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Nonfiction: Other, History, Literary
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/07/2018


The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684412204
Digital Download ISBN:9781684412211


Aroused is a guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them.

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Product Description

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, Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals and their discovery, from the London laboratory where the concept of hormones was identified to a basement filled with jarred brains to a canine sex lab. We meet leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Along the way, Epstein examines the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology.

A fascinating exploration of the history and science of one of medicine's most important discoveries, Aroused reveals how hormones can both push us to the edge and reel us back.


“Lucid and entertaining. . . . [Epstein's] beguiling prose makes for a lively and accessible introduction to hormones and the important work they do in the lives of humans.” —Publishers Weekly

“An engaging book of medical history that teaches readers about important aspects of physiology.” —Library Journal

Author Bio

Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., the author of Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and a lecturer at Yale University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among other publications. She lives in New York.