If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body (Hardcover)
An informative, clever, and amusing book. Hamblin clarifies, debunks myths, and reassures. Here are some of his topics: Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer? What happens to weight when it is lost? Does alcohol really kill brain cells?— Carolyn
-If you want to understand the strange workings of the human body, and the future of medicine, you must read this illuminating, engaging book.- --Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene
In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called -If Our Bodies Could Talk.- With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away--and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media. He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more:
- Can I -boost- my immune system?
- Does caffeine make me live longer?
- Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
- How much sleep do I actually need?
- Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
- Is life long enough?
In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners. He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don't really matter.
If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive, illustrated guide that entertains and educates in equal doses.
About the Author
JAMES HAMBLIN is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine. He was a 2015 Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and his work has been featured by the New York Times, Politico, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, New York, and The Awl. He was a finalist for the 2015 Webby award for Best Web Personality, and Time has named him among the 140 people to follow on Twitter. He's based in Brooklyn, New York.