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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

By Robert M. Sapolsky

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Format: Paperback / softback, 539 pages, 3rd Revised and Upd Edition
Other Information: illustrations
Published In: United States, 23 September 2004
Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear - and the ones that plague us now - are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way - through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick. Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humour and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.
EAN: 9780805073690
ISBN: 0805073698
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.39 x 2.57 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of A Primate's Memoir and The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. A regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, he lives in San Francisco.

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"Robert M. Sapolsky is one of the best science writers of our time." Oliver SacksFor the first edition of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Sapolsky succeeds in interpreting technical material in a way that leaves readers with an understanding of how the same physiological responses, so well suited for dealing with short-term physical emergencies, can turn into potential disasters when chronically provoked for psychological or other reasons....The author has a way with words and images....you'll find plenty to intrigue you. The Washington PostRobert Sapolsky wittily dissects the anatomy of human stress-response. The Wall Street Journal"

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Extremely readable book, often amusing and entertaining yet also very informative. Has lots of interesting facts yet doesnt get bogged down in too much theory.

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