List books in category Biographies & Memoirs / Medical

  • Searching for My Destiny

    Searching for My Destiny
    George Blue Spruce

    George Blue Spruce Jr. is recognized as the first American Indian dentist in the United States. His life story reaches back to the ancient Pueblo culture cherished by his grandparents and parents and extends to state-of-the-art dentistry and the current needs of the American Indian people. ÿ Blue Spruce?s journey begins on the Santa Fe Indian School campus with his parents? determination that their children would excel academically and obtain college degrees. After graduating from dental school, Dr. Blue Spruce planned to return to the pueblos to treat his people. As it turned out, his destiny reached far beyond: from the wilds of Montana to New York City to San Francisco to South America and back to the United States. In Washington DC, he presented the needs of American Indians to Congress and lunched with the president. ÿ Throughout his journey Dr. Blue Spruce has traveled between two cultures, succeeding in mainstream society while keeping Pueblo tradition in his heart. Facing prejudice and conquering adversity, he reached the zenith of his career as director of the Phoenix Regional Indian Health Service and achieving the rank of assistant surgeon general of the United States.


    Richard A. Dunsmore and Lillian D. Dun

    Not since Victor Heiser published in1936 “An American Doctor’s Odyssey,” an account of his life as a horse-and-buggy doctor, has the story of a medical career—this time shared by physician spouses—been so well told as in this volume by the Drs. Dunmores. The reader is taken on a journey more exciting than a detective tale as the doctors make their rounds in their office, in the hospital, and not in-frequently in patient’s homes. A house call, which many people now consider an unproductive relic of the past, may yield as many clues to the root causes of illness as elaborate testing procedures. Adopting the tactics of, say Sherlock Holmes and Miss Marple might be the only way to restore a severely depressed patient to robust health. The Dunsmores worked to forge useful links between academic medicine, with which they kept regularly in close touch, and the practical aspects of supplying the best possible health care to the public. In their encounter with patients, other doctors and co-workers, the patient is always the focus of attention at first hand, not through intermediaries, as so often the case today when practices are managed by business men and the insurers.

  • Sentenced to Science: One Black Man s Story of Imprisonment in America

    Sentenced to Science: One Black Man’s Story of Imprisonment in America
    Allen M. Hornblum

    From 1951 until 1974, Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia was the site of thousands of experiments on prisoners conducted by researchers under the direction of University of Pennsylvania dermatologist Albert M. Kligman. While most of the experiments were testing cosmetics, detergents, and deodorants, the trials also included scores of Phase I drug trials, inoculations of radioactive isotopes, and applications of dioxin in addition to mind-control experiments for the Army and CIA. These experiments often left the subject-prisoners, mostly African Americans, in excruciating pain and had long-term debilitating effects on their health. This is one among many episodes of the sordid history of medical experimentation on the black population of the United States.The story of the Holmesburg trials was documented by Allen Hornblum in his 1998 book Acres of Skin. The more general history of African Americans as human guinea pigs has most recently been told by Harriet Washington in her 2007 book Medical Apartheid. The subject is currently a topic of heated public debate in the wake of a 2006 report from an influential panel of medical experts recommending that the federal government loosen the regulations in place since the 1970s that have limited the testing of pharmaceuticals on prison inmates.Sentenced to Science retells the story of the Holmesburg experiments more dramatically through the eyes of one black man, Edward “Butch” Anthony, who suffered greatly from the experiments for which he “volunteered” during multiple terms at the prison. This is not only one black man’s highly personal account of what it was like to be an imprisoned test subject, but also a sobering reminder that there were many African Americans caught in the viselike grip of a scientific research community willing to bend any code of ethics in order to accomplish its goals and a criminal justice system that sold prisoners to the highest bidder.

  • A Midwife s Story

    A Midwife’s Story
    Penny Armstrong

    A gripping first-hand account of midwife Penny Armstrong’s journey from student midwife in Glasgow to running her own practice among the Amish in rural Pennsylvania, A Midwife’s Story never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise.Going far beyond mere biography, Armstrong’s journey of self-discovery is ultimately very moving, and it is the honesty with which she describes the world she discovers which makes this book a classic, and essential reading not just for aspiring midwives but to anyone interested in natural birth.

