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Adams Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form
Adams Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form Michael Sims 0670032247 9780670032242 A witty and informed survey, Adams Navelis a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and cele
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Adams Navel: A Natural and Cultural History of the Human Form by Michael Sims

A witty and informed survey, Adams Navelis a unique brew of science, history, and storytelling that illuminates our perception, exploitation, and celebration of the human body. Moving from head to toe in twelve chapters, Michael Sims blends cultural history with evolutionary theory to produce a wonderfully original narrative. No part of the body lacks a story, writes Sims, who analyzes and demystifies the visible parts of the body that make up the whole-our animal form that is also a screen onto which we project our fears and obsessions. He tells of dreadlocks and Achilles heel, of fingerprints and penis size. He discusses the history of breastfeeding, the allure of navel rings, ancient rules for shaking hands, why nature builds men and women on a female body plan, and how the evolution of our two-legged stance affects childbirth and back pain. Drawing on evolution and the mechanics of human anatomy, along with Shakespeare, mythology, film, and popular culture, Sims creates a marvelous new lens through which to view this body that we inhabit almost unconsciously. Adams Navelis a field guide to the landscape of ourselves.

Author: Michael Sims

Language: English

Edition: 1St Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 2003-07-28

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Michael Sims (Edition: 1St Edition) Hardcover