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Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything 1st Edition
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“Lucid and entertaining. . . . [Epstein's] beguiling prose makes for a lively and accessible introduction to hormones and the important work they do in the lives of humans.”
- Publishers Weekly
“An engaging book of medical history that teaches readers about important aspects of physiology.”
- Library Journal
“A sweeping, glorious story of hormones, threaded through with sex, suffering, neurology, biology, medicine and self-discovery, Randi Hutter Epstein’s book manages to excite the imagination as well as calm it. The story is grippingly told, and Epstein manages to bring a whole system of science alive to her reading public.”
- Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene: An Intimate History
“Hormones today can seem a bit like angels and demons in earlier times: invisible agents mysteriously responsible for everything in our lives. In her funny, eye-opening book, Randi Hutter Epstein demystifies these molecules, while taking away none of their amazing power.”
- Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother's Laugh and Parasite Rex
“Hunger. Lust. Maternal love. It’s hard to believe our biggest human dramas are written by tiny molecules discovered only a century ago. Randi Hutter Epstein spins a fine medical history of the hormones coursing through our blood, the hucksters who hawk them, and scientific visionaries who changed the way we think about who we are.”
- Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix
“Aroused, Randi Hutter Epstein’s witty, riveting, and untrammeled romp through the social history of hormones, engages you with one astonishing story after another…An irresistible narrative tapestry tracing the shimmering threads of hormones as they run through our bodies and lives.”
- Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid
“A rollicking history certain to get your intellectual and physiologic juices flowing. Adrenaline-tinged tales and hot flashes of history―just what the doctor ordered.”
- Lisa Sanders, New York Times Magazine Diagnosis columnist
“We tend to associate hormones with puberty, childbearing, and menopause but, as Randi Hutter Epstein points out in this important, informative and immensely enjoyable book, they’re actually involved in every aspect of being human. An enchanting storyteller, Epstein draws on examples from medical history to today’s news in exploring the amazing chemicals that affect how we eat, sleep, grow, look, hate, love, and think.”
- Suzanne Koven, physician and writer in residence at Massachusetts General Hospital
“Epstein’s intelligence and wit sparkle through these well-researched and enlightening tales of hucksters and heroes, freak shows and murders, hot flashes and thousands of pickled pituitary glands.”
- Anna Reisman, director of Yale University's Program for Humanities in Medicine
About the Author
Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Aroused and Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a lecturer at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among others. She lives in New York.
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