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A historical review of how endocrinology came to be a cohesive branch of science and medicine rather than a disjointed study of various glands and secretions by scientists who focused only on individual parts of the body, rather than the whole. Epstein startles and delights with tales of parents collecting pituitaries and university basements full of brains. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost
Funky study of a funky topic: intestines big and small, bacteria good and bad, and billions of microscopic helpers breaking down and distributing the food we eat to all the right places. Enders' disarming discoveries demonstrate the worthiness to pay heed to our gut feelings. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
Compiling some of the best answers from online as well as an assortment of fresh, print-only material, What If? has a lot to teach, hidden under its whimsical writing and simple - yet surprisingly helpful - illustrations. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis
Admittedly, I was first drawn to Schilthuizen's book by its beautiful cover. However, after just a few pages I found myself as much fascinated by the book's subject matter as I was with the cover. Schilthuizen hopes his readers will come away with an understanding that the rapidly expanding and multiplying urban centers around the world are as important to environmental studies as are forests, jungles, and deserts. After learning about all the ways in which various animals adapt to and, in fact, evolve in response to urban environments, I've become an ardent supporter of Schilthuizen's viewpoint. At times funny, gross, and shocking, this book will change how you look at nature. ~ Reviewed by Josh Cohen-Peyton