Multcolib Research Picks - Medical Nonfiction that Reads Like Fiction-Medical History

Medical Muses
Medical Muses Hysteria in Nineteenth-century Paris By Hustvedt, Asti (Book - 2011 ) 616.8900922 H9729m 2011 Available in some locations
The Fever
The Fever How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years By Shah, Sonia (Book - 2010 ) 614.532 S5258f 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Malaria still infects 500 million people every year, killing nearly 1 million of them. Journalist Sonia Shah delivers a timely, inquisitive chronicle of the illness and its influence on human lives, tracing it through the centuries.

Allergy The History of A Modern Malady By Jackson, Mark (Book - 2006 ) 614.5993 J13a 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:Only a century ago, allergies as we know them didn't exist. Ailments such as hay fever, asthma, and food intolerance were considered rare and non-fatal diseases that affected only the upper classes of Western society.

Splendid Solution
Splendid Solution Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio By Kluger, Jeffrey (Book - 2004 ) 616.835 K66s 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:With rivalries, reversals, and a race against time, the struggle to eradicate polio is one of the great tales of modern history.

The Lives They Left Behind
The Lives They Left Behind Suitcases From A State Hospital Attic By Penney, Darby (Book - 2008 ) 362.21 P413L 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They are skillfully examined here and compared to the written record to create a moving--and devastating--group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

The Ghost Map
The Ghost Map The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World By Johnson, Steven (Book - 2006 ) 614.514 J69g 2006 Available in some locations

Annotation:A riveting page-turner with a real-life historical hero that brilliantly illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of viruses, rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry.

Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World
Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World By Sherman, Irwin W. (Book - 2007 ) 614.409 S553t 2007 No Longer Available

Annotation:Diseases have significantly shaped the course of the world's history. From the fourteenth-century plague to HIV/AIDS today, diseases have fundamentally altered the shape of society, politics, and culture.

Blood Work
Blood Work A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution By Tucker, Holly (Book - 2011 ) 615.39 T892b 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A sharp-eyed expose of the deadly politics, murderous plots, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first blood transfusions in seventeenth-century Europe.

Rabid A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus By Wasik, Bill (Book - 2012 ) 614.563 W3198r 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Charts the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies, documenting how before its vaccine the disease caused fatal brain infections and sparked the creations of monsters, including werewolves, vampires and zombies.

The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump
The Strange Case of the Broad Street Pump John Snow and the Mystery of Cholera By Hempel, Sandra (Book - 2007 ) 614.514 H491s 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1831, an unknown, horrifying, and deadly disease from Asia swept across continental Europe and North America, killing millions and throwing the medical profession into confusion. A killer with little respect for class or wealth, cholera ravaged the squalid streets of Soho and rocked the great centers of Victorian power. This is the story of how John Snow, a reclusive doctor without money or social position, had the genius to look beyond the conventional wisdom of his day and uncover the truth behind the pandemic.

The Dirt on Clean
The Dirt on Clean An Unsanitized History By Ashenburg, Katherine (Book - 2007 ) 391.64 A824d 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:An engrossing fusion of erudition and anecdote, Clean considers the bizarre prescriptions of history'sdoctors, the hygienic peccadilloes of great authors, and the historic twists and turns that have brought us to a place Ashenburg considers hedonistic yet oversanitized.

Get Me Out
Get Me Out A History of Childbirth From the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank By Epstein, Randi Hutter (Book - 2010 ) 618.2 E647g 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Over the last one hundred years, depending on the latest prevailing advice, women have taken morphine, practiced Lamaze, relied on ultrasound images, sampled fertility drugs, and shopped at sperm banks. In Get Me Out, the insatiably curious Randi Hutter Epstein journeys through history, fads, and fables, and to the fringe of science, where audacious researchers have gone to extreme measures to get healthy babies out of mothers.

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