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April 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Health and Medicine
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital. By David Oshinsky. 2016. Doubleday, $30 (9780385523363).
Historian Oshinsky splendidly chronicles the nearly 300-year-old Bellevue Hospital and its resolute commitment to serving those in need, infusing his account with a history of American medicine.
Beyond Schizophrenia: Living and Working with a Serious Mental Illness.
By Marjorie L. Baldwin. 2016. Rowman & Littlefield, $36 (9781442248335).
A labor economist tells the story of her son, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 21, and calls for better medical treatment and stable employment for adults living with mental illness.
The Case against Sugar. By Gary Taubes. 2016. Knopf, $26.95 (9780307701640).
Best-selling Taubes indicts sugar as the primary cause for the Western world’s plagues of diabetes and obesity, clearly presenting the scientific facts to make his case.
Entwined: Sisters and Secrets in the Silent World of Artist Judith Scott. By Joyce Wallace Scott. 2016. Beacon, $26.95 (9780807051405).
Registered nurse and poet Scott recounts the remarkable, often disturbing story of her twin sister, Judy, who had Down syndrome and was mistreated at a “special school” for 35 years.
The Gene: An Intimate History. By Siddhartha Mukherjee. 2016. Scribner, $30 (9781501138751).
Pulitzer-winning Mukherjee illuminates the many facets of the gene, covering a panorama of topics, from Mendel’s experiments to Darwin, eugenics, the Human Genome Project, and cloning.
How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS. By David France. 2016. Knopf, $30 (9780307700636).
Journalist and award-winning film documentarian France brilliantly chronicles AIDS in America during the 1980s and ’90s, focusing on the real heroes of the epidemic, the AIDS activists.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes within Us and a Grander View of Life. By Ed Yong. 2016. Ecco, $27.99 (9780062368591).
Yong describes the dazzling menagerie of trillions of microorganisms—known as the microbiome or microbiota—that exists within every human being.
Morgue: A Life in Death. By Vincent J. M. DiMaio and Ron Franscell. 2016. St. Martin’s, $26.99 (9781250067142).
Medical examiner DiMaio, along with journalist Franscell, provides a peek into the often wild world of forensic science, sharing many hair-raising cases.
Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants. By Peter D. Kramer. 2016. Farrar, $26 (9780374280673).
Kramer mounts a comprehensive, spirited, and completely convincing defense of antidepressants, dispelling any doubts about their efficacy and life-changing capability.
A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer.
By Mary Elizabeth Williams. 2016. National Geographic, $26 (9781424616336).
Williams recounts her battle with stage-four melanoma as part of the clinical trial for an immunotherapy drug that, lo and behold, makes her cancer vanish.
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