on 30 March 2001
I had the fortune of being introduced to Robert Sapolsky during a lecture he gave to a business course I was attending. Reading his book, I was pleased that his fabulous story telling skills had translated so well to print. His dry humour and alert eye for the unusual guides the reader through the anatomy of stress leaving the reader with a new understanding of what happens to us. I especially enjoy Sapolsky's comparisons between humans and baboons, whom he studies a quarter of the year as well as being professor in biology and neurology at Stanford University. An example of this is that people who work in badly paid jobs, under bullying seniors have a tendency to suffer ulcers.... just like a lowly baboon constantly being picked on.
After taking us through the results of stress - impotence, weight problems, reduced growth, heart trouble and much more - the book thankfully ends with some well researched tips on how to cope with stress... like a zebra.
This is a book that I would read again, just for the entertainment value, and never cease to recommend to friends and colleagues.
on 5 December 2013
This is a great book that meets the title's promise: hard scientific information plus a good dose of humour, a rare combination in the scientific world. If your work entails looking at the impact of stress on people, you are just interested in how stress hits yourself or you are working therapeutically with stressed patients this is an essential read. Thank you for recommending it Bud Weiss! A fellow Buteyko Educator in New York put me onto it after his meeting with the author.
on 28 December 2000
The book goes through all the physiological signs of stress both in humans and animal, and shows how they are connected. The author tells about the experiments that has been made and why. Over and over again he tells how inconveniently the stress response is for humans in the Western world today. Unfortunately, he goes not give many ideas on how to avoid it or make it better.
The book is mostly for professional persons, who are interested in all the physiological names and functions. This is not a book for people just interested in how stress works, because of all the latin and theories.