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    The Untold Story of Psychiatry

    Unabridged

    9 hours 45 min

    A world-renowned psychiatrist reveals the fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise and redemption.Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining 'lunatics' in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for 'the black sheep of medicine' has been ... Read more

    $33.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Epidemics and Society

    From the Black Death to the Present

    Narrated by Eric Jason Martin ...

    Unabridged

    23 hours 34 min

    A "brilliant and sobering" (Paul Kennedy, Wall Street Journal) look at the history and human costs of pandemic outbreaks As seen on 60 Minutes The World Economic Forum #1 book to read for context on the coronavirus outbreak This sweeping exploration of the impact of epidemic diseases looks at how mass infectious outbreaks have shaped society, from the Black Death to today, and in a new preface ... Read more

    $44.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Still Not Safe

    Patient Safety and the Middle-Managing of American Medicine

    Unabridged

    7 hours 12 min

    Still Not Safe is the story of the rise of the patient-safety movement-and how an "epidemic" of medical errors was derived from a reality that didn't support such a characterization. Physician Robert Wears and organizational theorist Kathleen Sutcliffe trace the origins of patient safety to the emergence of market trends that challenged the place of doctors in the larger medical ecosystem: the ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Medical Downfall of the Tudors

    Sex, Reproduction & Succession

    Narrated by Christine Rendel ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 12 min

    The Tudor dynasty died out because there was no heir of Elizabeth I's body to succeed her. Henry VIII, despite his six marriages, had produced no legitimate son who would live into old age. Three of the reigning Tudors (Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I) died without heirs apparent, the most tragic case being that of Mary Tudor, who went through two recorded cases of phantom pregnancy. If it were ... Read more

    $29.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Butchering Art

    Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

    Narrated by Sam Woolf ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 29 min

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris, read by Sam Woolf.In The Butchering Art, historian Lindsey Fitzharris recreates a critical turning point in the history of medicine, when Joseph Lister transformed surgery from a brutal, harrowing practice to the safe, vaunted profession we know today.Victorian operating theatres were known as 'gateways of death', ... Read more

    $18.93 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    DSM

    A History of Psychiatry's Bible

    Narrated by Rich Miller ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours

    The first comprehensive history of "psychiatry's bible"-the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Over the past seventy years, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, has evolved from a virtually unknown and little-used pamphlet to an imposing and comprehensive compendium of mental disorder. Its nearly 300 conditions have become the touchstones for the ... Read more

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    The Wine-Dark Sea Within

    A Turbulent History of Blood

    Unabridged

    11 hours

    A revisionist history of medicine, in which blood plays the starring roleInspired by Homer’s description of the ebb and flow of the “wine dark sea,” the ancient Greeks conceived a back-and-forth movement of blood. That false notion, perpetuated by the influential Roman physician Galen, prevailed for fifteen hundred years until William Harvey proved that blood circulates: the heart pumps blood in ... Read more

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    Epidemics

    Hate and Compassion from the Plague of Athens to AIDS

    Narrated by David Colacci ...

    Unabridged

    29 hours 39 min

    By investigating thousands of descriptions of epidemics reaching back before the fifth-century-BCE Plague of Athens to the distrust and violence that erupted with Ebola in 2014, Epidemics challenges a dominant hypothesis in the study of epidemics, that invariably across time and space, epidemics provoked hatred, blaming of the "other," and victimizing bearers of epidemic diseases, particularly ... Read more

    $52.40 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    When the Air Hits Your Brain

    Tales from Neurosurgery

    Unabridged

    8 hours 42 min

    With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions ... Read more

    $25.44 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Vaccines: Are They Worth a Shot?

    Narrated by George Newbern ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 16 min

    The dangerous decline in vaccinations in many developed countries is at the heart of a lively debate that confirms how important the subject is today. Vaccinations are among mankind’s most important scientific discoveries, yet they continue to be viewed with suspicion by part of the public—the victims of disinformation campaigns, instrumentalization, and unfounded fears. There is, however, also an ... Read more

    $25.39 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Black Death at the Golden Gate

    The Race to Save America from the Bubonic Plague

    Narrated by Charles Constant ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 50 min

    A spine-chilling saga of virulent racism, human folly, and the ultimate triumph of scientific progress. For Chinese immigrant Wong Chut King, surviving in San Francisco meant a life in the shadows. His passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn't noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin-a sign of bubonic plague. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, ... Read more

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    The Great Influenza

    The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

    by John M Barry ...
    Narrated by Scott Brick ...

    Unabridged

    19 hours 26 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn 1918, the world faced the deadliest pandemic in human history. What can the story of the so-called Spanish Flu teach us about the fight against present day crises, and how to prepare for future outbreaks?At the height of WWI, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, ... ... Read more

    $30.29 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    On Ulcers

    Narrated by Ellie Darvill ...

    Unabridged

    36 min

    Hippocrates revolutionized the study of medicine in Ancient Greece, but some of his ideas still influence the medical field today. In his book On Ulcers, Hippocrates details the recommended treatment for this ailment. While modern medicine has moved beyond using honey, boiled leaves, and white wine to treat ulcers, Hippocrates’ advice on diet and rest hold true. This text is a fascinating read for ... Read more

    $7.47 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Pale Rider

    The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

    by Laura Spinney ...
    Narrated by Paul Hodgson ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 4 min

    Brought to you by Penguin.With a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the greatest human disaster, not only of the twentieth century, but possibly in all of recorded history. And yet, in our popular conception it exists largely as a footnote to World War I.In Pale Rider, Laura Spinney recounts the story of an overlooked pandemic, ... Read more

    $24.61 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The American Plague

    The Untold Story of Yellow Fever, The Epidemic That Shaped Our History

    Narrated by Paul Woodson ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 29 min

    Over the course of history, yellow fever has paralyzed governments, halted commerce, quarantined cities, moved the U.S. capital, and altered the outcome of wars. During a single summer in Memphis alone, it cost more lives than the Chicago fire, the San Francisco earthquake, and the Johnstown flood combined. In 1900, the U.S. sent three doctors to Cuba to discover how yellow fever was spread. There ... Read more

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    The Impatient Dr. Lange

    One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic

    by Seema Yasmin ...
    Narrated by Seema Yasmin ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 16 min

    Dr. Lange graduated from medical school in 1981, right as a new plague swept across the globe. His story became intertwined with the story of HIV. At once a physician, scientist, AIDS activist, and medical diplomat, Lange studied ways to battle HIV and prevent its spread from mother to child. Fighting the injustices of poverty, Lange advocated for better access to health care for the poor and the ... Read more

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    Dreams From My Mother

    Unabridged

    10 hours 37 min

    What a page turner of a book! Dame Elizabeth uncovers the layers of her life from a childhood defined by secrets, to discovering the identity of her father, to her political awakening, and her journey to becoming a Black health radical. She uses her "bellyful of anger" to great effect, highlighting the ethnic health inequalities exposed by sickle cell disease right through to Covid-19. More than ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Medical Bondage

    Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

    Narrated by Allyson Johnson ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 39 min

    The accomplishments of pioneering doctors such as John Peter Mettauer, James Marion Sims, and Nathan Bozeman are well documented. It is also no secret that these nineteenth-century gynecologists performed experimental caesarean sections, ovariotomies, and obstetric fistula repairs primarily on poor and powerless women. Medical Bondage breaks new ground by exploring how and why physicians denied ... Read more

    $23.95 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Lobotomist

    A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness

    by Jack El-Hai ...
    Narrated by Peter Lerman ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 40 min

    The Lobotomist explores one of the darkest chapters of American medicine: the desperate attempt to treat the hundreds of thousands of psychiatric patients in need of help during the middle decades of the twentieth century. Into this crisis stepped Walter Freeman, MD, who saw a solution in lobotomy, a brain operation intended to reduce the severity of psychotic symptoms. Drawing on Freeman's ... Read more

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    PTSD

    A Short History

    Narrated by Kyle Tait ...

    Unabridged

    7 hours 45 min

    Post-traumatic stress disorder-and its predecessor diagnoses, including soldier's heart, railroad spine, and shell shock-was recognized as a psychiatric disorder in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The psychic impacts of train crashes, wars, and sexual shocks among children first drew psychiatric attention. Later, enormous numbers of soldiers suffering from battlefield traumas returned ... Read more

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    Viruses, Plagues, and History

    Past, Present, and Future

    Narrated by L.J. Ganser ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 38 min

    The story of viruses and humanity is a story of fear and ignorance, of grief and heartbreak, and of great bravery and sacrifice. Michael Oldstone tells all these stories as he illuminates the history of the devastating diseases that have tormented humanity, focusing mostly on the most famous viruses. Oldstone begins with smallpox, polio, and measles. Nearly 300 million people were killed by ... Read more

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    A Good Time to Be Born

    How Science and Public Health Gave Children a Future

    by Perri Klass ...
    Narrated by Randye Kaye ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 15 min

    Only one hundred years ago, in even the world's wealthiest nations, children died in great numbers. Throughout history, culture has been shaped by these deaths; diaries and letters recorded them, and writers such as Louisa May Alcott, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Eugene O'Neill wrote about and mourned them. Not even the powerful and the wealthy could escape: of Abraham and Mary Lincoln's four children, ... Read more

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    Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher

    Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul

    Narrated by Jean Ann Douglass ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 49 min

    **The “delightfully macabre” (The New York Times) true tale of a brilliant and eccentric surgeon…**and his quest to transplant the human soul.In the early days of the Cold War, a spirit of desperate scientific rivalry birthed a different kind of space race: not the race to outer space that we all know, but a race to master the inner space of the human body. While surgeons on either side of the ... Read more

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    Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World

    Narrated by Chris Sorensen ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 43 min

    This book covers the history of twelve important diseases and addresses public health responses and societal upheavals. - Chronicles the ways disease outbreaks shaped traditions and institutions of Western civilization. - Explains the effects, causes, and outcomes from past epidemics. - Describes a dozen diseases to show how disease control either was achieved or failed. - Makes clear the ... Read more

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