Breasts: a natural and unnatural history

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Did you know that breast milk contains substances similar to cannabis? Or that it's sold on the Internet for 262 times the price of oil? Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle with breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial—and so vulnerable?In this informative and highly entertaining account, intrepid science reporter Florence Williams sets out to uncover the latest scientific findings from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine. Her investigation follows the life cycle of the breast from puberty to pregnancy to menopause, taking her from a plastic surgeon's office where she learns about the importance of cup size in Texas to the laboratory where she discovers the presence of environmental toxins in her own breast milk. The result is a fascinating exploration of where breasts came from, where they have ended up, and what we can do to save them.
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subject_facet Breast -- Diseases -- Environmental aspects, Breast -- History, Breast -- Psychological aspects, Breast milk -- Contamination -- Environmental aspects, Science. -- General, Science. -- Life Sciences. -- Anatomy & Physiology, Science. -- Life Sciences. -- Human Anatomy & Physiology
title_display Breasts : a natural and unnatural history
title_full Breasts : a natural and unnatural history / Florence Williams, Breasts A Natural and Unnatural History, Breasts [electronic resource] : a natural and unnatural history / Florence Williams, Breasts [sound recording] : a natural and unnatural history / Florence Williams
title_short Breasts :
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