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  • Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood
    Rose George

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    A meandering history of blood tackles transfusions, taboos, and trauma

    Blood is a vital fluid. Essential to life, it is often taken for granted, especially when it stays where it belongs, safely contained in our bodies. Rose George, freelance journalist and author of books that render legible the overlooked (1) and the distasteful (2), here turns her attention to blood in its myriad biological, cultural… Read More
  • The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery
    Barbara K. Lipska with Elaine McArdle

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    A neuroscientist’s battle with brain cancer prompts a personal reflection on identity and the disease process

    In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, Barbara Lipska shares the story of her firsthand experience with metastatic brain cancer. In doing so, she provides readers the opportunity to foster a “sense of connection with others who suffer” and to combat continued stigmatizing of mental illness. Lipska’s evolution as scientist, patient, and person explores the… Read More
  • Insider Trading: How Mortuaries, Medicine and Money Have Built a Global Market in Human Cadaver Parts
    Naomi Pfeffer

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    Insider Trading

    Donating parts of one’s body, either when alive (e.g., blood, kidneys, or eggs) or after death (e.g., eyes, skin, lung, or heart), is an acceptable and commonplace occurrence in many countries around the world and has been so in both the United States and the United Kingdom for well over a century. But what happens… Read More
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    Life and death: When the end arrives, should we upgrade or shut down?

    Modern technology and modern medical practice have evolved over the past decades, enabling us to enhance and extend human life to an unprecedented degree. The two books under review examine this phenomenon from remarkably different perspectives. Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine is an examination of transhumanism, a movement characterized by technologies that seek to… Read More
  • The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease
    Meredith Wadman

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    A well-researched tome reveals the people who helped make early vaccines possible

    Meredith Wadman’s meticulously researched and carefully crafted book, The Vaccine Race, is an enlightening telling of the development of vaccines in the mid-20th century. Drawing from firsthand interviews, personal correspondence, journal articles, and governmental archival documents, Wadman relates the work of the brilliant scientists who toiled for years to develop vaccines against diseases in… Read More