Category Archives: Medical

Gulp

Mary Roach, 2013 Gulp, Adventures on the Alimentary Canal was an informative tasting of journalistic semi-pseudo-scientific writing. In these pages Mary Roach explores a variety of curiosities regarding the  human digestive tract, following the  route that all food must pass, beginning at the … Continue reading

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God’s Hotel

A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine Victoria Sweet, 2012 Laguna Honda Hospital is a unique part of the San Francisco healthcare system. Many of the most difficult and challenging psychosocial patients that come to … Continue reading

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Far From the Tree

Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity Andrew Solomon, 2012 “The affection my family have found in one another is not a better love, but it is another love, and just as species diversity is crucial to sustain the planet, … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine: Reader Criticisms

Jame Le Fanu, 1999, 2012 In my last post I was inspired to reflect upon my personal experiences relevant to a patient I had cared for.  I don’t read a lot of medically inspired books and this blog is primarily an … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine

I love my job, but it isn’t perfect. Nothing is. Over the past two months there had been a patient on my unit with a poor prognosis of thrombocytopenia, a condition that chronically wastes the body’s platelets, one of the … Continue reading

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Illness As Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors

Susan Sontag, 1978/1989 This book is comprised of two essays, the first, Illness as Metaphor was published in 1978 shortly after Sontag underwent treatment for her unnamed cancer (she just refers to it as “my own cancer (103)”), and the … Continue reading

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The Emperor of All Maladies

A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee 2010 This broadly encompassing masterful work illuminates with insight and inspiration a dark subject matter that has certainly touched us all: cancer. Truly the emperor of all maladies, cancer is a frightening diagnosis. With … Continue reading

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