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Catching Cancer: The Quest for its Viral and Bacterial Causes

by Claudia Cornwall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 05, 2013)

The idea that you can “catch” cancer is radical, and yet several renowned scientists have shown that it is possible to do just that. Through interviews and an exploration of the science behind new discoveries,...


Asylum on the Hill: History of a Healing Landscape

by Katherine Ziff, Samuel T. Gladding, Shawna Bolin & Joseph Shields Ohio University Press (February 12, 2012)

The story of a great American experiment in psychiatry, a revolution in care for those with mental illness, as seen through the example of the Athens Lunatic Asylum built in Southeast Ohio after the Civil War....


A Disease Apart

by Tony Gould St. Martin's Press (October 06, 2014)

This fascinating cultural and medical history of leprosy enriches our understanding of a still-feared biblical disease.

It is a condition shrouded for centuries in mystery, legend, and religious fanaticism. Societies...


Soul Made Flesh

by Carl Zimmer Atria Books (August 26, 2014)

In this unprecedented history of a scientific revolution, award-winning author and journalist Carl Zimmer tells the definitive story of the dawn of the age of the brain and modern consciousness. Told here for...


Plagues in World History

by John Aberth Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)

Plagues in World History provides a concise, comparative world history of catastrophic infectious diseases, including plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. John Aberth considers not only...


Pale Faces: The Masks of Anemia

by Charles L. Bardes Bellevue Literary Press (April 22, 2014)

The Bellevue Literary Press Pathographies series debuts with a fascinating journey through the history of medicine.


Sunnybrook Hospital: Our Veterans' Legacy of Care, a Photo Journey Through the Decades

by Peeter A. Poldre Dundurn (March 30, 2011)

Sunnybrook Hospital stands as an important symbol of Canada's gratitude toward its war veterans, and this book is a photo journey through the decades that chronicles the contributions of a dedicated group of...


"Our Gallant Doctor": Enigma and Tragedy: Surgeon-Lieutenant George Hendry and HMCS Ottawa, 1942

by James Goodwin Dundurn (April 30, 2007)

On September 13, 1942, HMCS Ottawa was sunk by a German U-boat. Dr. George Hendry, exhausted from hours of difficult surgery, was lost, along with many others.


From Medicine Man to Doctor: The Story of the Science of Healing

by Howard W. Haggard Dover Publications (February 09, 2012)

Compelling and informative, this overview of medical history traces the development of modern-day medical practices from their roots in the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. 131 black-and-white...


One Doctor

by Brendan Reilly Atria Books (September 03, 2013)

Told by a unique voice in American medicine, this epic story recounts life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physician, and is described by The New York Times as "a true service [to history]....


'If You Knew the Conditions': A Chronicle of the Indian Medical Service and American Indian Health Care, 1908-1955

by David N. DeJong Lexington Books (December 27, 2010)

'If You Knew the Conditions' examines the inadequacies of the healthcare provided to American Indians by the Indian Medical Service. DeJong argues that, while Congress and the Indian Service had a responsibility...


A Fever in Salem: A New Interpretation of the New England Witch Trials

by Laurie Winn Carlson Ivan R. Dee (July 20, 1999)

Laurie Winn Carlson offers an innovative explanation for the madness behind the Salem Witch Trials.


Vaccinated: Triumph, Controversy, and An Uncertain F

by Paul A. Offit, M.D. HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Maurice Hilleman's mother died a day after he was born and his twin sister stillborn. As an adult, he said that he felt he had escaped an appointment with death. He made it his life's work to see that others...


Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs

by Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory & David Cohen Transaction Publishers (April 12, 2013)

Mad Science argues that the fundamental claims of modern American psychiatry are based on misconceived, flawed, and distorted science. The authors address multiple paradoxes in American mental health, including...


The Polio Hole

by Shelley Jd Mickle eBookIt.com (February 21, 2013)

As a five-year-old, Shelley Fraser is known for mischief.

On Halloween in l949, she fancies her brother's devil costume and persuades her mother to hem it up for her. But her plan to scare the total baloney out...


Medical Licensing and Discipline in America: A History of the Federation of State Medical Boards

by David A. Johnson & Humayun J. Chaudhry Lexington Books (August 10, 2012)

Medical Licensing and Discipline in America traces the evolution of the U.S. medical licensing system from its historical antecedents in the 18th and 19th century to its modern structure, emphasizing a focus...


