Randi Hutter Epstein - "Aroused" - Shayma Majumdar

Monday, November 5, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Randi Hutter Epstein and Shayma Majumdar

“Lucid and entertaining. . . . [Epstein's] beguiling prose makes for a lively and accessible introduction to hormones and the important work they do in the lives of humans.” —Publishers Weekly

“An engaging book of medical history that teaches readers about important aspects of physiology.” —Library Journal

Randi Hutter Epstein discusses Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with the Chicago Council on Science & Technology

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: A guided tour through the strange science of hormones and the age-old quest to control them.

Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Randi Hutter Epstein takes us on a journey through the unusual history of these potent chemicals from a basement filled with jarred nineteenth-century brains to a twenty-first-century hormone clinic in Los Angeles.

Brimming with fascinating anecdotes, illuminating new medical research, and humorous details, Aroused introduces the leading scientists who made life-changing discoveries about the hormone imbalances that ail us, as well as the charlatans who used those discoveries to peddle false remedies. Epstein exposes the humanity at the heart of hormone science with her rich cast of characters, including a 1920s doctor promoting vasectomies as a way to boost libido, a female medical student who discovered a pregnancy hormone in the 1940s, and a mother who collected pituitaries, a brain gland, from cadavers as a source of growth hormone to treat her son. Along the way, Epstein explores the functions of hormones such as leptin, oxytocin, estrogen, and testosterone, demystifying the science of endocrinology.

A fascinating look at the history and science of some of medicine’s most important discoveries, Aroused reveals the shocking history of hormones through the back rooms, basements, and labs where endocrinology began.

About the author: Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH, the author of Get Me Out, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a lecturer at Yale University, and a writer-in-residence at Yale School of Medicine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Psychology Today blog, among other publications. She lives in New York.

About the interlocutor: Shyama Majumdar is the Oncology Ventures Associate at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and her role is to create new life sciences ventures in the oncology space. Prior to joining the Polsky Center, Shyama was a Research Assistant Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago where she conducted research on prostate development and prostate cancer specifically studying the effects of Estrogen and BPA on Prostate stem and progenitor cells. Shyama moved to Chicago from Boston where she worked at Harvard Medical school, conducting bladder cancer research. She also worked for the Harvard Volunteer Consulting group providing services to a non-profit engaged in promoting start-ups in the Boston area. She earned a PhD and an MBA from the University of Delaware. Originally from New Delhi, India, Shyama now lives in the West Loop with her husband and two daughters.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637