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By M. Scott Peck. 1997
Explores the social, medical, and ethical dimensions of euthanasia. At the heart of the issue, the author contends, is the… spiritual question of whether the human soul exists. Opposes a public policy of allowing "euthanasia on demand" while arguing for more humane handling of physical and emotional pain. 1997.
By Steven Weinberg. 1992
A winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize for physics explains in lay language the scientific search for a "final theory"… that would unify and explain the physical laws governing the universe. He speculates on the character of that theory and on what it might mean for humankind, including the question, "What about God?" c1992.
By Lauren Kessler. 2007
Biographer Lauren Kessler recounts her time at a West Coast Alzheimer's facility. Working as an unskilled resident assistant, Kessler learns… important lessons about humanity while conducting interviews with patients in various stages of the disease. 2007.
By Jay A Goldstein. 1991
Discusses common illnesses that are sometimes misdiagnosed and mistreated, such as chronic fatigue and headaches. Using case histories as examples,… the authors explain the symptoms of each illness and how the disease process works. 1991.
By Judith Flanders. 2017
Nearly everything you know about Christmas is wrong. Do you think the proclaimed war on Christmas is a recent occurrence?… Do you think Santa is Dutch, or that his red suit was brought to you courtesy of Coca-Cola? Or are you merely dreaming of a Christmas like the one you used to know? You aren't alone: thirty years after the first recorded Christmas, a fourth-century archbishop was already complaining that his flock was spending the day dancing and feasting, not in religious observance. By 1616, the playwright Ben Jonson was nostalgically reminiscing about the vastly better Christmases in the old days. Some traditions of Christmas are relatively new--who would have thought gift-wrap was a novelty of the twentieth century? That the first holiday parade was neither at Macy's, nor even in the United States? Other elements, however, have been around for a surprisingly long time. The first known gag holiday giftbook, The Boghouse Miscellany, was advertised in the 1760s, while in 1805, the leaders of the Lewis and Clark expedition exchanged--what else?--presents of underwear and socks. Christmas is different things to different people: a religious festival for some, a family celebration for others, or perhaps simply a time of seasonal eating and drinking. In Christmas: A Biography, historian Judith Flanders casts a sharp eye over the myths, legends, and history that make up the holiday to show us the season as it really is, but rarely how it is understood. 2017. Feast of the circumcision or Holy Name of Jesus -- Twelfth Night -- Epiphany -- Candlemas -- Lady day -- Midsummer -- Michaelmas -- All Saints' Day -- All Souls' Day -- St Martin -- St. Nicholas -- St Lucy of Syracuse -- St Thomas the Apostle -- Christmas day -- St Stephen -- St John the Evangelist -- Feast of the Holy Innocents -- Sylvester.
By Carol Kahn. 1985
By William H Calvin. 1994
Neil is an engineer who became epileptic after an automobile crash. Fifteen years later, Neil's brain is being electrically stimulated… in the operating room to determine if a section of the brain can be removed to stop his seizures. The coauthors, Neil's neurosurgeon and a neurophysiologist, use this procedure to explain how the brain works. 1994.
By Timothy Ferris. 1988
By Danielle Martin. 2017
An important check-up on our health-care system--and what urgently needs fixing--from a respected doctor and passionate Medicare advocate. The author… sees the cracks and challenges in our health-care system every day; uses real patient stories to illustrate what works in our health-care system and what doesn't; most importantly, she proposes bold fixes that are both achievable and affordable. Bestseller. 2017.
By David Bainbridge. 2008
A geographical tour of the nervous system, presenting a history of neuroscience and a look at the anatomy of the… brain: the Zonules of Zinn, for example, are small fibres attached to the lens of the eye that adjust it for seeing at different distances. Discusses the history and function of each area, such as the locus coeruleus, or sky-blue place, involved in alertness and stress. Also includes short discussions of nervous system disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. 2008.
Thorne writes for nonscientists and scientists who are not physicists in a quest to share his insights about "where and… how relativity fails and what replaces it." He combines established principles of physics with imaginative speculation to examine concepts, such as black holes, that were developed theoretically long before technology was able to provide any observable evidence. 1994.
By Uta Frith. 1991
Uta Frith provides the first-ever translation into English of Asperger's paper and has brought together a variety of fascinating phenomenological… and narrative accounts, of the syndrome and its varied presentations, accounts which are by no means entirely negative, for they show how much adaptation and learning and personal development is possible if there is a sensitive understanding of the precise problems involved. 1991.
By Oliver W Sacks. 1973
A group of people fell ill during the great sleeping-sickness epidemic just after World War I and was frozen in… a catatonic state for decades. In 1969, Dr. Sacks prescribed L-DOPA and they began to experience astonishing "awakenings". Bestseller 1990.
By Jan Wong. 2017
Jan Wong knows food is better when shared, so when she set out to write a book about home cooking… in France, Italy, and China, she asked her 22-year-old son, Sam, to join her. While he wasn't keen on spending excessive time with his mom, he dreamed of becoming a chef. Ultimately, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. On their journey, Jan and Sam live and cook with locals, seeing how globalization is changing food, families, and cultures. In southeast France, they move in with a family sheltering undocumented migrants. From Bernadette, the housekeeper, they learn classic French family fare such as blanquette de veau. In a hamlet in the heart of Italy's Slow Food country, the locals teach them how to make authentic spaghetti alle vongole and a proper risotto with leeks. In Shanghai, they cook firecracker chicken and scallion pancakes with the nouveaux riches and their migrant maids, who are part of the biggest demographic shift in world history. Along the way, mother and son explore their sometimes-fraught relationship, uniting--and occasionally clashing--over their mutual love of cooking. 2017.
By Oliver W Sacks. 1995
Case histories of people with neurological disorders who reconstruct the world according to their needs. Comfortable with his forty-five years… of blindness, one man is confused by the sudden restoration of his sight. An autistic zoology professor is at ease with animals but cannot bear human contact. Each tale portrays a patient with a condition such as Tourette's Syndrome, deafness, or amnesia. Bestseller. Winner of the 1997 CNIB Talking Book of the Year Award. 1995.
By R. S Gilmore. 1995
Physicist Gilmore makes accessible some complex concepts in quantum mechanics by sending Alice to Quantumland - a whole new Wonderland,… smaller than an atom, where each attraction demonstrates a different aspect of quantum theory. Alice's unusual encounters make the Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, the Pauli Principle, and other elusive concepts easier to grasp. 1995.
By Marc Duke. 1972
By Tom Shachtman. 1999
Historical survey of western scientists' efforts to control cold. Discusses Boyle's experiments in the seventeenth century, the invention of the… sealed glass thermometer, the work of Fahrenheit and Celsius, the discovery of refrigeration, twentieth-century research on attaining absolute zero, and related topics of superconductivity and superfluidity. 1999.
By Carl Sagan, S. W Hawking. 1988
The author answers the question, "How can an expanding universe follow unchanging laws of nature?" The relativity theory not only… allows, but requires, a Big Bang. Written in layman's terms, the book explains the nature, origin, evolution and fate of our universe. Bestseller 1988.
By Daniel J Levitin. 2006
Neuroscientist and musician investigates the role of music in human evolution and daily life. Examines the science of music from… the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. Discusses how the brain processes music, details studies on musical meaning and pleasure, and offers insights into personal perceptions and preferences. 2006.