REVIEW: The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Rating: 8/10

The Body: A Guide for Occupants is a whistle-stop tour of the human body.  Topics covered range from the main systems of the human body, including circulatory, respiratory, digestive and immune  to sleep, pain and diseases. Bryson often approaches topics from an evolutionary perspective, not just explaining functions but also theorising how and why the human body reached its current form.

The Body is generally fast-paced and succinct. Bryson deftly covers a vast array of topics. He doesn’t dwell too long on any particular aspect, keeping the reader’s interest piqued. In school biology is too often taught in a dull way, with an emphasis on rote learning for exams, so this is a refreshing take on the basics of human biology. 

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