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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Florence Williams, Kate Reading Narrator: Kate Readin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An engaging narrative about an incredible, life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate

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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michaela | 2/1/2014

    " This is a fascinating and sobering book (still with a sense of humor and irony) about the place of breasts in medical and scientific understanding, their role in the immune system across generations, and their evolutionary purpose. Recommended for anyone on the fence about implants, anyone who knows someone with breast cancer, anyone with children (including the men). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alexis Goebel | 1/29/2014

    " interesting & disturbing look at that which makes humans different from every other animal (mammals included): our breasts. It explores the biases and even hesitations science has about studying a topic that makes men turn into 15 year old boys. Beyond its well told history is the ever-present fact of estrogenic chemicals in our food, cosmetics, furniture, cleaning supplies, et al that has made breast cancer so prevalent in our modern america. Good, freaky read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Caitlin | 1/28/2014

    " What a fascinating book. Although it does make you want to lie around naked, not touch anything, or drink anything. It was surprisingly humorous, educational, and well-balanced. A well-recommended read, but not for those already fearful of the environmental toxins around us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bruce | 1/24/2014

    " Very informative, well written, but at times it strays far from the main subject (even though that info is worth reading) and in early parts of the book the author strains a bit too hard for "breezy accessibility"--to the detriment of the points being made. "

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About the Author

Florence Williams is a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado’s Journalism School, a contributing editor at Outside magazine, and a freelance writer for the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, Mother Jones, and numerous other publications.