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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 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 Miriam Chaikin. 1985
By Eric A Kimmel. 1995
At the age of thirteen plus one day, a Jewish boy participates in the centuries-old bar mitzvah ceremony in which… he takes on adult responsibilities. Kimmel discusses the reasons for the observance, the year-long preparation, the actual ceremony, and changes that have taken place over the centuries. He also describes similarities and differences of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths. Junior high. 1995.
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 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 Morris Epstein. 1970
Follows the Jewish calendar through the year, describing both the fun-filled celebrations, such as Purim and Hanukkah, and the solemn… ones, such as Yom Kippur. Also describes customs and symbols. Grades 4-7 and older readers. 1970.
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.