Provides a provocative study of the history of medical experimentation on African Americans, from the colonial era to the present day, revealing the experimental exploitation and poor medical treatment suffered by blacks, often without any form of consent, and offering new details about the infamous Tuskegee experiment and other medical atrocities. 25,000 first printing.
In a series of reflections on the world of modern medicine, a young doctor describes how physicians must deal with the inescapable reality of death, the risks and rewards of emotional involvement, patients' expectations concerning their doctors, and her personal experiences throughout her education, residency, and practice with mortality. 75,000 first printing.
Profiles the increasingly popular method of natural burial as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional burials, citing the toxic hazards and high expense of embalming methods while discussing the benefits of chemical-free cremation, home burial, and burial-at-sea options. 35,000 first printing.
A behind-the-scenes account of the two-year experiment during which eight people sealed themselves within a 3.15-acre biosphere cut off from the outside world offers insight into the human issues faced by its participants, who survived life-threatening levels of deprivation, labor, and interpersonal conflict.
A memoir of the author's journey with her three-year-old son soon after the sudden death of her husband—a journey that cycles through grief and anger, but also through humor, joy, empowerment, and ultimately acceptance.
Traces the inspiring story of an autistic savant with genius-level mathematical talents, describing how he was eschewed by his classmates in spite of his near-photographic memory and super-human capacity for math and language, in a firsthand account that offers insight into how he experiences the world. 75,000 first printing.
The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy.
From Battlefield Hospitals to Nazi Labs, One Doctor's Heroic Search for the World's First Miracle Drug
The Nazis discovered it. The Allies won the war with it. It conquered diseases, changed laws, and single-handedly launched the era of antibiotics. It was sulfa, the first synthetic antibiotic. Science writer Hager chronicles the history of the drug that shaped modern medicine. Sulfa saved millions of lives—among them those of Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr.—but even more, it changed the way new drugs were developed, approved, and sold; transformed the way doctors treated patients; and ushered in the era of modern medicine. The very concept that chemicals created in a lab could cure disease revolutionized medicine, taking it from the treatment of symptoms and discomfort to the eradication of the root cause of illness. This book illuminates the vivid characters, corporate strategy, individual idealism, careful planning, lucky breaks, cynicism, heroism, greed, hard work, and the central (though mistaken) idea that brought sulfa to the world.—From publisher description.A history of the discovery of the world's first antibiotic, sulfa, and its influence on the fields of medicine and science looks at key figures in the battle against disease and how sulfa changed the way in which doctors treated patients.
In a powerful, witty graphic memoir, a New York City cartoonist recounts her eleven-month bout with breast cancer, from initial diagnosis to cure—and every challenge in between—chronicling her high-powered Manhattan lifestyle, the romance between the ultimate bachelorette and her surprising Prince Charming, and her fierce battle against disease. 100,000 first printing.
Provides over eight hundred and fifty terms that describe American landscape by forty-five well-known writers, including Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Frazier, and Robert Hass.
More than two hundred dazzling full-color photographs capture the life cycles of an array of colorful caterpillar species that can be found throughout the Costa Rican rain forest, accompanied by a study of their behavior, ecology, development into beautiful adult moths and butterflies, and role in their local ecosystem.
A compilation of paintings, drawings, and essays based on the artist's and naturalist's daily walks around her southern Ohio home offers an illuminating study of the wildlife of the region and of the interactions among people and animals, including coyotes, wild turkeys, box turtles, and a bird-eating bullfrog.
A photographic tour of the modern industrial world celebrates the purpose and less-recognized aesthetic qualities of today's communications structures, transportation routes, and power facilities in a guide that offers a different perspective on human-made environments.
Drawing on complexity theory, new brain scanning techniques, and the latest scientific research, a fascinating look at what makes us human identifies six traits—the big toe, an opposable thumb, the pharynx, and the ability to laugh, cry, and kiss—that separate us from the other members of the animal kingdom.