6 books on the list
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A Visionary Surgeon's Battle to Mend the Disfigured Soldiers of World War I
Discover the heroic and captivating world of The Facemaker, a true story by award-winning author Lindsey Fitzharris. Step into the shoes of pioneer plastic surgeon Harold Gillies, as he rebuilds the faces of World War I’s injured heroes and revolutionizes plastic surgery. Follow Gillies as he establishes one of the first hospitals dedicated to facial reconstruction and assembles an exceptional team of practitioners to restore not only the faces of the wounded but also their spirits. Experience the incredible courage and imagination that brings light to the darkest of times in this vivid account of how medicine becomes an art.
Book review: ‘The Facemaker,’ by @DrLindseyFitz, is a Grisly but Inspiring Story of Surgery During World War I via @nytimesbooks – source
Also recommended byLindsey FitzharrisGreg Jenner
Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me
Depression in the First Person
This memoir-meets-investigative report takes a frank look at the havoc-wrecking illness of depression that masquerades as personal failure. The author, after a major suicide attempt, uses her reporter's skills to explore a dizzying array of medical treatments and the institutional shortcomings both patients and practitioners face. With interviews from leading medical experts across the US and Canada, this book compassionately highlights the quest for knowledge and desire to get well in the face of depression, the disease that accounts for more years swallowed up by disability than any other in the world.
How do you talk about wanting to die? @amp6's book 'Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me' is a raw, frank, dark-humoured must-read, by @picardonhealth (2019) via @GlobeDebate @PenguinRandomCA #mentalhealth #suicide #BellLetsTalk – source
Also recommended byAnne Thériault
Lovers and Livers
Disease Concepts in History (Joanne Goodman Lectures)
Explore the fascinating relationship between disease, theory, and philosophy with this insightful and humorous read. Author Jacalyn Duffin provides historical context and modern examples of disease concepts and how they shape our understanding of medicine. Using personal anecdotes and a variety of sources, including art and literature, Duffin's public lectures showcase how social, cultural, and scientific preoccupations can impact the perception of what constitutes a clear-minded idea. A must-read for those interested in the intersection of medicine and philosophy.
#HepatitisC has a fascinating history, shaped by discoveries in virology and mass tragedies like the #TaintedBlood scandal, which medical historian extraordinaire Dr. Jacalyn Duffin recounts in her book "Lovers and Livers." #HCV #NobelPrize – source
Seven Fallen Feathers
Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City
This powerful book by Tanya Talaga delves into the tragic deaths of seven Indigenous high school students in Thunder Bay, Ontario, more than a quarter century after recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy like that of twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack. Talaga weaves a sweeping narrative, telling the stories of these students and exploring Canada's struggles with human rights violations against Indigenous communities.
I think I tweet more about @TanyaTalaga than any other person. Her fabulous book #SevenFallenFeathers, the RBC Taylor Prize, the Atkinson Fellowship, the Massey Lecture, etc. She's killing it in 2018. Couldn't happen to a nicer, more talented person. #Indigenous #journalism – source
The Right to Die
The courageous Canadians who gave us the right to a dignified death
This inspiring book by Gary Bauslaugh explores the topic of the right to die, focusing on those who fought for the right to a dignified death in Canada. It tells the stories of courageous individuals like Sue Rodriguez, Robert Latimer, and Kay Carter who fought for physician-assisted deaths before the 2015 landmark decision by the Supreme Court of Canada. Bauslaugh's book sheds light on the issue of end-of-life care and the right to die with dignity.
Another timely book: The Right To Die; trailblazers from from Sue Rodriguez to Kay Carter, by @GaryBauslaugh #PAD – source
A thrilling and captivating narrative of a manhunt for a ruthless and vengeful man-eating tiger in the Russian Far East. Follow a team of trackers as they race against time to catch the cunning and starving killer. This masterful work of narrative nonfiction seamlessly blends a compelling portrayal of a mysterious region and its inhabitants with the gripping natural history of one of nature's deadliest predators.
Also recommended byRyan Holiday