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Marilyn McEntyre on Hope and Grace: Spiritual Experiences in Severe Distress, Illness, and Dying by Monika Renz

"Dr. Monika Renz’s work with dying patients is unusual if not unique in the way she appropriates and applies insights from Jungian depth psychology, practices available in patients’ faith traditions, and musically guided meditation to invite and support the spiritual experiences that so often come, bidden or unbidden, near the end of life."

Albert Howard Carter on Slow Medicine: The Way of Healing by Victoria Sweet

"Victoria Sweet describes her training in medical school, residency, and work in various clinics and hospitals. From all of these she forms her own sense of what medical care should include: “Slow Medicine” that uses, ironically, the best aspects of today’s “Fast” medicine."

Marilyn McEntyre on Second Bloom by Anya Krugovoy Silver

"These poems are not a cancer chronicle, but the experience of living with cancer is threaded through them in a way that illustrates beautifully how awareness of illness may permeate daily life..."

Cortney Davis on Plaintive Music by Ron Domen

"Domen's images, which are rich and exact, often reflect his physician training and experiences...Domen is a poet of deep observation-- of the personal and intimate that is revealed both in nature and in our human natures."

Tony Miksanek on Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh

"In this follow-up to his masterful memoir Do No Harm, British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh must deal with old age and retirement after nearly four decades as a doctor."

Albert Howard Carter on Strangers in Their Own land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Hochschild

"This powerful—even disturbing—book examines the state of Louisiana, with its multiple polluting industries (oil, chemicals), environmental degradation and bad health for all, including children."

Michael Natter on Taking Turns, Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerwiec

“The book, is much more than a story about AIDS care...Czerweic tackles patient/provider relationships, boundaries, hospital struggles, the role of art in medicine and healing, but most profoundly: death and dying.”

Richard Ratzan on The Beautician by Thom Gunn

"By means of diction, syntax and tone, Gunn leaves the reader with a quiet sense of empathy for the beautician, the humanity of friendship and the power of creative gesture when informed with caring."

Russell Teagarden on Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures by Eric Kandel

"Eric Kandel, a neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner, has an abiding interest in how art can inform his primary work in brain science, especially as both art and science can be understood through reductionism."

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."

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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