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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

    $23.86 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

    $15.99 AUD

  • Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors

    by Susan Sontag

    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

    by Karen Hitchcock

    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

    by Robert Webster

    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

    $19.35 AUD

  • Flies in the Ointment

    Medical Quacks, Quirks and Oddities

    by George Biro and 1 more

    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

    $9.99 AUD

  • Grief Works

    Stories of Life, Death and Surviving

    by Julia Samuel

    A 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, strips away our layers of protection and reveals our innermost selves.Julia Samuel, a ... Read more

    $14.99 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

    $5.60 AUD

  • The Placebo Chronicles

    Strange But True Tales From the Doctors' Lounge

    by Douglas Farrago and 2 more

    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

    $11.10 AUD

  • What Doctors Feel

    How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

    by Danielle Ofri

    A look at the emotional side of medicine—the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient carePhysicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life’s most challenging moments. But doctors’ emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on ... Read more

    $30.68 AUD

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

    by Lee Gutkind

    “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

    $29.03 AUD

  • Shocked

    Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead

    by David Casarett and 1 more

    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

    $10.11 AUD

  • The Uncertain Art

    Thoughts on a Life in Medicine

    by Sherwin B. Nuland

    “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

    $10.11 AUD

  • 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

    $12.64 AUD

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

    by Mark Crislip

    series Puswhisperer #1
    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

    $8.35 AUD

  • How I Broke Up with My Colon

    Fascinating, Bizarre, and True Health Stories

    by Nick Seluk and 1 more

    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

    $12.31 AUD

  • The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    by John C. Hagan

    What happens to consciousness during the act of dying? The most compelling answers come from people who almost die and later recall events that occurred while lifesaving resuscitation, emergency care, or surgery was performed. These events are now called near-death experiences (NDEs). As medical and surgical skills improve, innovative procedures can bring back patients who have traveled farther on ... Read more

    $36.84 AUD

  • Shapeshifters

    A Doctor’s Notes on Medicine & Human Change

    by Gavin Francis

    series Wellcome Collection
    'Stylish and exhilarating... from a wide-ranging mind and a profound humanity... inspiring' Hilary Mantel'A wonderful series of meditations - clinical, anthropological, literary and deeply humane - on his patients and their illnesses.' Henry MarshTimely, thought-provoking and eloquent, brimming both with warmth and insight, he puts himself among the ranks of ... Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande.' The ... Read more

    $13.74 AUD

  • Understanding Chronic Pain

    A Doctor Talks to His Patients

    by Robert T. Cochran

    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

    $23.42 AUD

  • The Unreality of Memory

    Notes on Life in the Pre-Apocalypse

    by Elisa Gabbert

    'A work of sheer brilliance, beauty and bravery' Andrew Sean Greer, author of Less**'Masterly... Her essays have a clarity and prescience that imply a sort of distant, retrospective view, like postcards sent from the near future' New York TimesWe stare at our phones. We keep multiple tabs open. Our chats and conversations are full of the phrase "Did you see?" The feeling that we're living in the ... Read more

    $14.51 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

  • What Patients Taught Me

    A Medical Student's Journey

    by Audrey Young

    Do sleek high-tech hospitals teach more about medicine and less about humanity? Do doctors ever lose their tolerance for suffering? With sensitive observation and graceful prose, this book explores some of the difficult and deeply personal questions a 23-year-old doctor confronts with her very first dying patient, and continues to struggle with as she strives to become a good doctor. In her ... Read more

    $19.68 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

    $18.47 AUD

  • The Making of a Nurse

    by Tilda Shalof

    The bestselling author of A Nurse’s Story is back with more insider stories.Tilda Shalof has been a caregiver all her life — at home for her family, at work for strangers — but her skills didn’t come easily. From when she was a child taking care of her sick parents to her current position on an ICU team in one of Canada’s largest hospitals, there have always been daunting challenges and worthy ... Read more

    $24.52 AUD