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  • The Big Fat Surprise

    why butter, meat, and cheese belong in a healthy diet

    by Nina Teicholz ...
    In The Big Fat Surprise, investigative journalist Nina Teicholz reveals the unthinkable: everything we thought we knew about dietary fat is wrong.For the past 60 years, we have been told that the best possible diet involves cutting back on fat, especially saturated fat. But what if the low-fat diet is itself the problem? What if the very foods we’ve been denying ourselves — the creamy cheeses, the ... Read more

    $23.99 AUD

  • I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That

    by Ben Goldacre ...
    The very best journalism from one of Britain’s most admired and outspoken science writers, author of the bestselling Bad Science and Bad Pharma.In Bad Science, Ben Goldacre hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In Bad Pharma, he put the $600 billion global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. Now the pick of the journalism by one of our ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

    by Susan Sontag ...
    series Penguin Modern Classics
    In l978 Sontag wrote Illness As Metaphor. A cancer patient herself at the time, she shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the suffering of the patients and often inhibit them from seeking proper treatment. By demystifying the fantasies surrounding cancer, Sontag shows cancer for what it is - just a disease. Cancer is not a curse, not a ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Medicine

    A Doctor's Notes

    What happens when a doctor kills a patient? Are GPs overprescribing antidepressants? Does ‘female Viagra’ work? What role can psychedelics and cannabis play in treating pain? What is sickness, and how much of it is in our heads?In The Medicine, Dr Karen Hitchcock takes us to the frontlines of everyday treatment, turning her acute gaze to everything from the flu season to dementia, plastic surgery ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Does This Mean You'll See Me Naked?

    Field Notes from a Funeral Director

    Why would someone want to hang out with dead bodies?With curious anecdotes and unbelievable truth, funeral director Robert Webster reveals that answer and more, offering readers entertaining and quirky stories gleaned from a life lived around death. Webster tackles those embarrassing questions we all have about what really goes on bhind the scenes when you've left this world:Strange things people ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD

  • Grief Works

    Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

    by Julia Samuel ...
    JULIA SAMUEL'S LATEST BOOK, EVERY FAMILY HAS A STORY, IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOWA Sunday Times Top 10 BestsellerDeath affects us all. Yet it is still the last taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood...In Grief Works we hear stories from those who have experienced great love and great loss - and survived. Stories that explain how grief unmasks our greatest fears... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Flies in the Ointment

    Medical Quacks, Quirks and Oddities

    After their successful books What Killed Jane Austen? and How Isaac Newton Lost his Marbles, Dr Leavesley and Dr Biro turn their attention once again to a new collection of medical mysteries and marvels. Written with Leavesley and Biro's clinical flair and knack for diagnosing the truth, Flies in the Ointment: Medical Quacks, Quirks and Oddities reveals the often dark and seamy side of human ... Read more

    $10.99 AUD

  • Intensive Care

    A Doctor's Journey

    by Danielle Ofri ...
    New York Times WellBlog regular contributor, Danielle Ofri has been praised for turning the triumphs and trials of medicine into riveting and compassionate stories. This e-book exclusive edition offers 98 pages of her best work.This eBook original exhibits Danielle Ofri's range and skill as a storyteller as well as her empathy and astuteness as a doctor. Her vivid prose brings the reader into ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD

  • The Placebo Chronicles

    Strange But True Tales From the Doctors' Lounge

    True Tales of the ridiculous, the silly, and the just plain weird cases doctors face—lampooning the medical bureaucracy that makes practicing medicine and getting medical care such a headache.Doctors have a sick sense of humor. This is the deep, dark, and hilarious secret of the medical profession revealed by the irreverent Dr. Douglas Farrago in his popular satirical magazine, Placebo Journal ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Shocked

    Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead

    As a young medical student, Dr. David Casarett was inspired by the story of a two-year-old girl named Michelle Funk. Michelle fell into a creek and was underwater for over an hour. When she was found she wasn’t breathing, and her pupils were fixed and dilated. But after three hours of persistent work, a team of doctors and nurses was able to bring her back.If Michelle could come back after three ... Read more

    $8.99 AUD

  • Becoming a Doctor: From Student to Specialist, Doctor-Writers Share Their Experiences

    “As wise as it is well written. . . . A sustaining work of art.” —Linda Elisabeth Beattie, Courier-JournalIn this inspired anthology, doctors relate true stories from their professional lives, capturing disillusionments and triumphs encountered along the way. Essays by such distinguished writers as Peter D. Kramer, Kay Redfield Jamison, Danielle Ofri, Robert Coles, Lauren Slater, Sandeep Jauhar, ... Read more

    $29.99 AUD

  • The Uncertain Art

    Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

    “Life is short, and the Art so long; the occasion fleeting; experience fallacious; and judgment difficult. The physician must not only be prepared to do what is right himself, but also to make the patient, the attendants, and the externals, cooperate.”–attributed to Hippocrates, c. 400 B.C.E.The award-winning author of How We Die and The Art of Aging, venerated physician Sherwin B. Nuland has now ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Puswhisperer: A Year in the Life of an Infectious Disease Doctor

    by Mark Crislip ...
    Book 1 - Puswhisperer
    H1N1. Staph aureus. Traveler's diarrhea. All examples of human interaction with the microbial world, which counts viruses, bacteria, and parasites too numerous to mention. Infectious Disease doctor Mark Crislip has a strange relationship with this world-he spends most of his time trying to kill it, even as he appreciates the vital role microorganisms play in the Earth's ecosystems.Puswhisperer is ... Read more

    $7.99 AUD

  • Letters to a Young Therapist

    by Mary Pipher ...
    Mary Pipher's groundbreaking investigation of America's "girl-poisoning culture," Reviving Ophelia, has sold nearly two million copies and established its author as one of the nation's foremost authorities on family issues. In Letters to a Young Therapist, Dr. Pipher shares what she has learned in thirty years as a therapist, helping warring families, alienated adolescents, and harried ... Read more

    $25.99 AUD

  • How I Broke Up with My Colon

    Fascinating, Bizarre, and True Health Stories

    Fascinating, bizarre, and educational true-life medical stories retold in cartoon form by the creator of the bestselling Heart and Brain book series.Mysterious illnesses. Freakish injuries. X-rays revealing something weird that got stuck in your foot. These strange but true stories are among the 24 medical tales retold in hilarious fashion by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Nick ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Understanding Chronic Pain

    A Doctor Talks to His Patients

    This is a personal narrative, a record of my passage among victims of chronic pain and the discoveries that have come from those encounters. I write for physicians, nurses, therapists, and caregivers, but mostly, I write for you who suffer the disease. I know you very well, perhaps as well as anybody in the world. I have listened to your stories with patience and attention, and I have been greatly ... Read more

    $22.99 AUD

  • Stuck in Time

    The Tragedy of Childhood Mental Illness

    by Lee Gutkind ...
    A harrowing exploration of one of the country’s most troubling hidden shames: the widespread neglect of disabled children by the institutions that have sworn to protect themFour-fifths of American children with serious mental health problems receive no professional treatment whatsoever. They are the product of an overextended and often neglectful system that, as Lee Gutkind writes, has reached the ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Doctors are a drain on society

    Cambridge Orthopaedic Writing Prize

    Book 1 - The Cambridge Orthopaedic Writing Prize
    It is a natural assumption that authors who have published numerous scientific papers have also acquired mastery of the written word. Yet sadly this is not always the case. Talk to many journal editors and they will say that a number of the submissions they receive fail because an interesting finding has simply been presented in a poor way.The Cambridge Orthopaedic Writing Prize was created to ... Read more

    $0.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Snowball in a Blizzard

    The Tricky Problem of Uncertainty in Medicine

    by Steven Hatch ...
    LONGLISTED FOR THE THE BMA MEDICAL BOOK AWARDSAccording to a wry saying among radiologists, finding a tumour in a mammogram is like finding a snowball in a blizzard. Up to thirty percent of breast-cancer diagnoses are given to those who have no cancer at all. Medicine is subject to far more uncertainty than we commonly acknowledge. While it is portrayed a science, it can sometimes be scarily close ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Puswhisperer 4: A Fourth Year In the Life of an Infectious Disease Doctor

    by Mark Crislip ...
    Book 4 - Puswhisperer
    In his 30 years of practice he's seen rare bacteria, common bacteria, common bacteria in rare places, complications you can't name, and stories that will make you scrub your hands until they're raw and char your food until it's in cinders. Mycobacteria that cause skin infections can grow in old bomb craters left over from World War II. Acute HIV infection can present as meningoencephalitis. If it ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • Puswhisperer III

    by Mark Crislip ...
    An entirely new compendium of clinical tales from Mark Crislip, MD, the “Puswhisperer.” As in his previous collections, Puswhisperer I and II, Puswhisperer III provides clinical gems from a decades-long practice in infectious disease. From flu to staph to Legionnaire’s to tuberculosis, HIV, and a few zebras, Puswhisperer will test your diagnostic acumen and ensure that you never miss an ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD

  • A Piece of My Mind

    reflections and insights on health, disease, and healingNow in paperback for the first time, A Piece of My Mind brings together revealing personal essays that first appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). These engrossing, moving vignettes--written by physicians, patients, family members, medical students, and others--offer a unique glimpse into the everyday experiences ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Incidental Findings

    Lessons from My Patients in the Art of Medicine

    by Danielle Ofri ...
    In Singular Intimacies, which the New England Journal of Medicine said captured the "essence of becoming and being a doctor," Danielle Ofri led us into the hectic, constantly challenging world of big-city medicine. In Incidental Findings, she's finished her training and is learning through practice to become a more rounded healer. The book opens with a dramatic tale of the tables being turned on ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Puswhisperer II: Another Year of Pus

    by Mark Crislip ...
    A second year of clinical tales from the Puswhisperer, Mark Crislip, an infectious disease specialist from Portland, OR. Dr. Crislip kills strep and staph, fights flu, and is always on the lookout for "zebras"?those unusual infections (and sometimes non-infections) that leave all the doctors guessing. Originally intended as a guide for studying for the Boards, these tales have been edited for a ... Read more

    $6.99 AUD