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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of...
by Bessel van der Kolk MD

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English

Pages

464

Publication Date

September 25, 2014

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<b>#1 <i>New York Times </i>bestseller<br /><br />鈥淓ssential reading for anyone interested in understanding and treating traumatic stress and the scope of its impact on society.鈥?鈥擜lexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies<br /><br />A pioneering researcher transforms our understanding of trauma and offers a bold new paradigm for healing in this聽<b><b><b><i>New York Times</i>聽bestseller</b></b></b></b><br />聽<br />Trauma is a fact of life. Veterans and their families deal with the painful aftermath of combat; one in five Americans has been molested; one in four grew up with alcoholics; one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, one of the world鈥檚 foremost experts on trauma, has spent over three decades working with survivors. In聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score</i>, he uses recent scientific advances to show how trauma literally reshapes both body and brain, compromising sufferers鈥?capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He explores innovative treatments鈥攆rom neurofeedback and meditation to sports, drama, and yoga鈥攖hat offer new paths to recovery by activating the brain鈥檚 natural neuroplasticity. Based on Dr. van der Kolk鈥檚 own research and that of other leading specialists,聽<i>The Body Keeps the Score聽</i>exposes the tremendous power of our relationships both to hurt and to heal鈥攁nd offers new hope for reclaiming lives.
When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

Language

English

Pages

231

Publication Date

January 12, 2016

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<b>#1聽<i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST 鈥?T<b><b><b>his inspiring, exquisitely observed memoir finds hope and beauty in the face of insurmountable odds as an idealistic young neurosurgeon attempts to answer the question聽<i>What makes a life worth living?</i></b></b></b></b><br /><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF <i>PASTE</i>鈥橲 BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE 鈥?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b>聽<b><i>The New York Times Book Review 鈥⒙燩eople 鈥?</i>NPR<i> 鈥⒙燭he Washington Post 鈥⒙燬late 鈥⒙燞arper鈥檚 Bazaar 鈥?Time Out New York 鈥⒙燩ublishers Weekly 鈥⒙燘ookPage</i></b><br /><br /> <b>Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Books for a Better Life Award in Inspirational Memoir</b><br /><br />At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade鈥檚 worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. <i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> chronicles Kalanithi鈥檚 transformation from a na茂ve medical student 鈥減ossessed,鈥?as he wrote, 鈥渂y the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life鈥?into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.<br /><br /> What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.<br /><br /> Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. 鈥淚 began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,鈥?he wrote. 鈥淪even words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: 鈥業 can鈥檛 go on. I鈥檒l go on.鈥欌€?<i>When Breath Becomes Air</i> is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her Amer...
by Anne Fadiman

Language

English

Pages

362

Publication Date

September 30, 1998

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<p>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction</p><p>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, refugees from the CIA-run "Quiet War" in Laos. The Hmong, traditionally a close-knit and fiercely people, have been less amenable to assimilation than most immigrants, adhering steadfastly to the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors. Lia's pediatricians, Neil Ernst and his wife, Peggy Philip, cleaved just as strongly to another tradition: that of Western medicine. When Lia Lee Entered the American medical system, diagnosed as an epileptic, her story became a tragic case history of cultural miscommunication.</p><p>Parents and doctors both wanted the best for Lia, but their ideas about the causes of her illness and its treatment could hardly have been more different. The Hmong see illness aand healing as spiritual matters linked to virtually everything in the universe, while medical community marks a division between body and soul, and concerns itself almost exclusively with the former. Lia's doctors ascribed her seizures to the misfiring of her cerebral neurons; her parents called her illness, <i>qaug dab peg</i>--the spirit catches you and you fall down--and ascribed it to the wandering of her soul. The doctors prescribed anticonvulsants; her parents preferred animal sacrifices.</p>
The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Unde...
by Susannah Cahalan

Language

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 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>
The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care--and How to Fix...
by Marty Makary MD

