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  Cover Art: Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome Adler, Robert E.
Medical Firsts: From Hippocrates to the Human Genome
A 2,500-year history of medical advances and discoveries organizes entries chronologically and provides vivid capsule information on the industry's milestones, breakthroughs, and significant contributors.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Barry, John M.
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History
An in-depth account of the deadly influenza epidemic of 1918, a plague that took the lives of millions of people around the world, examines the causes of the pandemic, its devastating impact on early twentieth-century society, the researchers who risked their lives to confront the disease, and the lasting implications of the crisis and the scientific discoveries that resulted.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco Chase, Marilyn
The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
Describes an epidemic of bubonic plague that erupted in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, first in 1900 and then five years later, and the efforts of scientists Joseph Kinyoun, Dr. Rupert Blue, and Blue's aide Colby Rucker to contain the disease, discover its source, and eradicate it from the city
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History Crosby, Molly Caldwell
The American Plague: The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, the Epidemic That Shaped Our History
Traces the impact on American history of yellow fever from the mid-seventeenth century onward, examining in particular the near-destruction of Memphis from the disease and the efforts of four men to combat the deadly scourge.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Asleep : the Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries Crosby, Molly Caldwell.
Asleep : the Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries
Crosby, an author and writer whose grandmother was killed by encephalitis lethargica, or "sleeping sickness," examines the mysterious epidemic which killed about one million people around the world in the 1920s, mostly in New York City. Through discussion of case studies, medical journals, interviews with family members, and other records, she describes the efforts of a group of doctors in New York who searched for the cause, treatment, and cure, how it disappeared in 1927, and the efforts of scientists today to understand and prevent reemergence of the disease.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Lassa Ward : One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases Donaldson, Ross I.
The Lassa Ward : One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases
An untried medical student travels to Sierra Leone to help control the spread of lassa fever and in the process battles poor working conditions, political strife, and contracts the disease himself.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82 Fenn, Elizabeth A.
Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82
Recreates one of the most overlooked chapters in American history--the smallpox epidemic that coincided with the Revolutionary War--tracing its influence on colonial life and the course of the war.
2001
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Five Days at Memorial : Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital Fink, Sheri.
Five Days at Memorial : Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital
A landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Demon Under the Microscope: from Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug Hager, Thomas
The Demon Under the Microscope: from Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
A sweeping history of the discovery of the world's first antibiotic, sulfa, and its seminal influence on the fields of medicine and science looks at key figures in the battle against disease, how sulfa changed the way in which doctors treated patients, and how it transformed how new drugs are developed, approved, and sold.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Paradise General : Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq Hnida, Dave
Paradise General : Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq
A trauma chief documents his experience working with a diverse group of volunteer doctors at one of the busiest Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq where the main objective was, "Get 'em in, get 'em out."
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science Cities and the Modern World Johnson, Steven
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How it Changed Science Cities and the Modern World
A historical chronicle of Victorian London's worst cholera outbreak traces the day-by-day efforts of Dr. John Snow, who put his own life on the line in his efforts to prove his previously dismissed contagion theory about how the epidemic was spreading.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time Kelly, John
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
Chronicles the Great Plague (the Black Death)that devastated Asia and Europe in the fourteenth century, documenting the experiences of people who lived during its height while describing the decline of moral boundaries that also marked the period.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio Kluger, Jeffrey
Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio
The story of the polio vaccine and its creator discusses Salk's childhood during one of polio's worst epidemics and his education during the presidency of an afflicted FDR, describing how politics nearly prevented the vaccine's development.
2004
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused it Kolata, Gina Bari
Flu: The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus That Caused it
Describes the great flu epidemic of 1918, an outbreak that killed some forty million people worldwide, and discusses the efforts of scientists and public health officials to understand and prevent another lethal pandemic
1999
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Danger to Self : On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist Linde, Paul R.
Danger to Self : On the Front Line with an ER Psychiatrist
A behind-the-scenes look at an urban psychiatric emergency room where mental health professionals are doing their best to alleviate suffering while struggling with the many ethical, legal, moral, and medical issues that confront today's psychiatric providers.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Panic Virus : a True Story of Medicine Science and Fear Mnookin, Seth
The Panic Virus : a True Story of Medicine Science and Fear
In 1998 Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist with a history of self-promotion, published a paper with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism. The media seized hold of the story and, in the process, helped to launch one of the most devastating health scares ever. In the years to come Wakefield would be revealed as a profiteer in league with class-action lawyers, and he would eventually lose his medical license. Meanwhile one study after another failed to find any link between childhood vaccines and autism.Yet the myth that vaccines somehow cause developmental disorders lives on.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Polio: An American Story Oshinsky, David M.
Polio: An American Story
A history of the 1950s polio epidemic that caused panic in the United States examines the competition between Salk and Sabin to find the first vaccine and its implications for such issues as government testing of new drugs and manufacturers' liability.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine Porter, Roy
Blood and Guts: A Short History of Medicine
A brief but engaging history of medicine covers the field in lively fashion, from ancient Indian healing practices that combined diet and meditation to modern pharmaceuticals such as Viagra.
2003
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Medical Marvels: The 100 Greatest Advances in Medicine Straus, Eugene
Medical Marvels: The 100 Greatest Advances in Medicine
Eugene Straus (medicine emeritus, State U. of New York Health Science Center) and editor Alex Straus make complex principles and notions accessible to the general reader but still satisfy those with more medical background in the details. They cover medicine and surgery from Galen to the most recent issues in research, clinical trials and patient advocacy. They include the ideas that went wrong but led to improvements in treatment and diagnosis, and focus on medicine within the contemporary social and cultural context. They are also unflinchingly honest about the personalities involved.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: God's Hotel : a Doctor a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Sweet, Victoria
God's Hotel : a Doctor a Hospital and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine
A portrait of America's last surviving almshouse describes the author's long-time practice at Laguna Honda Hospital, explaining how its extraordinary patients and low-tech focus on "attentive medicine" transformed her views about health care.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
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MEDICAL HISTORY AND MEMOIRS...


AUTHORS
• Blum, Deborah
• Horgan, John, 1953-
• Jamison, Kay R.
• Kolata, Gina Bari
• Pinker, Steven
• Pringle, Heather Anne
• Restak, Richard M.
neuroscience
• Ridley, Matt
genetics
• Sacks, Oliver W.
neuroscience, psychology
• Shermer, Michael
psychology, neuroscience
• Whitaker, Robert