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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

  • Flesh Made New

    The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells

    The dazzling promise of stem cell medicine: does it work and will it save us? Two experts look at the hypeFor decades, we've been anticipating the dawn of regenerative medicine. Again and again, we've been promised that stem cells will soon cure just about every ill imaginable. If not tomorrow, then the next day, or the day after that, and so on. We're still waiting.This book is an antidote to ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Accidental Medical Discoveries

    How Tenacity and Pure Dumb Luck Changed the World

    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

    $23.99 AUD

  • The Royal Art of Poison

    Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicines and Murder Most Foul

    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

    $10.99 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

  • The Ghost Map

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

    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

  • Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

    'Magisterial ... Immensely readable' Douglas Alexander, Financial Times'Insightful, productively provocative and downright brilliant' New York TimesA compelling history of catastrophes and their consequences, from 'the most brilliant British historian of his generation' (The Times)Disasters are inherently hard to predict. But when catastrophe strikes, we ought to be better prepared than th... ... 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

  • The Butchering Art

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

    **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

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

    by Edward Carey ...
    • 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

    $18.99 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

  • Deadly Outbreaks

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

    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 $1.99 AUD

  • Quick Boil Some Water

    The Story of Childbirth in our Grandmother's Day

    by Yvonne Barlow ...
    First-person stories of childbirth from our grandmothers' era.We hear stories of overworked midwives and short-staffed hospitals, however childbirth has never been easier.Our grandmothers gave birth when there were no washing machines, few hot water boilers and heating came from coal carried from the backyard.Quick Boil Some Water lets women who gave birth during the war, the period immediately ... Read more

    $1.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

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

    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

    $8.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Anaesthesia

    The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness

    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

    $21.99 AUD

  • The Drug Hunters

    The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines

    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

  • 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

  • Medical Muses

    Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris

    by Asti Hustvedt ...
    A groundbreaking new book about the misogynistic nineteenth century obsession with hysteria, focusing on the renowned Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris.**'**Fascinating and beautifully written' Guardian**'**Fascinating ... gives us a disturbing insight into the extent to which doctors, patients and diseases, both then and now, are products of their time' Sunday TimesIn 1862 the Salpêtrière Hospital in ... Read more

    $13.99 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

  • Shrinks

    The Untold Story of Psychiatry

    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

    $12.99 AUD

  • Florence Nightingale

    The Woman and Her Legend

    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

  • 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 or Free with Kobo Plus