If Our Bodies Could Talk : A Guide To Operating And Maintaining A Human Body
Random House, Inc.
By the senior health editor for The Atlantic, this is the conversation you wish you could have with your doctor—a witty and friendly overview of topics from sex and aging to wellness and nutrition
How much sleep do I really need? Are we meant to eat meat? Should I worry about cell phone cancer? Can I boost my immune system? With this book, James Hamblin, the creator of The Atlantic's most popular video series and "the most delightful MD ever" (Buzzfeed), takes on those health concerns that never seem to go away.
James Hamblin has conducted dozens of interviews with scientists, researchers, and medical professionals to address questions that range from the paranoid to the practical, while considering the larger, often overlooked issues beneath the surface, such as affordable healthcare, homelessness, and the environment.
Featuring illustrations by Hallie Bateman (The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine), If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive guide that entertains and enlightens in equal doses.
Baker & Taylor
"If you want to understand the strange workings of the human body, and the future of medicine, you must read this illuminating, engaging book." --SiddharthaMukherjee,author ofThe Gene In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called "If Our Bodies Could Talk." With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questionsthat never seem to go away--and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media. He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more: Can I "boost" my immune system? Does caffeine make me live longer? Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? How much sleep do I actually need? Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin? Is life long enough? In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners. He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don't really matter. If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive, illustrated guide that entertains and educates in equal doses"--
"An empirical, exhaustive, and entertaining look at the body and its functions, in the vein of the author's stories and viral video series for The Atlantic on sleep, aging, diet, and more, examining and reassessing those health concerns that never seem to go away"--
Explores the stories behind persistent health questions that are subject to mischaracterization and oversimplification by marketing and the media, covering health topics ranging from sleep and aging to diet and the immune system.
Doubleday, Dec 2016
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