A quick read with a very general health/malpractice law section. All-in-all, entertaining from a healthcare management perspective but lacked the gut-A quick read with a very general health/malpractice law section. All-in-all, entertaining from a healthcare management perspective but lacked the gut-wrenching oddity that I was hoping for. I would write more, but I think I need another glass of vino......more
Although it is interesting to learn about the beginnings of TCH, the book is more of a year-by-year breakdown of the developments department-by-departAlthough it is interesting to learn about the beginnings of TCH, the book is more of a year-by-year breakdown of the developments department-by-department. Certainly good for documentation, but overall was a dull carry-through....more
I picked up this book after wandering around the bookstore for an hour looking for the perfect non-fiction read and I sure did pick up the right one!I picked up this book after wandering around the bookstore for an hour looking for the perfect non-fiction read and I sure did pick up the right one! I think what makes this book interesting (and adds to the historic legitimacy) is that Abbott is able to connect the story to famous characters in history. Certainly, we can all believe that Jack Johnson visited the Everleigh Club, but did you know the mysterious connection to Marshall Field Jr, the heir to that now-nonexistent department store, Marshall Fields? We can connect any dirty business in Chicago during the early 1900's to Al Capone, but what about John D. Rockefeller?
I think one of the most fascinating aspects of this historical account is that it challenges our vision of the 20th century as a time of morality; instead we're faced with a different situation--one where individuals are free to develop their Jekyl and Hyde personas under the shroud of anonymity due the a large-scale population boom.
Although this is a non-fiction account, the book reads much like a novel. Scenes are descriptive to the point where they are almost begging for speculation as to where the actual account originated. Nevertheless, it keeps the pages turning and makes for an excellent alternative to the dry fact-spitting history books that litter most libraries.
I'd be a fool not to comment on the author's research. Clearly, to write a historical non-fiction as descriptive as this one, any author would have to be fully versed in the chronology of events relating to their subject (and in this case, who wouldn't be interested in the relationships between madams, ministers, and playboys!) Abbott most certainly doesn't disappoint.
The last note I'd like to make about this book is regarding the snapshots of history that Abbott is so clear to point out. The "invasion of Harlots" that is described toward the end of the book was definately the cherry on top for me. Imagine! 2,000 harlots walking down Michigan Avenue! One can dream to see such an amzing display in their lifetime! Seriously though, it was a profound statement about the separation of districts--either they are segregated to their own area, or they are made 'public.'
I've personally always believed that if tidbits of history like this were taught in history class, that, KIDS WOULD ACTUALLY THINK HISTORY IS COOL! Sure, all those constitutions and bills are important, but there is a lot more to history than documents written by old white men. Whoodathunk? ...more
Both fascinating and frightening, The Coming Plague explores the dark side of human life and death. From the deep Congo where the Ebola virus lurks, tBoth fascinating and frightening, The Coming Plague explores the dark side of human life and death. From the deep Congo where the Ebola virus lurks, to the streets of New York and San Francisco where the AIDS virus made its American debut, this book is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
I highly praise Garrett for her medical storytelling abilities. She has a way of capturing her readers’ attention and keeping it--something rarely done in medically-descriptive writing. This book can be appreciated from both a physician's and a layman's perspective since she is able to breakdown research initiatives for each disease into a language that is understandable.
Each chapter seems to follow the same format: 1) Introduce the first-cases of the disease, location, environment, symptoms, acute illness, and deaths of first-cases 2) Spread of disease, numbers, location, theories on the outbreak and causes 3) History of related diseases and current threats 4) Initial lab initiatives, successes, failures, funding & funding politics 5) Resolution of funding issues, development of research initiatives, initial discoveries, questions from researchers, answers to questions one-by-one 6) Developments of treatment (if any), patient testing of treatment (if any) 7) Discussion of possible future outbreaks which leads to a ...? In the chapters final paragraph that leads into the next chapter/disease
In this way, every disease seems to be explored chronologically, but at the same time she is able to layer the book so that every chapter feeds into the next.
