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  • Published: 7 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241396889
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $39.99

The Better Half

On the Genetic Superiority of Women




An award-winning physician makes the game-changing case that genetic females are the stronger sex

Here are some facts: Women live longer than men. They have stronger immune systems. They're better at fighting cancer and surviving famine, and even see the world in a wider variety of colours. They are simply stronger than men at every stage of life. Why is this? And why are we taught the opposite?

To find out, Dr. Sharon Moalem drew on his own medical experiences - treating premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit; recruiting the elderly for neurogenetic studies; tending to HIV-positive orphans in Thailand - and tried to understand why in every instance men were consistently less likely to thrive. The answer, he discovered, lies in our genetics: two X chromosomes offer a powerful survival advantage.

With clear, captivating prose that weaves together eye-opening research, case studies, diverse examples ranging from the behaviour of honeybees to American pioneers, as well as experiences from his personal life and his own patients, Moalem explains why genetic females triumph over males when it comes to resiliency, intellect, stamina, immunity and much more. He also calls for a reconsideration of our male-centric, one-size-fits-all view of medical studies and even how we prescribe medications - a view that still sees women through the lens of men.

Revolutionary and yet utterly convincing, The Better Half will make you see humanity and the survival of our species anew.

  • Published: 7 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241396889
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $39.99

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Award-winning physician and scientist, Sharon Moalem explains why women are often misdiagnosed by doctors which leads to incorrect dosing of medicine. You can pre-order his book, The Better Half, here: https://bit.ly/33x3XCC From birth, genetic females are better at fighting viruses, infections and cancer. They do better at surviving epidemics and famines. They live longer and even see the world in a wider variety of colours. These are the facts; they are simply stronger than men at every stage of life. Why? And why are we taught the opposite? ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subscribe to the Penguin channel: http://po.st/SubscribePenguinYouTube Follow us here: Twitter | http://www.twitter.com/penguinukbooks Website | http://www.penguin.co.uk Instagram | http://www.instagram.com/penguinukbooks Facebook | http://www.facebook.com/penguinbooks

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