Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 8)

HALDOL AND HYACINTHS by Melody  Moezzi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"A bold, courageous book by a woman who transforms mental illness into an occasion for activism."
An Iranian-American political activist and writer's memoir of how she came to terms with her bicultural heritage and bipolar disorder. Read full book review >
THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein's avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats."
What makes a great athlete? Being born with talent was the traditional answer, but like so many traditions, it is under attack. Read full book review >

A GOOD BIRTH by Anne Drapkin Lyerly
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Positive, sympathetic and diverse perspectives for past, present and future mothers-to-be."
An obstetrician and mother of four (all by cesarean) reveals the myriad ways women can feel empowered by pregnancy. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 23, 2013

"Perhaps overly upbeat, but it contains useful new insights into thinking well."
A lucid how-to on ways to strengthen your processing of everyday information. Read full book review >
PEOPLE, PARASITES, AND PLOWSHARES by Dickson Despommier
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Despommier is an excellent popularizer, lacing his accounts of our invaders' ingenuity with history and anecdotes that underscore how grateful a modern society should be for clean drinking water and sanitary facilities."
The ick factor is high—20-foot tapeworms, skin nodules filled with writhing worms, etc.—but for parasitologists, the fellow travelers chronicled in this illuminating book command respect for the artful ways they have managed cohabitation since the dawn of life. Read full book review >

THE TRUTH IN SMALL DOSES by Clifton Leaf
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 16, 2013

"An important evaluative study meriting serious public discussion."
We cannot rely on advances in molecular biology to beat the scourge of cancer. So argues journalist Leaf, who got interested in the subject via the impressive success story of the drug Gleevec, which effectively delivers targeted cancer therapy to certain leukemia patients. Read full book review >
SUPERNORMAL by Dean Radin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Certainly not for everyone, but a smart reminder that we haven't got the whole scene covered—look at quantum mechanics—and that openness is more fruitful than seclusion in dogma."
Radin (Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, 2006, etc.) combs the scientific, peer-reviewed literature—and much yogic lore and historical anecdote—to find evidence and validity for the claims of mysticism, miracles and the supernatural. Read full book review >
The Mu-ji-Man Codes by Daniel L Adams
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 8, 2013

"A novel theory diminished by the author's circumventing its blueprint."
Death is inevitable for all and disquieting for some. In this debut code book, Adams admits to being in the latter camp while exploring his evolution from obsessing over—as he calls it—Mr. Death to developing a system for predicting and maximizing life span. Read full book review >
HER BEST-KEPT SECRET by Gabrielle Glaser
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: July 2, 2013

"An important addition to feminist literature that calls upon women to reject a spurious equality "whose consequences in broken families, broken hearts, and broken futures, are all too real" and face up to the problem of alcohol dependency before it takes over their lives."
Glaser (The Nose: A Profile of Sex, Beauty, and Survival, 2004, etc.) probes the shift from the days of feminists like Carry Nation, popularly known as "the saloon destroyer," to the "Cosmopolitan-sipping" Carrie Bradshaw. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2013

"A nicely crafted biography that also offers Civil War buffs an unusual ambulance-wagon view of the great conflict."
The first full treatment of the father of battlefield medicine. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 25, 2013

"A somewhat overwritten eye-opener about medical advances achieved on the backs of society's weakest members."
The harrowing story of the exploitation of institutionalized children in American medical research. Read full book review >
THE FREEDOM PLAN: AN AMERICAN ANSWER TO HEALTH CARE REFORM by John F. Perry
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 20, 2013

"A problematic prescription for an infirm industry."
In his debut, Perry, a practicing physician for 40 years, examines the ailing American health care system and proposes a solution. Read full book review >