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Russell Teagarden on Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar

"Jauhar writes with the perspective of a passionate practitioner and enthusiastic advocate for his clinical specialty."

Howard Trachtman on Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies by Geoffrey West

"In Scale, West examines networks that provide the basis for complex systems: biological systems like the human circulatory system, coastal ecosystems, and man-made systems like urban communities and global corporations."

Russell Teagarden on Electricity by Bryn Higgins and Sukey Fisher

"The Wellcome Trust co-funded the movie with the British Film Institute because it saw in Lily’s story an opportunity to explore temporal lobe epilepsy ‘through her eyes.’  “

Jacalyn Duffin on Finding Our Way Home; A Family’s Story of Life, Love, and Loss by Damon Dagnone

"An autobiographical-autopathological account of a father’s horrifying experience of seeing a beloved child diagnosed with cancer, suffering greatly through treatment, and succumbing to its brutal side effects. Powerfully written with stark honesty and love…"

Tony Miksanek on A Mind Unraveled: A Memoir by Kurt Eichenwald

"Kurt Eichenwald shares his experiences living with epilepsy in an electrifying narrative….The psychological and emotional impact of living with a chronic and unpredictable illness is front and center."


Steven Field on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

“Mustering a combination of data and insights from the domains of history, archeology, genetics, biology, paleobiology, economics, and sociology, among others, Harari weaves an organized narrative that attempts to answer the questions of who we are and how we got here.”

Celebrating 25 Years of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database

In the following post, David Oshinsky, Marc Triola, Lucy Bruell and Felice Aull, the founder and Editor in Chief Emerita, take us through the early years of the site and its evolution.

Albert Howard Carter on Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors by Caroline Elton

"This important and much needed book describes the psychological difficulties of doctors in training and in practice…"

Shawn Thomas on Art & Anatomy: Drawings by Laura Ferguson and Katie Grogan

"Art & Anatomy: Drawings proves... that there is an artist living inside each and every one of us; just give us a drawing pad and watch what happens."

Total Database Contents

  • 176 Visual Art Annotations
  • 2798 Literature Annotations
  • 268 Performing Art Annotations
  • 98 Artists
  • 1783 Authors
  • 154 Keywords