Terrors of the Table
The Curious History of Nutrition
By (author) Walter Gratzer
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Terrors of the Table by Walter Gratzer
Book DescriptionTerrors of the Table is an absorbing account of the struggle to find the necessary ingredients of a healthy diet, and the fads and quackery that have always waylaid the unwary and the foolish when it comes to the matter of food and health. Walter Gratzer tells the tale of nutrition's heroes, heroines and charlatans with characteristic crispness and verve. We find an array of colourful personalities, from the distinguished but quarrelsome Liebig, to the enterprising Lydia Pinkham. But we also find the slow recognition that the lack of vital ingredients can cause terrible illnesses - scurvy, rickets, beriberi. These diseases stalked the poor in the West even into the 20th century, and scandalously remain in poorer parts of the world today. The narrative stretches from classical times to the modern day and gives a valuable historical perspective to our current understanding. It also highlights some of the problems faced by the developed world regarding health today - in particular diabetes and obesity. And despite our far greater understanding of what our body needs, there are still many who would fall for fads and fancy diets - some dangerous, others just daft. Of course, the story of nutrition does not end there. We have discovered the key vitamins and minerals our body needs, but research continues on the connections between diet, health and disease. The body's biochemistry is complex, and there are no easy answers, no magic formula, that applies to all individuals. The safest and most rational course would seem to be a sensible, moderate, and varied diet, not forgetting that 'a little of what you fancy does you good'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199205639
(196mm x 129mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Nov-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Terrors of the Table, Hardback (September 2005)
Terrors of the Table tells the absorbing story of our struggle to recognise the connections between diet, health, and disease. Gratzer combines the science of nutrition with a colourful history of the fads and quackery that continue to waylay the unwary when it comes to matters of food and health.
Eurekas and Euphorias, Paperback (May 2004)
A collection of stories, revealing the human face of science. It encompasses some 200 anecdotes illustrating scientists in all their shapes: the obsessive and the dilettantish, the genial, the envious, the preternaturally brilliant and the slow-witted who sometimes see further in the end, recluses, and arrivistes.
Passion for DNA, Paperback (September 2001)» View all books by Walter Gratzer
In 1953, two unknown scientists sparked a worldwide revolution. Studying DNA for clues to the nature of genes, James Watson and Francis Crick deduced its molecular composition and realized that the structure implied how genes were copied from one generation to another.
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Author Biography - Walter Gratzer
Walter Gratzer is a biophysicist. He has spent most of his career at King's College London, with spells at Harvard and Columbia Universities. He is now Emeritus Professor at King's. Professor Gratzer has published numerous scientific papers, and many articles and reviews. He is the author of Eurekas and Euphorias and The Undergrowth of Science: Delusion, Self-Deception and Human Frailty.
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