Sapolsky’s intention is to show that modern lifestyle, and how the individual reaction to it, can have a major impact on health. I’d recommend the book to anyone with an interest in how the body works as wonderfully as it does, to those who wonder why they get sick when they’re stressed out, yet their neighbor never seems to.
Robert M. Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He lives in San Francisco. Although he doesn’t subscribe to the school of thought that hope cures all disease, Sapolsky highlights the studies that suggest we do have some control over stress-related ailments, based on how we perceive the stress and the kinds of social support we have.