Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
DR. JOHN HARVEY KELLOGG AND THE RELIGION OF BIOLOGIC LIVING by Brian C. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2014

"There's much here to interest both adherents to and skeptics of today's alternative and holistic medicines, as well as fans of American history, especially the history of religions."
A well-researched biography that seeks to restore the reputation of the doctor satirized in T.C. Boyle's novel The Road to Wellville (1993) and in the film of the same name. 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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SLOW DANCING WITH A STRANGER by Meryl Comer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A poignant love story with a powerful message."
Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative CEO Comer offers an unvarnished account of her experience as her husband's caretaker after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Top-shelf instruction on the mechanics of the medical economy.
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Surgeon Ruggieri (Confessions of a Surgeon: The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated…Life Behind the O.R. Doors, 2012) tutors readers on the economic forces that make the surgical theater tick.
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THE STORY OF PAIN by Joanna Bourke
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Bourke has done a fine job of detailing the story of pain and the folly it reveals. Sadly, the folly has not gone away."
A scholarly treatise on how pain and those who suffer from it have been regarded over the past three centuries in the Western world. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF SILENCE by Liza Long
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2014

"A searing indictment of the lack of affordable care available for the treatment of mentally ill adolescents."
The mother of a mentally ill son who suffered from uncontrollable rages proves to be a powerful advocate for children with mental illness and their families. Read full book review >
DOCTORED by Sandeep Jauhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A medical story about the loss of ideals and the corrections to course one makes as midlife and its responsibilities arrive, with insights into the overly complicated and often fraudulent state of health care today."
The further education of a doctor. Read full book review >
IN A ROCKET MADE OF ICE by Gail Gutradt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"A refreshing account of generous people devoting their time and energy to doing something right."
The moving story of a tiny community in Cambodia where children whose lives have been shattered by AIDS are cared for, educated and raised to live full lives in the outside world. Read full book review >
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 >
WORKING STIFF by Judy Melinek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A transfixing account of death, from the mundane to the oddly hair-raising."
A lively chronicle of a death investigator's days, from forensic pathologist Melinek and her husband, Mitchell. Read full book review >
Holistic Therapies for Adults with Neck Pain by Elizabeth Meuser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"A useful guide for open-minded readers looking for new ways to treat pain."
An overview of alternative and complementary treatments for neck pain.In this debut guide to holistic approaches to neck pain, Meuser and McMaster guide readers through unconventional approaches to treatment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >