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  • The Body

    A Guide for Occupants - THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLER

    by Bill Bryson

    #1 Bestseller in both hardback and paperback: SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 ROYAL SOCIETY INSIGHT INVESTMENT SCIENCE BOOK PRIZE_______'A directory of wonders.' - The Guardian'Jaw-dropping.' - The Times'Classic, wry, gleeful Bryson...an entertaining and absolutely fact-rammed book.' - The Sunday Times'It is a feat of narrat... ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • SPANISH FLU

    The History of the world’s Deadliest Pandemic in Modern History (how it began and ended)

    by Akpuruku lilian

    The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. it spread worldwide during 1918-1919. In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918. While influenza is now often thought of as a common but mild disease, it still kills more than thirty thousand people in the United States each ... Read more

    $4.61 AUD

  • The Great Influenza

    The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History

    by John M Barry

    THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER'Everything you need to know about one of the deadliest outbreaks in human history' Bill Gates'Easily our fullest, richest, most panoramic history of the subject' New York Times Book ReviewIn 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 ... ... Read more

    $4.99 AUD

  • Florence Nightingale

    The Woman and Her Legend

    by Mark Bostridge

    Winner of the Elizabeth Longford prize for Historical Biography'Engrossing' Claire Tomalin / 'Superb' Sunday Times / 'A triumph' Daily MailWhether honoured and admired or criticized and ridiculed, Florence Nightingale has invariably been misrepresented and misunderstood. As the Lady with the Lamp, ministering to the wounded and dying of the Crimean War, she offers an enduring image of sentimental ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Accidental Medical Discoveries

    How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the World

    by Robert W. Winters

    Many of the world’s most important and life-saving devices and techniques were often discovered purely by accident. Serendipity, timing, and luck played a part in the discovery of unintentional cures and breakthroughs:A plastic shard in an RAF pilot’s eye leads to the use of plastic for contact lenses.The inability to remove a titanium chamber from rabbit’s bone leads to dental implants.Viagra was ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Pale Rider

    The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How it Changed the World

    by Laura Spinney

    Read the devastating story of the Spanish flu - the twentieth century's greatest killer – and discover what it can teach us about the current Covid-19 pandemic.'Both a saga of tragedies and a detective story... Pale Rider is not just an excavation but a reimagining of the past' GuardianWith a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people and a global reach, the Spanish flu of 1918–1920 was the ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • 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

  • The Royal Art of Poison

    Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicines and Murder Most Foul

    by Eleanor Herman

    The story of poison is the story of power...For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family’s spoons, tried on their underpants and tested their chamber pots.Ironically, ... Read more

    $10.88 AUD

  • The Ghost Map

    A Street, an Epidemic and the Hidden Power of Urban Networks.

    by Steven Johnson

    In Ghost Map Steven Johnson tells the story of the terrifying cholera epidemic that engulfed London in 1854, and the two unlikely heroes – anaesthetist Doctor John Snow and affable clergyman Reverend Henry Whitehead – who defeated the disease through a combination of local knowledge, scientific research and map-making.In telling their extraordinary story, Johnson also explores a whole world of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Spillover

    the powerful, prescient book that predicted the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

    by David Quammen

    Read this gripping, timely book about the transmission of deadly viruses from animal to human populations, and how we can fight the current Covid-19 pandemic.WITH A NEW AFTERWORD ON CORONAVIRUSAs globalization spreads and as we destroy the ancient ecosystems, we encounter strange and dangerous infections that originate in animals but that can be transmitted to humans. Diseases that were contained ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Great Speeches

    Words that Shaped the World

    by John Boyes

    Great Speeches collects over forty of the most powerful and stirring addresses delivered in the English language. It captures the significant historical events of the past 400 years in the words of their participants, from those speeches given in times of war and sorrow, such as Winston Churchill's 'This Was Their Finest Hour', to those delivered at moments of hope, such as Barack Obama's election ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD

  • The Butchering Art

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

    by Lindsey Fitzharris

    **DAILY MAIL, GUARDIAN AND OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2017Winner of the 2018 PEN/E.O. Wilson Prize for Literary Science WritingShortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize and the 2018 Wolfson History PrizeThe story of a visionary British surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world - the safest time to be alive in human history**In The Butchering Art, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Deadly Outbreaks

    How Medical Detectives Save Lives Threatened by Killer Pandemics, Exotic Viruses, and Drug-Resistant Parasites

    by Alexandra M. Levitt

    Despite advances in health care, infectious microbes continue to be a formidable adversary to scientists and doctors. Vaccines and antibiotics, the mainstays of modern medicine, have not been able to conquer infectious microbes because of their amazing ability to adapt, evolve, and spread to new places. Terrorism aside, one of the greatest dangers from infectious disease we face today is from a ... Read more

    $18.99 AUD

  • Quick Boil Some Water

    The Story of Childbirth in our Grandmother's Day

    by Yvonne Barlow

    Childbirth during the war and after years - homes had no phones, few cars and little heating. Many women begin their story with, "I've never told anyone this." For fans of Call the Midwife who want to know the real stories. ... Read more

    $1.64 AUD

  • Blood and Guts

    A Short History of Medicine

    by Roy Porter

    Mankind's battle to stay alive is the greatest of all subjects. This brief, witty and unusual book by Britain's greatest medical historian compresses into a tiny span a lifetime spent thinking about millennia of human ingenuity in the quest to cheat death. Each chapter sums up one of these battlefields (surgery, doctors, disease, hospitals, laboratories and the human body) in a way that is both ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Venom: The heroic search for Australia's deadliest snake

    by Brendan James Murray

    In the early years of the twentieth century an awareness was growing among European Australians of an unexpected threat, one that seemed the very embodiment of the dark, ominous power of the Australian bush.To the Indigenous people of the Guugu Yimithirr nation, it was nguman; to the whites it was the taipan, an eight foot, lightning fast venomous snake whose bite meant certain death.Venom is an ... Read more

    $8.90 AUD

  • Anaesthesia

    The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

    by Kate Cole-Adams

    Winner, 2017 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary AwardYou know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the——and then you wake.This book is about what happens in between.Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible.But how much do we really know about ... Read more

    $21.33 AUD

  • The Drug Hunters

    The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines

    by Donald R. Kirsch and 1 more

    The surprising, behind-the-scenes story of how our medicines are discovered, told by a veteran drug hunter.The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity- by chewing, brewing, and snorting-some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Ötzi the Iceman, the five ... Read more

    $16.99 AUD

  • Little: A Times and Sunday Times Book of the Year

    by Edward Carey and 1 more

    • An affecting and exuberant novel spanning a big stretch of calamitous history, as told by a small, bloodstained nobody • Carey already has a strong author following, particularly in US. Perfect time to breakout in UK market • Acquired by Penguin Riverhead US for 6 figure sum; lining up publication and publicity • Innovative Jack Arts marketing campaign lined up combined with year-long publicity ... Read more

    $19.68 AUD

  • Defeating the Ministers of Death

    The compelling story of vaccination, one of medicine's greatest triumphs

    by David Isaacs

    The compelling story of vaccination.We may fear terrorist attacks, but in truth humans have always had far more to fear from infections. In 1919, Spanish flu killed over 50 million people, more than died in both world wars combined. In 1950, an estimated 50 million people caught smallpox worldwide, of whom 10 million died. In 1980, before measles vaccine was widely used, an estimated 2.6 million ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • Extremes

    Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body

    by Kevin Fong

    In anaesthetist Dr Kevin Fong's television programmes he has often demonstrated the impact of extremes on the human body by using his own body as a 'guinea pig'. So Dr Fong is well placed to share his experience of the sheer audacity of medical practice at extreme physiological limits, where human life is balanced on a knife edge. Through gripping accounts of extraordinary events and pioneering ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Bodysnatchers

    Digging Up the Untold Stories of Britain's Resurrection Men

    by Suzie Lennox

    The grim history of England’s bodysnatching trade: “Lennox’s thorough exploration is riveting” (Naomi Clifford, author of The Disappearance of Maria Glenn).From the string of murders committed by Burke and Hare, a pair of ghouls who are still the stuff of pop culture legend, to the lesser-known but equally gruesome grave-robbing exploits of Henry Gillies, William Patrick, and Joseph Grainger, here ... Read more

    $21.99 AUD

  • What Killed Jane Austen?

    And Other Medical Mysteries

    by George Biro and 1 more

    Was Winston Churchill fit to rule? Why was Marie Antoinette's wedding night a let down? What really cost Napoleon his victory at Waterloo? What killed Jane Austen? The intriguing nature of Jane Austen's demise is just one of a series of sometimes famous and often bizarre stories featured in What Killed Jane Austen? Why did Mary Tudor have phantom pregnancies and a deep voice? What was the reaction ... Read more

    $14.51 AUD

  • The Brain: A Very Short Introduction

    by Michael O'Shea

    series Very Short Introductions
    How does the brain work? How different is a human brain from other creatures' brains? Is the human brain still evolving? In this fascinating book, Michael O'Shea provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how neuroscience addresses questions about the relationship between the brain and the mind. Chapters tackle subjects ... Read more

    $11.65 AUD