Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 560 pages
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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. 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.


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Some very interesting research and humorous writing. - Goodreads
A pdr(people's desk reference)for stress. - Goodreads
Wonderfully well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
Strong opening, but somehow weak ending. - Goodreads
Well researched book. - Goodreads
Sapolsky is a great writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Matt Holmes - Goodreads

A hugely informative book that served as a refresher of all my Biopsych courses, only harder and more complicated. Sapolsky missed his calling as a comedian. He's genuinely likeable, and there really ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

I discovered Sapolsky by stumbling upon his Stanford lecture course 'Human Behavioral Biology' (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...). Despite the mind-numbing name the course is actually quite ... Read full review

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1 Why Dont 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
12 Aging and Death
13 Why Is Psychological Stress Stressful?
14 Stress and Depression
15 Personality Temperament and Their StressRelated Consequences
16 Junkies Adrenaline Junkies and Pleasure
17 The View from the Bottom
18 Managing Stress

8 Immunity Stress and Disease
9 Stress and Pain
10 Stress and Memory
11 Stress and a Good Nights Sleep
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About the author (2004)

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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