James Hamblin

discusses

If Our Bodies Could Talk:
A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body

This event includes a book signing

Date

Jan
5
Thursday
January 5, 2017
8:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store welcomes senior editor at The Atlantic JAMES HAMBLIN for a discussion of his book, If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body.

About If Our Bodies Could Talk

In 2014, James Hamblin launched a series of videos for The Atlantic called "If Our Bodies Could Talk."  With it, the doctor-turned-journalist established himself as a seriously entertaining authority in the field of health. Now, in illuminating and genuinely funny prose, Hamblin explores the human stories behind health questions that never seem to go away—and which tend to be mischaracterized and oversimplified by marketing and news media.  He covers topics such as sleep, aging, diet, and much more: 
 
• Can I “boost” my immune system?
• Does caffeine make me live longer?
• Do we still not know if cell phones cause cancer?
• How much sleep do I actually need?
• Is there any harm in taking a multivitamin?
• Is life long enough?
 
In considering these questions, Hamblin draws from his own medical training as well from hundreds of interviews with distinguished scientists and medical practitioners.  He translates the (traditionally boring) textbook of human anatomy and physiology into accessible, engaging, socially contextualized, up-to-the-moment answers. They offer clarity, examine the limits of our certainty, and ultimately help readers worry less about things that don’t really matter.

If Our Bodies Could Talk is a comprehensive, illustrated guide that entertains and educates in equal doses.

Praise

"This book answers all the questions you ever had about your health—plus a whole lot of questions that never occurred to you but should have. Even if you don’t care about your health you should read it, because Hamblin is such a delightfully amusing writer." Walter Isaacson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Innovators and Steve Jobs

"Reading James Hamblin’s book is like taking a journey through the vast and uncharted landscape of 'health science.'  Fad Diets. The science of vaccines. The truth (and lies) behind coffee. The rumblings of the stomach. If you want to understand the strange workings of the human body, and the future of medicine, you must read this illuminating, engaging book." —Siddhartha Mukherjee, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Gene and The Emperor of All Maladies

"[Hamblin] writes with sarcasm, humor, and a sense of astonishment. . . . He does a stellar job with nutrition, covering supplements, multivitamins, energy drinks, and gluten.  He calls out medical misinformation and marketing myths. . . . Educational, entertaining, and a bit eccentric." —Booklist 

James Hamblin
James Hamblin

James Hamblin

James Hamblin is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine. He was a 2015 Yale University Poynter Fellow in journalism, and his work has been featured by the New York Times, Politico, NPR, BBC, MSNBC, New York, and The Awl. He was a finalist for the 2015 Webby award for Best Web Personality, and Time has named him among the 140 people to follow on Twitter. He’s based in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo credit: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes

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