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Being Mortal
Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande (Sep 05, 2017)
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In Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its endingMedicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medic...
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi (Jan 12, 2016)
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At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decades worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chro...
The Emperor of All Maladies
A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Aug 09, 2011)
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence...
War Doctor
Surgery on the Front Line
by David Nott (Jan 01, 2019)
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For more than 25 years, surgeon David Nott has volunteered in some of the worlds most dangerous conflict zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993 to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out lifesaving operations in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major metropolitan hospital. He is n...
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An American Sickness
How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
by Elisabeth Rosenthal (Apr 11, 2017)
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A New York Times bestseller/Washington Post Notable Book of 2017/NPR Best Books of 2017/Wall Street Journal Best Books of 2017 "This book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America."--Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The GeneAt a moment of drastic politic...
Do No Harm
by Henry Marsh (Jun 07, 2016)
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What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut into the stuff that creates thought, feeling, and reason? How do you live with the consequences of performing a potentially lifesaving operation when it all goes wrong?In neurosurgery, more than in any other branch of medicine, the doctor's oath to ...
The Coming Plague
Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance
by Laurie Garrett (Sep 30, 1995)
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Unpurified drinking water. Improper use of antibiotics. Local warfare. Massive refugee migration. Changing social and environmental conditions around the world have fostered the spread of new and potentially devastating viruses and diseases—HIV, Lassa, Ebola, and others. Laurie Garrett takes you on a fifty-year journey through the world's battles w...
Mountains Beyond Mountains
by Tracy Kidder (Aug 31, 2004)
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This powerful and inspiring book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it. Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town....
A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science
by Atul Gawande (Mar 31, 2003)
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In gripping accounts of true cases, surgeon Atul Gawande explores the power and the limits of medicine, offering an unflinching view from the scalpel's edge. Complications lays bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is--uncertain, perplexing, and profoundly human.Complications is a 2002 National Book Award Finalist for Nonficti...
Bottle of Lies
The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
by Katherine Eban (May 14, 2019)
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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019New York Public Library Best Books of 2019 Kirkus Reviews Best Health and Science Books of 2019Science Friday Best Books of 2019 New postscript by the authorFrom an award-winning journalist, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-t...
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A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
by Atul Gawande (Jan 21, 2008)
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The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new book, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intent...
Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th Edition
by Frank H. Netter MD (Jul 06, 2006)
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Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy is the most loved and best selling anatomy atlas in the English language. In over 540 beautifully colored and easily understood illustrations, it teaches the complete human body with unsurpassed clarity and accuracy. This new edition features 45 revised, 290 relabeled and 17 wholly new plates, drawn fully in the trad...
The White Coat Investor
A Doctor's Guide To Personal Finance And Investing
by James M Dahle MD (Jan 08, 2014)
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Written by a practicing emergency physician, The White Coat Investor is a high-yield manual that specifically deals with the financial issues facing medical students, residents, physicians, dentists, and similar high-income professionals. Doctors are highly-educated and extensively trained at making difficult diagnoses and performing life saving pr...
The Healing of America
A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
by T. R. Reid (Aug 31, 2010)
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In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost. In his global quest to find a possible prescription, Reid visits wealthy, free market, industrialized democraci...
Tripping over the Truth
How the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Is Overturning One of Medicine's Most Entrenched Paradigms
by Travis Christofferson (Feb 01, 2017)
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A masterful synchronization of history and cutting-edge science shines new light on humanity's darkest diagnosis.In the wake of the Cancer Genome Atlas project's failure to provide a legible roadmap to a cure for cancer, science writer Travis Christofferson illuminates a promising blend of old and new perspectives on the disease. Tripping over the ...
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In Shock
My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope
by Rana Awdish (Oct 16, 2018)
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A first-person account from a young critical care physician describes how toward the end of her medical training she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life, revealing how her experiences exposed her to flaws in today's care standards and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient.A first-person account from a y...
My Own Country
A Doctor's Story
by Abraham Verghese (Apr 25, 1995)
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By the bestselling author of Cutting for Stone, a story of medicine in the American heartland, and confronting one's deepest prejudices and fears. Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern American life. But when the local hospital treated its first AIDS patie...
Checklist Manifesto
by Atul Gawande (Jan 04, 2011)
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A New York Times BestsellerIn latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.The modern world has given us stupendous know-how. Yet avoidable failures continue to plague us in health care, government, the law, the financial industryin almost every rea...
Fragile Lives
by S Westaby (Jan 01, 2018)
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An incredible memoir from one of the world’s most eminent heart surgeons and some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he’s worked on.Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon’s shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away.The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating ...
The Breakthrough
Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer
by Charles Graeber (Nov 12, 2018)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Good Nurse comes an empowering and accessible story of the discoveries of the tricks cancer uses to avoid the immune system, and the important new therapies already unleashing the immune system to fight -- and beat -- the disease. Four years in the writing, The Breakthrough is an "exciting read" abo...
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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures (FSG Classics) by Anne Fadiman (2012-04-24)
by Fadiman (Apr 24, 2012)
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Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: "What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as frosty arrogance." The Spirit Catches You and Yo...
Pathologies of Power
Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (Volume 4) (California Series in Public Anthropology)
by Paul Farmer (Nov 21, 2004)
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Pathologies of Power uses harrowing stories of life—and death—in extreme situations to interrogate our understanding of human rights. Paul Farmer, a physician and anthropologist with twenty years of experience working in Haiti, Peru, and Russia, argues that promoting the social and economic rights of the world’s poor is the most important human rig...
Gray's Anatomy
The Classic Collector's Edition
by Henry Gray (Nov 22, 1988)
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This special low-priced edition is for sale in India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka only. About The Author: Henry Gray, F.R.S., Fellow of the royal college of Surgeons: Lecturer on anatomy at St. George?s Hospital Medical School. Table Of Contents: Descriptive and Surgical Anatomy The Articulations Muscles and...
King of Hearts
The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery
by G. Wayne Miller (Jan 31, 2002)
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Few of the great stories of medicine are as palpably dramatic as the invention of open-heart surgery, yet, until now, no journalist has ever brought all of the thrilling specifics of this triumph to life.This is the story of the surgeon many call the father of open-heart surgery, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, who, along with colleagues at University Hosp...
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Epic Measures
One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients.
by Jeremy N. Smith (Mar 28, 2017)
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Moneyball meets medicine in this remarkable chronicle of one of the greatest scientific quests of our time—the groundbreaking program to answer the most essential question for humanity: how do we live and die?—and the visionary mastermind behind it.Medical doctor and economist Christopher Murray began the Global Burden of Disease studies to gain a ...
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Bill Gates
House on Fire
The Fight to Eradicate Smallpox (Volume 21) (California/Milbank Books on Health and the Public)
by William H. Foege (Jun 05, 2011)
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A story of courage and risk-taking, House on Fire tells how smallpox, a disease that killed, blinded, and scarred millions over centuries of human history, was completely eradicated in a spectacular triumph of medicine and public health. Part autobiography, part mystery, the story is told by a man who was one of the architects of a radical vaccinat...
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The Guide to the Future of Medicine
Technology AND The Human Touch
by Bertalan Meskó (Aug 24, 2014)
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A few short years ago, it would have been hard to imagine that exoskeletons could enable paralyzed people to walk again; that billions of people would rely on social media for information; and that the supercomputer Watson would be a key player in medical decision-making. Perhaps more than in any other field, technology has transformed medicine and...
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Berci Meskó
How an Unlikely Group of Radical Innovators is Trying to Transform our Health Care System
by Travis Christofferson (Oct 03, 2019)
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Smart metrics, slow thinking, off-label drugs, and a "Moneyball" prescription for fixing modern medicine--by the author of Tripping Over the Truth The United States is fast becoming the sickest nation in the Western world. Cancer rates continue to rise. There is an epidemic of chronic disease in children. Even with all the money and modern innovati...
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Dominic D'Agostino
The Puzzle People
Memoirs Of A Transplant Surgeon
by Thomas Starzl (Jul 20, 1992)
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Given the tensions and demands of medicine, highly successful physicians and surgeons rarely achieve equal success as prose writers.  It is truly extraordinary that a major, international pioneer in the controversial field of transplant surgery should have written a spellbinding, and heart-wrenching, autobiography.Thomas Starzl grew up in LeMars, I...
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Peter Attia
Deep Medicine
How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
by Eric Topol (Mar 11, 2019)
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A Science Friday pick for book of the year, 2019...
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Keith Rabois
Plagues and the Paradox of Progress
Why the World Is Getting Healthier in Worrisome Ways (The MIT Press)
by Thomas J. Bollyky (Oct 01, 2019)
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Why the news about the global decline of infectious diseases is not all good.Plagues and parasites have played a central role in world affairs, shaping the evolution of the modern state, the growth of cities, and the disparate fortunes of national economies. This book tells that story, but it is not about the resurgence of pestilence. It is the sto...
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Michael Clemens
First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 2011
by Tao Le (Dec 13, 2010)
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This annually updated collection of the most frequently tested high-yield facts and mnemonics delivers everything you need to pass the most anxiety-provoking exam of your career....
Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine 16th Edition
by Dennis L. Kasper (Jul 22, 2004)
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Reflecting the state of the art in medical practice, this edition delivers the latest strategies for understanding, diagnosing and managing disease....
Textbook of Medical Physiology
With STUDENT CONSULT Online Access (Guyton Physiology)
by Arthur C. Guyton (Aug 31, 2005)
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Physiology's classic text continues to uphold its rich tradition-presenting key physiology concepts in a remarkably clear and engaging manner. Guyton & Hall's Textbook of Medical Physiology covers all of the major systems in the human body, while emphasizing system interaction, homeostasis, and pathophysiology. This very readable, easy-to-follow, a...
Through six editions, Robbins Pathologic Basis of Disease has been the leading textbook in its field. No other resource has been able to match its outstanding coverage of pathophysiology and disease. Now renamed Robbins and Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease, the new, 7th Edition of this classic text delivers a host of improvements that make it an ...
One Man's Quest to Defeat the World's Deadliest Diseases
by Paul A. Offit (Aug 05, 2008)
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His goal—to prevent every disease that commonly attacked children—was unattainable. But Maurice Hilleman came close. Maurice Hilleman is the father of modern vaccines. Chief among his accomplishments are nine vaccines that practically every child gets, rendering formerly deadly diseases — including mumps, rubella, and measles — nearly forgotten. A...
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This edition retains the essence of the original, but has been updated with new features and integrated colour illustrations....
How We Do Harm
A Doctor Breaks Ranks About Being Sick in America
by Otis Webb Brawley MD (Oct 30, 2012)
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How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today—the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians' provide, insurance companies that don't demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, ...
Blue Collar, Blue Scrubs
The Making of a Surgeon
by Dr. Michael J. Collins (May 25, 2010)
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It looked for a while like Michael Collins would spend his life breaking concrete and throwing rocks for the Vittorio Scalese Construction Company. He liked the work and he liked the pay. But a chance remark by one of his coworkers made him realize that he wanted to involve himself in something bigger, something more meaningful than crushing rocks ...
Deadly Choices
How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All
by Paul A. Offit MD (Mar 09, 2015)
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There's a silent, dangerous war going on out there. On one side are parents, bombarded with stories about the dangers of vaccines, now wary of immunizing their sons and daughters. On the other side are doctors, scared to send kids out of their offices vulnerable to illnesses like whooping cough and measles--the diseases of their grandparents.How di...
Reinventing American Health Care
How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System
by Ezekiel J. Emanuel (Mar 04, 2014)
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Health care is the largest employer in America, one of the largest perceived drains on the budget of the Federal government, a system with the capacity to bankrupt entire state economies, and one of the areas of personal expenditure that gives individual American citizens most financial anxiety. It matters like almost no other dimension of the gove...
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Bad Pharma
by Ben Goldacre (Mar 31, 2014)
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Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it’s based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that docto...
What Doctors Feel
How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
by MD Danielle Ofri (May 06, 2014)
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A look at the emotional side of medicine—the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient carePhysicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life’s most challenging moments. But doctors’ emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of ...
Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health
by H. Gilbert Welch (Jan 02, 2012)
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A complex web of factors has created the phenomenon of overdiagnosis: the popular media promotes fear of disease and perpetuates the myth that early, aggressive treatment is always best; in an attempt to avoid lawsuits, doctors have begun to leave no test undone, no abnormality overlooked; and profits are being made from screenings, medical procedu...
God's Hotel
A Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
by Victoria Sweet (Apr 02, 2013)
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San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital is the last almshouse in the country, a descendant of the Hôtel-Dieu (God's Hotel) that cared for the sick in the Middle Ages. Ballet dancers and rock musicians, professors and thieves-"anyone who had fallen, or, often, leapt, onto hard times" and needed extended medical care-ended up here. So did Victoria Swee...
Hot Lights, Cold Steel
by M.D. Michael J. Collins (Jan 23, 2002)
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When Michael Collins decides to become a surgeon, he is totally unprepared for the chaotic life of a resident at a major hospital. A natural overachiever, Collins' success, in college and medical school led to a surgical residency at one of the most respected medical centers in the world, the famed Mayo Clinic. But compared to his fellow residents ...
One Doctor
Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine
by Brendan Reilly M.D. (Nov 25, 2014)
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An epic story told by a unique voice in American medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today. Whipsawed by daily crises and frustrations, Reilly must deal with several daunting challenges simultan...
The Medical Detectives
The Classic Collection of Award-Winning Medical Investigative Reporting (Truman Talley)
by Berton Roueche (Mar 29, 1991)
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This is a classic collection of 25 true narratives of medical investigative reporting by award-winning journalist Berton Roueché. Readers of "The New Yorker" may be familiar with the author's suspenseful tales of strange illnesses, rare diseases, poisons and parasites....
Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine
by Nicholas A. Boon (Jul 24, 2006)
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The latest 20th Edition of Davidson's Principles & Practice of Medicine won the award for a New Edition of an Edited Textbook at the Royal Society of Medicine and Society of Authors 2007 Medical Book Awards. The award citation described the book as "Beautifully constructed with superb clarity of style - Davidson's continues to provide for students,...
Trust Me, I'm aDoctor
by Max Pemberton (Aug 07, 2008)
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Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor In the vein of the best 'blog books' - the real life story of a hapless junior doctor, based on his columns written anonymously for the Telegraph Full description...
Why We Get Sick
The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
by Randolph M. Nesse (Jan 30, 1996)
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The answers are in this groundbreaking book by two founders of the emerging science of Darwinian medicine, who deftly synthesize the latest research on disorders ranging from allergies to Alzheimer's and from cancer to Huntington's chorea. Why We Get Sick compels readers to reexamine the age-old attitudes toward sickness. Line drawings....
Walk on Water
The Miracle of Saving Children's Lives
by Michael Ruhlman (Mar 30, 2004)
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Described by one surgeon as “soul-crushing, diamond-making stress,” surgery on congenital heart defects is arguably the most difficult of all surgical specialties. Drawing back the hospital curtain for a unique and captivating look at the extraordinary skill and dangerous politics of critical surgery in a pediatric heart center, Michael Ruhlman foc...
The Social Transformation of American Medicine
The Rise of a Sovereign Profession and the Making of a Vast Industry
by Paul Starr (May 29, 2017)
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Winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in American History, this is a landmark history of how the entire American health care system of doctors, hospitals, health plans, and government programs has evolved over the last two centuries."The definitive social history of the medical profession in America....A monumental achievement."—...
Trick or Treatment
The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine
by Edzard Ernst (Oct 18, 2009)
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Whether you are an ardent believer in alternative medicine, a skeptic, or are simply baffled by the range of services and opinions, this guide lays to rest doubts and contradictions with authority, integrity, and clarity. In this groundbreaking analysis, over thirty of the most popular treatments—acupuncture, homeopathy, aromatherapy, reflexology, ...
Infections and Inequalities
The Modern Plagues, Updated with a New Preface
by Paul Farmer (Feb 22, 2001)
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Paul Farmer has battled AIDS in rural Haiti and deadly strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis in the slums of Peru. A physician-anthropologist with more than fifteen years in the field, Farmer writes from the front lines of the war against these modern plagues and shows why, even more than those of history, they target the poor. This "peculiarly mo...
The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly
A Physician's First Year
by Matt McCarthy (Apr 05, 2016)
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In medical school, Matt McCarthy dreamed of being a different kind of doctor—the sort of mythical, unflappable physician who could reach unreachable patients. But when a new admission to the critical care unit almost died his first night on call, he found himself scrambling. Visions of mastery quickly gave way to hopes of simply surviving hospital ...
An American Story
by David M. Oshinsky (Aug 31, 2006)
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Here David Oshinsky tells the gripping story of the polio terror and of the intense effort to find a cure, from the March of Dimes to the discovery of the Salk and Sabin vaccines--and beyond. Drawing on newly available papers of Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin and other key players, Oshinsky paints a suspenseful portrait of the race for the cure, weaving ...
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How We Die
Reflections of Life's Final Chapter, New Edition
by Sherwin B. Nuland (Jan 15, 1995)
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A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an all-embracing and incisive afterword that examines the current state of health care and our relationship with life as it approaches its terminus. It a...
Bad Blood
The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, New and Expanded Edition
by James H. Jones (Jan 15, 1993)
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From 1932 to 1972, the United States Public Health Service conducted a non-therapeutic experiment involving over 400 black male sharecroppers infected with syphilis. The Tuskegee Study had nothing to do with treatment. Its purpose was to trace the spontaneous evolution of the disease in order to learn how syphilis affected black subjects.The men we...
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If a man has lost a leg or an eye, he knows he has lost a leg or an eye; but if he has lost a self—himself—he cannot know it, because he is no longer there to know it. Dr. Oliver Sacks recounts the stories of patients struggling to adapt to often bizarre worlds of neurological disorder. Here are people who can no longer recognize everyday objects o...
The Knife Man
Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
by Wendy Moore (Sep 12, 2006)
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In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Lord B...
The Demon Under the Microscope
From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
by Thomas Hager (Aug 28, 2007)
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The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. This incredible discovery was sulfa, the first antibiotic. In The Demon Under the Microscope, Thomas Hager chronicles the dramatic history of the drug that shaped modern medicine.Sulfa saved millions of ...
Black Man in a White Coat
A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine
by Damon Tweedy M.D. (Sep 06, 2016)
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One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black AmericansWhen Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is f...
The Panic Virus
The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy
by Seth Mnookin (Jan 03, 2012)
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A riveting medical detective story that explores the limits of rational thoughtIn 1998, Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of t...
Level 4
Virus Hunters of the CDC - Tracking Ebola and the World's Deadliest Viruses
by Joseph B. McCormick (Jan 05, 2015)
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"Level 4 is the highest degree of laboratory containment for isolation and experimentation on microbiological organisms. Level-4 organisms produce lethal illnesses in humans and, for the most part, have no treatment and no prevention. Among the most infamous are Ebola and Lassa." —from Level 4 Virus Hunters of the CDC   With the recent outbreaks of...
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The Woman with a Worm in Her Head
And Other True Stories of Infectious Disease
by Pamela Nagami M.D. (Dec 01, 2002)
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A normal, healthy woman becomes host to a pork tapeworm that is burrowing into her brain and disabling her motor abilities.A handsome man contracts Chicken Pox and ends up looking like the victim of a third degree burn.A vigorous young athlete is bitten by an insect and becomes a target for flesh-eating strep.Even the most innocuous everyday activi...
The Laws of Medicine
Field Notes from an Uncertain Science (TED Books)
by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Oct 13, 2015)
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Essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all.Over a decade ago, when Siddhartha Mukherjee was a young, exhausted,...
