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Aroused by Randi Hutter Epstein
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it was amazing
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"Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything" is a wonderful read. Randi Hutter Epstein employs her unique wit, and her gifted ability to make her writing relevant and familiar, to present a history of hormones that reads more like a novel than a history or medical account.

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 subject matter has changed, you are reading about her grandmother’s affliction with Addison’s disease, the coining of the phrase “hormone” in 1905, and nineteenth-century experiments on a dog’s liver. From that jumping off point, we get “Aroused.”

Epstein discusses hormones in the context of everything from Leopold and Loeb to Coney Island freak shows. But her writing is more than historical anecdotes. "Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything" is meticulously researched and informative. As Epstein points out, hormones are “so much more” than “boobs and periods and sex.”

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Reading Progress

January 11, 2018 – Shelved
January 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 27, 2018 – Started Reading
June 27, 2018 – Shelved as: non-fiction
June 27, 2018 – Finished Reading

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