This is a fascinating book and I recommend anyone with medical interests in epidemiological phenomena’s pick it up from their local bookstore....more
What is it with true crime books & movies staging dialogue? "I was raised in a home of refinement, under sheltered and orthodox methods," she toldWhat is it with true crime books & movies staging dialogue? "I was raised in a home of refinement, under sheltered and orthodox methods," she told them in a manner that suggested frequent repetition of the same words.
It's like those true crime shows: As she put on her night gown and hummed a lullaby--little did she know there was a predator lurking outside her bedroom window, waiting to strike at her when she slept. I sometimes think these writers synapses are firing just a little too often.
The nice thing about this semi-realistic but probably-not-accurate dialogue is that it it keeps the story going much more like a novel. The characters feel more real and they are easier to have empathy for than in a historical novel where the facts of what happened are simply recited one-by-one to the reader.
Overall the book was interesting for the first half and I finally ended up losing interests because I just don't care enough about the twisted backgrounds of the people who ran the 'starvation heights' institution. There are plenty of twisted and evil people out there and they are all much more interesting to meet in person than to read about....more
Nature verses nurture: what forms our behavior? Is it the biological, or is it the environmental? In this gripping biography of one young man, the debNature verses nurture: what forms our behavior? Is it the biological, or is it the environmental? In this gripping biography of one young man, the debate is sliced right open, revealing that one's biological make-up is so strong in us that it cannot be denied. From the brutality on the operating table, to the abuse of power in the physician's office, this book is sure to invite sympathy from all readers. ...more
I couldn't disagree with the author more. His opinions on pop culture were on one end of the spectrum, and I was on the other so needless to say, I'veI couldn't disagree with the author more. His opinions on pop culture were on one end of the spectrum, and I was on the other so needless to say, I've decided that this book is not deserving of my attention. Nonetheless, I felt that it lacked innovation on a number of levels, the least of which was author intelligence. One might say that the book itself is low culture....more
Witty and disturbing, "The Curious Life of Human Cadavers" is a fascinating exploration of the 'after-life' of bodies. From severed heads in plastic sWitty and disturbing, "The Curious Life of Human Cadavers" is a fascinating exploration of the 'after-life' of bodies. From severed heads in plastic surgery clinics, to crash test cadavers, this book covers the gamut of post-death science experiments. Not only do you learn about all the eewey-gooey stuff (such as the decomposition process--did you know that brains leak out of your ears?), but the historical background of medical training is also considered. Ever wondered what happened to the passengers on TWA Flight 800? -no need to look any farther.
Page by page, the author explores the grotesque underworld of morgues and coffins--broken up by witty dark humor with a tinge of the 'gross-out' factor, "The Curious Life of Human Cadavers" is sure to fascinate even the dullest of individuals. ...more
This collection of stories and poetry did not keep my attention for very long. Amateur at best, the stories were limited to the very cliche story 'I aThis collection of stories and poetry did not keep my attention for very long. Amateur at best, the stories were limited to the very cliche story 'I am FtM and I've always felt like a man.' There is little to remark about here....more
This has been a long, albeit good read on the history of torture, the techniques, and it's migration. It is written more on the academic side than I fThis has been a long, albeit good read on the history of torture, the techniques, and it's migration. It is written more on the academic side than I first expected, but any audience should be able to grasp it. I find an annoying repetition when he describes the migration of techniques from one country to the other, which gives me an almost dejavue feeling that I've read it before (but not quite as cool).
The connection he makes between penitence and the desire for confession in Christian countries is especially interesting, but alas, he didn't quite follow through.
He also seems to skip over many of the gruesome tortures that POW's were subjected to; he focused more on clean torture techniques that left no visible marks, which were almost exclusively used for extracting confessions or information. Torture purely for the sake of inflicting pain did not seem to play any role in this meticulous account.
There is quite a bit of information about the role of the US in creating clean tortures, that is, torture that leaves no visible certainty that the prisoner was indeed, tortured.
This book could be %25 shorter and still remain a defining work (and probably would have kept me from skimming the last chapters). Growing tired with the read? ...the appendices seem to sum everything up nicely.
I favor an illustrated history of torture rather than a (semi) exhausting work... ...more