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 most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it. The idea of the book is s/>‘We/>
How to build a human
…moreThe advanced readers edition contains the following general subjects. These are subject to change before publication, though.
How to build a human
skin and hair
the mouth and throat
The heart and blood
The immune system
Conception and birth
Nerves and pain
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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 was t ...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 an ...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 intere ...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 of the United States have done fo ...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
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 in ...more
So far from any textbook, it contains valuable facts yet it’s not overly technical. The categories or elements of the vast network that con ...more
Did you ever think you ever needed an owner's manual for our complex body? I think this was a brilliant idea!! We live in this body that we are so intimate with and yet could hardly speak of what goes on inside or tell us the functions of the organs we have, nor even name them, Bryson took a Biology Book, that is the last thing I ever want, and turned it to an amazing book that I cannot keep my hands away from.
Converting a daunting and boring science book i ...more
After taking on the whole of science in his first book, here he focuses in on the physiology, anatomy and diseases of the human body. Bryson does so with his usual light, approachable style, peppering the plethora of facts (and 'don't know's - it's amazing how much we still don't know ab ...more
Bill Bryson explores what makes up the human body from head to toe, from birth to death, with his trademark wit and wisdom. He delves into how a healthy body functions and what can go wrong, how medicines and treatments have evolved over the years, discussing which scientists and doctors made important discoveries that benefitted humanity and which crackpot theories were eventually debunked. Best advice for living a lon ...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. Th ...more
If this book doesn’t pique your inter ...more
"From skin to gut, the human body is a realm of wonder, and Bill Bryson’s tome explores it to its thrumming depths. The book bristles with data such as our allotment of cells (37.2 trillion) or daily faeces production (200 grams), but the star turns are Bryson’s wry forays into the histories of neuroscience, genetics, anatomy and immunology. Cue visceral gems such as diarist Samuel Pepys’s gruesome bladder-stone surgery, and US physician Chevalier Quixote Jackson’s ret ...more
I will say: Bryson is still a 60+ year old white man and that shows in some of how he approaches stuff in here, and his inability to humanize fat bodies or the weaknesses of "overweight" as the factor in many illnesses is a bit embarrassing.
My thanks to Netgalley and Doubleday Books for this advanced readers copy. This book is due to release in October 2019.
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