If Our Bodies Could Talk

If Our Bodies Could Talk

A Guide to Operating and Maintaining A Human Body

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"If you want to understand the strange workings of the human body, and the future of medicine, you must read this illuminating, engaging book." --Siddhartha   Mukherjee,   author of   The 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 questions that 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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385540971
Branch Call Number: 613 HAM


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SkokieStaff_Steven Dec 06, 2017

It’s not easy being a self-appointed authority on health and nutrition. I need to keep up with the latest research so I can confidently tell other people what they’re doing wrong. Fortunately, I can turn to books like James Hamblin’s “If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body.” At about 150 chapters, the book is certainly full of information. Its main focus, though, is encouraging healthy (pun intended) skepticism about fads and “silver bullets” for treating problems. Our bodies are enormously complex, and we should be highly suspicious of quick and easy shortcuts to wellness. Also, we should be eating more fiber.

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