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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

Language

English

Pages

405

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong><br /><strong>Emma Watson's Our Shared Shelf Bookclub Selection - May/June 2018 </strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."鈥擭PR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive 鈥?until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
Eat to Beat Disease: The New Science of How Your Body Can Heal It...
by William W Li

Language

English

Pages

414

Publication Date

March 19, 2019

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<b>Discover the new science of how eating can enable your body to heal itself from cancer, dementia, and dozens of avoidable diseases. Eat your way to better health with this <i>New York Times</i> bestseller.</b><br /> <br /> We have long radically underestimated our body's power to transform and restore our health. Pioneering physician scientist, Dr. William Li, empowers readers by showing them the evidence behind over 200 health-boosting foods that can starve cancer, reduce your risk of dementia, and beat dozens of avoidable diseases. This book isn't about what foods to avoid, but rather is a life-changing guide detailing the hundreds of healing foods you can add to your meals that support the body's defense systems, including:<br /><ul><li> Plums</li><li>Cinnamon</li><li>Sourdough breadRed wine and beer</li><li>Black Beans</li><li>San Marzano tomatoes</li><li>Olive oil</li><li>Cheeses like Jarlsberg, Camembert and cheddar</li></ul><br /> With Dr. Li's plan, the foods you already love can be optimized to activate your body's five natural health defense systems--Angiogenesis, Regeneration, Microbiome, DNA Protection, and Immunity--to fight cancer; diabetes; cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and autoimmune diseases; and other debilitating conditions.<br /> <br /> Both informative and practical, <i>Eat to Beat Disease </i>explains the science of healing and prevention, strategies for using food to actively boost health, and points the study of well-being and disease recovery in an exhilarating new direction.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in Histo...
by John M. Barry

Language

English

Pages

555

Publication Date

October 04, 2005

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<b>"Monumental... an authoritative and disturbing morality tale."鈥?lt;i>Chicago Tribune聽</i></b><br /> <b><br /> The definitive account of the 1918 Flu Epidemic. <br /> </b><br /> At the height of WWI, history鈥檚 most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the Middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease. <br /> 聽<br /> Magisterial in its breadth of perspective and depth of research and now revised to reflect the growing danger of the avian flu,聽<i>The Great Influenza</i>聽is ultimately a tale of triumph amid tragedy, which provides us with a precise and sobering model as we confront the epidemics looming on our own horizon. John M. Barry has written a new afterword for this edition that suggest ways in which we might head off another flu pandemic.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Language

English

Pages

393

Publication Date

January 28, 2010

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES聽</i>BESTSELLER 鈥?鈥淭he story of modern medicine and bioethics鈥攁nd, indeed, race relations鈥攊s refracted beautifully, and movingly.鈥濃€?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br /><b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM HBO廬聽STARRING OPRAH WINFREY AND ROSE BYRNE聽鈥?ONE OF THE 鈥淢OST INFLUENTIAL鈥?(CNN), 鈥淒EFINING鈥?(<i>LITHUB</i>), AND 鈥淏EST鈥?(<i>THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER</i>) BOOKS OF THE DECADE 鈥?WINNER OF THE <i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE </i>HEARTLAND PRIZE FOR NONFICTION </b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY聽<i>The New York Times Book Review聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Entertainment Weekly聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>O: The Oprah Magazine聽</i>鈥⒙燦PR 鈥⒙?lt;i>Financial Times聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>New York聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Independent聽</i>(U.K.) 鈥⒙?lt;i>Times聽</i>(U.K.) 鈥⒙?lt;i>Publishers Weekly聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Library Journal聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Kirkus Reviews聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Booklist聽</i>鈥⒙?lt;i>Globe and Mail</i></b><br /><br />Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells鈥攖aken without her knowledge鈥攂ecame one of the most important tools in medicine: The first 鈥渋mmortal鈥?human cells grown in culture, which are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb鈥檚 effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.聽<br /><br />Yet Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave.<br /><br />Henrietta鈥檚 family did not learn of her 鈥渋mmortality鈥?until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family鈥攑ast and present鈥攊s inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of.聽<br /><br />Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family鈥攅specially Henrietta鈥檚 daughter Deborah. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn鈥檛 her children afford health insurance?聽<br /><br />Intimate in feeling, astonishing in scope, and impossible to put down,聽<i>The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks</i>聽captures the beauty and drama of scientific discovery, as well as its human consequences.
Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works
by , Elyse Resch

Language

English

Pages

370

Publication Date

August 07, 2012

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<p>First published in 1995, <i>Intuitive Eating </i>has become the go-to book on rebuilding a healthy body image and making peace with food. We've all been there鈥攁ngry with ourselves for overeating, for our lack of willpower, for failing at yet another diet. But the problem is not us; it's that dieting, with its emphasis on rules and regulations, has stopped us from listening to our bodies. Written by two prominent nutritionists, <i>Intuitive Eating </i>will teach you: </p><p>鈥?How to reject diet mentality forever </p><p>鈥?How our three Eating Personalities define our eating difficulties </p><p>鈥?How to find satisfaction in your eating </p><p>鈥?How to feel your feelings without using food </p><p>鈥?How to honor hunger and feel fullness </p><p>鈥?How to follow the ten principles of "Intuitive Eating", </p><p>鈥?How to achieve a new and safe relationship with food and, ultimately, your body </p><p>鈥?How to raise an "intuitive eater"鈥揘EW! </p><p>鈥?The incredible science behind intuitive eating鈥揘EW! </p><p>This revised edition includes updates and expansions throughout, as well as two brand new chapters that will help readers integrate intuitive eating even more fully into their daily lives.</p>
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Unde...
by Susannah Cahalan

