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[Perspectives] Perpetual change

Transformations large and small are responsible for life and the world around us—from the structural rearrangements of proteins in our bodies, from one millisecond to the next, to the moulding of our Earth’s continents, oceans, mountains, and plains over eons. The ability to change and transform is not only needed to instigate and shape, but also to maintain and evolve. Without an ability to change, we could not grow, move, or think. In Shapeshifters: On Medicine & Human Change, Gavin Francis, a writer and general practitioner based in Edinburgh, UK, explores change in the human body and its relation to health and disease.