Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A confidence-inspiring sourcebook for stricken families."
Straightforward advice from parents-who-have-been-there on how to cope with childhood cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"A riveting warts-and-all portrait of a courageous and determined woman who, in a time of foment, wrought fundamental changes in the human social condition. (Photos—not seen.)"
A splendid biography of the woman who fought for more than half a century to bring birth control to America. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Still, a thorough assessment of a perilous situation."
Silverman, Lydecker, and Lee—who took upon themselves the seemingly Sisyphean task of exposing the abuses of the pharmaceutical industry (Prescriptions for Death: The Drugging of the Third World, 1982, etc.)—now reexamine the situation in the Third World and conclude that a worldwide crisis exists. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HEALTH QUACKERY by James Harvey Young
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Expert words on a fascinating subject. (Sixty-seven halftones.)"
Quackery is thriving in the high-tech 90's, according to Young (American Social History/Emory Univ.), author of Toadstool Millionaires (1961), which traced the history of quackery in America up to the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, and Medical Messiahs (1967), which brought the story forward to 1966. Read full book review >
PASSIONS by Georgia Witkin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Not likely to help those with serious problems, but bright and chipper and infused with a gung-ho spirit."
How to accentuate the positive emotions and eliminate, or at least manage, the negative; by a master of the pop-psychology genre. Read full book review >

CRACKHOUSE by Terry Williams
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Compelling ethnography with a rare moral core, important for its clear, persuasive message that these lost souls are victims, worthy of our compassion."
Williams, whose The Cocaine Kids (1989) so vividly depicted the world of young N.Y.C. coke dealers, now reports with equal skill and caring on the subterranean depths inhabited by their customers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 29, 1992

"A provocative and forceful call for change, certain to enrage male gynecologists while empowering their patients."
Why men have no business being gynecologists—or so the author says—and what women can do to get proper health care. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 1992

"Essential for anyone with a deaf person in his or her life, or for anyone who wishes truly to understand two million deaf fellow Americans."
Lane (Psychology/Northeastern) follows up When the Mind Hears- -his 1984 history of the deaf—with an excoriating analysis of the oppression of the deaf in contemporary society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 18, 1992

"Smooth, smart, and very, very scary."
Junkies, dealers, narcs, and other combatants in the war on drugs speak out in this first-rate oral report from Wells (444 Days, 1985) and Triplett. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 18, 1992

"With its sweep, perception, originality, and felicitous use of language—an artistic and intellectual achievement."
Helman—professor of medicine (University College, London), family physician, and cultural historian—draws on his wide-ranging interests to offer a vivid, personable, and insightful exploration of physiology and fiction—of the interaction of the objective functioning of the human body and the subjective experience of it, as well as of the political analogues and social metaphors it inspires in both historic and contemporary terms. Read full book review >
THE SILENT PASSAGE by Gail Sheehy
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 12, 1992

"Sheehy's book will be a bible for them—and hopefully for the doctors who treat them."
A compelling discussion about menopause, packed with facts and anecdotes that are right on target for the baby-boom women about to encounter change of life. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 11, 1992

An impressively researched, authoritative, and absolutely mind-boggling survey of ``the transformative capacities of human nature.'' As to be expected from a co-founder of California's Esalen Institute, the emphasis here is very much on mind-body phenomena, with the focus on individuals who apparently have extended the usual reach of human possibility—saints, mystics, psychics, artists, geniuses, etc. Drawing on an astonishing array of eyewitness accounts, scientific studies, biographies, letters, monographs, etc., Murphy rigorously organizes his vast material into three categories: ``Possibilities for Extraordinary Life''; ``Transformative Practices''; and ``Evidence for Human Transformative Capacity.'' In the last category, for example, he discusses and documents placebo effects, spiritual healing, hypnosis, ``somatic'' disciplines such as the Alexander Technique and the Feldenkrais Method, yogic powers, the charismas of saints, etc. All this fascinating if sometimes sensational information does serve a purpose, of course—to illuminate the author's ``central observations and proposals,'' e.g., that ``the evidence for extraordinary human attributes strongly supports some sort of penentheism....the doctrine that Divinity is both immanent and transcendent to the universe.'' Whatever one thinks of Murphy's conclusions, even a casual dipping into his text, which will no doubt become a primary source for future mind-body investigation, will reveal a world of inspiring wonders. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >