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Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande

Language

English

Pages

297

Publication Date

October 07, 2014

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<p><b></b><br /><b>In <i>Being Mortal</i>, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending</b><br /><b></b><br />Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.</p><p>Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.<br />Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, <i>Being Mortal</i> asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.</p>
Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic
by David Quammen

Language

English

Pages

591

Publication Date

October 01, 2012

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<p><strong>"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." —Dwight Garner, <em>New York Times</em></strong></p><br /><p>The next big human pandemic—the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza—is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. <em>Spillover</em> reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?</p>
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—neither 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>
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."
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>• devices to make life simpler and safer for people who have dementia• strategies for delaying behavioral and neuropsychiatric symptoms• changes in Medicare and other health care insurance laws• palliative care, hospice care, durable power of attorney, and guardianship• dementia due to traumatic brain injury• choosing a residential care facility• support groups for caregivers, friends, and family members</P><P>The central idea underlying the book—that much can be done to improve the lives of people with dementia and of those caring for them—remains the same. <I>The 36-Hour Day </I>is the definitive dementia care guide.</P>
The Triumph of Doubt: Dark Money and the Science of Deception
by David Michaels

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English

Pages

342

Publication Date

January 02, 2020

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<strong>Well-heeled American corporations have long had a financial stake in undermining scientific consensus and manufacturing uncertainty. In </strong><strong><em>The</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong><em>Triumph of Doubt</em></strong><strong>, former Obama and Clinton official David Michaels details how corrupt science becomes public policy -- and where it's happening today.</strong><br /><br />Opioids. Concussions. Obesity. Climate Change.<br /><br />America is a country of everyday crises -- big, long-spanning problems that persist despite their toll on the country's health. And for every case of government inaction on one of these issues, there is a set of familiar, doubtful refrains: The science is unclear. The data are inconclusive. Regulation is unjustified. It's a slippery slope.<br /><br />Is it?<br /><br /><em>The Triumph of Doubt</em> traces the ascendance of science-for-hire in American life and government, from its origins in the tobacco industry in the 1950s to its current manifestations across government, public policy, and even professional sports. Amid fraught conversations of "alternative facts" and "truth decay," <em>The Triumph of Doubt</em> wields its unprecedented access to shine a light on the machinations and scope of manipulated science in American society. It is an urgent, revelatory work, one that promises to reorient conversations around science and the public good for the foreseeable future.
Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink

Language

English

Pages

546

Publication Date

September 10, 2013

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<p><b>Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina—and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.</b><br /><br />In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and maintain life amid chaos.<br /><i><br /></i>After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several of those caregivers faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. <br /><br /><i>Five Days at Memorial</i>, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.<br /><br />In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, <i>Five Days at Memorial</i> radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.<br /><br /><b>One of The <i>New York Times</i>' Best Ten Books of the Year</b></p>
Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspira...
by Eric Manheimer

Language

English

Pages

369

Publication Date

July 10, 2012

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<b>The inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam and in the spirit of Oliver Sacks, this intensely involving memoir from a former medical director is a "humanitarian and heartbreaking tapestry where modern medicine confronts the atrocities of life" (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).</b><br />Using the plights of twelve very different patients--from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons--Dr. Eric Manheimer "offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient's personal experiences with their social implications" (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>).<br />Manheimer was not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital for over 13 years, but he was also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.
An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How ...
by Elisabeth Rosenthal

Language

English

Pages

407

Publication Date

April 11, 2017

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<b>A <i>New York Times </i>bestseller/<i>Washington Post</i> Notable Book of 2017/NPR Best Books of 2017/<i>Wall Street Journal</i> Best Books of 2017 <br /><br />"This book will serve as the definitive guide to the past and future of health care in America.”<b><b>—</b>Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Emperor of All Maladies</i> and <i>The Gene</i></b>  <br /><br />At a moment of drastic political upheaval, <i>An American Sickness </i>is a shocking investigation into our dysfunctional healthcare system - and offers practical solutions to its myriad problems.</b><br /><br /> In these troubled times, perhaps no institution has unraveled more quickly and more completely than American medicine. In only a few decades, the medical system has been overrun by organizations seeking to exploit for profit the trust that vulnerable and sick Americans place in their healthcare. Our politicians have proven themselves either unwilling or incapable of reining in the increasingly outrageous costs faced by patients, and market-based solutions only seem to funnel larger and larger sums of our money into the hands of corporations. Impossibly high insurance premiums and inexplicably large bills have become facts of life; fatalism has set in. Very quickly Americans have been made to accept paying more for less. How did things get so bad so fast? <br /><br /> Breaking down this monolithic business into the individual industries—the hospitals, doctors, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers—that together constitute our healthcare system, Rosenthal exposes the recent evolution of American medicine as never before. How did healthcare, the caring endeavor, become healthcare, the highly profitable industry? Hospital systems, which are managed by business executives, behave like predatory lenders, hounding patients and seizing their homes. Research charities are in bed with big pharmaceutical companies, which surreptitiously profit from the donations made by working people. Patients receive bills in code, from entrepreneurial doctors they never even saw. <br /><br /> The system is in tatters, but we can fight back. Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms, she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. In clear and practical terms, she spells out exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship and to hospital C-suites, explaining step-by-step the workings of a system badly lacking transparency. This is about what we can do, as individual patients, both to navigate the maze that is American healthcare and also to demand far-reaching reform. <i>An American Sickness</i> is the frontline defense against a healthcare system that no longer has our well-being at heart.
The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly...
by Lindsey Fitzharris

Language

English

Pages

284

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<p><b>Winner, 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science Writing</b><br /><b>Short-listed for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize</b><br /><b>A Top 10 Science Book of Fall 2017, <i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br /><b>A Best History Book of 2017, </b><b><i>The Guardian</i> </b></p><p><b>"Warning: She spares no detail!" —Erik Larson, bestselling author of <i>Dead Wake</i> </b></p><p>In <i>The Butchering Art</i>, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875. She conjures up early operating theaters—no place for the squeamish—and surgeons, who, working before anesthesia, were lauded for their speed and brute strength. These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.</p><p>Fitzharris dramatically reconstructs Lister’s career path to his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection and could be countered by a sterilizing agent applied to wounds. She introduces us to Lister’s contemporaries—some of them brilliant, some outright criminal—and leads us through the grimy schools and squalid hospitals where they learned their art, the dead houses where they studied, and the cemeteries they ransacked for cadavers.</p><p>Eerie and illuminating, <i>The Butchering Art</i> celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world.</p>

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