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AIDS as an International Political Issue: A Selection from AIDS Between Science and Politics

by Peter Piot & Laurence Garey Columbia University Press (September 02, 2014)

Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), reports on the influence of civil society in international relations and traditional partisan divides. AIDS...


Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India

by Amrita Pande Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Surrogacy is India’s new form of outsourcing, as couples from all over the world hire Indian women to bear their children for a fraction of the cost of surrogacy elsewhere with little to no government oversight...


Vital Conversations: Improving Communication Between Doctors and Patients

by Dennis Rosen Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

The health-care system in the United States is by far the most expensive in the world, yet its outcomes are decidedly mediocre in comparison to those of other countries. Poor communication between doctors and...


Intoxicating Minds: How Drugs Work

by Ciaran Regan Columbia University Press (July 17, 2001)

Why do smokers claim that the first cigarette of the day is the best? What is the biological basis behind some heavy drinkers' belief that the "hair-of-the-dog" method alleviates the effects of a hangover? Why...


Pain: The Science of Suffering

by Patrick Wall Columbia University Press (April 30, 2002)

Pain is one of medicine's greatest mysteries. When farmer John Mitson caught his hand in a baler, he cut off his trapped hand and carried it to a neighbor. "Sheer survival and logic" was how he described it....


Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal It

by Jacob Hacker Columbia University Press (November 06, 2008)

In this volume, the nation's leading advisors on health policy and financing appraise America's ailing healthcare system and suggest reasonable approaches to its rehabilitation. Each chapter confronts a major...


Shadow Medicine: The Placebo in Conventional and Alternative Therapies

by John S. Haller, Jr. Columbia University Press (July 08, 2014)

A distinguished historian of medicine, John S. Haller Jr. explores the epistemological foundations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the challenges it presents for both conventional and alternative therapies....


Multimodal Treatment of Acute Psychiatric Illness: A Guide for Hospital Diversion

by Justin M Simpson & Glendon L Moriarty Columbia University Press (December 03, 2013)

The multimodal treatment of acute psychiatric illness is an integrated, systematic set of interventions stabilizing individuals with severe mental illness and helping them avoid the trauma of unnecessary psychiatric...


Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question

by Andrew Lakoff & Stephen J Collier Columbia University Press (October 21, 2008)

In recent years, new disease threats—such as SARS, avian flu, mad cow disease, and drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis—have garnered media attention and galvanized political response. Proposals...


People, Parasites, and Plowshares: Learning From Our Body's Most Terrifying Invaders

by Dickson D. Despommier & William C. Campbell Columbia University Press (July 16, 2013)

Dickson D. Despommier’s vivid, visceral account of the biology, behavior, and history of parasites follows the interplay between these fascinating life forms and human society over thousands of years. Despommier...


Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good

by Donna Dickenson Columbia University Press (May 14, 2013)

Personalized healthcare—or what the award-winning author Donna Dickenson calls “Me Medicine”—is radically transforming our longstanding, “one-size-fits-all” model. Technologies such as direct-to-consumer...


Nutritionism: The Science and Politics of Dietary Advice

by Gyorgy Scrinis Columbia University Press (May 28, 2013)

Popularized by Michael Pollan in his best-selling In Defense of Food, Gyorgy Scrinis’s concept of nutritionism refers to the reductive understanding of nutrients as the key indicators of healthy food—an approach...


Race in a Bottle: The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age

by Jonathan Kahn Columbia University Press (December 11, 2012)

At a ceremony announcing the completion of the first draft of the human genome in 2000, President Bill Clinton declared, “I believe one of the great truths to emerge from this triumphant expedition inside the...


The War of the Soups and the Sparks: The Discovery of Neurotransmitters and the Dispute Over How Nerves Communicate

by Elliot S. Valenstein Columbia University Press (July 15, 2005)

Like the cracking of the genetic code and the creation of the atomic bomb, the discovery of how the brain's neurons work is one of the fundamental scientific developments of the twentieth century. The discovery...


Leprosy in China: A History

by Angela Ki Che Leung Columbia University Press (January 01, 2009)

Angela Ki Che Leung's meticulous study begins with the classical annals of the imperial era, which contain the first descriptions of a feared and stigmatized disorder modern researchers now identify as leprosy....


Hyping Health Risks: Environmental Hazards in Daily Life and the Science of Epidemiology

by Geoffrey C. Kabat Columbia University Press (July 03, 2008)

The media constantly bombard us with news of health hazards lurking in our everyday lives, but many of these hazards turn out to have been greatly overblown. According to author and epidemiologist Geoffrey C....


