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If you ever find yourself absent-mindedly flipping channels before becoming mesmerized by some science show illustrating, in detail, the function of neurotransmitters or the immune system’s mechanism for fighting infection, then you’ll find Sherwin B. Nuland’s latest book, The Wisdom of the Body, riveting. Page after page, you’ll be muttering aloud, “So that’s how that works.” Nuland, who wrote the best-selling How We Die, has a gift for taking scientific terminology and putting it into easily understood terms. He waxes poetic on bodily functions without inspiring mockery. Best of all, he humanizes the discussion in a way that conventional medicine has unfortunately forgotten how to do, including personal stories of former patients as well as surprisingly open anecdotes about his own life and family. By the end of the book, you’ll be wishing he could be your doctor. At 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Holly Bass)