Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal


Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal Author Mary Roach
ISBN-10 0393348741
ISBN-13 9780393348743
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The irresistible ever curious and always best selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside Americas 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 doesnt 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 ofor 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 terroristswho it turns out for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts Like all of Roachs books Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies 15 illustrations

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