A Natural and Unnatural History

Book - 2012
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"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." --Dust cover flaps.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393063189
Call Number: 612.664 WILLIAMS
Characteristics: ix, 338 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Breast -- History.
Breast -- Psychological aspects.


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Jun 23, 2014

Loved it! Very informative, user-friendly science-based read, I found it very interesting and useful. Raises the awareness and encourages to rethink our connections with our environment. Great for all women starting with teenagers, especially for 20-30 aged group, but also for older readers. Great chapters on breastfeeding, environmental toxins, cancer risks, modern view of breasts and even implants. Very refreshing and cool book, would make a good present for any woman I think.

Mar 18, 2013

I like that the book was a bit edgy while still appealing to the science nerd. I am not well versed in science but was still able to understand a lot of the studies and points made by the author. Worth a read. So true, we live with breasts for so much of our lives but we really know very little about them. Time for some education!

Donna_R Nov 18, 2012

Popular science at its best - this book brings together science and culture and explores how breasts are a bit of a barometer for our environmental issues.

emily8 Oct 02, 2012

Excellent - compelling chapter on Camp LeJeune - thank you Florence...


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