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** Aroused by Randi Hutter Epstein

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything tells the story of the development of endocrinology as a medical specialty. The author is generous both with stories about charlatans touting this or that hormone as a cure-all (vasectomies for better libido, anyone?) and tales of serious physicians recommending unproven treatments in a manner that would be unthinkable today (as in the recommendations to parents of intersex babies to raise them in the gender determined by the physician). Despite the technical nature of the discussion the book is easy to read for a non-specialist, and even fun.

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