Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 211)

GOODBYE JUMBO, HELLO CRUEL WORLD by Louie Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1993

"Thin, even surly, vaporings that will sell like buttered hotcakes."
Weightless epiphanies about losing weight from Anderson, professional comedian and bestselling author of Dear Dad (1989). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Kimbrell sends a meaningful message—but at the price of dismissing any good to come from genetics research in favor of pietistic nay-saying."
Given the title here, as well as the foreword by Jeremy Rifkin (biotechnology's most ardent antagonist), readers are well advised concerning the content of this polemic by the policy director of Rifkin's Foundation on Economic Trends. Read full book review >

ENEMIES OF PATIENTS by Ruth Macklin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Highly recommended for anyone concerned about the care of patients and the protection of their rights. (For a fuller discussion of physicians' obligations toward patients, see Marc A. Rodwin's Medicine, Money, and Morals, reviewed below.)"
How and why your rights as a patient are eroding as the professional autonomy of physicians has declined and the power of bureaucratic overseers has grown. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1993

"A constructive contribution—featuring a well-presented analysis as well as concrete proposals for reform—to the ongoing discussion of our national health-care crisis."
A convincing case for resolving financial conflicts of interest that compromise the judgment of doctors and that bias the clinical choices they make. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 1, 1993

"She'll nourish fans with her entries, and give birth to new ones as well."
Novelist Lamott (All New People, 1989, etc.) nimbly plunders stores of self-mockery in her role as a new mother and single parent. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 28, 1993

"A smooth blend of theory, research, clinical observation, and anecdote."
A thoughtful examination of the puzzling behavior of those who persist in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Read full book review >
GIFTS OF TIME by Fred J. Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1993

"The operating-room scenes are riveting, and the patients' stories utterly absorbing and often heart-rending: a first-rate medical casebook."
A spellbinding account of the miracles that we are coming to expect from increasingly sophisticated hi-tech medicine. Read full book review >
SECOND WIFE, SECOND LIFE! by Marjorie Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 1993

"A treat for Holmes fans and, for those less taken with the inspirational subtext, a realistic yet upbeat account of love and marriage in the sunset years."
From the popular octogenarian columnist and inspirational author (The Messiah, 1987, etc.): a moving and refreshingly candid account of her second marriage. Read full book review >
MEN, WOMEN, AND AGGRESSION by Anne Campbell
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 14, 1993

"But, overall, this is a clearly stated volume on why men and women differ in their aggressive behavior: It owes more—at least according to Campbell—to the imperatives of the schoolyard than to DNA."
A karate course and a key chain with a Mace backup are not enough to bridge the gap between men's and women's capacity for aggression, according to the author of this intriguing study. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 14, 1993

"Even sex, it seems, can be dull."
From the files of a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist: ten uninteresting cases centering on sexual problems. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 7, 1993

"This fire in the soul may warm already converted New Agers, but most others will find it wan comfort indeed."
More well-meaning New Age psychopop from the author of Guilt is the Teacher, Love is the Lesson (1990), etc. According to psychologist Borysenko, who tends to gush, her ``soul has burned with the question why''—specifically, why does God allow suffering? Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not likely to be favorite bedtime reading for John Paul II—or for anyone who believes in mature debate."
Hotheaded, ill-mannered attack against the Catholic Church, by a disaffected doctor. 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 >