Health - General
by Atul Gawande
The struggle to perform well is universal: each of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is the drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives may be on the line with every decision.
In 2003, Dr. Laura Nathanson was widowed after the misdiagnosis of her beloved husband. After this tragedy, she was determined to help others protect themselves and their loved ones from similarly preventable health care disasters -- and help them benefit from health care miracles.
In this witty, engaging book, evolutionary biologist Marlene Zuk makes us rethink our instincts as she argues that disease is our partner, not our foe.
Portia Iversen was an award-winning art director and television writer whose life changed irrevocably when her son Dov was diagnosed with autism at the age of two. As she and her husband, Jon Shestack, sought treatments for Dov and struggled to understand what was happening.
If you are afflicted with depression, you know the terrible toll this illness can take on all aspects of your life. But despite the millions of prescriptions that are written each year, costly antidepressants are not always effective and can produce disabling side effects.
What do you do when your world is turned upside-down by a diagnosis of cancer? How do you sort through the dizzying array of conventional and nonconventional treatment options while also searching for meaningful ways of embracing the mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of healing?
You are on fire. For a few days, you've stayed up late, woken up early, and accomplished your to-do list -- and then some. You've called friends you haven't talked to in ages, organized your closet, finished your project, danced until dawn, and still made it to work on time the next morning.
With Uplift, bestselling author Barbara Delinsky, whose life has been shaped by her mother's breast cancer as well as her own, created a resource she wished she'd had for herself during her own treatment.
Only a hundred years ago, people were lucky to live beyond age forty. Now, modern medicine is striving to keep us alive well into our nineties and beyond. But who wants to live a long life without health, vitality, and faculties intact? Quality longevity -- that's what we're striving for. According to Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Center on Aging, it's well within our reach.
If you or someone close to you has received a cancer diagnosis, your first instinct may be to destroy the disease as quickly as possible, by any means possible. But this can lead to a barrage of questions: "What are my treatment options?" "Where can I get the best care?" "What will my insurance cover?" "How can I cope?"
With the expertise that has made her one of the foremost pain specialists in the country, and with the warmth and sincerity that have changed her patients' lives, Dr. Berger and her groundbreaking approach will help you stop hurting and start living.
What causes the vicious cycle of binge eating, drinking, and overthinking that troubles so many women? Acclaimed psychologist and expert on women and depression Susan Nolen-Hoeksema examines how these three problems, each fairly commonplace in women's lives, can work together to seriously threaten their health and well-being.