Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

by Robert M. Sapolsky

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Overview

Renowned primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a completely revised and updated edition of his most popular work, with over 225,000 copies in print

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.

As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal's does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way-through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick.

Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses. This new edition promises to be the most comprehensive and engaging one yet.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805073690
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2004
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 23,912
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.03(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museum of Kenya. He is the author of A Primate's Memoir and The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist. A regular contributor to Discover and The Sciences, and a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant, he lives in San Francisco.

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From Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers:

Regardless of how poorly we are getting along with a family member or how incensed we are about losing a parking spot, we rarely settle that sort of thing with a fistfight. Likewise, it is a rare event when we have to stalk and personally wrestle down our dinner. Essentially, we humans live well enough and long enough, and are smart enough, to generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads. How many hippos worry about whether Social Security is going to last as long as they will, or even what they are going to say on a first date? Viewed from the perspective of the evolution of the human kingdom, psychological stress is a recent invention. If someone has just signed the order to hire a hated rival after months of plotting and maneuvering, her physiological responses might be shockingly similar to those of a savanna baboon who has just lunged and slashed the face of a competitor. And if someone spends months on end twisting his innards in anxiety, anger, and tension over some emotional problem, this might very well lead to illness.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Why Don't Zebras Get Ulcers?
2. Glands, Gooseflesh, and Hormones
3. Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Voodoo Death
4. Stress, Metabolism, and Liquidating Your Assets
5. Ulcers, the Runs, and Hot Fudge Sundaes
6. Dwarfism and the Importance of Mothers
7. Sex and Reproduction
8. Immunity, Stress, and Disease
9. Stress and Pain
10. Stress and Memory
11. Stress and a Good Night's Sleep
12. Aging and Death
13. Why is Psychological Stress Stressful?
14. Stress and Depression
15. Personality, Temperament, and Their Stress-Related Consequences
16. Junkies, Adrenaline Junkies, and Pleasure
17. the View from the Bottom
18. Managing Stress
Notes
Index

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