Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History

ISBN-10: 0393345076

ISBN-13: 9780393345070

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Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it’s sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon’s office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.
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List price: $15.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Introduction: Planet Breast
For Whom the Bells Toll
Circular Beginnings
Plumbing: A Primer
Fill Her Up
Toxic Assets: The Growing Breast
Shampoo, Macaroni, and the American Girl: Spring Comes Early
The Pregnancy Paradox
What's for Dinner?
Holy Crap: Herman, Hamlet, and the All-Important Human Gut
Sour Milk
An Unfamiliar Wilderness: Periods, the Pill, and Hrt
The Few. The Proud. The Afflicted: Can Marines Solve the Puzzle of Breast Cancer?
Are You Dense? The Aging Breast
The Future of Breasts
Acknowledgments
Notes
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