Planet breast -- For whom the bells toll -- Circular beginnings -- Plumbing: a primer -- Fill her up -- Toxic assets: the growing breast -- Shampoo, macaroni, and the American girl: spring comes early -- The pregnancy paradox -- What's for dinner? -- Holy crap: Herman, Hamlet, and the all-important human gut -- Sour milk -- An unfamiliar wilderness: periods, the pill, and HRT -- The few, the proud, the afflicted: can Marines solve the puzzle of breast cancer? -- Are you dense? : the aging breast -- The future of breasts.
Feted and fetishized, the breast is an evolutionary masterpiece. But breasts are changing. They are getting bigger, arriving earlier, and attracting newfangled chemicals. Increasingly, the odds are stacked against us in the struggle against breast cancer, even among men. What makes breasts so mercurial and so vulnerable? The author, a science journalist sets out to uncover the latest science from the fields of anthropology, biology, and medicine in this expose about the breast, an incredible life-giving organ and its imperiled modern fate.