Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Book Review: Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History- by Florence Williams

Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural HistoryBreasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I heistated to admit that I was reading this book and so I was through a descent amount before I started tracking my progress on Goodreads. Admittedly I picked the book up because I was curious but I didn't expect it to be perverted or pornographic. It reminded me a lot of Bonk by Mary Roach without being anywhere near as humorous. Although, the section on the history of implants (a significantly smaller section than you'd think [pun intended] since a lot of the "unnatural" history focused on chemicals) was really good and interesting, especially how much size has gone up over time. The science was good, but dry and the author tended towards chemophobia.  Admittedly it is probably better safe than sorry with a lot of materials, especially plastics and food additives. I would also agree that it might be better to err on the side of caution with new chemicals and consider them hazardous until proven guilty. Unfortunately, since there is so much research left the be done this book did little but encourage the need for more information. It tried to portray itself as a book that gives out a lot of information, but instead was more a call for the need of new research, let's just hope it doesn't come too late.

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