Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

W. W. Norton & Company, 2014 - 348 pages

The irresistible, ever-curious, and always best-selling Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside.

“America’s 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 doesn’t 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 of—or 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 terrorists—who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts.

Like all of Roach’s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.


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Avis d'utilisateur  - TobinElliott - LibraryThing

I do love Mary Roach. She fearlessly takes the road less travelled, each and every time. This particular road starts with the mouth, and ends with the ass. And this is one lady who's ass can cash the cheques her mouth writes. Great book, lots of fun, as usual. Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Charon07 - LibraryThing

As always, Mary Roach tackles taboo subjects head on, with humor and matter-of-factness. This is rather a smattering of subjects about the digestive tract that caught her interest rather than a ... Consulter l'avis complet

Table des matières

Tasting has little to do with taste
Yourpet is not likeyou
Why we eat what we eat and despise the rest
Can thorough chewing lower the national debt?
The acid relationship of William Beaumont andAlexis St Martin
Someone ought to bottle the stuff
Life at the oralprocessing lab
Can the eaten eat back?
The science ofeatingyourselfto death
Fun with hydrogen
Does noxiousflatus do more
Is the digestive tract
and other ruminations on death by constipation
We can cureyou but theres

How to survive being swallowed alive

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À propos de l'auteur (2014)

Mary Roach is the author of five best-selling works of nonfiction, including Grunt, Stiff, and, most recently, Fuzz. Her writing has appeared in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She lives in Oakland, California.

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