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    Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal (Hardback) By (author) Mary Roach

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    DescriptionAmerica s funniest science writer (Washington Post) takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: the questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts? Can constipation kill you? Did it kill Elvis? In Gulp we meet scientists who tackle the questions no one else thinks of or has the courage to ask. We go on location to a pet-food taste-test lab, a fecal transplant, and into a live stomach to observe the fate of a meal. With Roach at our side, we travel the world, meeting murderers and mad scientists, Eskimos and exorcists (who have occasionally administered holy water rectally), rabbis and terrorists who, it turns out, for practical reasons do not conceal bombs in their digestive tracts. Like all of Roach s books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies."

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    Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mary Roach
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 518 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393081572
    ISBN 10: 0393081575

    BIC E4L: HEA
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T9.0
    BIC subject category V2: MFG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: VFD
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14620
    B&T Approval Code: A64400000
    BISAC V2.8: SCI056000
    DC22: 612.3
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI036000
    B&T Approval Code: A64605000
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    B&T Approval Code: A65293020
    DC23: 612.3
    LC classification: QP145 .R53 2013
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    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    07 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    As probing as an endoscopy, Gulp is quintessential Mary Roach: supremely wide-ranging, endlessly curious, always surprising, and, yes, gut-wrenchingly funny. --Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)"