A Natural and Unnatural History

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Draws from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine to describe the life cycle of the human female breast, from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, and discusses the organ's modern susceptibility to toxins and disease.

Ingram Publishing Services
An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.
Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it's sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.

Publisher: Old Saybrook, Conn. : Tantor Audio, p2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781452657608
Branch Call Number: MP3BK 612.664 WIL
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (ca. 10 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Reading, Kate


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Mar 01, 2013

A 2012 New York Times Notable Book. Fantastic non-fiction science writing that is enlightening, amazing, and often disturbing in the absence of clear answers for the best path forward to decrease environmental impacts affecting breast health and to ensure our health as a species.

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