Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 2)

CURE by Jo Marchant
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A balanced, informative review of a controversial subject."
Marchant (The Shadow King: The Bizarre Afterlife of King Tut's Mummy, 2013 etc.) explores how traditional and alternative medicine overlap.Read full book review >
JUST MEDICINE by Dayna Bowen Matthew
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"Health care providers, hospital administrators, insurers, and those involved in civil rights law will find food for thought here; general readers will be better served by Damon Tweedy's Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine (2015)."
A densely written proposal for reducing discrimination by white physicians, nurses, and other health care personnel against minorities seeking medical services. Read full book review >

MY CONFECTION by Lisa Kotin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Full of finely sifted detail but uneven."
Actor and performance artist Kotin bravely reveals just how powerful sugar addiction can be. Read full book review >
BIG GIRL by Kelsey Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An anti-diet diet book that offers perhaps too much food for thought."
A hard-core dieter pokes fun at herself and the diet industry while trying to overcome her own food obsessions. Read full book review >
A THOUSAND NAKED STRANGERS by Kevin Hazzard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A vivid, pummeling ride-along with an emergency paramedic."
A former EMT details his action-packed tenure in the field. Read full book review >

IN THE SLENDER MARGIN by Eve Joseph
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A literate, free-association meditation on the final fact of life."
A fine blend of memoir, contemplation, and reporting by a woman who spent more than 20 years as a counselor in a Victoria, British Columbia, hospice. Read full book review >
THE LUCKY YEARS by David B. Agus
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Practical health information fortified with exciting news from the forefront of modern medical technology."
A pioneering oncologist explores the latest advancements in general medicine. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"A well-rounded discussion of common mental problems and strategies for dealing with them."
The chief psychiatrist at Amen Clinics offers a holistic approach to treating an array of mental disorders. Read full book review >
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S BAD FOR YOU...THE BAD NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU by Jeff Wilser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Wilser delivers useful advice with cheerful good humor in a book that is wide-ranging but holds few surprises."
A humorous anthology debunking contemporary wisdom about guilty pleasures and bad habits. Read full book review >
TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING by Lee Goldman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Part I gets kudos for being informative and accessible, but the presumptions of Part II make for a controversial conclusion."
A renowned cardiologist explores the paradox that traits essential to human survival in prehistoric times are today the cause of countless human deaths. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Engrossing techno-science delivered with gusto and sure to reach a varied audience."
A veteran science reporter examines the many innovative developments of human sensory enhancement. Read full book review >
Find It, File It, Flog It by Hedley Rees
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"A thoroughly researched and considered industry critique that includes substantive, visionary ideas for rehabilitation.
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A searing indictment of "Big Pharma" offers specific recommendations for change. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >