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Guy Glass on This Way Madness Lies by Mike Jay

"The book traces the history of treatment of the mentally ill by following the colorful story of Bethlem Royal Hospital from its antecedents in the Middle Ages up to the present."

Cortney Davis on Mandatory Evacuation Zone by Felice Aull

"Felice Aull has gathered 63 beautifully crafted poems in which she examines the intricacies of language and loss, of grief and healing."

Spencer McClelland on Augustown by Kei Miller

“Set in the loosely fictionalized Jamaican town of Augustown, the novel spans three generations of a single family… The result is absorbing and affecting, a novel that is as much a family drama as it is an exploration of the legacy of colonialism, religion, class conflict, and violence.”

Tony Miksanek on Torremolinos by Helen Simpson

"This brief story about hospital roommates is unexpectedly kindhearted...Plenty of little lessons on convalescence, privacy (or lack of), camaraderie, and basic human warmth are revealed in the setting of a small hospital room."

Carol Schilling on Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement by Regan Brashear

"Fixed is an intellectually and visually exhilarating introduction to the topic of human enhancement for anyone intrigued by the social and ethical questions that bio-mechanical technologies raise."

Richard Ratzan on The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

"This is a remarkable novel...Ms.Perry has done her research in the history of medicine, especially the history of 19th century surgery and tuberculosis."

Russell Teagarden on Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Jauhar

"Jauhar is not the only physician who came into medicine with a certain ideal in mind only to become disillusioned...Through his memoir, he gives other physicians an opportunity for some catharsis."

Gabriel Redel-Traub on Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky

"Oshinsky’s affection for Bellevue as an institution, for its physicians and for its hallowed place in the history of New York City shines throughout making the book both exciting and relevant for the modern reader."

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