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A Cultural Biography of the Prostate by Ericka Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780262543040
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Published: The MIT Press - September 7th, 2021

This stimulating study informed by the medical humanities penetrates the cultural and historical associations of the prostate. And it’s written with a real warmth, humor, intellectual sophistication and progressive intersectionality that I wish all medical practitioners could exhibit. Johnson explores the gendered contours of the prostate, what she terms “a gland that haunts,” in sexualities, masculinities, ageing, health, and death. She traces its "discovery" in 1536 through historical treatments (belladonna suppositories, electrical probes, castration, and what can only be described as urethral nightmares) to 18th century wax models to informational YouTube videos. She plunges into how a period’s preconceptions about sexuality and class distort its medical practices (just imagine what Victorian doctors fingered for the culprit of prostate problems). Like Slavoj Žižek throwing in the occasional joke, Johnson's exploration of the prostate's presence in our culture--a presence even greater when absent (think of Philip Roth's Zuckerman in American Pastoral)--reveals much about ideology, identity, and infrastructure. A truly fascinating read (with an inspired cover design!). ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul by Brandy Schillace - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982113773
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 2nd, 2021

Since hearts, kidneys, and other organs can be transplanted, why not the human head? Dr. Robert White worked toward that controversial, morally-questionable goal his entire life, and his story raises medical, ethical, and spiritual concerns that reverberate to this day. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential by Wim Hof - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781683644095
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Published: Sounds True - October 20th, 2020

An incredible book that might just change your life, but at the least your outlook. We get the backstory and amazing journey of the Iceman, Wim Hof, and also all the science behind his unique method. Hof lays out the guidelines for us all to take on a daily practice that will bring us happiness, health and strength. Driven by a desire to give everyone the tools to realise our best selves, this book is inspiring, compelling and motivating. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250076229
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Published: Picador - September 5th, 2017

Everybody grows old, but nobody wants to talk about it. In Being Mortal, physician-author Atul Gawande guides the reader through the poignant ups and downs of end-of-life care in the modern world. Sharing case studies from his surgical career as well as his personal life, Gawande makes a compelling case for the importance of a society-wide shakeup on how we think of and care for the terminally ill. I may only be nineteen, but I wish I had read this book sooner. ~ Reviewed by Patrick Molluso


Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family by Robert Kolker - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385543767
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Published: Doubleday - April 7th, 2020

Sterling in every way: a harrowing narrative of a family gripped by schizophrenia; a lucid account of scientific and medical efforts to understand and treat the disease; and a humane, stirring story of the afflicted, and those who offer help. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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


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