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The Origin of Species
By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
Written by Charles Darwin

Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: June 1, 1999
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21463-5 (0-553-21463-2)

Darwin's classic and highly influential work about evolutionary processes and their role in shaping the origin of all species. Read more >

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Frontier Medicine
From the ATlantic to the Pacific, 1492-1941
Written by David Dary

Format: Trade Paperback, 402 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-45542-0 (0-307-45542-4)

In this intriguing narrative, David Dary charts how American medicine has evolved since 1492, when New World settlers first began combining European remedies with the traditional practices of the native populations. It’s a story filled with colorful characters, from quacks and con artists to heroic healers and ingenious medicine men, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Living and Dying in Brick City
Stories from the Front Lines of an Inner-City E.R.
Written by Sampson Davis and Lisa Frazier Page

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8234-3 (0-8129-8234-7)

A riveting personal exploration of the healthcare crisis facing inner-city communities, written by an emergency room physician who grew up in the very neighborhood he is now serving

Sampson Davis is best known as one of three friends from inner-city Newark who made a pact in high school to become doctors. Their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir

Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72899-5 (0-394-72899-8)

A poignant account of her mother's death from cancer. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Running on Ritalin
A Physician Reflects on Children, Society, and Performance in a Pill
Written by Lawrence H. Diller

Format: Trade Paperback, 404 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: May 4, 1999
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37906-8 (0-553-37906-2)

In 1997 alone, nearly five million people in the U.S. were prescribed Ritalin–most of them young children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Is this cause for alarm–or simply the case of an effective treatment meeting a newly discovered need? In a book as provocative and newsworthy as Listening to Prozac... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Sober Truth
Debunking the Bad Science Behind 12-Step Programs and the Rehab Industry
Written by Lance Dodes and Zachary Dodes

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: March 25, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-3315-9 (0-8070-3315-4)

AA has become so infused in our society that it is practically synonymous with addiction recovery. Yet the evidence shows that AA has only a 5-10 percent success rate—hardly better than no treatment at all. Despite this, doctors, employers and judges regularly refer addicted people to treatment programs and rehab facilities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Brilliant Madness
Living with Manic Depressive Illness
Written by Patty Duke
Contribution by Gloria Hochman

Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56072-5 (0-553-56072-7)

In A Brilliant Madness Patty Duke joins with medical reporter Gloria Hochman to shed light on this powerful, paradoxical, and destructive illness. From the personal experience of living with manic-depressive disorder to the latest findings on its most effective treatments, this compassionate and eloquent book provides profound insight into the challenge... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age Wave
How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future
Written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. and Joe Flower

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1990
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34806-4 (0-553-34806-X)

Based on 15 years of research by Dr. Dychtwald, a leading expert on aging, this is the first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of the aging baby-boomer population on society. Examining the choices and challenges for the future, Age Wave discusses topics such as the "cyclic life-style," "reinventing the family," "elderpower... Read more >

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What's Going on in There?
How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life
Written by Lise Eliot

Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37825-2 (0-553-37825-2)

The early development of the human brain is a fascinating process that is covered with great precision in What’s Going On in There.

At birth, humans are capable of little beyond breathing and sucking. Yet, in the months to follow, the senses of sight, taste, touch, smell, and hearing are increasingly... Read more >
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American Plastic
Boob Jobs, Credit Cards, and Our Quest for Perfection
Written by Laurie Essig

Format: Trade Paperback, 248 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: November 8, 2011
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0323-7 (0-8070-0323-9)

The story of how credit and cosmetic surgery have created a subprime mortgage crisis of the body.

In this provocative book, sociologist Laurie Essig traces the history of plastic surgery, tracks the effect of fashion and porn on our desire to “fix” ourselves, and explores our image- and youth-obsessed culture. In over... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Toms River
A Story of Science and Salvation
Written by Dan Fagin

Format: Hardcover, 560 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 19, 2013
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-80653-3 (0-553-80653-X)

Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize (General Nonfiction)

The riveting true story of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution, Toms River melds hard-hitting investigative reporting, a fascinating scientific detective story, and an unforgettable cast of characters into a sweeping narrative in the tradition of A Civil Action, The Emperor of All... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Prescription for a Healthy Nation
A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World
Written by Tom Farley and Deb Cohen

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 1, 2006
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-2117-0 (0-8070-2117-2)

Introducing a new way of thinking about health: public health experts Tom Farley and Deborah A. Cohen show us that the antidote to our ever-growing rates of obesity and chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, lies not in our medical care system or in more health education but rather... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The War on Choice
The Right-Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back
Written by Gloria Feldt

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38292-1 (0-553-38292-6)

Accessible and impassioned, here is an eye-opening look at the right wing strategy to reverse the gains American women have made over the past 50 years. The War on Choice chronicles the actions being taken at the highest levels of government to turn back the clock on women's rights.

