Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History
"Feted and fetishised, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But in the modern world, the breast is changing. Breasts are getting bigger, developing earlier and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle against breast cancer - even among men. So what makes breasts so mercurial - and so vulnerable?" As part of the research for this book, science journalist Florence Williams underwent tests on her own breasts and breast milk. She was shocked to learn that she was feeding her baby not just milk but also fire retardants and a whole host of other chemicals, all ingested throughout her life and stored in her breast tissue. At its heart, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History is the story of how our breasts went from being honed by the environment to being harmed by it; a revealing and at times alarming look at the way the changes in our environments, diets and lifestyles have altered our breasts, our health and, ultimately, the health of future generations. Accessible and entertaining - part biology, part anthropology and part medical journalism - Breasts is a wake-up call for all women.
Florence Williams is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New Republic and numerous other publications. Her work often focuses on the environment, health and science. In 2007-08, she was a Scripps Fellow at the Center of Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. She has received many awards, including six magazine awards from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the John Hersey Prize at Yale. Her work has been anthologised in numerous books, including Outside 25, The New Montana Story, How the West Was Warmed and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008. She lives with her family in the Rocky MountainsBreasts is her first book.