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  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot

    Crown/Archetype 2010; US$ 16.00

    #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells?taken without her knowledge in 1951?became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by... more...

  • The Outsiderby Nathaniel Lachenmeyer

    Crown/Archetype 2001; US$ 15.95

    The Outsider is an unsentimental yet profoundly moving look at one family?s experience with mental illness. In 1978, Charles Lachenmeyer was a happily married professor of sociology who lived in the New York suburbs with his wife and nine-year-old son, Nathaniel. But within a few short years, schizophrenia?a devastating mental illness with no... more...

  • Direct Redby Gabriel Weston

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    ?What a terrific book?.[Weston] leaves you feeling that if push came to shove you?d want to be operated on by her.? ?Nicholas Shakespeare, author of Bruce Chatwin: A Biography   The continuing popularity of doctor shows on TV?from Scrubs , House , and Grey?s Anatomy to the television phenomenon ER ?indicates a widespread fascination... more...

  • The Shiftby Theresa Brown

    Algonquin Books 2015; US$ 15.95

    Practicing nurse and New York Times columnist Theresa Brown invites us to experience a day in the life of a nurse working on a hospital?s busy cancer ward. In the span of twelve hours, patients' lives can be lost, life-altering medical treatment decisions made, and dreams fulfilled or irrevocably stolen. Brown gives an unprecedented view into individual... more...

  • Proof of Heavenby Eben Alexander

    Little, Brown Book Group 2012; US$ 17.99

    Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change. One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of... more...

  • Before I Forgetby B. Smith; Dan Gasby; Michael Shnayerson; Rudolph E. Tanzi

    Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony 2016; US$ 25.00

    ?I know where I?m going. I?m still myself. I just can?t remember things as well as I once did. So on short trips, I work hard not to be confused. I?ll say to myself, What are we going to do? How long are we staying? It?s like I?m talking to my other self?the self I used to be. She tells me, This is what we need to buy?not that. I?m conscious... more...

  • Look Me in the Eyeby John Elder Robison

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.00

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ?As sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find.? ?from the foreword by Augusten Burroughs Ever since he was young, John Robison longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits?an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle... more...

  • Patient H.M.by Luke Dittrich

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 28.00

    ?Oliver Sacks meets Stephen King?* in this propulsive, haunting journey into the life of the most studied human research subject of all time, the amnesic known as Patient H.M., a man who forever altered our understanding of how memory works?and whose treatment raises deeply unsettling questions about the human cost of scientific progress. For readers... more...

  • The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Downby Anne Fadiman

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1998; US$ 15.99

    Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction When three-month-old Lia Lee Arrived at the county hospital emergency room in Merced, California, a chain of events was set in motion from which neither she nor her parents nor her doctors would ever recover. Lia's parents, Foua and Nao Kao, were part of a large Hmong community in Merced,... more...

  • The Story of My Fatherby Sue Miller

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 16.00

    In the fall of 1988, Sue Miller found herself caring for her father as he slipped into the grasp of Alzheimer's disease. She was, she claims, perhaps the least constitutionally suited of all her siblings to be in the role in which she suddenly found herself, and in The Story of My Fathe r she grapples with the haunting memories of those final months... more...