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Gesundheit!: Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society Through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor
Gesundheit!
Bringing Good Health to You, the Medical System, and Society Through Physician Service, Complementary Therapies, Humor
Paperback      ISBN: 089281781x

The inspiring and hilarious story of Patch Adams's quest to bring free health care to the world and to transform the way doctors practice medicine

- Tells the story of Patch Adam's lifetime quest to transform the health care system

- Released as a film from Universal Pictures, starring Robin Williams

Meet Patch Adams, M.D., a social revolutionary who has devoted his career to giving away health care. Adams is the founder of the Gesundheit Institute, a home-based medical practice that has treated more than 15,000 people for free, and that is now building a full-scale hospital that will be open to anyone in the world free of charge. Ambitious? Yes. Impossible? Not for those who know and work with Patch. Whether it means putting on a red clown nose for sick children or taking a disturbed patient outside to roll down a hill with him, Adams does whatever is necessary to help heal. In his frequent lectures at medical schools and international conferences, Adams's irrepressible energy cuts through the businesslike facade of the medical industry to address the caring relationship between doctor and patient that is at the heart of true medicine.

All author royalties are used to fund The Gesundheit Institute, a 40-bed free hospital in West Virginia. Adams's positive vision and plan for the future is an inspiration for those concerned with the inaccessibility of affordable, quality health care.

Today's high-tech medicine has become too costly, impersonal, and grim. In his frequent lectures to colleges, churches, community groups, medical schools, and conferences, Patch shows how healing can be a loving, creative, humorous human exchange--not a business transaction.
The Island of the Colorblind and Cycad Island: And, Cycad Island
The Island of the Colorblind and Cycad Island
And, Cycad Island
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0679451145

The author describes his journey to islands of the Pacific, one inhabited by an isolated colorblind community and one site of a baffling neurodegenerative paralysis

Head Cases: Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
Head Cases
Stories of Brain Injury and Its Aftermath
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0374531951

Head Cases takes us into the dark side of the brain in an astonishing sequence of stories, at once true and strange, from the world of brain damage. Michael Paul Mason is one of an elite group of experts who coordinate care in the complicated aftermath of tragic injuries that can last a lifetime. On the road with Mason, we encounter survivors of brain injuries as they struggle to map and make sense of the new worlds they inhabit.

Underlying each of these survivors' stories is an exploration of the brain and its mysteries. When injured, the brain must figure out how to heal itself, reorganizing its physiology in order to do the job. Mason gives us a series of vivid glimpses into brain science, the last frontier of medicine, and we come away in awe of the miracles of the brain's workings and astonished at the fragility of the brain and the sense of self, life, and order that resides there. Head Cases " achieves] through sympathy and curiosity insight like that which pulses through genuine literature" (The New York Sun); it is at once illuminating and deeply affecting.

Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance
Surviving the Extremes
What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance
Paperback      ISBN: 0143034510
"Surviving the Extremes brings personal experience and scientific knowledge together beautifully, giving us narrative that are powerful, moving, and very real." -Oliver Sacks

A true-life scientific thriller no reader will forget, Surviving the Extremes takes us to the farthest reaches of the earth as well as into the uncharted territory within the human body, spirit, and brain. A vice president of the legendary Explorers Club, as well as surgeon, explorer, and masterful storyteller, Dr. Kenneth Kamler has spent years discovering what happens to the human body in extreme environmental conditions. Divided into six sections--jungle, high seas, desert, underwater, high altitude, and outer space--this book uses firsthand testimony and documented accounts to investigate the science of what a body goes through and explains why people survive--and why they sometimes don't.
Anatomica: The Complete Home Medical Reference
Anatomica
The Complete Home Medical Reference
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 1554076420

Anatomica is an essential reference to the human body, the most complex biological mechanism in the world. More than 1,400 intricate color drawings, fully labeled and captioned, bring to life the human body for professionals and general readers. With its encyclopedic medical information, this book also provides outstanding access to practical advice about everyday medical concerns.

The book investigates the workings of the body in detail, reviewing the entire human body area by area, including:

  • Cells and body systems
  • The head
  • The neck
  • The trunk
  • The chest cavity
  • The abdominal cavity
  • Urinary and reproductive organs
  • Shoulder, arms and hards
  • Hips, legs and feet
  • The skin

The book also has specific chapters that cover:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Heredity, DNA and genetic diseases
  • The human life cycle
  • Staying healthy
  • Emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Diagnostic techniques

An illustrated timeline of developmental milestones follows aging and recommends preventive health measures. The book also includes an easy-to-use first aid guide and an extensive table of common symptoms. In addition, Anatomica addresses such topics as alcoholism, sexuality, stress and personality disorders, as well as the latest developments in alternative therapies.

Written by an international team of medical experts, illustrators and researchers, Anatomica is an essential reference for the home and libraries.

The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
The Mind and the Brain
Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force
Paperback      ISBN: 0060988479

A groundbreaking work of science that confirms, for the first time, the independent existence of the mind-and demonstrates the possibilities for human control over the workings of the brain.

Conventional science has long held the position that 'the mind' is merely an illusion, a side effect of electrochemical activity in the physical brain. Now in paperback, Dr Jeffrey Schwartz and Sharon Begley's groundbreaking work, The Mind and the Brain, argues exactly the opposite: that the mind has a life of its own.Dr Schwartz, a leading researcher in brain dysfunctions, and Wall Street Journal science columnist Sharon Begley demonstrate that the human mind is an independent entity that can shape and control the functioning of the physical brain. Their work has its basis in our emerging understanding of adult neuroplasticity-the brain's ability to be rewired not just in childhood, but throughout life, a trait only recently established by neuroscientists.

Through decades of work treating patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Schwartz made an extraordinary finding: while following the therapy he developed, his patients were effecting significant and lasting changes in their own neural pathways. It was a scientific first: by actively focusing their attention away from negative behaviors and toward more positive ones, Schwartz's patients were using their minds to reshape their brains-and discovering a thrilling new dimension to the concept of neuroplasticity.

The Mind and the Brain follows Schwartz as he investigates this newly discovered power, which he calls self-directed neuroplasticity or, more simply, mental force. It describes his work with noted physicist Henry Stapp and connects the concept of 'mental force' with the ancient practice of mindfulness in Buddhist tradition. And it points to potential new applications that could transform the treatment of almost every variety of neurological dysfunction, from dyslexia to stroke-and could lead to new strategies to help us harness our mental powers. Yet as wondrous as these implications are, perhaps even more important is the philosophical dimension of Schwartz's work. For the existence of mental force offers convincing scientific evidence of human free will, and thus of man's inherent capacity for moral choice.

The Wild Life of Our Bodies
The Wild Life of Our Bodies
Paperback      ISBN: 0061806463

"An extraordinary book. . . . With clarity and charm Dunn] takes the reader into the overlap of medicine, ecology, and evolutionary biology to reveal an important domain of the human condition." --Edward O. Wilson, author of Anthill and The Future of Life

Biologist Rob Dunn reveals the crucial influence that other species have upon our health, our well being, and our world in The Wild Life of Our Bodies--a fascinating tour through the hidden truths of nature and codependence. Dunn illuminates the nuanced, often imperceptible relationships that exist between homo sapiens and other species, relationships that underpin humanity's ability to thrive and prosper in every circumstance. Readers of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma will be enthralled by Dunn's powerful, lucid exploration of the role that humankind plays within the greater web of life on Earth.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Gulp
Adventures on the Alimentary Canal
Paperback      ISBN: 0393348741

Like all of Roach's books, Gulp is as much about human beings as it is about human bodies.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Your Inner Fish
A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Paperback      ISBN: 0307277453

Neil Shubin, the paleontologist and professor of anatomy who co-discovered Tiktaalik, the "fish with hands," tells the story of our bodies as you've never heard it before. The basis for the PBS series.

By examining fossils and DNA, he shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our heads are organized like long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genomes look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Your Inner Fish makes us look at ourselves and our world in an illuminating new light. This is science writing at its finest--enlightening, accessible and told with irresistible enthusiasm.

Faster, Higher, Stronger: The New Science of Creating Superathletes, and How You Can Train Like Them
Faster, Higher, Stronger
The New Science of Creating Superathletes, and How You Can Train Like Them
Paperback      ISBN: 0147516471
A New York Times bestseller

"A smart and important book."--Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes

Publications as varied as Wired, Men's Fitness, and The New Yorker are abuzz over the New York Times bestseller Faster, Higher, Stronger. In it, veteran journalist Mark McClusky explains how today's top athletes are turning to advanced technology and savvy science to improve their performance. Sports buffs and readers of David Epstein and Gretchen Reynolds will want to join McClusky as he goes behind the scenes everywhere from the Olympics to the NBA Finals, from the World Series to the Tour de France, and from high-tech labs to neighborhood gyms to show how athletes at every level can incorporate cutting-edge science into their own workouts.