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The Secret Epidemic
The Story of AIDS and Black America
Written by Jacob Levenson


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 8, 2005
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72234-6 (0-385-72234-6)

As we enter the twenty-first century, AIDS in America has become primarily a black disease. African Americans now constitute 50 percent of all new HIV cases, and AIDS is one of the top causes of death in young black men and women. The story of how this came to pass reaches... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Change of Heart
Unraveling the Mysteries of Cardiovascular Disease.
Written by Daniel Levy, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72704-7 (0-375-72704-3)

The findings of the Framingham Heart Study—begun in 1948—have been nothing short of revolutionary. Over the years, they have provided conclusive evidence that cardiovascular disease is largely the result of measurable and modifiable risk factors, and that individuals can gain control over their heart health by looking carefully at their diet... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The New Killer Diseases
How the Alarming Evolution of Germs Threatens Us All
Written by Elinor Levy and Mark Fischetti


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 24, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-5275-2 (1-4000-5275-0)

In The New Killer Diseases, respected immunologist Dr. Elinor Levy and veteran science author Mark Fischetti explore the astonishing range of killer microbes, both documented and newly-emerging.

From the SARS and West Nile viruses to mad cow and Ebola, thirty new deadly diseases have arisen since the 1970s, and twenty old scourges... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

The Story of the Human Body
Evolution, Health, and Disease
Written by Daniel Lieberman


Format: eBook, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-90741-7 (0-307-90741-4)

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman—chair of the department of human evolutionary biology at Harvard University and a leader in the field—gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years, even as it shows how the increasing disparity between... Read more >

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The Story of the Human Body
Evolution, Health, and Disease
Written by Daniel Lieberman


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74180-6 (0-307-74180-X)

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the... Read more >

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Life Is Your Best Medicine
A Woman's Guide to Health, Healing, and Wholeness at Every Age
Written by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.
Foreword by Andrew Weil


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: September 4, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0960-4 (1-4262-0960-6)

“The division between conventional and traditional medicine is as artificial as the division between science and nature. They can be woven together in a fashion that meets our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. This is the foundation upon which integrative medicine is built.” - Tieraona Low Dog, M.D.

In Life Is Your... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs
The World's Most Effective Healing Plants
Written by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., Rebecca L. Johnson, Steven Foster and David Kiefer, M.D.
Foreword by Andrew Weil


Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0700-6 (1-4262-0700-X)

There is a world of health and healing all around you--in your spice rack, your backyard, and on the shelves of health food and grocery stores. This informative guide is a reference book that shows the connections between 72 of the world’s most common and useful medicinal herbs with the body... Read more >

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Waist-High in the World
A Life Among the Nondisabled
Written by Nancy Mairs


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: December 22, 1997
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7087-1 (0-8070-7087-4)

In a blend of intimate memoir and passionate advocacy, Nancy Mairs takes on the subject woven through all her writing: disability and its effect on life, work, and spirit.

“Graceful yet gritty paradoxes drive this extraordinary book, which uses the author’s degenerative disease, multiple sclerosis, as a window into a very particular... Read more >

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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: $15.00
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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101 Theory Drive
The Discovery of Memory
Written by Terry McDermott


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 14, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38833-9 (0-307-38833-6)

A riveting narrative account of a brilliant, rebel scientist and his notorious lab as they unlock the mystery of memory.

For decades Gary Lynch sought to uncover what physically happens in the brain when we form a memory. Luckily award-winning journalist Terry McDermott was with Lynch in his lab as his staff... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Battlefield Angels
Saving Lives Under Enemy Fire From Valley Forge to Afghanistan
Written by Scott McGaugh


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: July 19, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-515-1 (1-84908-515-3)

In Battlefield Angels, Scott McGaugh pays homage to the cadre of medics, corpsmen, nurses, doctors, surgeons, and medical technicians who have provided succor and healing to the more than 40 million warriors who have served in America’s armed forces since the nation’s founding.

McGaugh tells the story of Jonathan Letterman, a Union... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Plagues and Peoples

Written by William McNeill


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 11, 1977
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-12122-4 (0-385-12122-9)

Upon its original publication, Plagues and Peoples was an immediate critical and popular success, offering a radically new interpretation of world history as seen through the extraordinary impact—political, demographic, ecological, and psychological—of disease on cultures. From the conquest of Mexico by smallpox as much as by the Spanish, to the bubonic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Knife Man
Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery
Written by Wendy Moore


Format: Trade Paperback, 354 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1653-0 (0-7679-1653-0)

In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, an eccentric, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. In this sensational and macabre story, we meet the surgeon... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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The Language of Cells
A Doctor and His Patients
Written by Spencer Nadler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70869-5 (0-375-70869-3)

As a surgical pathologist for more than twenty-five years, Spencer Nadler was not content with the distance between his lab and the patient. Meeting with those whose diseased cells he has diagnosed, he offers them a rare understanding.

Hanna Baylan is a woman as determined as he is to confront the cancer... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Zoobiquity
The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health
Written by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 9, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47743-9 (0-307-47743-6)

A Discover Magazine Best Book of 2012
Finalist, 2013 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books

Do animals overeat? Get breast cancer? Have fainting spells?

Inspired by an eye-opening consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo, which revealed that a monkey experienced the same symptoms of heart failure as her human patients, cardiologist Barbara... Read more >

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Zoobiquity
What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing
Written by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59348-1 (0-307-59348-7)

In the spring of 2005, cardiologist Barbara Natterson-Horowitz was called to consult on an unusual patient: an Emperor tamarin at the Los Angeles Zoo. While examining the tiny monkey’s sick heart, she learned that wild animals can die of a form of cardiac arrest brought on by extreme emotional stress. It... Read more >

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Why We Get Sick
The New Science of Darwinian Medicine
Written by Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 30, 1996
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74674-4 (0-679-74674-9)

Why We Get Sick outlines a new theory of--and approach to--disease based on recent paradigm-shattering breakthroughs in evolutionary theory. This is the new world of Darwinian medicine, and in their book, Nesse, a Darwinian physician, and Williams, an evolutionary biologist, apply the principles of evolutionary biology to answer the great questions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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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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How We Die
Reflections of Life's Final Chapter, New Edition
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74244-9 (0-679-74244-1)

Winner of the National Book Award

Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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How We Live

Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 26, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78140-0 (0-679-78140-4)

Having won the National Book Award for How We Die, his best-selling inquiry into the causes and modes of death, Sherwin Nuland now turns his attention to the miraculous resiliency of human life. For this lucid, wonderful, and wonder-filled new book explores the body's mysterious capacity to marshal disparate organs and... Read more >
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