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Gabriel Redel-Traub on Extremis Directed by Dan Krauss

"Extremis… follows Dr. Jessica Zitter a palliative care ICU physician at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California."

Guy Glass on Psychobook by Julian Rothenstein

"The subject of Psychobook is psychological tests, both classic tests and newly created ones. Oversized, with more pictures than text, it is truly an art book."

Tony Miksanek on Mijito by Lucia Berlin

"The experience of poverty, immigration, and single parenthood are vividly depicted. Heartbreaking."
See also Emergency Room Notebook, 1977 by Lucia Berlin

Russell Teagarden on The Danish Girl directed by Tom Hooper

"This movie is the true story of Einar and Gerda Wegener from a few years after they were married in 1904 until Lili’s death in 1931...it offers particular insights on empathy and on the lengthy arc medical advances and social movements move along before they are accepted."

Gabriel Redel-Traub on Talking with Doctors by David Newman

..."the value of this book for both medical professionals and patients is in Mr. Newman’s keenly observant eye which he turns both outwardly to the doctors he visits and inwardly to himself as a patient."

Mark Clark on The Kraken by Alfred Lord Tennyson

"This Petrarchan sonnet of 15 lines begins as a lyric contemplation of the Norwegian sea-beast of Scandinavian mythology; but it evolves into an association of the beast with other mythological representations of invisible yet vast, destructive forces that would devour from below or swallow sojourners on the seas of everyday life.. "




Jacalyn Duffin on The Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris

"Based on a real trial form 1781 Warwick, this engaging, anatomical mystery (and love story) recreates the atmosphere of eighteenth-century anatomical and chemical science with its reeking, insect-infested corpses and social opprobrium."

Russell Teagarden on The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara

"The novel takes the form of a memoir written from prison. The fictional author is Dr. Norton Perina who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering what caused some people on a remote Micronesian island to live for up to 250 years or longer. "

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