The Future of Us

by Irwin Redlener & Jane Pauley Columbia University Press (September 19, 2017)

Raymond is a talented young artist who carries his work from homeless shelter to homeless shelter in a tattered bag but has never even been inside a museum. He is emblematic of the children that the renowned...


Conquering Lyme Disease

by Brian A. Fallon & Jennifer Sotsky Columbia University Press (December 12, 2017)

With more than 300,000 cases diagnosed each year, Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. However, doctors are deeply divided on how to diagnose and treat it, leading to the...


Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Paul U. Unschuld & Bridie Andrews Columbia University Press (January 09, 2018)

A leading authority explains the origins and history of Chinese medicine from its beginnings in antiquity to today. Paul U. Unschuld describes medicine's close connection with culture and politics throughout...


Contemplative Science

by B. Alan Wallace & Brian Hodel Columbia University Press (October 24, 2006)

Science has long treated religion as a set of personal beliefs that have little to do with a rational understanding of the mind and the universe. However, B. Alan Wallace, a respected Buddhist scholar, proposes...


Autism's False Prophets

by Paul A. Offit Columbia University Press (September 18, 2008)

A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing...


Nature's Pharmacopeia: A World of Medicinal Plants

by Dan Choffnes Columbia University Press (March 08, 2016)

This beautifully illustrated, elegantly written textbook pairs the best research on the biochemical properties and physiological effects of medicinal plants with a fascinating history of their use throughout...


Getting Risk Right: Understanding the Science of Elusive Health Risks

by Geoffrey C. Kabat Columbia University Press (November 22, 2016)

Do cell phones cause brain cancer? Does BPA threaten our health? How safe are certain dietary supplements, especially those containing exotic herbs or small amounts of toxic substances? What role does HPV play...


The Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, 1916¿2016: A Dental School on University Lines

by Allan J. Formicola Columbia University Press (October 11, 2016)

In 1916, Columbia University acquired the New York Post-graduate School of Dentistry and the New York School of Dental Hygiene and established its own College of Dental Medicine. To those working in the health...


Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction

by Paul A. Offit & Charlotte A. Moser Columbia University Press (February 22, 2011)

Paul A. Offit, M.D., and Charlotte A. Moser, leading advocates for modern vaccines, answer parents' numerous questions about the underlying science of modern vaccines and the value of childhood immunization,...


The Five Horsemen of the Modern World: Climate, Food, Water, Disease, and Obesity

by Daniel Callahan Columbia University Press (May 10, 2016)

In recent decades, we have seen five perilous and interlocking trends dominate global discourse: irreversible climate change, extreme food and water shortages, rising chronic illnesses, and rampant obesity....


Sacred Knowledge: Psychedelics and Religious Experiences

by William A. Richards Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

In the early 1960s, scientists openly advocated for experimentation with psychedelics. This effort, however, quickly turned into a discredited enterprise involving recreational drug use. But what if a study...


Quest for the Cure: The Science and Stories Behind the Next Generation of Medicines

by Brent R. Stockwell Columbia University Press (May 03, 2011)

After more than fifty years of blockbuster drug development, skeptics are beginning to fear we may be reaching the end of drug discovery to combat major diseases. In this engaging book, Brent Stockwell, a leading...


Understanding Brain Aging and Dementia: A Life Course Approach

by Lawrence J. Whalley Columbia University Press (July 07, 2015)

The life course method compares an individual’s long-life and late-life behaviors to gauge one’s mental decay. Arguing the life course approach is the best and simplest model for tracking mental development,...


Another Person's Poison: A History of Food Allergy

by Matthew Smith Columbia University Press (May 26, 2015)

To some, food allergies seem like fabricated cries for attention. For others, they pose a dangerous health threat. Food allergies are bound up with so many personal and ideological concerns that it is difficult...


The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science

by Markus Heilig Columbia University Press (May 12, 2015)

The past twenty-five years have witnessed a revolution in the science of addiction, yet we still rely upon sorely outdated methods of treatment. Expensive new programs for managing addiction are also flourishing,...


AIDS Between Science and Politics

by Peter Piot & Laurence Garey Columbia University Press (February 24, 2015)

Peter Piot, founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), recounts his experience as a clinician, scientist, and activist fighting the disease from its earliest manifestation...