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May 18, 2011 06:25AM

45212 Christie wrote: "I have found this book to be a fascinating read so far. We think of cancer as a modern disease, but it has a history nearly as long as human history. The ancient Egyptian and Greek physicians encou..."

I was just reading about the X-rays last night. I was appalled by the guy who lost his cheeks. What the *HECK* does that look like?!!? Was it the bones???
May 17, 2011 04:21AM

45212 I'm reading Emperor of All Maladies. I've already read Ghost Map. I plan to drop in on the Ghost Map conversation a bit, but my focus is on Emperor. Really excited to talk about it!
May 16, 2011 06:42PM

45212 I started reading this over the weekend - so glad I picked it up! It looks like it's going to be very good. I wanted to read this mostly because I heard the author interviewed on NPR (probably Fresh Air, but don't remember). Looking forward to the discussion!
Apr 14, 2011 04:49AM

45212 Holly wrote: "Feeling scratchy already! I told you that I caught the MEASLES in France, didn't I? Pox à la française! oui oui."

Ooh, careful. I believe that historically the French pox referred to syphilis...
Apr 11, 2011 11:42AM

45212 Red wrote: "Here are a few I'd recommend:
Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
Microcosm by Carl Zimmer
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Death by Black Hole by Neil Tyson deGrasse"


I'd like to read Emperor of All Maladies! And I love Neil DeGrasse Tyson - I'd like to give his book a try.
Apr 11, 2011 11:40AM

45212 Holly: in South Africa there was a young girl (about 15) who had a prophecy that basically said that the way to get rid of the British was to kill all the cattle and stop growing crops. It would cleanse the Xhosa and South Africa in general. It was a fascinating episode - the fact that all these people did it basically on the say-so of a 15 year old boggles the mind.
Apr 10, 2011 03:58PM

45212 Hi, I'm Jessica. I teach high school world history and love it. The last book that I read and loved...well, I'm also currently in a master's program for world history, so most of my reading has been for that, but I really liked "The Dead Will Arise: Nongqawuse and the Great Xhosa Cattle-Killing Movement of 1856-7" by J. B. Peires. I also just finished (after many many weeks) the newest C. J. Sansom: "Heartstone". I love his books.

Something memorable about me: in addition to teaching and being in grad school I also play the cello for fun with a regular string quartet.

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