Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History Kindle Edition
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Following the examination of the development of breasts, the author reviews the biology and functioning of breasts. Descended from sweat glands, it would appear from the outside that breasts are fairly simple apparatus that become functional following pregnancy and then returned to dormancy. However, the breasts are extremely complicated organs and one of the least studied organs in the human body. While we know a fair amount, there is a great deal that has yet to be discovered about the workings of the breast. Biologists are working on a continual basis to try to unlock the secrets of the breast, and with luck will be able to do so at some time in the future. Even breast milk itself is little understood, there are literally tens of thousands of components of breast milk, yet only a relatively few have actually been identified.Read more ›
She begins with a history of how and why breasts developed in lower order primates, which was originally to confer immunity to offspring from pathogens. She even has a theory that the transmission of culture occurs from the bonding between mother and child during breast feeding. Yet she easily slips back and forth between information and humor as in discussing the fat percentage of milk in various species as with the seal which has the highest fat content [50%] of any mammal, to which she adds. " a stiff wind could turn that into butter."
The book is filled with hundreds of informative and often amusing facts relating to breasts and breast feeding, as:
1. the average female breast weighs about 454 grams or one pound
2. the largest breasts created through augmentation were a size 38KKK and weighed approximately 21 pounds each with a volume equal to approximately 2.6 gallons.
3. the left breast is about 9% larger in most women, but one is always about that much bigger
4. the average nipple has 12 orifices
5. Timmie Jean Lindsay was the first recipient of a breast transplant in 1962. She was still alive at the time the book was written at age 79 and still had her original transplants. The story of how she got them is cute so I won't spoil that part.
6.Read more ›
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So fascinating and informative and well-written. I was thoroughly entertained while I learned. Brings up many worrisome points.Published 4 months ago by Amazing Grace
The evolutionary function of human breasts has always puzzled me. Humans are the only mammals whose breasts remain enlarged even when we are nursing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hoosier Daddy
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History is a nonfiction, science book researched and written by science reporter Florence Williams. Read morePublished 6 months ago by featherlashes
Yeah, it's not exciting, in either the prurient sense or medical one. It's the kind of book you check out of the library once because it's free that way.Published 7 months ago by Quayle Consulting Inc.
I learned so much from the book; and not only about breasts. The research is thorough and helpfully translated and the writing is entertaining, funny, and at times necessarily... Read morePublished 13 months ago by DCMom
I wanted to like this book. I read approximately half of the book before deciding to spend my time reading something else. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher Ammons
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