“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War”

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“Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War”

Postby Marcus Minucius Audens » Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:12 am

>>>> Book Review, “Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War” <<<<
Mary Roach, W.W. Norton & Co., 2016, $26.95, ISBN 978-9-393-24544-8

The science of warfare often focuses on weapons and equipment, but best-selling science writer Mary Roach, a self declared “goober with a flashlight” looks at how the battlefield environment affects humans and specifically at all the unusual ways most people don’t think about.

Roach uses humor and a lucid narrative to describe the human body’s physiological reactions to extreme heat and cold, fatigue, noise, smell, combat-weight burdens, sleep deprivation, and “ill-timed gastrointestinal urgency,” of battlefield diarrhea. She also tells of scientists and engineers working to mitigate the adverse effects of these conditions, as well as new training procedures, and inventions to reduce impacts on servicemembers. Learn why snipers hate zippers and Velcro, about the “blast diaper,” how shark repellent was really created, about the hazards of flies and the benefits of maggots, and about ingenious malodorants like the “Who Me?” stink bomb.

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