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Aroused : the history of hormones and how they control just about everything

Author: Randi Hutter Epstein
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randi Hutter Epstein
ISBN: 0393357082 9780393357080
OCLC Number: 1107492740
Description: xvii, 313 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The fat bride --
Hormones ... as we may call them --
Pickled brains --
Killer hormones --
The virile vasectomy --
Soul mates in sex hormones --
Making gender --
Growing up --
Measuring the immeasurable --
Growing pains --
Hotheads : the mysteries of menopause --
Testosterone endopreneurs --
Oxytocin : that lovin' feeling --
Transitioning --
Insatiable : the hypothalamus and obesity --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: History of hormones and how they control just about everything
Responsibility: Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH.

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"Here, a leading medical writer and professor at Yale University uncovers the true science of hormones and looks back into the basements, labs and back rooms where the study of endocrinology began." Read more...

 
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