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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Language

English

Pages

297

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<p><b></b><br /><b>In <i>Being Mortal</i>, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending</b><br /><b></b><br />Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.</p><p>Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.<br />Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, <i>Being Mortal</i> asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.</p>
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen

Language

English

Pages

591

Publication Date

October 01, 2012

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<p><strong>"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." 鈥擠wight Garner, <em>New York Times</em></strong></p><br /><p>The next big human pandemic鈥攖he next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza鈥攊s likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event 鈥渟pillover鈥?and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. <em>Spillover</em> reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?</p>
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
by Atul Gawande

Language

English

Pages

225

Publication Date

December 15, 2009

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<p><b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Better</i> and <i>Complications</i> reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist</b></p><p>We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies鈥攏either seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third. </p><p>In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds. </p><p>An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, <i>The Checklist Manifesto</i> is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.</p>
Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining L...
by Louise Aronson

Language

English

Pages

451

Publication Date

June 11, 2019

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<b>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller </b><br /><b>Longlisted for the Carnegie<br /><br /></b><b>As revelatory as Atul Gawande's <i>Being Mortal</i>, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's <i>Elderhood</i> is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but </b><b>often disparaged</b><b> stage of life.</b><br /> <br /> 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 very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we've made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected, and denied. <br /> <br /> Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted 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--a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage, and hope about aging, medicine, and humanity itself. <br /> <br /> <i>Elderhood</i> is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, "an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being."
The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alz...
by , Peter V. Rabins

Language

English

Pages

416

Publication Date

April 23, 2017

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<P>Through five editions, <I>The 36-Hour Day </I>has been an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease. Whether a person has Alzheimer disease or another form of dementia, he or she will face a host of problems. <I>The 36-Hour Day</I> will help family members and caregivers address these challenges and simultaneously cope with their own emotions and needs.</P><P>Featuring useful takeaway messages and informed by recent research into the causes of and the search for therapies to prevent or cure dementia, this edition includes new information on</P><P>鈥?devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia鈥?strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms鈥?changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws鈥?palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship鈥?dementia due to traumatic brain injury鈥?choosing a residential care facility鈥?support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members</P><P>The central idea underlying the book鈥攖hat much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them鈥攔emains the same. <I>The 36-Hour Day </I>is the definitive dementia care guide.</P>
The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception
by David Michaels

Language

English

Pages

342

Publication Date

January 02, 2020

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<strong>Well-heeled American corporations have long had a financial stake in undermining scientific consensus and manufacturing uncertainty. In </strong><strong><em>The</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong><em>Triumph of Doubt</em></strong><strong>, former Obama and Clinton official David Michaels details how corrupt science becomes public policy -- and where it's happening today.</strong><br /><br />Opioids. Concussions. Obesity. Climate Change.<br /><br />America is a country of everyday crises -- big, long-spanning problems that persist despite their toll on the country's health. And for every case of government inaction on one of these issues, there is a set of familiar, doubtful refrains: The science is unclear. The data are inconclusive. Regulation is unjustified. It's a slippery slope.<br /><br />Is it?<br /><br /><em>The Triumph of Doubt</em> traces the ascendance of science-for-hire in American life and government, from its origins in the tobacco industry in the 1950s to its current manifestations across government, public policy, and even professional sports. Amid fraught conversations of "alternative facts" and "truth decay," <em>The Triumph of Doubt</em> wields its unprecedented access to shine a light on the machinations and scope of manipulated science in American society. It is an urgent, revelatory work, one that promises to reorient conversations around science and the public good for the foreseeable future.
Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspira...
by Eric Manheimer

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

July 10, 2012

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<b>The inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam and in the spirit of Oliver Sacks, this intensely involving memoir from a former medical director is a "humanitarian and heartbreaking tapestry where modern medicine confronts the atrocities of life" (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).</b><br />Using the plights of twelve very different patients--from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons--Dr. Eric Manheimer "offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient's personal experiences with their social implications" (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>).<br />Manheimer was not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital for over 13 years, but he was also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink

Language

English

Pages

546

Publication Date

September 10, 2013

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<p><b>Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink鈥檚 landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina鈥攁nd her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.</b><br /><br />In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and maintain life amid chaos.<br /><i><br /></i>After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. <br /><br /><i>Five Days at Memorial</i>, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.<br /><br />In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of large-scale disasters鈥攁nd how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, <i>Five Days at Memorial</i> radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.<br /><br /><b>One of The聽<i>New York Times</i>' Best Ten Books of the Year</b></p>
The South Carolina State Hospital: Stories from Bull Street (Land...
by William Buchheit

Language

English

Pages

160

Publication Date

January 13, 2020

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Nearly two decades after it closed, the South Carolina State Hospital continues to hold a palpable mystique in Columbia and throughout the state. Founded in 1821 as the South Carolina Lunatic Asylum, it housed, fed and treated thousands of patients incapable of surviving on their own. The patient population in 1961 eclipsed 6,600, well above its listed capacity of 4,823, despite an operating budget that ranked forty-fifth out of the forty-eight states with such large public hospitals. By the mid-1990s, the patient population had fallen under 700, and the hospital had become a symbol of captivity, horror and chaos. Author William Buchheit details this history through the words and interviews of those who worked on the iconic campus.
Delivering Health Care in America: A Systems Approach
by , Douglas A. Singh

Language

English

Pages

663

Publication Date

October 06, 2017

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Delivering Health Care in America, Seventh Edition is the most current and comprehensive overview of the basic structures and operations of the U.S. health system--from its historical origins and resources, to its individual services, cost, and quality. Using a unique "systems" approach, the text brings together an extraordinary breadth of information into a highly accessible, easy-to-read resource that clarifies the complexities of health care organization and finance while presenting a solid overview of how the various components fit together.

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