As Feldt... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Five Days at Memorial
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
Written by Sheri Fink

Format: Hardcover, 576 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: September 10, 2013
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71896-9 (0-307-71896-4)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
A New York Times Book Review Best Book of 2013 (Top Five Nonfiction)
Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
Shortlisted for the ALA 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize
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Stop Obsessing!
How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions
Written by Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson
Foreword by David H. Barlow

Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: July 31, 2001
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38117-7 (0-553-38117-2)

Stop Obsessing! reviews powerful and reliable techniques that have helped thousands of patients with OCD reduce or eliminate unwanted thoughts and rituals. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Birth of the Clinic
An Archaeology of Medical Perception
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 29, 1994
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75334-6 (0-679-75334-6)

The Birth of Clinic charts the dramatic transformation of medical knowledge which took place in the eighteenth century, when medicine took on a precision that had formerly belonged only to mathematics. The body became something that could be mapped.  Disease became subject to new rules of classification.  And doctors began to describe phenomena... Read more >

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Madness and Civilization
A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason
Written by Michel Foucault

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 28, 1988
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72110-9 (0-679-72110-X)

Foucault discusses the question of madness and how to define it by studying madness from 1500 to 1800--from the Middle Ages when insanity was considered part of everyday life and fools and madmen walked the streets, to the point when these people began to be considered a threat, asylums were built... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One House, Three Generations, and a Journey into Alzheimer's
Written by Andrea Gillies

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71912-6 (0-307-71912-X)

Five years ago, Andrea Gillies— writer, wife, and mother of three—seeing that her husband's parents were struggling to cope, invited them to move in. She and her newly extended family relocated to a big Victorian house on a remote, windswept peninsula in the far north of Scotland, leaving behind their friends... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Back to Normal
Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Written by Enrico Gnaulati, PhD

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7334-6 (0-8070-7334-2)

A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions.
In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Essays on the Social Situation of Mental Patients and Other Inmates
Written by Erving Goffman

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 18, 1961
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-00016-1 (0-385-00016-2)

Asylums is an analysis of life in "total institutions"-closed worlds such as prisons, army camps, and nursing homes-where inmates are regimented, surrounded by other inmates, and unable to leave the premises. Special attention is given to mental hospitals, drawing on years of field work by the author and focusing on the... Read more >

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Catastrophic Care
Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong
Written by David Goldhill

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80273-6 (0-345-80273-X)

In 2007 David Goldhill’s father died from infections acquired in a well-regarded New York hospital. The bill, for several hundred thousand dollars, was paid by Medicare. Angered, Goldhill became determined to understand how it was possible that well-trained personnel equipped with world-class technologies could be responsible for such inexcusable carelessness—and how... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Healing Paradox
A Revolutionary Approach to Treating and Curing Physical and Mental Illness
Written by Steven Goldsmith, M.D.

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-616-9 (1-58394-616-0)

Why does Western medicine fail to cure chronic physical and mental illness? Why do so many treatments and drugs work only for a limited time before eventually losing effectiveness or producing harmful side effects?

Dr. Steven Goldsmith’s answer is at once counterintuitive and commonsensical: the root of the problem is our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The True Story of a Lost Childhood
Written by Julie Gregory

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: September 28, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38197-9 (0-553-38197-0)

Munchausen By Proxy (MBP), a psychiatric disorder in which a person (almost always the mother) invents or induces symptoms in her child in order to attract the interest and attention of medical professionals, is an oft-misunderstood and seldomly discussed affliction.

In Sickened, Julie Gregory has written a powerful and searing memoir of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves
Written by Jane Gross

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47240-3 (0-307-47240-X)

When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Blue Cotton Gown
A Midwife's Memoir
Written by Patricia Harman

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 1, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7291-2 (0-8070-7291-5)

Despite nurse-midwife Patsy Harman’s own financial and personal medical trials, including her private battle with uterine cancer, she devotes herself to her patients’ well-being in all aspects of their lives. They, in turn, tell her intimate stories both heartbreaking and uplifting.

‘In her sweetly perceptive memoir, Harman reveals how her exam room... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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