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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.… (més)
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Títol:The Body: A Guide for Occupants
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Another book I own but borrowed in audio from the library. Also another read by the author, though Bryson does almost all of his own books and I’ve always enjoyed his readings.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is an overview of the human body, taking it system by system. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but looking through my hard copy, I can see it includes photos, making me think this is yet another book destined to be re-visited as a read, rather than a listen. No hardship, as Bryson is an excellent writer, and The Body is no exception. He covers the basics, plus just that little bit more, offering what might perhaps be new information, or a different perspective, or a fresh historical anecdote. He also doesn’t pull any punches about humanity’s propensity to overeat and under exercise, something that in (what is for me) these post-lockdown days had a more pronounced effect than they might otherwise have had pre-covid.

I don’t think fans of Bryson will be disappointed. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 18, 2022 |
this is a great overview of the body and its systems and functions. some interesting details and unusual facts make it an engaging read throughout. it's been a while since i've studied science or the body, so some of these things were familiar but i'd forgotten, others i never knew, but i was always interested.

"Unpacked, you are positively enormous. Your lungs, smoothed out, would cover a tennis court and the airways within them would stretch from London to Moscow. The length of all your blood vessels would take you two and half times around the Earth. The most remarkable part of all is your DNA. You have a meter of it packed into every cell and so many cells that if you formed all the DNA in your body into a single fine strand, it would stretch ten billion miles to beyond Pluto. Think of it: there is enough of you to leave the solar system. You are, in the most literal sense, cosmic."

an interesting theory on phantom limb pain:
"One theory is that in the absence of receiving any signal from the nerve fibers in the missing body part, the brain interprets this as an injury so severe that the cells have died, and so sends out an unending call of distress, like a burglar alarm that won't turn off." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Dec 21, 2021 |
TL;DR: We really don't know all that much about the body, but the little we do know is fascinating.

I love Bill Bryson. I've listened to a few of his other books, and I'm always appreciative of the narrative he weaves on complex topics in a laymen's way, without taking away the importance of the topic at hand, and The Body: A Guide for Occupants was no different. I really enjoyed this book; it was informative, entertaining, and enlightening in most areas.

What stood out to me, though, was that in every area of the body, Bryson always came back to a simple phrase: "We really don't know why [x] is like this." I loved this phrase. It's an honest portrayal of how science actually works, and gives people an idea of how much there is left to learn about ourselves and the world around us, which is impressive considering how much we HAVE learned about the body and the world so far.

100% would recommend for anyone interested in learning more about how your body is put together, cogs and all, with interesting historical facts sprinkled in throughout the narrative. ( )
  katprohas | Dec 16, 2021 |
A very light tour around the bits of the human body and health. Enjoyable. The chapter on infectious diseases did make cringe ironically though - if we'd only known! ( )
  infjsarah | Dec 15, 2021 |
I'm not a big fan of Bill Bryson, and this book suffers a bit from advances in human biology which make some parts of this book out of date. Still, there is a lot of useful information in here, presented in Bryson's light and effortless-seeming style. ( )
  nmele | Dec 1, 2021 |
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"He has waded through a PhD’s worth of articles, interviewed a score of physicians and biologists, read a library of books, and had a great deal of fun along the way. There’s a formula at work – the prose motors gleefully along, a finely tuned engine running on jokes, factoids and biographical interludes."
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(p180) Study after study since then (the late 1940's?) has shown that exercise produces extraordinary benefits. Going for regular walks reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke by 31 per cent (sic scil percent).
(p223) Although two of the world's most prestigious medical journals had now (in 1950) demonstrated a clear association between smoking and lung cancer, the findings had almost no effect. People just loved smoking too much to quit.
(p224) When Britain's Minister of Health, Iain Macleod, formally announced at a press conference (in 1952) that there was an unequivocal connection between smoking and lung cancer, he rather undercut his position by smoking conspicuously as he did so.
(p224) In 1964, the US surgeon general announced an unequivocal link between smoking and lung cancer, but the announcement had little effect. The number of cigarettes smoked by the average American over the age of 16 fell slightly from 4,340 a year before the announcement to 4,200 afterwards, but then climbed back to about 4,500 and stayed there for years. Remarkably, the American Medical Association took fifteen years to endorse the surgeon general's finding.
(p236) ... a 150g serving of white rice or a small bowl of cornflakes will have the same effect on your blood glucose levels as nine teaspoons of sugar.
(p378) ... at present only about one person in ten thousand lives to be even a hundred. ... The chances of reaching your one-hundred-and-tenth birthday are about one in seven million. ...
The longest-lived person that we know of was Jeanne Louise Calment of Arles, in Provence, who died at the decidedly ripe age of 122 years, 164 days in 1997. ... Calment had a leisurely life: Her father was a rich shipbuilder and her husband a prosperous businessman. She never worked. Calment smoked all her life - at the age of 117, when she finally gave up, she was still smoking two cigarettes a day - and ate a kilo of chocolate every week, but was active up to the very end and enjoyed robust health.
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One of The Washington Post's 50 Most Notable Works of Nonfiction 2019 Bill Bryson, bestselling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. As addictive as it is comprehensive, this is Bryson at his very best, a must-read owner's manual for everybody. Bill Bryson once again proves himself to be an incomparable companion as he guides us through the human body--how it functions, its remarkable ability to heal itself, and (unfortunately) the ways it can fail. Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible Bryson-esque anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bill Bryson writes, "We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted." The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses of wondrous, compulsively readable facts and information.

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