The Body: A Guide for Occupants
'A directory of wonders.' – The Guardian
'Jaw-dropping.' – The Times
'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson…an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' – The Sunday Times
'It is a feat of narrative skill to bake so many facts into an entertaining and nutritious book.' – The Daily Telegraph
‘We spend our whole lives in one body and yet
How to Build a Human
The Outside: Skin and Hair
Down the Hatch: The Mouth an…moreThe published copy has these chapter headings:
How to Build a Human
The Outside: Skin and Hair
Down the Hatch: The Mouth and Throat
The Heart and Blood
The Chemistry Department
In the Dissecting Room: The Skeleton
On the Move: Bipedalism and Exercise
The Immune System
Deep Breath: The Lungs and Breathing
Food, Glorious Food
Into the Nether Regions
In the Beginning: Conception and birth
Nerves and Pain
When Things Go Wrong: Diseases
When Things Go Very Wrong: Cancer
Medicine Good and Bad
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His usual charismatic, undemanding style is all over this book. He begins wi ...more
The most interesting thing was reading about our skin, the tiny tiny layer that we makes us white or black or brown. Bryson watched a surgeon incise and peel back a sliver of skin a millimeter thick from the arm of cadaver. It was so thin it w ...more
Someone who hasn’t been examined yet
(loosely quoted from the book)
This book is two things:
- Really interesting trivia about the human body
I love trivia, and this book had tons of it. This was not a deeply scientific analysis of the human body. It is just snippets and brief anecdotes from various regions of the body as Bryson takes you on a journey through our innerspace. If you are not into big fancy words and meandering analysis, then you need not w ...more
From up to down, inside to outside, young to old, organ to nerve and so on goes the journey trough our miraculous wonder of nature whose amazing eyes are just sending this information to the brain of the reader.
Many myths about the body are shown and design flaws described, but after billion years of evolution, that´s no wonder. We ...more
Blend together the right amount of each of 59 elements, at a cost of US$151,578.46 according to the Royal Society of Chemistry.
If you don't have that kind of money lying about, you can also do it the old-fashioned way that involves heterosexual sex. I'm not here to judge your methods; make a human whichever way you please. What I am here to do is tell you that Bill Bryson has done it again! He has written yet another brilliant and vastly interesting book, thi ...more
There is a huge amount of research that went into this book. Bryson is good and picking out informatio ...more
Want to dominate any biology questions at bar trivia?
The Body: A Guide for Occupants has you covered! For those of us who haven't had a biology class since we fulfilled some course requirement ages ago, Bryson gives an excellent overview of what doctors and scientists know about all our different body parts and bodily functions.
This book does for biology what books like Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong or A People's History ...more
I read this book amid all the pandemonium I had to face as a Doctor and more impo ...more
Most telling phrase from the review: "Recommended 'Not for the science, which can be found in a more detailed and accurate form elsewhere, but for the view, a sweep of landscape with endless little tragicomedies pla ...more
The book is divided into these chapters:
And yes, we did get a little bit of humour, but that wasn't because Bryson made fun of certain things, bu ...more
But as the title suggests, outright occupancy usually comes with a rental charge. The bill always comes due.
I've read a few Brysons before... and my favorite has got to be A Short History of Nearly Everything. This one, from a regular knowledge-gathering stand, comes in as a tight ...more
My personal favorite of Bill Bryson's anecdotal stories:
The emergency appendectomy on a US submarine during WWII. The ship's pharmacist assistant was ordered to operate without any knowledge or equipment, as he as was the senior medical personnel on board. This is a little min ...more
Bryson takes just enough such detours to keep us amused, but just like a good tour guide ensures that we are adequately educa ...more
I am joining a book club; unusual for me because I am not a hugely social animal. It is based at the university where I work for one day a week and it meets a lunch time, once every two months. This is the book for January; it’s not something I would have read in normal circumstances.
Bryson employs his usual wry and laconic style and applies it to the human body. This isn’t a medical text book, but it is detailed and covers pretty much what you would expect. Bryson does cover the histo ...more
This anonymous quote is the heading of the last chapter of this book, "The End". I have to admit I would have been bored if I'd tried to read this straight through but tackling a few pages every night at bedtime turned out to be fascinating and educating. There is a lot of trivia about not just the body itself and how it works, but also about scientists and doctors and their discoveries, sometimes accidental, the sometimes wrong conclusions they came to ...more
This book would be perfect to serve as a primer for a high school health and wellness course. Thanks to Doubleday Books for the ARC in exchange for my ho ...more
No matter what the subject, Bryson’s style is consistent: snappy prose, engaging anecdotes, and fun facts, all tied toget ...more
Bryson just seems to have this ability in his writing to make the reader feel as though they're chatting with a friend about a subject that he's so clearly passionate about. It manages t ...more
Bryson interleaves talking about a lot of facts with interesting and often humorous anecdot ...more
What an absolutely interesting and eye opening adventure into our bodies; and told in such a entertaining way!!!
Recommend for ANYONE and EVERYONE
Thanks to netgalley and Doubleday books for providing me with a copy of this book for my honest review.
This is like A Short History of Nearly Everything but for the body.
Had I not read so many medical books and watched endless hours of QI I would have given this a MUCH higher rating but because of this prior knowledge some sections felt like deja vu.
The scope of the book is impressive, Bill does not leave any stone (or rather muscle, cell, bacteria or organ) unexplored.
I also learned enough fascinating trivia which I plan to spring on unsuspecting friends at inappropriate times for my o ...more
The thing is, there are basically three ways you can go with a book like this. There’s the complete and in-depth approach, which is absolutey ruled out here; you can’t cover the human body completely in four years of medica ...more
In The Lost Continent, Bil ...more