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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

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Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

Title: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress Related Diseases, and Coping [Perfect Paperback]

Writer: Robert M. Sapolsky

Product Details:

Language:

English

ISBN 10:

0716732106

ISBN 13:

978-0716732105

Author:

Robert M. Sapolsky

Publisher:

W. H. Freeman and Company

Subject:

Stress and stress management

Place of publication:

New York

Year Published:

2001

Edition:

First

Binding:

Perfect Paperback

Pages:

434 pages

Dimensions:

24 x 16 x 3 cm (9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches)

Shipping Weight:

500 gram (1.1 pounds)

Price:

150 SEK

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Synopsis:

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Full Description:

Why don't zebras get ulcers--or heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases--when people do? In a fascinating look at the science of stress, biologist Robert Sapolsky presents an intriguing case, that people develop such diseases partly because our bodies aren't designed for the constant stresses of a modern-day life--like sitting in daily traffic jams or growing up in poverty. Rather, they seem more built for the kind of short-term stress faced by a zebra--like outrunning a lion.

With wit, graceful writing, and a sprinkling of Far Side cartoons, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers makes understanding the science of stress an adventure in discovery. "This book is a primer about stress, stress-related disease, and the mechanisms of coping with stress. How is it that our bodies can adapt to some stressful emergencies, while other ones make us sick? Why are some of us especially vulnerable to stress-related diseases, and what does that have to do with our personalities?"

Sapolsky, a Stanford University neuroscientist, explores stress's role in heart disease, diabetes, growth retardation, memory loss, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. He cites tantalizing studies of hyenas, baboons, and rodents, as well as of people of different cultures, to vividly make his points. And Sapolsky concludes with a hopeful chapter, titled "Managing Stress." Although he doesn't subscribe to the school of thought that hope cures all disease, Sapolsky highlights the studies that suggest we do have some control over stress-related ailments, based on how we perceive the stress and the kinds of social support we have.

Contents

Preface

vii

Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers?

1

Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones

19

Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death

37

Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets

53

Ulcers, Colitis, and the Runs

63

Dwarfism and the Importance of Mothers

80

Sex and Reproduction

101

Immunity, Stress, and Disease

126

Stress and Memory

172

Aging and Death

195

Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful?

211

Stress and Depression

229

Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related Consequences

262

The View from the Bottom

287

Managing Stress

309

Notes

340

Illustration Credits

415

Index

417

 

About the Author(s):

Robert M. Sapolsky is the author of several works of nonfiction, including A Primate's Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, and Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers. He is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in San Francisco.

Pertinent URL:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Sapolsky

 


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