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When Germs Travel
Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America and the Fears They Have Unleashed
Written by Howard Markel


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 10, 2005
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72602-6 (0-375-72602-0)

The struggle against deadly microbes is endless. Diseases that have plagued human beings since ancient times still exist, new maladies like SARS make their way into the headlines, we are faced with vaccine shortages, and the threat of germ warfare has reemerged as a worldwide threat.

In this riveting account, medical... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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When Germs Travel
Six major epidemics that have invaded America since 1900 and the fears they have unleashed
Written by Howard Markel


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: May 11, 2004
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-42095-5 (0-375-42095-9)

The struggle against deadly microbes is endless. Scourges that have plagued human beings since the ancients still threaten to unleash themselves; new maladies are brewing that have yet to make their appearance in the headlines; lethal germs employed as weapons of warfare and terrorism have reemerged as a worldwide menace. Regardless... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Woman in the Body
A Cultural Analysis of Reproduction
Written by Emily Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: August 1, 2001
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4645-6 (0-8070-4645-0)

A bold reappraisal of science and society, The Woman in the Body explores the different ways that women’s reproduction is seen in American culture. Contrasting the views of medical science with those of ordinary women from diverse social and economic backgrounds, anthropologist Emily Martin presents unique fieldwork on American culture and... Read more >

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In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts
Close Encounters with Addiction
Written by Gabor Mate, M.D.
Foreword by Peter A. Levine, Ph.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 520 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-880-6 (1-55643-880-X)

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Let Me Hear Your Voice
A Family's Triumph over Autism
Written by Catherine Maurice


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 19, 1994
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-90664-4 (0-449-90664-7)

Let Me Hear Your Voice is a mother's illuminating account of how one family triumphed over autism. It is an absolutely unforgettable book, as beautifully written as it is informative.

"A vivid and uplifting story . . . Offers new strength to parents who refuse to give up on their autistic children."... Read more >

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The Protest Psychosis
How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Written by Jonathan M. Metzl


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0127-1 (0-8070-0127-9)

A powerful account of how cultural anxieties about race shaped American notions of mental illness

The civil rights era is largely remembered as a time of sit-ins, boycotts, and riots. But a very different civil rights history evolved at the Ionia State Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Ionia, Michigan. In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Conundrum

Written by Jan Morris


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 16, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-189-9 (1-59017-189-6)

The great travel writer Jan Morris was born James Morris. James Morris distinguished himself in the British military, became a successful and physically daring reporter, climbed mountains, crossed deserts, and established a reputation as a historian of the British empire. He was happily married, with several children. To all appearances, he... Read more >
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Healing and the Mind

Written by Bill Moyers


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 1, 1995
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47687-4 (0-385-47687-6)

Journalist and PBS commentator Bill Moyers traveled around the globe investigating medical treatments that rely on the power of the mind rather than on modern medicine's high-tech miracles. In this intriguing companion volume to the PBS TV series, Moyers explores the roles of thoughts and emotions in illness and health through... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Everything Conceivable
How the Science of Assisted Reproduction Is Changing Our World
Written by Liza Mundy


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9537-7 (1-4000-9537-9)

Award-winning journalist Liza Mundy captures the human narratives, as well as the science, behind the controversial, multibillion-dollar fertility industry, and examines how this huge social experiment is transforming our most basic relationships and even our destiny as a species.

Skyrocketing infertility rates and dizzying technological advances are revolutionizing American families and changing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Disability History of the United States

Written by Kim E. Nielsen


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2202-3 (0-8070-2202-0)

Disability is not just the story of someone we love or the story of whom we may become; rather it is undoubtedly the story of our nation. Covering the entirety of US history from pre-1492 to the present, A Disability History of the United States is the first book to place... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Doctors
The Biography of Medicine
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76009-2 (0-679-76009-1)

How does medical science advance? Popular historians would have us believe that a few heroic individuals, possessing superhuman talents, lead an unselfish quest to better the human condition. But as renowned Yale surgeon and medical historian Sherwin B. Nuland shows in this brilliant collection of linked life portraits, the theory bears... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Unhealthy Truth
One Mother's Shocking Investigation into the Dangers of America's Food Supply-- and What Every Family Can Do to Protect Itself
Written by Robyn O'Brien and Rachel Kranz


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3074-1 (0-7679-3074-6)

Robyn O’Brien is not the most likely candidate for an antiestablishment crusade. A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to misguided government agencies and chemicals in our food—until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Incidental Findings
Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine
Written by Danielle Ofri


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2006
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7267-7 (0-8070-7267-2)

In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the “essence of becoming and being a doctor,” Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she’s finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer.

“Ofri... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Medicine in Translation
Journeys with My Patients
Written by Danielle Ofri


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0126-4 (0-8070-0126-0)

From a doctor Oliver Sacks has called a “born storyteller,” a riveting account of practicing medicine at a fast-paced urban hospital

For two decades, Dr. Danielle Ofri has cared for patients at Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the country and a crossroads for the world’s cultures. In Medicine in Translation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Singular Intimacies
Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue
Written by Danielle Ofri


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: April 1, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7251-6 (0-8070-7251-6)

Singular Intimacies is the story of becoming a doctor by immersion at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country. When Danielle Ofri first enters the doors as a medical student, she is immediately plunged into the teeming world of urban medicine. It is here that Dr. Ofri... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What Doctors Feel
How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine
Written by Danielle Ofri


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3330-2 (0-8070-3330-8)

The quality of medical care is influenced by what doctors feel, an aspect of medicine that is usually left out of discussions of health care today. Drawing on scientific studies, as well as on real-life stories from other physicians and her own medical practice, Dr. Danielle Ofri examines the impact of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Tormenting Thoughts and Secret Rituals
The Hidden Epidemic of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Written by Ian Osborn


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Dell
On Sale: April 13, 1999
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-440-50847-2 (0-440-50847-9)

Over five million Americans suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Ian Osborn, M.D., a specialist on OCD and a sufferer himself, has written the first comprehensive book on this condition. In this practical guide, he provides scholarly insight on the experience, diagnosis, and treatment of OCD. He also reveals new discoveries about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Clubland
The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture
Written by Frank Owen


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1735-3 (0-7679-1735-9)

Welcome to the decadent nineties club scene.

In 1995, journalist Frank Owen began researching a story on Special K, a designer drug that fueled the after-midnight club scene. He went to buy and sample the drug at the internationally notorious Limelight, a crumbling church converted into a Manhattan disco, where mesmerizing... Read more >

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Stuffed and Starved
The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Written by Raj Patel


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-127-0 (1-61219-127-4)

Adopted for Freshman and Common Reading Programs at:
Wagner College
Skagit Valley Community College
San Jose State University (finalist)

Completely updated and revised edition of one of the most widely-praised food books of recent years

It’s a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before, while there are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Family of Adoption
Completely Revised and Updated
Written by Joyce Maguire Pavao


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 20, 2005
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2827-8 (0-8070-2827-4)

Full of stories that give insight into a wide variety of adoption issues, now revised in light of recent developments, The Family of Adoption is a powerful argument for the right kind of openness in adoption. Joyce Maguire Pavao uses her thirty years of experience as a family and adoption therapist... Read more >

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The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery
A Practical Guide to Regaining Control over Your Life
Written by Lawrence Peltz


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-918-6 (1-59030-918-9)

Mindfulness, the quality of attention that combines full awareness with acceptance of each moment, just as it is, is gaining broad acceptance among mental health professionals as an adjunct to treatment. Because at the heart of addiction is the fear of painful emotional states, addicts compulsively seek drugs and alcohol to... Read more >

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A Matter of Dignity
Changing the World of the Disabled
Written by Andrew Potok


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38124-5 (0-553-38124-5)

Acclaimed author Andrew Potok examines an ongoing revolution in how we think about disabilities and the millions of Americans who have physical and mental disabilities.

Rather than the old stereotype of disability as damage, as a problem that needs to be fixed with paternalistic "help", the disabled themselves are seeking as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pretty Is What Changes
Impossible Choices, the Breast Cancer Gene, and How I Defied My Destiny
Written by Jessica Queller


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-52041-6 (0-385-52041-7)

A timely, affecting memoir from the front lines of medical science: When genetics can predict how we may die, how then do we decide how to live?

Eleven months after her mother succumbs to cancer, Jessica Queller has herself tested for the BRCA “breast cancer” gene mutation. The results come back positive... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why They Kill
The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70248-8 (0-375-70248-2)

Why They Kill explores the discoveries of a maverick American criminologist, Dr. Lonnie Athens—himself the child of a violent family—which challenge conventional theories about violent behavior. By interviewing violent criminals in prison, Dr. Athens has identified a pattern of social development common to all seriously violent people—a four-stage process he calls... Read more >

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The Unthinkable
Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Written by Amanda Ripley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35290-3 (0-307-35290-0)

Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and death

Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How... Read more >
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