Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (Paperback)

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Emily K's Staff Pick (August 2013): Boobs! Finally, an excuse to think and talk about breasts—and do so with intelligence. Author Florence Williams bares theories about the evolutionary development of human breasts, explains how the plumbing in this organ actually works, and reveals why we find these round sacks of fat, tubes, and nerves so sexy. Williams delves into the cultural ideals behind the augmentation trend in America and the increasing demand for lingerie stores to carry size HH bras.Most importantly, we learn what this organ reveals about overall human health. I was particularly unsettled to read about the cocktail of environmental toxins in breast milk, the trend of increasingly early puberty in girls, and how breast cancer has rapidly become one of the leading causes of death in women worldwide.

— From Emily Katzman’s Staff Picks


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393345070
ISBN-10: 0393345076
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: May 6th, 2013
Pages: 338
Language: English