From the 1920s when he watched his father, to his days in medical school and beyond, a general practitioner who made housecalls and wrote his prescriptions in Latin, Lewis Thomas saw medicine evolve from an art into a sophisticated science. Along the way, between human error and human accomplishment, more than a magnificent autobiography, between words and meanings, Thomas explores the complex relationships between research and practice, The Youngest Science is also a celebration and a warning--about the nature of medicine and about the future life of our planet.
The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Series #ad - The youngest Science is Dr.
The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology WatcherPenguin Books #ad - The medusa is a tiny jellyfish that lives on the ventral surface of a sea slug found in the Bay of Naples. Readers will find themselves caught up in the fate of the medusa and the snail as a metaphor for eternal issues of life and death as Lewis Thomas further extends the exploration of man and his world begun in The Lives of a Cell.
In these essays and others, Thomas once again conveys his observations of the scientific world in prose marked by wonder and wit. Among the treasures in this magnificent book are essays on the human genius for making mistakes, on cloning, on warts, and on Montaigne, on disease and natural death, as well as an assessment of medical science and health care.
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology WatcherPenguin Books #ad - Elegant, and clarifying, suggestive, Lewis Thomas's profoundly humane vision explores the world around us and examines the complex interdependence of all things. Extending beyond the usual limitations of biological science and into a vast and wondrous world of hidden relationships, insects, death, this provocative book explores in personal, germs, language, music, poetic essays to topics such as computers, and medicine.
Lewis thomas writes, as i am, by and large, "once you have become permanently startled, you tend to keep an eye out for the pieces of evidence that this is, by the realization that we are a social species, good for us. ".
The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science TED BooksSimon & Schuster/ TED #ad - Mukherjee has spent his career pondering this question—a question that would ultimately produce some of most serious thinking he would do around the tenets of his discipline—culminating in The Laws of Medicine. Mukherjee’s signature eloquence and passionate prose, not just for those in the medical profession, The Laws of Medicine is a critical read, but for everyone who is moved to better understand how their health and well-being is being treated.
Brimming with fascinating historical details and modern medical wonders, this important book is a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and Eureka! moments that people outside of the medical profession rarely see. The book, the Youngest Science, forced Dr. Ultimately, this book lays the groundwork for a new way of understanding medicine, now and into the future.
The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes from an Uncertain Science TED Books #ad - Written with Dr. Mukherjee to ask himself an urgent, fundamental question: Is medicine a “science”? Sciences must have laws—statements of truth based on repeated experiments that describe some universal attribute of nature. In this important treatise, he investigates the most perplexing and illuminating cases of his career that ultimately led him to identify the three key principles that govern medicine.
Essential, required reading for doctors and patients alike: A Pulitzer Prize-winning author and one of the world’s premiere cancer researchers reveals an urgent philosophy on the little-known principles that govern medicine—and how understanding these principles can empower us all. Over a decade ago, exhausted, when siddhartha Mukherjee was a young, and isolated medical resident, he discovered a book that would forever change the way he understood the medical profession.
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth SymphonyPenguin Books #ad - If wordsworth had gone to medical school, he might have produced something very like the essays of Lewis Thomas. Time “no one better exemplifies what modern medicine can be than Lewis Thomas. The new york Times Book Review. Luminous, the essays address such topics as “the attic of the brain, witty, ” “Falsity and Failure, ” “Altruism, and provocative, ” and the effects the federal government’s virtual abandonment of support for basic scientific research will have on medicine and science.
Profoundly and powerfully, thomas questions the folly of nuclear weaponry, showing that the brainpower and money spent on this endeavor are needed much more urgently for the basic science we have abandoned—and that even medicine’s most advanced procedures would be useless or insufficient in the face of the smallest nuclear detonation.
Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony #ad - And in the title essay, he addresses himself with terrifying poignancy to the question of what it is like to be young in the nuclear age. This magnificent collection of essays by scientist and National Book Award-winning writer Lewis Thomas remains startlingly relevant for today’s world.
For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to WomenAnchor #ad - Even domesticity, the most popular prescription for a safe environment for woman, spawned legions of “scientific” experts. For her own good provides today’s readers with an indispensable dose of informed skepticism. This women's history classic brilliantly exposed the constraints imposed on women in the name of science and exposes the myths used to control them.
From clitoridectomies to tame women’s behavior in the nineteenth century to the censure of a generation of mothers as castrators in the 1950s, doctors have not hesitated to intervene in women’s sexual, emotional, and maternal lives. Barbara ehrenreich and dierdre English has never lost faith in science itself, butinsist that we hold those who interpret it to higher standards.
For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts Advice to Women #ad - Since the the nineteenth century, professionals have been invoking scientific expertise to prescribe what women should do for their own good. Among the experts’ diagnoses and remedies: menstruation was an illness requiring seclusion; pregnancy, a disabling condition; and higher education, a threat to long-term health of the uterus.
Women are entering the medical and scientific professions in greater numbers but as recent research shows, experts continue to use pseudoscience to tell women how to live.
Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient WorldTimes Books #ad - Paul Getty Museum. She also introduces a cast of determined and implacable characters whose battles may strip these museums of some of their most cherished treasures. For readers who are fascinated by antiquity, who love to frequent museums, and who believe in the value of cultural exchange, Loot opens a new window on an enduring conflict.
A journey across four continents to the heart of the conflict over who should own the great works of ancient artwhy are the elgin marbles in London and not on the Acropolis? Why do there seem to be as many mummies in France as there are in Egypt? Why are so many Etruscan masterworks in America? For the past two centuries, prosecuting curators, the West has been plundering the treasures of the ancient world to fill its great museums, but in recent years, taking museums to court, the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects.
Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World #ad - Where do these treasures rightly belong? sharon waxman, brings us inside this high-stakes conflict, a former culture reporter for The New York Times and a longtime foreign correspondent, examining the implications for the preservation of the objects themselves and for how we understand our shared cultural heritage.
. Her journey takes readers from the great cities of europe and America to Egypt, as these countries face down the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, and Italy, Turkey, the British Museum, Greece, and the J.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of CancerScribner #ad - The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, paternalism, but also of hubris, resilience, and perseverance, and misperception. Winner of the pulitzer prize, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and now a documentary from Ken Burns on PBS, The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.
Physician, a historian’s perspective, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, researcher, and award-winning science writer, and a biographer’s passion. From the persian queen atossa, whose greek slave may have cut off her diseased breast, to the nineteenth-century recipients of primitive radiation and chemotherapy to Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through fiercely demanding regimens in order to survive—and to increase our understanding of this iconic disease.
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer #ad - It is an illuminating book that provides hope and clarity to those seeking to demystify cancer. Riveting, urgent, and surprising, The Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments. Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, just three decades ago, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary that, told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers, and deaths, victories, setbacks, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out “war against cancer.
The book reads like a literary thriller with cancer as the protagonist.
The Gene: An Intimate HistoryScribner #ad - Mukherjee expresses abstract intellectual ideas through emotional stories…and swaddles his medical rigor with rhapsodic tenderness, surprising vulnerability, and occasional flashes of pure poetry” The Washington Post. Siddhartha mukherjee dazzled readers with his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies in 2010
In riveting and dramatic prose, watson and franklin, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, all the way through the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. The gene is a book we all should read” USA TODAY.
The #1 new york times bestseller a new york times notable book a washington post and seattle times best book of the Year From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies—a fascinating history of the gene and “a magisterial account of how human minds have laboriously, ingeniously picked apart what makes us tick” Elle.
The Gene: An Intimate History #ad - Dr. In this biography mukherjee brings to life the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, fates, identities, and choices. That achievement was evidently just a warm-up for his virtuoso performance in The Gene: An Intimate History, in which he braids science, history, and memoir into an epic with all the range and biblical thunder of Paradise Lost” The New York Times.
A fascinating and often sobering history of how humans came to understand the roles of genes in making us who we are—and what our manipulation of those genes might mean for our future” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the most crucial science of our time, The Gene is the revelatory and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, intimately explained by a master.
Throughout, the story of mukherjee’s own family—with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness—reminds us of the questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world.
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Can We Trust the Gospels?: Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and JohnCrossway #ad - But are these attacks legitimate? is there reason to doubt the accuracy of the Gospels? By examining and refuting some of the most common criticisms of the Gospels, author Mark D. Roberts explains why we can indeed trust the Gospels, nearly two millennia after they were written. Lay readers and scholars alike will benefit from this accessible book, and will walk away confident in the reliability of the Gospels.
Attacks on the historical reliability of the Gospels—especially their portrayal of Jesus Christ—are nothing new.