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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."

Albert Howard Carter on Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor

“Australian writer Cory Taylor was diagnosed with untreatable melanoma at the age of 60. In a few short weeks she wrote this memoir exploring what she was feeling and what is missing in modern medical care of the dying.”


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."

Marilyn McEntyre on We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

"Based on the true story of a girl whose single mother is paralyzed by polio, this novel offers readers an unusual opportunity to reflect on particular challenges of living with a person with disability--in this case a person of remarkable resourcefulness and determination."

Guy Glass on Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music by James Rhodes

"James Rhodes is a British classical concert pianist who is known for his iconoclastic, pop-inspired performing style.  He is also an outspoken survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is equally frank about his struggles with severe mental illness."

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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