Author and Surgeon Per-Olof Hasselgren's "Body Language from Head to Toe" Is Featured in the Harvard Gazette

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The book, a clever and unique “dictionary” of American idioms and other expressions that contain the name of a body part, is also now available in digital formats.

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"For fans of language and anatomy both-- I can't recommend this book more highly.” – E. Lund, Amazon Reviewer

What language does a body speak? "Body Language – from Head to Toe" is a clever and unique “dictionary” of American idioms and other expressions that contain the name of a body part.

The use of body part-related expressions can be both interesting and entertaining. This book, recently featured in the Harvard Gazette, contains about 2,000 such idioms, words, and expressions, for example, “back against the wall,” “brainstorming,” “sweet tooth,” and “tongue in cheek.”

Says author Per-Olof Hasselgren, “As a surgeon, I understand the importance of anatomy and the knowledge of organs and tissues. This book reflects my longstanding interest in idioms and other expressions referring to body parts, and it ‘connects’ anatomy with the spoken and written language.” As someone who moved to the United States from another country, Dr. Hasselgren has studied the peculiarities of the American language, and says that idioms and slang are specific to any given language and often can’t be directly translated. So “shake a leg” and start reading!

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Praise for “Body Language”:
“A truly unique linguistic study. The exploration of idioms in relation to the body creates a physical immediacy to words and sayings-- wresting them from vague, verbal reflexes towards a purer, more meaningful expression. For fans of language and anatomy both-- I can't recommend this book more highly.” – E. Lund, Amazon Reviewer

“As a child development professional, watching the body language of children has been part of my training and I have used how children move for clue to behavior so the title of this book interested me. It gave me a new appreciation of how we talk about our body parts. I loved the idioms, slang and quotes relating to body parts and enjoyed reading ‘Body Language from Head to Toe: Expressions, Idioms, Slang, and Quotes Related to Body Parts.’” – Jane Jones, Amazon Reviewer

“This would be a useful and fun book for ESL learners. It can serve as a 'dictionary' of sorts and a generic conversation piece for adults. Broad coverage with a variety of witty, adorable and amusing examples.” - Christine Corretti, Ph.D., Amazon Reviewer

About the Author: Per-Olof Hasselgren, M.D., Ph.D., is the George H.A. Clowes Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He is director of endocrine surgery and vice chairman of research in the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. The author received his initial medical and surgical training in Sweden, and has been a practicing surgeon in the U.S. for more than 30 years. Dr. Hasselgren has also conducted NIH-supported research for almost 30 years, resulting in multiple scientific publications.

BODY LANGUAGE – FROM HEAD TO TOE: EXPRESSIONS, IDIOMS, SLANG, AND QUOTES RELATED TO BODY PARTS is now available in softcover (ISBN: 978-1-63135-544-8, $21.50), Kindle (ISBN: 978-1-68181-284-7, $9.99), or for other e-Readers (ISBN: 978-1-68181-283-0, $9.99) and can be ordered through the publisher’s website:
http://sbprabooks.com/PerOlofHasselgren or at Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com.

WHOLESALERS: This book is distributed by Ingram Books and other wholesale distributors. Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder(at)sbpra(dot)net.

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