IN PAPERBACK JUNE 18!
Aroused will be published in translation in 2019 by Dilok Publishing House in Bulgaria; CITIC Press in China (Simplified Chinese); Dongnyok Science in Korea, Citadel in Brazil; Editura Publica in Romania, Eksmo in Russia. In 2020, AROUSED will be published in translation by The Walk in China (Chinese Complex); Matar in Israel; Wydawnictwo Marginesy in Poland: Editorial Planeta in Spain; Metis World in Turkey.
A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them. Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals and their discovery, from the London laboratory where the concept of hormones was identified to a basement filled with jarred brains to a canine sex lab. We meet leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Along the way, Epstein examines the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology.
A fascinating exploration of the history and science of one of medicine’s most important discoveries, Aroused reveals how hormones can both push us to the edge and reel us back.
Praise for Aroused
“The field of endocrinology, as this compelling history shows, has manifested extremes of ingenuity and hubristic error.”
—The New Yorker
“Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., is very well versed in her subject. Her style is engaging. She has sparse prose and writes with a wry sense of humor, balancing historical facts and poignant tales of real people.”
—San Francisco Book Review
“A well-written and informative book on the history of hormone research.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Hormones may be the ringmasters of the bodily circus, controlling everything from sex to metabolic function, but in this invigorating history they become the stars of the show.”
“A tour of the history of endocrinology, highlighting progress but also the hype that has promoted the curative abilities of hormones.”
—Kirkus (Starred Review)
“A lively and accessible introduction to hormones and the important work they do in the lives of humans.”
“‘Aroused’: an exciting look at the hormones affecting hunger, sex and everything”
—The Times of Israel
“Epstein is very well versed in her subject. Her style is engaging. She has sparse prose and writes with a wry sense of humor, balancing historical facts and poignant tales of real people.”
—San Francisco Book Review
“A history of endocrinology as entertaining as it is informative, Aroused adroitly covers the basic science, clinical application and dubious commercialization of hormones.”
“An engaging book of medical history that teaches readers about important aspects of physiology”
“Aroused is indeed stimulating reading: instructive, thought provoking, and fun.”
“Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes readers on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles.”
“Epstein, a medical writer and M.D., cleverly moves back and forth through time, avoiding any hint of dry recitation. She explores the scientists who discovered and deciphered the effects of important hormones, as well as the personal stories of how people’s lives have been profoundly changed by these chemicals.”
“A curious, compassionate, often witty guide.”
“Randi Hutter Epstein’s lively narrative dances us through the fascinating stories and science of hormones with the captivating tell-all tone of a whip-smart gossip columnist. Epstein’s intelligence and wit sparkle through these well-researched and enlightening tales of hucksters and heroes, freak shows and murders, hot flashes and thousands of pickled pituitary glands.”
—Anna Reisman, MD, director of the Program for Humanities in Medicine, Yale University
“Hormones today can seem a bit like angels and demons in earlier times–invisible agents mysteriously responsible for everything in our lives. In her funny, eye-opening book, Randi Hutter Epstein demystifies these molecules, while taking away none of their amazing power.
—Carl Zimmer, author of She Has Her Mother’s Laugh and Parasite Rex
“A rollicking history certain to get your intellectual and physiologic juices flowing. Adrenaline tinged tales and hot flashes of history – just what the doctor ordered.”
—Lisa Sanders MD, Clinician Educator, Yale Internal Medicine Primary Care Residency, Columnist New York Times Magazine
“Aroused, Randi Hutter Epstein’s witty, riveting, and untrammeled romp through the social history of hormones, engages you with one astonishing story after another. . . . An irresistible narrative tapestry tracing the shimmering threads of hormones as they run through our bodies and lives.”
—Harriet Washington, author of Medical Apartheid and Deadly Monopolies
“A sweeping, glorious story of hormones, threaded through with sex, suffering, neurology, biology, medicine and self-discovery, Epstein’s book manages to excite the imagination as well as calm it. The story is grippingly told, and Epstein manages to bring a whole system of science alive to her reading public.”
—Siddartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene: An Intimate History
“We tend to associate hormones with puberty, childbearing, and menopause but, as Randi Hutter Epstein points out in this important, informative and immensely enjoyable book, they’re actually involved in every aspect of being human. An enchanting storyteller, Epstein draws on examples from medical history to today’s news in exploring these amazing chemicals that affect how we eat, sleep, look, love, hate, and think.”
—Suzanne Koven primary care physician and Writer in Residence, Massachusetts General Hospital