Language

English

Pages

269

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>"A must-read for every American and business leader." --Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief,<i> FORBES</i></b><br /><b><b><br /></b>From the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Unaccountable</i> comes an eye-opening, urgent look at America's broken health care system--and the people who are saving it.</b><br /> <br /> One in five Americans now has medical debt in collections and rising health care costs today threaten every small business in America. Dr. Makary, one of the nation's leading health care experts, travels across America and details why health care has become a bubble. Drawing from on-the-ground stories, his research, and his own experience, <i>The Price We Pay</i> paints a vivid picture of price-gouging, middlemen, and a series of elusive money games in need of a serious shake-up. Dr. Makary shows how so much of health care spending goes to things that have nothing to do with health and what you can do about it. Dr. Makary challenges the medical establishment to remember medicine's noble heritage of caring for people when they are vulnerable.<br /> <br /> <i>The Price We Pay</i> offers a roadmap for everyday Americans and business leaders to get a better deal on their health care, and profiles the disruptors who are innovating medical care. The movement to restore medicine to its mission, Makary argues, is alive and well--a mission that can rebuild the public trust and save our country from the crushing cost of health care.<i></i>
The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth f...
by Jennifer Gunter

Language

English

Pages

434

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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<b>Instant <i>New York Times</i>, <i>USA Today</i>, and <i>Publishers Weekly </i>bestseller!</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>Does eating sugar cause yeast infections? </b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>Does pubic hair have a function? </b><br /> 聽<br /><b>Should you have a vulvovaginal care regimen?</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>Will your vagina shrivel up if you go without sex?</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /><b>What鈥檚 the truth about the HPV vaccine?</b><br /> 聽<br /> So many important questions, so much convincing, confusing, contradictory <i>mis</i>information! In this age of click bait, pseudoscience, and celebrity-endorsed products, it鈥檚 easy to be overwhelmed鈥攚hether it鈥檚 websites, advice from well-meaning friends, uneducated partners, and even healthcare providers. So how do you separate facts from fiction? OB-GYN Jen Gunter, an expert on women鈥檚 health鈥攁nd the internet鈥檚 most popular go-to doc<b>鈥?lt;/b>comes to the rescue with a book that debunks the myths and educates and empowers women. From reproductive health to the impact of antibiotics and probiotics, and the latest trends, including vaginal steaming, vaginal marijuana products, and jade eggs, Gunter takes us on a factual, fun-filled journey. Discover the truth about:<br /> 聽<br /><br /><br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燭he vaginal microbiome<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燝enital hygiene, lubricants, and hormone myths and fallacies聽<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燞ow diet impacts vaginal health<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燬tem cells and the vagina<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燙osmetic vaginal surgery<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hat changes to expect during pregnancy and after childbirth<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hat changes to expect through menopause<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燞ow medicine fails women by dismissing symptoms<br /><b>Plus:</b><br /><br /><br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燭hongs vs. lace: the best underwear for vaginal health<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燞ow to select a tampon<br /> 聽聽聽鈥⒙燭he full glory of the clitoris and the myth of the G Spot<br /> 聽<br /> . . . And so much more. Whether you鈥檙e a twenty-six-year-old worried that her labia are 鈥渦ncool鈥?or a sixty-six-year-old dealing with painful sex, this comprehensive guide is sure to become a lifelong trusted resource.<br /> 聽
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."
Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural ...
by Toni Weschler

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English

Pages

557

Publication Date

July 14, 2015

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<p>This new edition for the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking national bestseller provides all the information you need to monitor your menstrual cycle鈥攁long with updated information on the latest reproductive technologies</p><p>Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle? This invaluable resource provides the answers to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your body.</p><p><em>Taking Charge of Your Fertility</em> has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women avoid pregnancy naturally, maximize their chances of getting pregnant, or simply gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health. Toni Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:</p><ul> <li> Enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices</li> <li> Maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor or resort to invasive high-tech options</li> <li> Expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement</li> <li> Gain control and a true understanding of your gynecological and sexual health</li></ul><p>This new edition includes:</p><ul> <li> A fully revised and intuitive charting system</li> <li> A selection of personalized master charts for birth control, pregnancy achievement, breastfeeding, and menopause</li> <li> An expanded sixteen-page color insert that reflects the book鈥檚 most important concepts</li> <li> Six brand-new chapters on topics including balancing hormones naturally, preserving your future fertility, and three medical conditions all women should be aware of</li></ul>
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>

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