If Our Bodies Could Talk

A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (12.02 hours)
Product Number: Z100117442
Released: Dec 27, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524735210
Narrator/s: James Hamblin
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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.

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Author(s): James Hamblin
Genre: Science, Self Help
Original Publish Date: Dec 27, 2016

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Author(s): James Hamblin
Genre: Self Help, Science
Product Number EB00671633
Released: Dec 27, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385540988

Professional reviews

"Almost every peculiar question one might have on the human body is answered in Hamblin's audiobook. Topics are organized around six main aspects of the body, such as appearance, nutrition, and death. Delivered in a youthful, passionate voice, Hamblin's simplified responses get to the point with a fun, sometimes sarcastic inflection. He explains what's normal and what's important to know about our bodies while piquing curiosity about topics to come. Questions such as why tattoos don't wear off and how much sleep people need are examples of the many that are addressed. The playfulness in Hamblin's voice makes learning about the body entertaining. D.Z. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"

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