©1997 Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved; (P)1997 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved; SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.
"Finally, here is a Western scientist who has done the work to explain the unity of mind and matter, body and soul." (Deepak Chopra)
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I was amazed to find out how much autonomy the body and it's various systems have and how they are affected by our very thoughts...much like our appetites. This could be ground-breaking self-healing or self-improving information for people who carry a lot of stress in their lives. It certainly leaves you with a different perspective about who you and your body are and how you both function together.
Interesting to find out we are most of neural activity is chemical and non-synaptic. A scientific research of how our thoughts affects our health.
The book, unfortunately, talks more about the author's odyssey in science than it does about the topic of the book. The author's personality looms large, while peptides only get short shrift. The narration is good and easy to listen to.
"More autobiography than science"
I got this as a free audiobook from audible.com. I am a chemical engineer/chemist by trade and thought this sounded like an interesting read. The book is narrated by the author Candace Pert.
The very first thing I noticed is that the author is incredibly conceited, she spends a lot of time bragging about her accomplishments right away. This book is more of an autobiography than an actually book behind the science of emotion.
There are some interesting theories in this book, that I think many people would agree with. The main theory is that emotional state is caused by a variety of chemicals, particularly peptids. These molecules not only have an influence on your emotions but on your overall physical health as well, you can't really separate the two. I think this theory was groundbreaking at the time, but much more widely accepted now.
There is a also a lot of discussion about the male domination of science and how hard the author had to work to get recognized. I think maybe this might have been more true in the 70's than today. The author also comes to the realization by the end that maybe it was her aggressive attitude and combativeness that caused some of her issues with her male cohorts and I couldn't agree more.
Working as a female in a male dominated field I have found that the opinion of those around you (male or otherwise) is fed by your attitude towards them. I have never had a ton of issue with my male coworkers respecting me and treating me as an equal. I had some issues in college, but now that I am working with the people I want to work with and in a field I am comfortable in it just hasn't been an issue. If you have an attitude of competence, but aren't completely arrogant, I don't think you will have much of an issue.
Okay stepping off my soapbox now...
Overall this was an interesting read, but not exactly what I was hoping for or expecting. It is more an autobiography of Pert’s work and a treatise on the struggles of female scientists than an explanation behind the chemicals that guide our emotional and physical health. It was free so I can’t really complain, but I wouldn’t really recommend it either.
"Off topic and dull"
This book is 90% dead dull blather about the politics of lab people and 10% science that relates somewhat to the title.
"A great read"
I have to agree with the earlier review, very enjoyable book. Good science, good story, good sense of humor.
"I want the UNabridged version!"
Love Candace! It was such fun to hear her voice since she was the reader! I miss her. And the world will never be the same.
However there should be an audible version of the entire book. Every wording hatbox was important. Now I must go read the physical book again, because I miss the parts left out of the Audible book.
After looking forward to this book for years, I was disappointed by the fact that it reads more like an auto-biography. I was very interested in the scientific link between body and emotions, but I don't feel that came through enough. This is an abridged version and something has definitely been lost as a result. I'll have to look through the full book to perhaps get some satisfaction.
This book is a revelation of scientific discovery and real world/real life application. It's a must read/listen for anyone going through health complications as it goes into great detail about how our body truly functions and can become dysfunctional through life events. I enjoyed that the author, Dr. Pert was the reader as there's no better individual than self to present their life's work! Due to the depth of the science involved, it can be a little dry if biochemistry and neurobiology are not of heat interest to you but I found it incredible that she goes into detail without overwhelming the reader. I really enjoyed this book and am thankful for the significant contributions that Dr. Pert has made to improve our lives through her dedication to research and creating a better human experience.
"Where's the substance?"
Seemed more of a journal of the author' s experiences.
Needed more information on how the molecular emotions effect the body. And suggested alternatives.
"Molecules of Emotion"
This book describes the Ligand/receptor communication system within the body and some of the authors work on the opiate receptors. Her work on a new approach to understanding cancer and the development of peptide-T as a possible cure is also described.
Much recent work on consciousness has emphasized the electrical properties of neurons in the brain but Pert points to the importance of an integrated view in which the electrical neural pulses are coupled to the ligand-receptor system and the latter is closely linked to mind through the emotions.
The author also describes the difficulties faced by women scientists in a predominantly male world and the problems involved in bringing a new drug to market. Towards the end of the book she touches on her interests in alternative medicine and a more holistic approach to healing.
A fascinating book, readily accessible to the general reader.
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