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir <i>Brain on Fire</i> investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR<i>).</i></b><br /><br />Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what <i>it </i>is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, 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 more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. <br /><br /> But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?
The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Act...
by Valter Longo

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English

Pages

317

Publication Date

January 02, 2018

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<b>The internationally renowned, clinically tested, revolutionary diet program to lose weight, fight disease, and live a longer, healthier life.</b><br /> 聽<br /> Can what you eat determine how long, and how well, you live? The clinically proven answer is yes, and聽<i>The Longevity Diet</i>聽is easier to follow than you'd think. The culmination of 25 years of research on aging, nutrition, and disease across the globe, this unique program lays out a simple solution to living聽to a healthy old age through nutrition. The key is combining the healthy everyday eating plan the book outlines, with the scientifically engineered fasting-mimicking diet, or FMD; the FMD, done just 3-4 times a year, does away with the misery and starvation most of us experience while fasting, allowing you to reap all the beneficial health effects of a restrictive diet, while avoiding negative stressors, like low energy and sleeplessness. Valter Longo, director of the Longevity Institute at USC and the Program on Longevity and Cancer at IFOM in Milan, designed the FMD after making a series of remarkable discoveries in mice, then in humans, indicating that specific diets can activate stem cells and promote regeneration and rejuvenation in multiple organs to significantly reduce risk for diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer鈥檚, and heart disease. Longo鈥檚 simple pescatarian daily eating plan and the periodic fasting-mimicking techniques can both yield impressive results. Low in proteins and sugars and rich in healthy fats and plant-based foods, The Longevity Diet is proven to help you:聽<br /> 聽<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燣ose weight and reduce abdominal fat<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燛xtend your聽healthy聽lifespan with simple everyday changes<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燩revent age-related muscle and bone loss<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燘uild your resistance to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's and cancer<br /> 聽<br /> Longo鈥檚 healthy, life span-extending program is based on an easy-to-adopt pescatarian plan along with the fasting-mimicking diet no more than 4 times a year, just 5 days at a time. Including 30 easy recipes for an everyday diet based on Longo's five pillars of longevity,聽<i>The Longevity Diet</i>聽is the key to living a longer, healthier, more fulfilled life.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Language

English

Pages

597

Publication Date

November 16, 2010

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> is a magnificent, profoundly humane 鈥渂iography鈥?of cancer鈥攆rom its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.<br /><br />Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist鈥檚 precision, a historian鈥檚 perspective, and a biographer鈥檚 passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with鈥攁nd perished from鈥攆or more than five thousand years.<br /><br />The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, but also of hubris, paternalism, and misperception. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories, and deaths, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out 鈥渨ar against cancer.鈥?The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist. <br /><br />From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee鈥檚 own leukemia patient, Carla, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies </i>is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive鈥攁nd to increase our understanding of this iconic disease. <br /><br />Riveting, urgent, and surprising, <i>The Emperor of All Maladies </i>provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer.
The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines
by , Ogi Ogas

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

December 13, 2016

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<b>The surprising, behind-the-scenes story of how our medicines are discovered, told by a veteran drug hunter.</b><br /><br />The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity鈥?by chewing, brewing, and snorting鈥攕ome Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. 脰tzi the Iceman, the five-thousand-year-old hunter frozen in the Italian Alps, was found to have whipworms in his intestines and Bronze-age medicine, a worm-killing birch fungus, knotted to his leggings. Nowadays, Big Pharma conglomerates spend billions of dollars on state-of the art laboratories staffed by PhDs to discover blockbuster drugs. Yet, despite our best efforts to engineer cures, luck, trial-and-error, risk, and ingenuity are still fundamental to medical discovery.<br /><br /><i>The Drug Hunters</i> is a colorful, fact-filled narrative history of the search for new medicines from our Neolithic forebears to the professionals of today, and from quinine and aspirin to Viagra, Prozac, and Lipitor. The chapters offer a lively tour of how new drugs are actually found, the discovery strategies, the mistakes, and the rare successes. Dr. Donald R. Kirsch infuses the book with his own expertise and experiences from thirty-five years of drug hunting, whether searching for life-saving molecules in mudflats by Chesapeake Bay or as a chief science officer and research group leader at major pharmaceutical companies.
Surgeon in Blue: Jonathan Letterman, the Civil War Doctor Who Pio...
by Scott McGaugh

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

July 01, 2013

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Jonathan Letterman was an outpost medical officer serving in Indian country in the years before the Civil War, responsible for the care of just hundreds of men. But when he was appointed the chief medical officer for the Army of the Potomac, he revolutionized combat medicine over the course of four major battles鈥擜ntietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg鈥攖hat produced unprecedented numbers of casualties. He made battlefield survival possible by creating the first organized ambulance corps and a more effective field hospital system. He imposed medical professionalism on a chaotic battlefield. Where before 20 percent of the men were unfit to fight because of disease, squalid conditions, and poor nutrition, he improved health and combat readiness by pioneering hygiene and diet standards. Based on original research, and with stirring accounts of battle and the struggle to invent and supply adequate care during impossible conditions, this new biography recounts Letterman鈥檚 life from his small-town Pennsylvania beginnings to his trailblazing wartime years and his subsequent life as a wildcatter and the medical examiner of San Francisco. At last, here is the missing portrait of a key figure of Civil War history and military medicine. His principles of battlefield care continue to be taught to military commanders and first responders.

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