The author of Perfect Madness argues that parents and physicians are inappropriately prescribing medication to control undesirable behavior in children, in a reference designed to raise awareness about the actual experiences of families confronting mental health issues.
Reveals a complex and troubled man who, despite being a ground-breaking father of modern surgery, battled with cocaine and morphine addition, exhibited eccentric behavior and lived an unusual lifestyle.
In addition to relating his travels to learn more about these mysterious mammals, the author explores the troubled history of man and whale; traces the whale's cultural history; and seeks to discover why these strange and beautiful animals continue to exert such a powerful grip on our imagination. 35,000 first printing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Ghost Hunters chronicles the dramatic story of New York City's first forensic scientists to describe Jazz Age poisoning cases, including a family's inexplicable balding, Barnum and Bailey's Blue Man and the crumbling bones of factory workers.
Explores the history, fads, and fables of conception and birth, discussing how the process of bringing healthy babies into the world has changed from ancient to modern times.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling numerous medical and scientific discoveries.
Explores the part of the human brain outside of our awareness that is responsible for many of the actions that we take in spite of our actual beliefs, drawing on recent findings to explain how the unconscious mind evolved as a survival mechanism and how it has affected the outcomes of world events.
Traces the transformations occurring in the Arctic as a result of global warming, documenting how the efforts of the scientific community and competition to tap regional resources are having profound implications for its human and animal populations.
The best-selling author of Complications draws from his surgical experience to explain how simple checklists have prompted striking and immediate improvements in surgical and hospital settings, then goes beyond the field of medicine to explore how checklists have improved everything from homeland security to investment banking. Reprint.
Examines the current epidemic of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the environmental factors that may be contributing to it, as well as prevention strategies and the potential possible cures.