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The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
4.05
it was amazing
In The Panic Virus, Seth Mnookin doesn't offer much in the way of cultural analysis of the origins of anti-vax hysteria. He does provide glimpses of i ...more
May 20, 2015
Jun 03, 2015
 
Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia
3.91
really liked it
Well, one of the sisters is a far better writer (the one who is a professional writer, go figure), so she writes most of the book. I felt VERY empathe ...more
Apr 2007
Jul 20, 2007
 
Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
4.20
it was amazing
Listening to audiobook. Gawande's essays are, are always, insightful and well-written. Better focuses on examples of where health care - in the sphere ...more
Jan 18, 2010
Jan 16, 2010
 
Year of Wonders
4.00
liked it
Decent, well-researched first novel about a town quarantined during the Black Plague. The heroine, widow Anna, is seemingly immune and cares for the d ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2007
 
Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science
3.74
it was ok
Not as fun, nor as intense, as The Hot Zone, this collection of essays, most of which were originally published in The New Yorker, nevertheless entert ...more
May 09, 2011
Apr 16, 2011
 
Tell Me Where It Hurts: A Day of Humor, Healing, and Hope in My Life as an Animal Surgeon
3.90
liked it
I liked learning a bit about the ways veterinary surgery and medicine are parallel to, yet different from their human counterparts -- parallel to espe ...more
Jan 2011
Jan 15, 2011
 
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
3.91
it was amazing
Man. The Preston brothers know how to do creative nonfiction! I think I have loaned or recommended this to more people -- all of whom finished it -- t ...more
Aug 02, 2017
Mar 23, 2017
Mar 08, 2017
 
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
4.17
it was amazing
Brosh's new material (about half the book, maybe less, but who could mind owning the classics in hard copy?) secures her place as the Patron Saint of ...more
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
 
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
4.14
it was amazing
Why did I wait so long to pick up this book??? It's amazing.

I had to slog through the part on the Vietnam War because I can only quickly absorb storie
...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 20, 2008
 
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
4.10
really liked it
Embarrassingly, I would read this every day if I could. I picked it up as a fat paperback in an airport bookstore and was so excited the whole way thr ...more
not set
Jul 27, 2007
 
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World
4.21
it was amazing
Reread for Lit & Medicine group. Just a tremendous book; I'm sticking in markers every few pages for the discussion!


(first review:) Kidder is a fa
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Jan 22, 2009
Jul 23, 2007
 
Coming Clean
3.95
really liked it
Excellent memoir by a local personality/celeb about growing up in a home with a hoarder father and enabler mother. Very well written, and my heart was ...more
Oct 22, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
 
The Fasting Girl: A True Victorian Medical Mystery
3.26
liked it
Great writing but poor structure -- this bounds around time and goes off on wild tangent! But it's fun; you can really imagine yourself in the Victori ...more
Jun 30, 2008
May 19, 2008
 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
4.01
liked it
For Lit & Med class. Okay, I used to not really believe in this book, that it was actually transcribed the way I had heard, but now I do. And it W ...more
Oct 20, 2008
Oct 16, 2008
 
Disease: The Story of Disease and Mankind's Continuing Struggle Against It
4.17
liked it
Epidemiologist candy! Sad that it's not more comprehensive, but the details on each disease are nicely compiled and presented. Love the many illustrat ...more
Dec 23, 2008
Oct 08, 2008
 
The World I Made for Her
4.10
really liked it
Read for my monthly Literature and Medicine class. I really kind of loved it. It was very different, but I can't find the words to explain...
Oct 14, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
 
Granta 120: Medicine
3.95
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Oct 15, 2012
 
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
4.05
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
4.19
it was amazing
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Jan 01, 2012
 
The Practice of International Health: A Case-Based Orientation
4.50
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Feb 16, 2011
 
Sybil Exposed: The Extraordinary Story Behind the Famous Multiple Personality Case
3.61
really liked it
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Jan 23, 2013
 
Chocolate: A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light
3.75
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Oct 08, 2008
 
Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife's Story
4.08
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Mar 17, 2008
 
Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids
3.38
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Nov 09, 2009
 
Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics
3.87
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Sep 21, 2016
 
Deadly Feasts: Tracking the Secrets of a Terrifying New Plague
4.00
it was amazing
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Feb 13, 2017
 
Code Blue: A Katrina Physician's Memoir
3.98
liked it
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Mar 07, 2008
 
Epileptic
3.90
it was amazing
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Sep 02, 2017
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