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Find more Top 10 Health & Wellness Books
Health and wellness are top-of-mind as we navigate through a pandemic and political and social-justice challenges. The best books on medical issues reviewed in Booklist over the past 12 months are engrossing narratives rich in essential information and expert guidance.
An Anatomy of Pain: How the Body and the Mind Experience and Endure Physical Suffering. By Abdul-Ghaaliq Lalkhen. 2021. Scribner, $28 (9781982160982).
In this splendidly informative exploration of myriad causes and treatments of pain, Lalkhen recognizes it as a profound universal experience.
COVID-19: The Pandemic That Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One. By Debora MacKenzie. 2020. Hachette, $27 (9780306924248).
MacKenzie delivers an incisive account of the start and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as a look at preparing for future emerging infections.
The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine. By Janice P. Nimura. 2021. Norton, $27.95 (9780393635546).
Nimura tells the remarkable stories of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S.; her younger sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell; and an impressive group of similarly pioneering women in the medical profession.
Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding. By Daniel Lieberman. 2020. Pantheon, $29.95 (9781524746988).
Harvard paleoanthropologist Lieberman entertainingly examines exercise from an evolutionary perspective and concludes that although it’s a “fundamentally strange and unusual behavior,” it is essential for our health.
Finding Comfort during Hard Times: A Guide to Healing after Disease, Violence, and Other Community Trauma. By Earl Johnson. 2020. Rowman & Littlefield, $28 (9781538127094).
Hospital chaplain Johnson shares his experiences comforting survivors of natural and man-made disasters and provides guidelines for offering solace and support in emergencies and for those suffering loss and illness.
Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family. By Robert Kolker. 2020. Doubleday, $29.95 (9780385543767).
Journalist Kolker illuminates the history of the diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia by reporting on the staggering tragedies of the Galvin family, in which six of twelve children suffered from the illness.
The Lady’s Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness. By Sarah Ramey. 2020. Doubleday, $27.95 (9780385534079).
A lingering infection kicked off a 17-year nightmare of debilitating yet often-dismissed conditions that led Ramey to conduct this in-depth inquiry into medicine’s failure to properly diagnose and help women.
Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. By Gerald Posner. 2020. Avid Reader, $35 (9781501151897).
Posner’s meticulously documented investigation of the historical roots and contemporary state of Big Pharma includes the story of the notorious Sackler family’s role in the current drug crisis.
The Plague Cycle: The Unending War between Humanity and Infectious Disease. By Charles Kenny. 2021. Scribner, $28 (9781982165338).
Kenny offers a fact-filled overview of major infectious disease outbreaks, including smallpox, polio, measles, AIDS, and COVID-19, in which he discusses their sources and consequences, and efforts to combat them.
See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. By Valarie Kaur. 2020. Random/One World, $28 (9780525509097).
Activist and civil-rights lawyer Kaur presents a personal and philosophical wellness handbook for tackling divisive issues and pursuing healing and justice through revolutionary love.
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