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The Body: A Guide for Occupants (udgave 2019)

af Bill Bryson (Forfatter)

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"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 compulsively readable 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"--… (mere)
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Titel:The Body: A Guide for Occupants
Forfattere:Bill Bryson (Forfatter)
Info:Anchor (2019), 578 pages
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The Body: A Guide for Occupants af Bill Bryson

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(Print: 1/1/2019; 978-0857522405; Doubleday; 448 pages.)
Audio: 10/15/2019; 9780147526946; Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group; Duration: 14:11:39
(Film: No)

SUMMARY/EVALUATION:
I listened to Bill’s “At Home” a couple of months ago and at that point put him on the “read everything written” list.
This is an interesting topic, and while I would like to find non-fiction audiobooks devoted to each topic he’s covered here, I suspect they would not be nearly as interesting, or fun, to listen to.
So, did you know that when someone is “in good humor”, the phrase initially did not mean that s/he was in a good mood, but that all four humors (black bile, yellow bile, blood, and phlegm) were in good working order (which would indeed lead to a good mood)? Or, that when a lady hits menopause, it’s not because she has run out of eggs? Did you know that you are not the only one that sees tiny white short strand-like dancing dots when you look into the blue sky? That’s called the "Blue Field Entopic Phenomenon", or better, “blue-sky-sprites”. It’s caused by white blood cells passing in front of your retina. You don’t see the red cells because the color blue cancels out the color red….or, I guess scientists like to say one color absorbs the other--something like that, but I like my version better. The entire book is that interesting, IMAGINE! Or better yet, read it. ( )
  TraSea | Apr 29, 2024 |
I love Bill Bryson for his humor. This book didn't disappoint. Just enough technical mumbo-jumbo about the body to understand without having to be in the medical profession. Sprinkled throughout with interesting tidbits and stories. ( )
  teejayhanton | Mar 22, 2024 |
You know, this was an interesting read generally, lots of factoids and snapshots of the people involved in our current understanding of the body. However, I felt throughout like Bryson was trying really hard to write a "Bill Bryson" book about the body that would rival A Short History of Nealy Everything and I can't help but feel like it came up short. I'm glad I read it, partially because it gives a good sense for how much baloney is out there masquerading as knowledge and also because it makes one appreciate having access to a 21st Century approach to medicine (imperfect as it may be). ( )
  wsampson13 | Mar 2, 2024 |
In his inimical style, Bill Bryson lays bare all about human body, from working of various body parts and organ systems, to what causes and prevents diseases, to discovery and invention of medical sciences, to impact and consequences of lifestyle, making this book a packed capsule for anyone wanting to know and understand what a wonder human body (and by extension, living organism) is. Even in my limited pedestrian understanding, there are as many wonders inside our body as there are in the rest of the universe.

While I knew most of the major stuff in the book beforehand and hence incremental value for me was limited, I can appreciate how this book will boost a typical person's awareness manifold. However capturing a very technical subject full of jargons in layperson book was always going to be hard, and hence despite running in over 400 pages, book feels just rushing through topics many times, or explaining external symptoms rather than internal workings. I will not blame Bill for this, but because of this reason and because of a little less quantity of funny quips than is his usual style, one feels less than a absolute delight after reading this book.

The book is eminently suitable for kids too, as most his books are, and except for one or two chapters on reproductive organs, depending on your parental judgement, can be read by or read to kids as young as five years old. Like his other book 'Short History of Nearly Everything,' this should indeed be read to kids to ignite the scientific temperament and wonderful awe. ( )
  ashishg | Jan 26, 2024 |
Oh wow, this book blew me away! Absolutely fascinating, filled with a plethora of captivating anecdotes ranging from the macabre to the heartbreaking, THE BODY is one of those books that will stay with me long after I've turned the last page. Bryson has an incredible ability to make complex topics digestible and easily understood. His writing style is approachable, clever (in a good way!) and thoroughly engaging.

I couldn't put this book down! I highlighted entire passages and made copious notes as I read. I'm excited to pick up more of Bryson's books, and I'm eager to find other authors who write in this vein. (As an aside, I just noticed all the bodily puns I used in this review. Reading this book has certainly had an impact on my brain!) ( )
  Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
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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.
(p442, 443 Large Print Edition) The moment of birth, the starting of a new life, really is quite a miracle. In the womb, a fetus's lungs are filled with amniotic fluid, but with exquisite timing at the moment of birth the fluid drains away, the lungs inflate, and blood from the tiny, freshly beating heart is sent on its first circuit around the body. What had until a moment before effectively been a parasite is now on its way to becoming a fully independent, self-maintaining entity.
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"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 compulsively readable 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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