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A fascinating read, 6 Dec 2006
I read this book as a layman, interested in the general argument that society has changed a lot faster than our bodies are able to cope.
The book is fascinating. It makes the convincing argument that, as a result of better diet and mother's experience during pregnancy that children mature faster than society is equipped to accept. It gives many examples of how our bodies are now mismatched to what society and we expect of them, leading to obesity and diabetes as a direct consequence.
Just like Guns, Germs and Steel, this new book Mismatch explains the background to the major themes of how we occupy our world.
It seems to be aimed at the general reader who has an interest in society and that general reader will understand more about the way we live now. As a non scientist I found this very easy to read and the limited jargon is easy to understand. The science seems to be well backed up by some intriguing and detailed notes, some technical, some historical giving confidence in the research that has gone into book.