Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 4)

BOY ON ICE by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A sad, tragic story that underscores the high human cost of violent entertainment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch debuts with a biography of hockey player Derek Boogaard (1982-2011), a fierce fighter on the ice who died of an overdose of alcohol and prescription painkillers at the age of 28. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Compassionate, useful reading related by an expert in his field."
A renowned neurologist examines some important questions: "[W]hat does it mean to be the patient faced with these seismic problems, and how is a connection made with the physician who embodies the knowledge that can make it better?" Read full book review >

ON IMMUNITY by Eula Biss
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Brightly informative, giving readers a sturdy platform from which to conduct their own research and take personal responsibility."
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Biss (Notes from No Man's Land, 2009) investigates the nature of vaccinations, from immunity as myth to the intricate web of the immune system. Read full book review >
INTERNAL MEDICINE by Terrence Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Holt says that he wrote the book over a period of 10 years. Let's hope for a shorter duration before we next hear from this gifted writer/physician."
Think you've heard it all about the grueling, fatigue-driven years suffered by interns and residents once they get their degrees? Think again. Read full book review >
Hearing Loss: Facts and Fiction by Timothy Frantz
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 26, 2014

"An easy read about the causes of gradual hearing loss and how to cope with it."
A debut guide that may help start a conversation about an underdiagnosed issue that affects 1 in 7 Americans. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 13, 2014

"A fascinating look at how Medicare must change."
A gerontologist's take on what is needed to reform Medicare. Read full book review >
ACID TEST by Tom Shroder
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An observant argument for understanding a society through the drugs it uses."
A well-respected journalist offers evidence, both empirical and anecdotal, about the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic drugs. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"Mütter's healing work inspired former students, from the celebrated Civil War surgeon Jonathan Letterman to the pharmaceutical manufacturer E.R. Squibb. His life story will move many readers."
Biography of a flamboyant surgeon who helped transform American medicine. Read full book review >
HYPER by Timothy Denevi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An evocative and insightful memoir of thriving with ADHD."
Denevi explores "the mountains of material on ADHD from the point of view of a patient."
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GENERATION RX by Erin Marie Daly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"This gripping memoir, enhanced by statistics and other stories of addiction, reveals the devastating human cost of failure to face the consequences of the epidemic spread of drug abuse."
After her 20-year-old brother, Pat, died from a heroin overdose, Daly gave up her prestigious job as a legal reporter to spend five years looking for an answer to the epidemic spread of addiction among children and young adults. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2014

"An unforgettable book."
The harrowing story of two brilliant immunologists, one Christian, one Jewish, who were separated during World War II yet found heroic ways to turn their typhus vaccine research against the Nazis. Read full book review >
THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN MACHINE, VOLUME 1 by Samy Veluchamy
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 15, 2014

"A handy reference that addresses the detection and treatment of common diseases and disorders."
The first in a two-volume health care guide for both laypersons and health care workers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >