Gulp: adventures on the alimentary canal

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"America's funniest science writer" (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn't the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of-or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists-who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.
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subject_facet Alimentary canal -- Popular works, Digestive organs -- Popular works, Downloadable audio, Gastrointestinal system -- Popular works, Medica. -- General, Medical. -- Physiology, SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Anatomy & Physiology (see also Life Sciences / Human Anatomy & Physiology), Science. -- General, Science. -- Life Sciences. -- General, Science. -- Life Sciences. -- Human Anatomy & Physiology, Streaming audio
title_display Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal
title_full Gulp : adventures on the alimentary canal / Mary Roach, Gulp Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Gulp [sound recording] : adventures on the alimentary canal / Mary Roach
title_short Gulp :
title_sub adventures on the alimentary canal
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