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Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revi
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Henry Holt and Co.
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August, 2004
ISBN:
9780805073690
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Renowned primatologist Robert Sapolsky offers a completely revised and updated edition of his most popular work, with nearly 90,000 copies in print

Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolskys acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Dont Get Ulcersfeatures 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 animals 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 Dont Get Ulcersexplains 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.
Robert M. Sapolskyis 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 Primates Memoirand The Trouble with Testosterone, which was a Los Angeles TimesBook Prize finalist. A regular columnist contributor to Discoverand The Sciencesand a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, he lives in San Francisco.
Robert Sapolskys acclaimed Why Zebras Dont Get Ulcerscombines cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice to explain how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. When we worry or experiences stress, our body turns on the same physiology responses that an animals body does, but we usually do not turn off the stress-response in the same waythrough fighting, fleeing, or other quick actions. Over time, this chronic activation of the stress-response can make us literally sick.

This thoroughly updated third edition, which features new chapters on sleep disorders and addictions as well as new sections on gender differences, anxiety, weight gain, post-traumatic stress disorder, and stress management, is richer than ever with insights into how the nervous system responds and how stress responses can be controlled.
Robert M. Sapolsky is one of the best science writers of our time.Oliver Sacks
Robert M. Sapolsky is one of the best science writers of our time.Oliver Sacks

[Sapolsky] succeeds in interpreting technical material in a way that leaves readers with an understanding of how the same physiological responses, so well suited for dealing with short-term physical emergencies, can turn into potential disasters when chronically provoked for psychological or other reasons... The author has a way with words... You will find plenty to intrigue you.The Washington Post

Robert Sapolsky wittily dissects the anatomy of human stress-response.The Wall Street Journal

This book is a page-turner and is anything but depressing or disheartening.Natural History

A delightful little book.Contemporary Psychology

Filled with delightful twists and turns, personal anecdotes, and nuggets of odd informationon voodoo death, Peter Pan, and the hunting skills of hyenas... First-rate science for the nonscientist.Kirkus Reviews

Renowned primatologist Sapolsky offers a completely revised and updated edition of his most popular work, featuring new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, new insights into anxiety and personality disorder, and the impact of spirituality on managing stress.

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