Healing with Cannabis

by Cheryl Pellerin & Jeffrey Y. Hergenrather Skyhorse (August 04, 2020)

An Informative Read for an Audience Interested in Why and How Medical Cannabis Helps Treat a Range of Illnesses—Maybe All of Them

 

With cannabis approved in fourteen states (including the District and two...


The Social Transformation of American Medicine

by Paul Starr Basic Books (May 29, 2017)

Considered the definitive history of the American healthcare system, The Social Transformation of American Medicine examines how the roles of doctors, hospitals, health plans, and government programs have evolved...


The Enlightened Mr. Parkinson

by Cherry Lewis Pegasus Books (August 08, 2017)

A colorful and absorbing portrait of James Parkinson and the turbulent, intellectually vibrant world of Georgian London.

Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, with 60,000 new cases...


Between Hope and Fear

by Michael Kinch Pegasus Books (July 03, 2018)

If you have a child in school, you may have heard stories of long-dormant diseases suddenly reappearing--cases of measles, mumps, rubella, and whooping cough cropping up everywhere from elementary schools to...


The Invention of Surgery

by David Schneider Pegasus Books (March 03, 2020)

Written by an author with plenty of experience holding a scalpel, Dr. David Schneider’s The Invention of Surgery is an in-depth biography of the practice that has leapt forward over the centuries from the...


Vaccination and Preventive Medicine

by R. M. Pearce & James Walsh Lmp–History and Civilization Coll (April 03, 2020)

This book deals with the Story of Bacteriology and presents a history of Vaccination and Preventive Medicine.

"The story of bacteriology can best be told by recounting the labors of Pasteur, for while bacteria...


The End of the Beginning

by Michael Kinch Pegasus Books (April 02, 2019)

For the first time since a 5th century Greek physician gave the name “cancer” (karkinos, in Greek) to a deadly disease first described in Egyptian Papyri, the medical world is near a breakthrough that could...


Outbreak!

by Beth Skwarecki Adams Media (October 01, 2016)

From ancient scourges to modern-day pandemics!

Throughout history--even recent history--highly contagious, deadly, and truly horrible epidemics have swept through cities, countrysides, and even entire countries....


Overkill

by Paul A. Offit & Tim H. Dixon HarperAudio (April 14, 2020)

An acclaimed medical expert and patient advocate offers an eye-opening look at many common and widely used medical interventions that have been shown to be far more harmful than helpful. Yet, surprisingly, despite...


Early

by Sarah DiGregorio & Ann Marie Gideon HarperAudio (January 28, 2020)

Inspired by the author's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, a compelling and empathetic work that combines memoir with rigorous reporting to tell the story of neonatology--and to meditate...


The Emperor of All Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee & Fred Sanders Simon & Schuster Audio (December 15, 2015)

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...


Jonas Salk

by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs & Pam Ward Blackstone Publishing (October 06, 2015)

The authoritative account of one of the twentieth century's most important--and controversial--scientists

When a waiting world learned on April 12, 1955, that Jonas Salk had successfully created a vaccine to...


Scourge

by Jonathan B. Tucker & John Lescault Blackstone Publishing (June 25, 2005)

Smallpox, the only infectious disease to have been eradicated, was one of the most terrifying of human scourges. It covered the skin with hideous, painful boils, killed a third of its victims, and left the survivors...


A Story of the Red Cross

by Clara Barton & S. Patricia Bailey Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

Clara Barton was one of those diminutive New England women of the nineteenth century who was determined to make the world a better place. In 1881, she founded the American Red Cross to help the unfortunate victims...


Radical

by Kate Pickert Little, Brown Spark (October 01, 2019)

In this "powerful and unflinching page-turner" (New York Times), a healthcare journalist examines the science, history, and culture of breast cancer.

As a health-care journalist, Kate Pickert knew the emotional...


Medical Science

by Paul M. Heidger, Richard Eimas, Edwin Newman & Jack Sommer et al. Knowledge Products (January 01, 2007)

Though medical science began with the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, dissection and the study of the human body was prohibited for religious reasons until the Renaissance. Only in 1628 did William Harvey...


County

by David A. Ansell, Bronson Pinchot & Quentin Young Blackstone Publishing (October 11, 2011)

The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook...


The Secret History of the War on Cancer

by Devra Davis & Pam Ward Blackstone Publishing (November 17, 2009)

The war on cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease--but it has left untouched many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, and the global environment. Evidence...


For the Benefit of Those Who See

by Rosemary Mahoney Little, Brown & Company (January 14, 2014)

In the tradition of Oliver Sacks's The Island of the Colorblind, Rosemary Mahoney tells the story of Braille Without Borders, the first school for the blind in Tibet, and of Sabriye Tenberken, the remarkable...


The Danger Within Us

by Jeanne Lenzer Little, Brown & Company (December 12, 2017)

Did you know...

Medical interventions have become the third leading cause of death in America.

An estimated 10 percent of Americans are implanted with medical devices -- like pacemakers, artificial hips, cardiac...


In Pursuit of Memory

by Joseph Jebelli & Thomas Judd Little, Brown & Company (October 31, 2017)

For readers of Atul Gawande, Siddhartha Mukherjee, and Henry Marsh, a riveting, gorgeously written biography of one of history's most fascinating and confounding diseases -- Alzheimer's -- from its discovery...


Ten Drugs

by Thomas Hager Abrams Press (March 04, 2019)

Behind every landmark drug is a story. It could be an oddball researcher's genius insight, a catalyzing moment in geopolitical history, a new breakthrough technology, or an unexpected but welcome side effect...


History of the Stethoscope

by Samuel Hart & Samuel Wilks Lm Publishers (October 09, 2019)

This book treats of the origin and evolution of the Stethoscope.

Instead of placing on the table every imaginary form of stethoscope manufactured out of every possible material gathered from the shops of the...


State of the Heart

by Haider Warraich St. Martin's Press (July 22, 2019)

In State of the Heart, Dr. Haider Warraich takes readers inside the ER, inside patients' rooms, and inside the history and science of cardiac disease.

State of the Heart traces the entire arc of the heart, from...


Contesting Colonial Authority: Medicine and Indigenous Responses in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century India

by Poonam Bala, Sean Lang, Cristiana Bastos & Shrimoy Roy Chaudhary et al. Lexington Books (April 12, 2012)

Poonam Bala’s Contesting Colonial Authority explores the interplay of conformity and defiance amongst the plural medical tradition in colonial India. The contributors reveal how Indian elites, nationalists,...


Under the Knife

by Arnold Laproscopic surgeon van de Laar St. Martin's Press (October 01, 2018)

Surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations--from Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini.

From the story of the...


Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness

by Thomas Cowan & Sally Fallon Morell Chelsea Green Publishing (August 14, 2018)

One Doctor’s Surprising Answer to the Epidemic of Autoimmunity and Chronic Disease

Over the past fifty years, rates of autoimmunity and chronic disease have exploded: currently 1 in 2.5 American children has...


Dying in the City of the Blues

by Keith Wailoo The University of North Carolina Press (June 30, 2014)

This groundbreaking book chronicles the history of sickle cell anemia in the United States, tracing its transformation from an "invisible" malady to a powerful, yet contested, cultural symbol of African American...


Pandemic 1918

by Catharine Arnold St. Martin's Press (August 27, 2018)

Before AIDS or Ebola, there was the Spanish Flu -- Catharine Arnold's gripping narrative, Pandemic 1918, marks the 100th anniversary of an epidemic that altered world history.

In January 1918, as World War I...


Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness

by Peter McCandless The University of North Carolina Press (December 01, 2013)

Moonlight, Magnolias, and Madness is a social history of the perceptions and treatment of the mentally ill in South Carolina over two centuries. Examining insanity in both an institutional and a community context,...


The Royal Art of Poison

by Eleanor Herman St. Martin's Press (June 11, 2018)

One of Washington Independent Review of Books' 50 Favorite Books of 2018 o A Buzzfeed Best Book of 2018

"Morbidly witty." --Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"A heady mix of erudite history and delicious gossip."...


Miracles and Medicine

by Andrew D. White Literature and Knowledge Publishing (April 12, 2018)

Nothing in the evolution of human thought appears more inevitable than the idea of supernatural intervention in producing and curing disease. The causes of disease are so intricate that they are reached only...


A Family History of Illness

by Brett L. Walker University of Washington Press (March 14, 2018)

While in the ICU with a near-fatal case of pneumonia, Brett Walker was asked, �Do you have a family history of illness?��a standard and deceptively simple question that for Walker, a professional historian,...


From Asylum to Prison

by Anne E. Parsons The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities...