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Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal

Author: Mary Roach
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013] ©2013
Series: Book club kit.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
This book is an exploration of human digestion. Few of us realize what strange wet miracles of science operate inside us after every meal. In her trademark style, the author investigates the beginning, and end, of our food, addressing such questions as: why crunchy food is so appealing, why it is hard to find words for flavors and smells, why the stomach doesn't digest itself, how much we can eat before our stomachs  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online verison:
Roach, Mary.
London : Oneworld, 2013
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Roach
ISBN: 9780393081572 0393081575 9780393348743 0393348741
OCLC Number: 811599508
Description: 348 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Nose job: tasting has little to do with taste --
I'll have the putrescine: your pet is not like you --
Liver and opinions: why we eat what we eat and despise the rest --
The longest meal: can thorough chewing lower the national debt? --
Hard to stomach: the acid relationship of William Beaumont and Alexis St. Martin --
Spit gets a polish: someone ought to bottle the stuff --
A bolus of cherries: life at the oral processing lab --
Big gulp: how to survive being swallowed alive --
Dinner's revenge: can the eaten eat back? --
Stuffed: the science of eating yourself to death --
Up theirs: the alimentary canal as criminal accomplice --
Inflammable you: fun with hydrogen and methane --
Dead man's bloat: and other diverting tales from the history of flatulence research --
Smelling a rat: does noxious flatus do more than clear a room? --
Eating backward: is the digestive tract a two-way street? --
I'm all stopped up: Elvis Presley's megacolon, and other ruminations on death by constipation --
The ick factor: we can cure you, but there's just one thing.
Series Title: Book club kit.
Responsibility: Mary Roach.


Shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2014In her fantastically disgusting international bestseller, Mary Roach dives into the strange wet miracles of science that operate  Read more...


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'The funniest book [of the year] by far... almost every page made me laugh out loud.' * <i>Sunday Times</i>, Best Science Books of 2013 * 'Witty, illuminating and at times astonishing.' * Read more...

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