Posts Tagged ‘Science & Medicine’

Pamela Hartzband, Jerome Groopman

November 1 . 2011

Your Medical Mind has the essential tools for making the best medical decisions, cutting through the confusion caused by the health-care system, the media, and gaps in our own reasoning. Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband show us how to chart a clear path through this sea of confusion.

Oliver Sacks

October 11 . 2011

Bestselling author Dr. Oliver Sacks once again unlocks the mysteries of the brain in The Mind’s Eye, an exploration of vision and its myriad dimensions, and of the human potential for adaptability in the face of disability.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

September 19 . 2011

Oncologist, Siddhartha Mukherjee shows in The Emperor of All Maladies how modern treatments like  chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care–came into existence thanks to a century’s worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe.

Dr. Douglas Perednia, Patricia Churchland

April 27 . 2011

According to Dr. Doug Perednia, a healthcare expert and author of Overhauling America’s Healthcare Machine, if elected representatives had acted in good faith and in the interests of the nation, it would have been possible to rebuild our healthcare system in a manner that would have withstood the test of time.  Later, in Braintrust,  Patricia Churchland argues that morality originates in the biology of the brain. She describes the “neurobiological platform of bonding” that, modified by evolutionary pressures and cultural values, has led to human styles of moral behavior.

Elizabeth Price Foley

April 19 . 2011

Elizabeth Price Foley examines the many, and surprisingly ambiguous, legal definitions of what counts as human life and death in The Law of Life and Death.


David J. Linden

April 18 . 2011

David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, addresses provocative questions about the relationship between pleasure and addiction while exploring many of the broader implications of the nexus of the two in The Compass of Pleasure.

Dr. Eugenie Scott

February 22 . 2011

The Tennessee Senate has introduced a second anti- evolution bill and the debate over teaching intelligent design in schools continues. Dr. Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education gives us an update.

Susan Jacoby

February 14 . 2011

In  Never Say Die,  author Susan Jacoby unmasks the fallacies promoted by twenty-first-century hucksters of longevity—including health gurus claiming that boomers can stay “forever young” if they only live right, self-promoting biomedical businessmen predicting that ninety may soon become the new fifty and that a “cure” for the “disease” of aging is just around the corner, and wishful thinkers asserting that older means wiser.

Mark Stephens, Seth Mnookin

January 20 . 2011

Arizona is no longer covering transplant operations under its Medicaid program because it’s too expensive. Mark Stephens, executive with the National Patient Advocate Foundation tells us what he thinks of that decision.  Then, is there an autism vaccine connection? In The Panic Virus, journalist  Seth Mnookin draws on interviews with parents, public-health advocates, scientists, and anti-vaccine activists to tackle a fundamental question: How do we decide what the truth is?

Steven Potter

October 15 . 2010

Steven Potter, professor of pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, concludes that we are quickly reaching the point where our ability to manipulate genes “could well mean the end of the human race as we know it, but perhaps the beginning of something better” in Designer Genes.