What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
by Danielle Ofri MD (Feb 06, 2018)
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Can refocusing conversations between doctors and their patients lead to better health? Despite modern medicine's infatuation with high-tech gadgetry, the single most powerful diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation, which can uncover the lion's share of illnesses. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly diff...
A History
by Sandeep Jauhar (Sep 10, 2019)
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The heart lies at the centre of every facet of our existence. It’s so bound up with our deepest feelings that emotional trauma causes it to change shape.Practising cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar beautifully weaves his own experiences with the defining discoveries of the past to tell the story of our most vital organ. He looks at some of the pioneers w...
The Greatest Benefit to Mankind
A Medical History of Humanity (The Norton History of Science)
by Roy Porter (Oct 17, 1999)
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"To combine enormous knowledge with a delightful style and a highly idiosyncratic point of view is Roy Porter's special gift, and it makes [this] book . . . alive and fascinating and provocative on every page."—Oliver Sacks, M.D.Porter's charting of the history of medicine affords readers the opportunity as never before to assess its culture and sc...
The Making of a Tropical Disease
A Short History of Malaria (Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease)
by Randall M. Packard (Oct 16, 2011)
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Malaria sickens hundreds of millions of people—and kills one to three million—each year. Despite massive efforts to eradicate the disease, it remains a major public health problem in poorer tropical regions. But malaria has not always been concentrated in tropical areas. How did other regions control malaria and why does the disease still flourish ...
Beating Back the Devil
by Maryn McKenna (Jul 28, 2008)
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The universal human instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease like Ebola. These doctors run toward it. Their job is to stop epidemics from happening.They are the disease detective corps of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the federal agency that tracks and tries to prevent disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks arou...
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Every Patient Tells a Story
Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
by Lisa Sanders (Sep 21, 2010)
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A riveting exploration of the most difficult and important part of what doctors do, by Yale School of Medicine physician Dr. Lisa Sanders, author of the monthly New York Times Magazine column "Diagnosis," the inspiration for the hit Fox TV series House, M.D.The experience of being ill can be like waking up in a foreign country. Life, as you formerl...
This Won't Hurt a Bit
(And Other White Lies)
by Michelle Au MD (May 11, 2011)
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Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and some vague notion about "helping people." This Won't Hurt a Bit is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor. It's a no-holds-barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridicul...
Body of Work
Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab
by Christine Montross (May 27, 2008)
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A hauntingly moving memoir of the relationship between a cadaver named Eve and the first-year medical student who cuts her open Christine Montross was a nervous first-year medical student, standing outside the anatomy lab on her first day of class, preparing herself for what was to come. Entering a room with stainless-steel tables topped by corpse...
The House of God
by Samuel Shem (Sep 07, 2010)
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The hilarious novel of the healing arts that reveals everything your doctor never wanted you to know. Six eager interns—they saw themselves as modern saviors-to-be.   They came from the top of their medical school class  to the bottom of the hospital staff to serve a  year in the time-honored tradition, racing to answer  the flash of on-duty call l...
Life as a Brain Surgeon
by Henry Marsh (Oct 03, 2017)
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Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical front line. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine...
How Doctors Think
by Jerome Groopman (Mar 12, 2008)
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On average, a physician will interrupt a patient describing her symptoms within eighteen seconds. In that short time, many doctors decide on the likely diagnosis and best treatment. Often, decisions made this way are correct, but at crucial moments they can also be wrong -- with catastrophic consequences. In this myth-shattering book, Jerome Groopm...
Adventures in Human Being
A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum
by Gavin Francis (Oct 24, 2016)
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We assume we know our bodies intimately, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory. How many of us understand the way seizures affect the brain, how the heart is connected to wellbeing, or the why the foot carries the key to our humanity? In Adventures in Human Being, award-winning author Gavin Francis leads readers on a journey into the h...
Forgive and Remember
Managing Medical Failure, 2nd Edition
by Charles L. L. Bosk (Oct 14, 2003)
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On its initial publication, Forgive and Remember emerged as the definitive study of the training and lives of young surgeons. Now with an extensive new preface, epilogue, and appendix by the author, reflecting on the changes that have taken place since the book's original publication, this updated second edition of Charles L. Bosk's classic study i...
