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Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted
by Gerald Imber
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Now in paperback, the groundbreaking biography of the most influential surgeon in American history. “Gerald Imber’s new biography is the first retelling of Halstead’s story in many decades and a particularly expert and thoughtprovoking... (read more)

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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus
by Bill Wasik
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An engrossing, lively history of a fearsome and misunderstood virus that binds man and dog The most fatal virus known to science, rabies—a disease that spreads avidly from animals to humans—kills nearly one hundred percent of its victims... (read more)

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Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe
Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe
by William Rosen
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The epic story of the collision between one of nature?s smallest organisms and history?s mightiest empire During the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was the zenith... (read more)

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The Medical Detectives: Revised Edition
The Medical Detectives: Revised Edition
by Berton Roueche
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Contains three fascinating tales of strange illnesses, rare diseases, poisons, and parasites--each tale a thriller of medical suspense by the incomparable Beron Roueche.... (read more)

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Principles of Biomedical Ethics (Principles of Biomedical Ethics)
Principles of Biomedical Ethics (Principles of Biomedical Ethics)
by Tom L Beauchamp
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This edition represents a thorough-going revision of what has become a classic text in biomedical ethics. Major structural changes mark the revision. The authors have added a new concluding chapter on methods that, along with its companion chapter on... (read more)

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Notes on Nursing (03 Edition)
Notes on Nursing (03 Edition)
by Florence Nightingale
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The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free trial membership in the General Books Club where they can select from more than a million books without charge. Subjects: Nursing... (read more)

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Death, Dissection and the Destitute
Death, Dissection and the Destitute
by Ruth Richardson
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Until 1832 dissection-much hated and much feared-was restricted to the corpses of hanged murderers. Bodysnatching was rife. The 1832 Anatomy Act, however, appropriated instead the corpses of the poor, effectively rendering dissection a punishment for... (read more)

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Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness
Curing Their Ills: Colonial Power and African Illness
by Megan Vaughan
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This is a lively and original book, which treats Western biomedical discourse about illness in Africa as a cultural system that constructed 'the African' out of widely varying and sometimes improbable materials. Referring mainly to British dependencies... (read more)

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The Fluoride Deception
The Fluoride Deception
by Christopher Bryson
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With the narrative punch of Jonathan Harrs A Civil Action and the commitment to environmental truth-telling of Erin Brockovich, The Fluoride Deception documents a powerful connection between big corporations, the U.S. military, and the historic... (read more)

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The Cambridge World History of Human Disease
The Cambridge World History of Human Disease
by Kenneth F. Kiple
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This volume traces the history of disease and addresses every significant human malady.... (read more)

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Fatal Flaws: How a Misfolded Protein Baffled Scientists and Changed the Way We Look at the Brain
Fatal Flaws: How a Misfolded Protein Baffled Scientists and Changed the Way We Look at the Brain
by Jay Ingram
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Discovered and identified as the cause of mad cow disease only three decades ago, the prion is a protein molecule that, when misshapen in the brain, becomes fatal. Novel and controversial, prions have provoked a scientific revolution. They challenge... (read more)

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Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital
Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America's Premier Mental Hospital
by Alex Beam
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Gracefully Insane is a captivating and entertaining biography of Boston's McLean Hospital, an asylum for the elite established in the early 19th century and still in operation today. Throughout are compelling and often humorous stories about both staff... (read more)

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Brain, Vision, Memory: Tales in the History of Neuroscience
Brain, Vision, Memory: Tales in the History of Neuroscience
by Charles G. Gross
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Charles G. Gross is an experimental neuroscientist who specializes in brain mechanisms in vision. He is also fascinated by the history of his field. In these tales describing the growth of knowledge about the brain from the early Egyptians and Greeks to... (read more)

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Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884-1911
Naples in the Time of Cholera, 1884-1911
by Frank Snowden
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'The first extended study of cholera in modern Italy, setting Naples in a comparative international framework.'... (read more)

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The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope
The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope
by Allan J Hamilton
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A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. For the millions who have enjoyed Proof of Heaven, Heaven is Real,... (read more)

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Where's the Evidence ? ' Debates in Modern Medicine
Where's the Evidence ? ' Debates in Modern Medicine
by William Silverman
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Medicine is moving away from reliance on the proclamations of authorities to the use of numerical methods to estimate the size of effects of its interventions. But a rumbling note of uneasiness underlines present-day medical progress: the more we know... (read more)

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The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy
The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy
by Seth Mnookin
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Now in paperback—the myth-shattering book about the vaccine-autism controversy, “a book that should be required reading at every medical school in the world…a brilliant piece of reportage and science writing” ( The Wall... (read more)

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A   Treatise of the System of the World. by Sir Isaac Newton. Translated Into English. the Second Edition, Wherein Are Interspersed Some Alterations a
A Treatise of the System of the World. by Sir Isaac Newton. Translated Into English. the Second Edition, Wherein Are Interspersed Some Alterations a
by Isaac Newton
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The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution... (read more)

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Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World
Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World
by Philip A Mackowiak
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Could Lincoln have lived? After John Wilkes Booth fired a low-velocity .44 caliber bullet into the back of the president's skull, Lincoln did not perish immediately. Attending doctors cleaned and probed the wound, and actually improved his breathing for... (read more)

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Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach
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Stiff is an oddly compelling, often hilarious exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem. For two thousand years, cadavers--some willingly, some unwittingly--have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They... (read more)

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