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American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts by Chris McGreal - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781610398619
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 13th, 2018

Big Pharma's mantra, "a pill for every ill," triggered an American epidemic starting in the late 1990s when that pill was OxyContin. Distributors delivered, doctors prescribed, and patients unwittingly became addicted consumers. Now, with OxyContin's dangers well-known, many addicts have moved on to heroin, fentanyl, or, they have OD'd. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge a Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution by Terence McKenna - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780553371307
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Published: Bantam - January 1st, 1993

Provocatively spoken, with a voice that is both passionate and well informed, McKenna theorizes that a plant with psychedelic properties was the true source that broke humanity into consciousness thousands of years ago, and that our long trek away from nature is what led us to misery and self-abandonment. His anthropological stories and details alone are worth the read for anyone curious about drug culture, and how and why we've come to demonize entire cultures based on their disposition. A good precursor to Michael Pollan's How to Change Your Mind. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780307386717
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Published: Anchor - October 24th, 2017

Through the centuries vaunted, derided, dirty, innovative, and frequently overflowing with destitute patients, Bellevue Hospital has been a last refuge for the ill, a warren for the dispossessed, an incubator, laboratory, and research center for physicians and nurses, and a vital, compassionate cog in the clamorous history of our greatest metropolis. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501144318
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

Are you one of those people who puts your head down at night, setting your morning alarm clock, cringing as you calculate how many hours of sleep you'll get that night? Do you think losing an hour or two of sleep isn't a big deal or that you can "catch up later"? Do you think you're immune to the effects of caffeine? Matthew Walker is here to tell you just how wrong you are, making scientific discoveries accessible to the average arrogant reader, or rather, sleeper, who thinks little of popping Tylenol PMs, or pulling an all-nighter, and even less of the benefits of a good night's rest. An influential voice, Walker will be echoing in your head as you try to tell yourself one more episode in your Netflix binge won't drain you the next day. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501144318
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Published: Scribner - October 3rd, 2017

Walker is the rare author who applauds readers who doze off while reading his book. Why? Adequate sleep, Walker persuasively and enthusiastically argues, fends off disease, strengthens immune systems, enhances memory, aids mental acuity, promotes happiness, and is, broadly, infinitely more beneficial than any drug. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine by Lindsey Fitzharris - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374117290
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Published: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giro - October 17th, 2017

Hospitals were overcrowded, gruesome dungeons with filthy surgical procedures through much of the 19th Century. A surgeon named Joseph Lister, by his tireless advocacy of antiseptics, led a momentous, and humane, change in the treatment of the sick. The product Listerine is but a small tribute to a man who devoted his life to healing. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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