Exploring the most fascinating and significant scientific missteps, a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases; an expert on vaccines, immunology and virology; and the co-inventor of a rotavirus that has saved thousands of lives presents seven cautionary lessons to separate good science from bad. By the author of Autism's False Prophets.
The critic and correspondent for NPR Music explores the history of American popular music as an erotic art form, from 19th-century New Orleans and the Jazz Age in New York, to the screaming teens that welcomed The Beatles and modern day web-based performers. 75,000 first printing.
The true story of a man who was wrongly convicted of rape and sent to prison for life, who worked tirelessly for 24 years to prove his innocence and finally founded North Carolina's Innocence Inquiry Commission to help others in similar predicaments.
Describes the life of L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, who is the world's richest women, and the scandal surrounding her and her fortune that involves an accused con man, artist, and photographer, as well as supposed political payoffs and World War II secrets.
"An ICU and Palliative Care specialist featured in the Netflix documentary Extremis offers a framework for a better way to exit life that will change our medical culture at the deepest level In medical school, no one teaches you how to let a patient die. Jessica Zitter became a doctor because she wanted to be a hero. She elected to specialize in critical care—to become an ICU physician—and imagined herself swooping in to rescue patients from the brink of death. But then during her first code she found herself cracking the ribs of a patient so old and frail it was unimaginable he would ever come back to life. She began to question her choice. Extreme Measures charts Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences in an environment where the default choice is the extreme use of technology. In our current medical culture, the old and the ill are put on what she terms the End-of-Life Conveyor belt. They are intubated, catheterized, and even shelved away in care facilities to suffer their final days alone, confused, and often in pain. In her work Zitter has learned what patients fear more than death itself : the prospect of dying badly. She builds bridges between patients and caregivers, formulates plans to allay patients' pain and anxiety, and enlists the support of loved ones so that life can end well, even beautifully. Filled with rich patient stories that make a compelling medical narrative, Extreme Measures enlarges the national conversation as it thoughtfully and compassionately examines an experience that defines being human."—
A culinary historian look at six famous women through the lens of food and cooking, exploring what these women ate and how their attitudes toward food offer surprising new insights into their lives.
Documents the story of Lincoln's controversial secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, detailing his role in raising the Union army, directing military movements, imposing penalties on Confederates, and organizing the search for assassin John Wilkes Booth.
The best-selling author of The Evolution of God philosophically explains how the human mind evolved to channel anxiety, depression, anger and greed and how a healthy practice of Buddhist meditation can promote clarity and alleviate suffering.
A "New Yorker" staff writer shares a hopeful memoir of her own experiences with devastating loss to council fellow survivors about the healing aspects of accepting difficult life challenges that are beyond one's control.
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.