Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
A 2012 New York Times Notable BookAn 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... show more
A 2012 New York Times Notable BookAn 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. 12 illustrations
Publish date: May 7th 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 338
Edition language: English
The cultural history of the breast with science added to the story. It tells the difference between humans and other mammals regarding breasts. It also explains the stages breast go through from birth to death as well illness such as cancer. I found this book fascinating. I liked how breasts we...
Breasts, I got a pair! I pretty much know their purpose: they turn men in to babies and help babies grow into toddlers. I also know they need to be squished between two metal plates once a year to screen for breast cancer. Other than that, what’s to know? Apparently lots of scary facts about how our...
Williams writes in the same style as Roach which is awesome but sometimes, just like in Roach's books, it bogs down the book. But overall this is an excellent book!
This book tells the story of breasts in our lives that as bearers of breasts may not even be aware of. It discusses how they will be the death of us all and how they can save lives.
At a time when women's health, women's rights and, you know, the basic idea that women are human beings capable of independent thought is often at the forefront of American political discussion, it's somewhat jarring to realize how little we know for sure about one of the body parts that makes us wo...