4 January 2019, updated 5 January 2019
On the last of our 12 Days of Culture, a film about pioneering liver transplant surgeon Thomas Starzl is one of sacrificing family life for medical advance
If there’s one organ we take for granted (or try to forget) during any festivities, it’s the liver. With every sip of left-over New Year mulled wine (or something stronger), we turn a blind eye to that engine room of the digestive system: the complex mass of ligaments and lobes that does 500 jobs, including the detoxification of harmful substances.
I’ve been wondering a lot about that mighty organ. Not that there is anything wrong with me just yet, but research published in The Lancet in 2018 …