Book ID: CBB966154025

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (2018)


Epstein, Randi Hutter (Author)

W. W. Norton & Co.

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 313 pp.
Language: English

"Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles. Brimming with fascinating anecdotes, illuminating new medical research, and humorous details, Aroused introduces the leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as the charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Epstein exposes the humanity at the heart of hormone science with her rich cast of characters, including a 1920s doctor promoting vasectomies as a way to boost libido, a female medical student who discovered a pregnancy hormone in the 1940s, and a mother who collected pituitaries, a brain gland, from cadavers as a source of growth hormone to treat her son. Along the way, Epstein explores the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology. A fascinating look at the history and science of some of medicine's most important discoveries, Aroused reveals the shocking history of hormones through the back rooms, basements, and labs where endocrinology began." (from OCLC)

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Authors & Contributors
Watkins, Elizabeth Siegel
Nordlund, Christer
Krimsky, Sheldon
Sengoopta, Chandak
Baar, Johannes
Stoffregen, Malte H.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Sudhoffs Archiv: Zeitschrift fuer Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Johns Hopkins University Press
University of Chicago Press
Franz Steiner Verlag
Science History Publications
University of California, San Francisco
Medicine and gender
Sex hormones
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Crecchio, Luigi de
Berman, Louis
Sutherland, Earl W.
Westman, Axel
Money, John
Wilkins, Lawson
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
United States
Soviet Union
Barcelona (Spain)
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
United States. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA)

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