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Extreme Medicine
How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
by Kevin Fong M.D. (Mar 30, 2015)
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Little more than one hundred years ago, maps of the world still boasted white space: places where no human had ever trod. Within a few short decades the most hostile of the world’s environments had all been conquered. Likewise, in the twentieth century, medicine transformed human life. Doctors took what was routinely fatal and made it survivable. A...
The Family That Couldn't Sleep
A Medical Mystery
by D.T. Max (Sep 11, 2007)
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For two hundred years a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Ac...
On Call
by Emily Transue (Aug 01, 2005)
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On Call begins with a newly-minted doctor checking in for her first day of residency--wearing the long white coat of an MD and being called "Doctor" for the first time. Having studied at Yale and Dartmouth, Dr. Emily Transue arrives in Seattle to start her internship in Internal Medicine just after graduating from medical school. This series of loo...
The Intern Blues
The Timeless Classic About the Making of a Doctor
by Robert Marion (Aug 21, 2001)
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While supervising a small group of interns at a major New York medical center, Dr. Robert Marion asked three of them to keep a careful diary over the course of a year. Andy, Mark, and Amy vividly describe their real-life lessons in treating very sick children; confronting child abuse and the awful human impact of the AIDS epidemic; skirting the ind...
Final Exam
A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
by Pauline W. Chen (Jan 08, 2008)
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A brilliant young transplant surgeon brings moral intensity and narrative drama to the most powerful and vexing questions of medicine and the human condition.When Pauline Chen began medical school twenty years ago, she dreamed of saving lives. What she did not count on was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, Chen found h...
Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?
by Nancy Leys Stepan (Jan 19, 2015)
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How shall we improve human health? One answer is: by eradication. The Gates Foundation announced in 2007 that their goal is malaria eradication; another of their priorities is polio eradication. Eradication means the complete elimination of a disease through deliberate human intervention. It stands for an absolute in public health.This book by the ...
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Another Day in the Frontal Lobe
A Brain Surgeon Exposes Life on the Inside
by Katrina Firlik (Jun 11, 2007)
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Katrina Firlik is a neurosurgeon, one of only two hundred or so women among the alpha males who dominate this high-pressure, high-prestige medical specialty. She is also a superbly gifted writer–witty, insightful, at once deeply humane and refreshingly wry. In Another Day in the Frontal Lobe, Dr. Firlik draws on this rare combination to create a ne...
Internal Medicine
A Doctor's Stories
by Terrence Holt (Sep 08, 2014)
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A collection of essays about life as a surgical intern.Terrence Holt, whose In the Valley of the Kings was hailed as a “work of genius” (New York Times) and made Amazon’s Top Ten Short Story Collections of the year, brings a writer’s eye and a doctor’s touch to this powerful account of residency.Intense, ironic, heartfelt, and heartbreaking, these ...
A Doctor's Initiation
by Sandeep Jauhar (Jan 06, 2009)
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Intern is Sandeep Jauhar's story of his days and nights in residency at a busy hospital in New York City, a trial that led him to question our every assumption about medical care today. Residency--and especially the first year, called internship--is legendary for its brutality. Working eighty hours or more per week, most new doctors spend their fir...
Blood and Guts
A Short History of Medicine
by Roy Porter (Jun 16, 2004)
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An eminently readable, entertaining romp through the history of our vain and valiant efforts to heal ourselves. Mankind's battle to stay alive and healthy for as long as possible is our oldest, most universal struggle. With his characteristic wit and vastly informed historical scope, Roy Porter examines the war fought between disease and doctors on...
The Disillusionment of an American Physician
by Sandeep Jauhar (Aug 11, 2015)
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Doctored is the shocking follow-up to Intern, Sandeep Jauhar’s widely praised chronicle of the harsh realities of a hospital residency. Now the director of the Heart Failure Program at a Long Island hospital, Jauhar uses his own story as a scalpel to lay open the American health-care system.The patient is ill indeed. A perverse system forces doctor...