."
Late night thoughts have a foreboding, and thus it is with Thomas: in his third compilation of magazine and newspaper pieces, he saves the title essay for last. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1982

"As commentary on being a doctor, on doing and teaching science, an adornment to the Sloan Foundation series (which began with Freeman Dyson's Disturbing the Universe and Peter Medawar's Advice to a Young Scientist); and, in itself, a sheer pleasure to read."
Writing of his life and his scientific challenges, the author of The Lives of a Cell and The Medusa and the Snail displays the same unpretentious but erudite way with words that have made the essays justly famous. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1979

"Read Thomas for his estimable style—often disarmingly simple, even colloquial—and the wit and insight into life and medicine his writing embodies."
This second collection of short pieces by the President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center will bring joy to those who delighted in Lives of a Cell. Read full book review >
THE LIVES OF A CELL by Lewis Thomas
Released: May 31, 1974

"He's something of a cosmic dreamer, but romance is no doubt a prerequisite for this kind of laboratory research."
An assemblage of twenty-nine short essays on the recent genetic and molecular biologic revolution, presenting a holistic vision of nature: the earth as a superorganism of species, societies as superorganisms of individuals, man as the superorganism of organelles, and so on. Read full book review >