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Livestream: Moira Dolan: Boneheads and Brainiacs

Annie Bloom’s is sponsoring this online interview with author Moira Dolan, MD discussing her new book Boneheads & Brainiacs: Heroes and Scoundrels of the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Click this link to join the event: [Zoom link coming soon!] Join for a chance to win an author-signed copy of Boneheads & Brainiacs. Register to receive a free download of Dr. Dolan’s e-booklet “No-Nonsense Guide to Surviving Your Medical Encounter.” For every purchase of Boneheads & Brainiacs from Annie Bloom’s, Dr. Dolan will donate directly to the indie bookstore charity Binc (Book Industry Charitable Foundation). About the book: The inventor of the lobotomy won a Nobel prize in medicine for destroying his patients’ brains. Another Nobel laureate thought malaria cured syphilis. The discoverer of anaphylactic shock…

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Susannah Cahalan

From Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire and “one of America’s most courageous young journalists” (NPR), comes The Great Pretender (Grand Central), a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine. For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness: How do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people – sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society – went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even…

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The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last

We have lost the war on cancer. We spend $150 billion each year treating it, yet – a few innovations notwithstanding – a patient with cancer is as likely to die of it as one was 50 years ago. Most new drugs add mere months to one’s life, at agonizing physical and financial cost. In The First Cell (Basic), oncologist Azra Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treat cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal.

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Brave New Medicine

In her revelatory memoir, Brave New Medicine (Reveal), Dr. Cynthia Li shares the truth about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing – mind, body, and spirit. Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, Li offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, you can find the wisdom and heart to start your own healing journey, too.

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Author Event, Dr. Erica Elliott, Medicine and Miracles

Author, adventurer, & speaker, Dr. Erica Elliott, M.D. stops by the Two Rivers Bookstore to talk about her life experiences and her new book, Medicine and Miracles in the High Desert. [from the Portland Mercury event listing] Join us as Dr. Erica Elliott shares her experiences living among the Navajo. [from the Facebook event page]

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Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

For more than 5,000 years, “old” has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the moment that humans are living longer than ever, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients, and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture, and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy. In Elderhood (Bloomsbury), Aronson challenges not only the way we look at aging, but also the…

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On Call in the Arctic

In On Call in the Arctic (Pegasus), Thomas J. Sims relates his incredible experience saving lives in one of the most remote outposts in North America. In order to do his job, Sims had to overcome racism, cultural prejudices, and hostility from those who would like to see him sent packing. On Call in the Arctic reveals the thrills and the terrors of frontier medicine, where Dr. Sims must rely upon his instincts, improvise, and persevere against all odds in order to help his patients on the icy shores of the Bering Sea.

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Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies

In Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies (Storey), expert herbalist Maria Noël Groves provides 23 garden plans specially tailored to address the most common health needs, along with simple recipes for using each group of herbs. Discover the three to six herbs that are most effective for what ails you, whether you’re seeking headache relief, immune support, stress relief, or a simple daily tonic.

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That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour

Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents’ experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine’s impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life’s temporality. It was that tension that eventually drew Puri to palliative medicine. Interweaving stories of Puri’s family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night (Viking) is a meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well.

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Thomas Hager

Thomas Hager’s wide-ranging and wildly entertaining new book, Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine (Abrams), is a century-spanning history of medicine told through the story of 10 drugs from opium to the first digital pill.

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