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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. "

Albert Howard Carter on Health Humanities by Paul Crawford, Brian Brown, Charley Baker, Victoria Tischler, Brian Abrams

"This monograph presents health humanities, a new field in the past decade and the presumptive replacement for medical humanities (itself new in the 1980s), which provided an important voice in the improvement of medical care."

Jacalyn Duffin on Tell by Frances Itani

“An exploration of post-traumatic stress in World War I—before it had been so named….. One of many messages in this haunting story is the possibility of healing through talking – Telling”

Mark Clark on Archangel by John Updike

"This piece invites readers into the contemplation of possessing an awareness of beauty, wanting to be able to share that awareness of and the joys of it, yet not being able to."

Guy Glass on Bad Vibrations: The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease by James Kennaway

"The therapeutic benefits of music are well known, but the theory that music might be harmful to our health, unless it is so obviously loud it injures our eardrums, comes as a surprise.  In this volume, historian of medicine James Kennaway traces the idea of pathological music from antiquity to the present."

Mark Clark on Lifeguard by John Updike

"The narrator of this story is a lifeguard who contemplates his identity and life-roles as he lounges in his lifeguard chair, elevated above the crowd of beachgoers.  In the winter months, he is a student of divinity; in the summer months, he ascends the throne marked with a red cross in the hopes of guarding the lives of those at play before him."

Albert Howard Carter on Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life by E. O. Wilson

"This short but complex book assesses the many, current risks to all life on earth and considers some avenues for repair that may provide hope for the future. E. O. Wilson, a distinguished scientist, describes how all life on earth is inter-related.."

Jacalyn Duffin on Haematology by Graham Swift

"The story invites discussion of the role of physicians in a politically divided world, and it draws an interesting parallel between scientific and political regimes."

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