“Excellent … a most enjoyable mix of personal anecdote and scientific precision.”

Prof John Lennox


Brings history, philosophy, anatomy, medicine, and molecular biology together in a remarkably clear, concise, and convincing way.

Dr Doug Axe

Fresh and original. Beautifully written and extensively researched. Highly recommended.

Dr Stephen Meyer


Impressive and thought provoking


Prof Frank Dunn

Design Dissected

The theme of this book concerns the evidence for design in the complexity of life and it assembles an argument to challenge the conventional assumption that the source of the amazing systems in living things is entirely natural. 

My purpose is to provide a clinician’s perspective on the evidence for real design in living things. While it is written at a popular level there are some technical details but these will be accessible to everyone. Those with a basic understanding of human biology or a background in healthcare will immediately connect with many of the examples.  I have chosen some real clinical cases to illustrate particular points or to provide a backdrop to the argument as it develops. I have also tried to explore some of the amazing connected systems that exist in immunology, endocrinology, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience. Specific design scenarios such as the astonishing changes that have to take place in the human circulatory system when the placental oxygen delivery is switched off and the lungs suddenly have to come into operation at the time of birth. Had that system failed to operate for you – you would not be reading this sentence!

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Read about various scenarios ranging from real clinical cases in medicine and surgery to astonishing and inspiring systems at sub-cellular level.

You even have a chance to think about thinking and consider the golfer’s question!

Motor proteins - kinesin. 

The wonders of cellular nanotechnology

Cell surface receptors and signalling systems. 

The amazing control networks in human physiology.

The amazing engineering of the dynamic switch from placental to pulmonary oxygen delivery

So which came first? The protein machines required to handle the information in DNA or the DNA required to build the protein machines?

There are around 85 -105 billion neurons in each human brain. Each one can have thousands and thousands of connections to other neutrons so that there possibly trillions of synapses. Maybe even in the quadrillion range.

The complexity of the brain is virtually unfathomable.