Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World

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"David Ewing Duncan takes us on a deep, exhilarating dive into the hidden worlds of being human; both an erudite guide and an amazingly willing lab rat, Duncan has written a book that looks inward and outward at the same time: inward to the mysteries of the self, and outward to the horizon of our species' extraordinary, and sometimes alarming, future." — Steven Johnson author of The Invention of Air

"Experimental is one of those rare books that, as soon as you pick it up, you say to yourself, why didn't I think of that? David Ewing Duncan has ...

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Experimental Man: What One Man's Body Reveals about His Future, Your Health, and Our Toxic World

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Overview

"David Ewing Duncan takes us on a deep, exhilarating dive into the hidden worlds of being human; both an erudite guide and an amazingly willing lab rat, Duncan has written a book that looks inward and outward at the same time: inward to the mysteries of the self, and outward to the horizon of our species' extraordinary, and sometimes alarming, future." — Steven Johnson author of The Invention of Air

"Experimental is one of those rare books that, as soon as you pick it up, you say to yourself, why didn't I think of that? David Ewing Duncan has come up with a simple but elegant conceit that yields a rich trove of information and insight about how we live now." — Michael Pollan author of The Omnivore's Dilemma

"Twenty years from now, David Duncan's pioneering grand experiment will become commonplace. Duncan is measuring how both genes and environmental chemicals affect our health by testing his own body. His self-experiment will inform, guide, and inspire the millions who will follow him in the great quest for truly personalized medicine. It's not often you get to read a book mailed back from the future, but the one you hold is just that: news from the year 2029." — Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick at Wired and author of New Rules for the New Economy

"David Ewing Duncan may be the most thoroughly tested healthy human on the planet. He hits the mark with this bold journey into the emerging era of high-tech genomics and medicine for healthy people. After having his body poked and probed in every way, he pulls no punches in separating hype from reality, describing what this new knowledge has (and has not) meant for him, and conveying how these developments will reshape the way we see ourselves. Experimental Man is brilliant, provocative, timely . . . and a wonderful read." — Gregory Stock, PhD, author of Redesigning Humans

"Experimental Man dares to ask 'Who am I?' in a way it's never been asked before. In that sense, it will change the way we construct the story of our self, blending biological diagnostics in with the now-familiar prisms of personal history and psychology. Through this new lens, we are all a Frankenstein." — Po Bronson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Should I Do with My Life?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620458211
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID EWING DUNCAN is the Chief Correspondent on public radio's Biotech Nation and a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition. He's a contributing editor and columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio, and a former contributing editor for Discover and Wired. He was a freelance producer and correspondent for ABC's Nightline and a correspondent with NOVA. He has written for National Geographic, Fortune, the Atlantic, Harper's, and many others. He's the author of several books, including Calendar, an international bestseller published in 19 languages. He is the Director of the Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and is a sought-after speaker. He has won numerous awards, including an AAAS Science Journalism Award.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Genes 23

2 Environment 115

3 Brain 177

4 Body 253

Epilogue: Eternity 305

Notes 327

Glossary 351

Experimental Man Online 355

Index 357

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    Great Book! Amazing insight about the possibilities of the future!

    Found the book on Ebay very cheap! Worth every penny!

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