Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything
A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them.
Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey th...more
This is the story of endocrinology birth: a bit gross, a bit shocking, a bit amusing but gripping and really interesting. And no small part is due to the author’ skill of writing – humorous, informal but full of pertinent information and on everyone’s understanding.
I could not put it down and I think it’s one of the best popularizing science books I read so far.
He's a great guy. We always have a great chat about the latest hot apps, gadgets and cars. By his own admission, he spends more time on Xhamster than on PubMed.
I'm not mad, I understand the sentiment. And this is exactly the kind of guy you want to drink beer with.
But when it comes to medicine, he's a mother fucking troglodyte. He's good if you self-diagnose and need his bureaucratic service of giving you prescription. He's great and cooperative thi ...more
Epstein begins talking about sunbathing with Johnson's baby oil and an album cover wrapped in aluminum foil—something to which all us 1970s kids can relate. And before it hits you that the subj ...more
And although the title sounds sexual in presentation, it's really not a book about those subjects. Moreso, it talked about obesity, gender, adolescence, etc.
Almost two months later, it's been sitting on the bookshelf, and I have no desire to go back to it. DNF, not for me.
I think my favorite part was Ms. Epstein included quite a few women.. normally they are overlooked.
It's a bit repetitive in places but generally a great read.
I picked this book up originally because of the author. I had ...more
Hutter described, people with extreme obesity, children who were way below average and whether they need growth hormones...She related hormones to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, when discussing Estrogen. On the flip side she discussed Testosterone when discussi ...more
Why is this author not as popular as Mary Roach or Malcolm Gladwell? Could it be that her name just isn’t as catchy? This is a fantastic book, about stuff you should know, and I know you don’t, and it’s as interesting as it can be.
Understand that I am a fan of popular science and history, although medical stuff usually gets me down. I happily devour Gladwell, Klosterman, Roach, Puchner, Bryson, S. Johnson, and so many others. My real TBR list isn't all on this site, but at my library's. They ha ...more
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If you are interested in reading a book about the history of hormones (which after all is the title of the book!) then you have come to the right place. It is intriguing to think that less than a century ago the role that hormones played in our lives was in its infancy. There are interesting stories in the book about the characters (scientists that are just humans like the rest of us) that were involved in elucidatin ...more
Back then, hormones were boobs and periods and sex. But hormones are so much more. They are the potent chemicals that control metabolism, behaviour, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing - not just puberty and sex.
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This book goes through a host of common hormones and what they are and what they do. It is very limited in meaningfully going through how they interact with one another.
There's just a lot of missed opportunities throughout the book. Fat - or lack of it - can affect the sex hormones. He misses the whole synthesis of cholesterol down ...more