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John Tyler Bonner, one of our most distinguished and creative biologists, here offers a completely new perspective on the role of size in biology. In his hallmark friendly style, he explores the universal impact of being the right size. By examining stories ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Gulliver's Travels, he shows that humans have always been fascinated by things big and small. Why then does size always reside on the fringes of science and never on the center stage? Why do biologists and others ponder size only when studying something else--running speed, life span, or metabolism? "Why Size Matters," a pioneering book of big ideas in a compact size, gives size its due by presenting a profound yet lucid overview of what we know about its role in the living world. Bonner argues that size really does matter--that it is the supreme and universal determinant of what any organism can be and do. For example, because tiny creatures are subject primarily to forces of cohesion and larger beasts to gravity, a fly can easily walk up a wall, something we humans cannot even begin to imagine doing. Bonner introduces us to size through the giants and dwarfs of human, animal, and plant history and then explores questions including the physics of size as it affects biology, the evolution of size over geological time, and the role of size in the function and longevity of living things. As this elegantly written book shows, size affects life in its every aspect. It is a universal frame from which nothing escapes.
The essential, cutting-edge, exactly-what-you-need-to-know guide to heart health for every man and woman--from a leading cardiologist and professor, and longstanding spokesperson for the American Heart Association. In the last decade, the rules for outliving heart disease--living well with your heart until you die of something else--have changed dramatically for you and your doctors. Weekly, even daily, new and often confusing information about experimental findings is disseminated, and sometimes refuted several months later. But when the chatter dies down, a select percentage of that information is meaningful and crucial because it will affect not only how long you live, but how you live each day with heart disease. It's this invaluable information that Dr. Stein wants to share, distilling it for the first time in this accessible, reader-friendly book that can save your life. Following a discussion of the latest medical advancements involved in treatment, Dr. Stein lays out ten chapters, each presenting a new rule for outliving heart disease. Complete with resource lists, special "What to Expect from Your Doctor" sections, and colorful anecdotes throughout, Outliving Heart Disease is the one book that contains the most up-to-date, proven information available for preventing and treating heart disease. The 10 "New Rules" for Outliving Heart Disease #1. Be Alert to Symptoms #2. Know Your Risk #3. Take a Statin #4. Exercise #5. Eat Well #6. Understand the Mind-Body Connection #7. Explore Alternative and Complementary Medicines #8. Keep Up with the Latest Therapies #9. Understand Special Risk Factors #10. Partner with Your Doctor