Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 26)

Released: June 4, 2007

"A provocative and hotly controversial analysis of a side of reproductive rights feminism seems to have forgot."
Some terrible truths about being born in the USA. Read full book review >
Released: May 7, 2007

"Rigorous, highly informative history written with passion, panache and an appealing bit of attitude."
A former editor and publisher debuts with a polymathic account of the rise and reign of the Emperor Justinian (a.d. 527-565), whose greatest nemesis turned out to be a microscopic terror he could neither see nor identify. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2007

"Poetic, vivid and stained with tears of regret."
A junkie hipster's memoir of his vagabond life doubles as a love letter to his brilliant, troubled older sister. Read full book review >
BETTER by Atul Gawande
Released: April 3, 2007

"A must-read for medical professionals—and a discerning, humanizing portrait of doctors at work for the rest of us."
"What does it take to be good at something, when failure is so easy?" asks writer/physician Gawande in his follow-up to Complications (2002). Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 2007

"Goolrick is clearly a victim of his parents' brutal abuse, but he has broken out of the categories of 'victim' and 'survivor' to become a powerful truth-teller."
A devastating debut memoir about a Southern childhood. Read full book review >

HOW DOCTORS THINK by Jerome Groopman
Released: March 19, 2007

"A highly pleasurable must-read."
A revealing, often disturbing look at what goes on in doctors' minds when treating patients, plus some advice to patients on how to work with their doctors to improve that process. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2007

"Grist for an anti-smoking campaigner's mill, and testimony to the banality of evil."
In this smoke-filled room of a book, full of secrets and closed files, medical historian and expert witness Brandt reveals just what Big Tobacco has wrought in the last 125 years. Read full book review >
POSTER CHILD by Emily Rapp
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Rapp has excelled again: This book is a blessing."
Mature and graceful debut memoir about a childhood struggle to be perfect. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"Sweeping and powerful."
Medical ethicist and journalist Washington details the abusive medical practices to which African-Americans have been subjected. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 8, 2006

"A provocative amalgam of staunch advocacy, personal experience and investigative reporting."
A character-driven account, written with barely controlled anger, of what diabetes is, what it is like to be diabetic and how and why the medical community is failing to deal effectively with this widespread and as-yet-incurable condition. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Sloan has done well to sound the alarm, while providing an excellent primer on how medical evidence should be collected."
Sloan (Behavioral Medicine/Columbia Univ.) takes a close look at the growing encroachment of religion in yet another sphere of American life: medicine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >