Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 4)

POP  by Pamela Peery
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A solid, supportive advice book to help women through the physical and mental work of childbirth."
An accessible debut guidebook for pregnant women. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Compelling childbirth narratives told from fresh perspectives."
Thirty-one female writers (including the editors) narrate their highly personal experiences of giving birth, beginning with the choices they made in advance, and how the reality compared with their expectations. Read full book review >

The Great Ulcer War by William S. Hughes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 15, 2014

"A well-written story of medicine, money and politics written by a knowledgeable physician."
An engaging slice of recent medical history and controversy.In this debut book on the history of medicine, Hughes does a remarkable job of balancing the researcher's precision with the storyteller's understanding of his audience. Read full book review >
MISSING MICROBES by Martin J. Blaser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 8, 2014

"Credit Blaser for displaying the wonders and importance of a vast underworld we are jeopardizing but cannot live without."
Infectious disease specialist Blaser makes an impassioned plea for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystem that exists in and on our bodies: the human microbiome. Read full book review >
THE REMEDY by Thomas Goetz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2014

"A beguiling real-life medical detective story."
The story of a pair of unlikely heroes who crossed paths in Berlin in 1890 and forever changed the landscapes of medicine and literature. Read full book review >

LIFE, ANIMATED by Ron Suskind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A master journalistic storyteller tells his family's own story."
A deeply felt, movingly written account of raising an autistic son. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 26, 2014

"Comprehensive, cogent and smartly packaged; should have great appeal to those with a real interest in better body management."
This unique guide is cleverly constructed to explain the operation and health of the human body in business terms. Read full book review >
ON THE CANCER FRONTIER by Paul A. Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"On a level with Lewis Thomas for its clarity and verve in presenting the science of the cell and the ability of cancer to assume multiple guises."
Former Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center president and CEO Marks delivers a panoramic view of developments in cancer research and treatment over the last 40 years, from both the researchers' and administrators' perspectives. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Serious charges voiced in strong language, certain to be met with rebuttals from those whose ox has just been gored, and a must-read for any man concerned about his prostate."
The scientist who discovered the prostate specific antigen in 1970 explains emphatically why he considers use of the PSA test for routinely screening healthy men for cancer to be a profit-driven national disaster. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF SUPERMAN by Steven Kotler
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A thrill ride of a book, empowering in its implications of what any individual can achieve."
Every kind of human performance—a record-breaking athletic feat, a major scientific breakthrough, a stunning jazz solo—is made possible by tapping into an elusive and extraordinary state of consciousness called "flow." Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An important challenge to the naysayers on both sides of the political divide."
Emanuel (Medical Ethics and Health Policy/Univ. of Pennsylvania; Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family, 2013, etc.) views the Affordable Care Act as a success story. Read full book review >
HOW YOUR DOCTOR IS SLOWLY KILLING YOU by Angela DeRosa
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 2014

"A passionate women's-health guide."
An Arizona-based physician aims to help women live better lives through hormone replacement therapy in this debut self-help guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >