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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 >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Raising Cubby
A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives
Written by John Elder Robison


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 18, 2014
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-88485-5 (0-307-88485-6)

John Elder Robison has openly and humorously engaged readers about his Asperger’s syndrome in his previous books (Look Me in the Eye, Be Different). In this memoir, he writes about parenting as an adult with Asperger’s–and coming to the realization that his son, Cubby, also has Asperger’s, as Robinson’s past experiences... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Pursuit of Perfection
The Promise and Perils of Medical Enchancement
Written by Sheila Rothman and David Rothman


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75835-8 (0-679-75835-6)

What does it mean to live in a time when medical science can not only cure the human body but also reshape it? How should we as individuals and as a society respond to new drugs and genetic technologies? Sheila and David Rothman address these troubling questions with a singular blend... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Riddle of Gender

Written by Deborah Rudacille


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72197-4 (0-385-72197-8)

When Deborah Rudacille learned that a close friend had decided to transition from female to male, she felt compelled to understand why.

Coming at the controversial subject of transsexualism from several angles–historical, sociological, psychological, medical–Rudacille discovered that gender variance is anything but new, that changing one’s gender has been met with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Island of the Colorblind

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 12, 1998
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70073-6 (0-375-70073-0)

Oliver Sacks has always been fascinated by islands--their remoteness, their mystery, above all the unique forms of life they harbor. For him, islands conjure up equally the romance of Melville and Stevenson, the adventure of Magellan and Cook, and the scientific wonder of Darwin and Wallace.

Drawn to the tiny Pacific atoll... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Seeing Voices

Written by Oliver Sacks


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70407-9 (0-375-70407-8)

Like The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, this is a fascinating voyage into a strange and wonderful land, a provocative meditation on communication, biology, adaptation, and culture. In Seeing Voices, Oliver Sacks turns his attention to the subject of deafness, and the result is a deeply felt portrait... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Every Patient Tells a Story
Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis
Written by Lisa Sanders


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: September 21, 2010
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2247-0 (0-7679-2247-6)

Making a diagnosis is a doctor’s most challenging and crucial task. Most of the time, a physical examination and routine tests provide what’s needed to begin a course of treatment. But sometimes the symptoms are deceptive, tests are misleading, and obvious treatment options prove woefully inadequate. In Diagnosis Dr. Lisa Sanders... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women
Exploding the Estrogen Myth
Written by Barbara Seaman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: September 1, 2009
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-862-3 (1-58322-862-4)

With the ardent tone of a close friend, Barbara Seaman draws on forty years of journalistic research to expose the “menopause industry” and shows how estrogen therapy often causes more problems–including breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke–than it cures. The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women tracks the well-intentioned discovery of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-446-6 (1-60980-446-5)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 1

Edited by Barbara Seaman and Laura Eldridge


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-444-2 (1-60980-444-9)

From pioneering women’s health advocate Barbara Seaman, the most comprehensive collection of literature on women’s health and history to date

An essential collection of essays, interviews, and commentary by leading activists, writers, doctors, and sociologists on topics ranging across reproductive rights, sex and orgasm, activism, motherhood, and birth control. The more than... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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AIDS Sutra
Untold Stories from India
Foreword by Amartya Sen


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2008
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45472-0 (0-307-45472-X)

In this groundbreaking anthology, sixteen renowned writers tell the hidden story of the AIDS crisis, illuminating the complex nature of one of the major problems facing the developing world.

India is home to almost 3 million HIV cases, but AIDS is still stigmatized and shrouded in denial. Discrimination against HIV-affected individuals... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder
A Mother's Story of Research & Recovery
Written by Karyn Seroussi


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0798-9 (0-7679-0798-1)

Recommended for child psychology courses, this book is a groundbreaking chronicle of how one couple empowered themselves to challenge the medical establishment and find a cure, not only for their own child, but for potentially thousands more.

It provides a wealth of crucial tools and hands-on information to help combat the... Read more >

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Opening My Heart
A Journey from Nurse to Patient and Back Again
Written by Tilda Shalof


Format: Trade Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7989-4 (0-7710-7989-3)

Tilda Shalof had been taking care of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit for more than twenty-five years, but taking care of herself had never been a priority. That is, until she could no longer ignore her extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, and crushing chest pains. When the results... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Delivering Doctor Amelia
The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Error and the Psychologist Who Helped Her
Written by Dan Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3257-0 (1-4000-3257-1)

Doctor Dan Shapiro, a writer and psychologist, takes us on a mesmerizing personal journey into his treatment of a brilliant young obstetrician.

Doctors in our society are often viewed as omnipotent, highly trained professionals who do not make mistakes, but they are, after all, still human. In Delivering Doctor Amelia, Dan Shapiro... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Forgetting
Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49838-8 (0-385-49838-1)

Afflicting nearly half of all persons over the age of 85, Alzheimer’s disease kills nearly 100,000 Americas a year as it insidiously robs them of their memory and wreaks havoc on the lives of their loved ones. It was once minimized and misunderstood as forgetfulness in the elderly, but Alzheimer’s is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 8, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5218-9 (1-4000-5218-1)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the Wellcome Trust Book Prize

Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
including:
Best Book of... Read more >

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Written by Rebecca Skloot


Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: February 2, 2010
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5217-2 (1-4000-5217-3)

Winner of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine’s 2011 Communication Award for Best Book
Winner of the 2010 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction
Winner of the 2010 Wellcome Trust Book Prize
Named by more than 60 critics as one of the best books of 2010,
... Read more >

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Aging with Grace
What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives
Written by David Snowdon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38092-7 (0-553-38092-3)

In 1986, epidemiologist Dr. David Snowdon embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging and old age. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project remains today at the forefront of some of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Healing through Trigger Point Therapy
A Guide to Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction
Written by Devin J. Starlanyl and John Sharkey
Illustrated by Amanda Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: August 27, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-609-1 (1-58394-609-8)

Every chronic pain condition has a treatable myofascial trigger point component, including fibromyalgia. Many of the localized symptoms now considered as fibromyalgia are actually due to trigger points. The central sensitization of fibromyalgia amplifies symptoms that trigger points cause, and this book teaches care providers and medical students how to identify... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sociopath Next Door

Written by Martha Stout, Ph.D.


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1581-6 (0-7679-1581-X)

In The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people–one in twenty-five–have an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. Stout argues that we all almost certainly know at least one sociopath already, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Going Hungry
Writers on Desire, Self-Denial, and Overcoming Anorexia
Written by Kate M. Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27834-0 (0-307-27834-4)

Here, collected for the first time, 19 writers describe their eating disorders from the distance of recovery, exposing as never before the anorexic's self-enclosed world. Taking up issues including depression, genetics, sexuality, sports, religion, fashion and family, these essays examine the role anorexia plays in a young person's search for direction... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Undead
Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death
Written by Dick Teresi


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 11, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9611-4 (1-4000-9611-1)

What is death, and how do people in the medical profession determine it? In this fascinating examination of the increasingly blurred line between life and death, consciousness and unconsciousness, science journalist Dick Teresi introduces us to the coma specialists, organ transplant surgeons, ICU doctors, and many others who are faced with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Undead
Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death
Written by Dick Teresi


Format: Hardcover, 368 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: March 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-42371-0 (0-375-42371-0)

Important and provocative, The Undead examines why even with the tools of advanced technology, what we think of as life and death, consciousness and nonconsciousness, is not exactly clear and how this problem has been further complicated by the business of organ harvesting.

Dick Teresi, a science writer with a dark sense... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Bear's Embrace
A Story of Survival
Written by Patricia Van Tighem


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-72165-3 (0-385-72165-X)

On a chilly autumn morning in 1983, during a relaxing escape to the Canadian Rockies, Patricia Van Tighem and her husband were attacked by a grizzly bear. Although they survived, their ordeal was just beginning. For years Van Tighem endured numerous surgeries as doctors attempted to reconstruct her face and ease... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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My Own Country
A Doctor's Story
Written by Abraham Verghese


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75292-9 (0-679-75292-7)

Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Nestled in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, the town of Johnson City had always seemed exempt from the anxieties of modern life. But on August 11, 1985, the local hospital treated its first AIDS patient, and before long, a crisis that had once... Read more >
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