  • Many Forms of Madness: A Family s Struggle with Mental Illness and the Mental Health System

    Many Forms of Madness: A Family’s Struggle with Mental Illness and the Mental Health System
    Rosemary Radford Ruether

    In telling the story of her son's thirty-year struggle with schizophrenia, Ruether lays bare the inhumane treatment throughout history of people with mental illness. Despite countless reforms by "idealistic reformers" and an enlightened understanding that mental illness is a physical disease like any other, conditions for people who struggle with mental illness are little improved. Ruether asks why this is so and then goes on to imagine what we would do for people with mental illness "if we really cared."

  • Surgical Reminiscences of the Civil War (Expanded, Annotated)

    Surgical Reminiscences of the Civil War (Expanded, Annotated)
    William Williams Keen

    THIS wonderful short treatise is not by just any professor of surgery or former army doctor. William Williams Keen was America’s first brain surgeon, was brought in to see Franklin Delano Roosevelt when he was paralyzed by polio, and worked closely with six American presidents. If you read one book about Civil War medicine, whether you are a medical professional or layperson, this is the one. Keen’s raw and compelling memories as a young field surgeon are unmatched.With case studies and the perspective of many years of practice after the war, Keen captivates you with "I was there" storytelling.Every memoir of the American Civil War provides us with another view of the catastrophe that changed the country forever.For the first time, this long out-of-print volume is available as an affordable, well-formatted book for e-readers and smartphones. Be sure to LOOK INSIDE by clicking the cover above or download a sample.

  • The Woman Who Thought too Much: A Memoir

    The Woman Who Thought too Much: A Memoir
    Joanne Limburg

    For readers of A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion and Bad Blood by Lorna Sage comes an intensely honest and surprisingly witty literary memoir of one woman's life as a sufferer of Obsessive-compulsive disorder Joanne Limburg is a woman who thinks things she doesn’t want to think, and who does things she doesn’t want to do. As a small child, she would chew her hair all day and lie awake at night wondering if heaven had a ceiling; a few years later, when she should have been doing her homework, she was pacing her bedroom, agonizing about the unfairness of life as a woman, and the shortness of her legs. By the time she was an adult, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors had come to dominate her life. She knew that something was wrong with her, but it would take many years before she understood what that something was. This memoir follows Limburg’s quest to understand her OCD and to manage her symptoms, taking the reader on a journey through consulting rooms, libraries, and websites as she learns about rumination, scrupulosity, avoidance, thought-action fusion, fixed-action patterns, anal fixations, schemas, basal ganglia, tics, and synapses. Meanwhile, she does her best to come to terms with an illness which turns out to be common and even—sometimes—treatable. This vividly honest memoir is a sometimes shocking, often humorous revelation of what it is like to live with so debilitating a condition. It is also an exploration of the inner world of a poet and an intense evocation of the persistence and courage of the human spirit in the face of mental illness.

  • Just To Make You Smile: A Teenage Daughter s Reflections on Loving and Losing Her Father to ALS

    Just To Make You Smile: A Teenage Daughter’s Reflections on Loving and Losing Her Father to ALS
    Sarah Caldwell

    “My dad was going to die. My sweet, loving, caring, and wonderful-in-every-way dad was going to leave me before he could watch my sister and me grow up.” At the tender age of fifteen, Sarah Caldwell learned that her father had been diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and had only a short time left to live. In moments her life went from texting friends, going to gymnastics practice and family vacations by the sea to watching her father’s rapid, irreversible deterioration, a process that plunged her into deep depression. But Jim Caldwell was a man whose indomitable spirit in the face of his suffering provided the ultimate inspiration for Sarah to transform her depression into a journey of healing and love. She learned to accept her and her father’s fate and became determined not to waste a moment of the time she had left with him. When her father passed away, leaving Sarah to face life without her beloved dad, she was determined again to continue on the path of hope and strength, making sense of her loss and honoring his life by helping raise awareness of ALS and money for desperately-needed research for a cure. With a special foreword by former pro-football player Steve Gleason, Just To Make You Smile is the rare, honest, compassionate and bold account of a young adult’s process of watching a parent get ill and die, and the inspiration she hopes to impart by sharing her grieving process, deep inner growth and healing. By telling her story in its entirety, from the lowest depths of grief and depression to the heights of finding her inner strength, making a difference and carrying on her father’s fighting spirit, she hopes to touch the lives of others, especially kids with a sick parent, letting them know they are never alone on this difficult journey.

  • Christopher s Story: An Indictment of the American Mental Health System

    Christopher’s Story: An Indictment of the American Mental Health System
    John C. Rubisch, Ph.D.

    Part biography, part social commentary, and part cold case, a compelling tale of the author's descent into his son's problems and the madness of the perpetual dysfunction of the country's mental health system. There is an astonishing level of detail taken from reports, evaluations, and the author's own journal entries, as he records his frustration, heartbreak, as well as a fair amount of humor. The MH system appears as bureaucratic maze of incompetence and callousness more interested in collecting insurance payments and protecting itself from liability than in assisting others. The failure of the system in the case of the author's son has disastrous results. Physically abused at the age of one and a half by his own biological father, the subject of this book commits physical abuse to an infant twenty-one years later with fatal consequences. And just when readers have thought it couldn't get any worse, there is a twist at the end that is beyond belief.Staring when the boy was four, the author writes of his efforts to raise his son by himself. It is clear from the beginning that Christopher has emotional problems, and the author seeks help. However, the boy is continuously misdiagnosed as ADHD with the solution being to try another medication. Indications that the boy is brain-damaged are ignored for many years. In school learning takes a back seat to behavior management. Adolescence brings violence, substance abuse, inappropriate sexual advances, and turns in and out of placements. At a crucial stage where both father and son are pleading for help, the MH system does not even return phone calls. Throughout the emphasis is on the failure of the MH system rather than the possible shortcomings of individuals. Pseudonyms are used to maintain the focus on the system. The author concludes by citing crucial points in his son's life were opportunities for interventions were missed. He also cites long standard practices in the MH field that deflect accountability and keep the system inefficient. Recommendations for changes in the system are made. In the book's final passage, the author citing a case of a student in the last year in which the recommendations by the MH system are totally inappropriate for the student.Keywords: Mental Health, Medication, Counseling, Brain Damage, Special Education, ADHD, Psychological Evaluation, Bender-Gestalt, Rubisch, MRI

  • Hand in the Cookie Jar

    Hand in the Cookie Jar
    Jonathan R. Fennick, RN

    I had the childhood dream of playing professional sports. I never thought I would end up being a Nurse, let alone one that was addicted to drugs. Of the 3.5 million Nurses in the United States, 10-15% divert narcotics and up to 20% are addicted to drugs. There is a definite problem of addiction in the Nursing Profession, as well as in society as a whole. The disease of addiction is one of epidemic proportion growing faster with each passing day. This is a true story of my struggles treating this incurable disease. Also, on my journey of life I have endured such things as child abuse, high school politics, institutions, adultery, and death knocking on my door, before I got caught with my hand in the cookie jar. This book gives inspiration and hope to everyone that getting and staying off drugs is possible. I am living proof that anyone can find a new way of life and live out their dreams.

  • Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a doctor with no borders and other ways to stay single

    Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a doctor with no borders and other ways to stay single
    Damien Brown

    Damien Brown, a young Australian doctor, thinks he's ready when he arrives for his first posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Africa. But the town he's sent to is an isolated outpost of mud huts, surrounded by landmines; the hospital, for which he's to be the only doctor, is filled with malnourished children and conditions he's never seen; and the health workers – Angolan war veterans twice his age and who speak no English – walk out on him following an altercation on his first shift.In the months that follow, Damien confronts these challenges all the while dealing with the social absurdities of living with only three other volunteers for company. The medical calamities pile up – a leopard attack, a landmine explosion, and having to perform surgery using tools cleaned on the fire being among them – but it's through Damien's evolving friendships with the local people that his passion for the work grows.Band-Aid for a Broken Leg is a powerful, sometimes heart-breaking, often funny, always honest and ultimately uplifting account of life on the medical frontline in Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan. It is also a moving testimony of the work done by medical humanitarian groups and the extraordinary and sometimes eccentric people who work for them.

  • Jan s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer s

    Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s
    Barry Petersen

    When CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen married the love of his life twenty-five years ago, he never thought his vow, “until death do us part,” would have an expiration date. But Early Onset Alzheimer's claimed Jan Petersen, Barry’s beautiful wife, at 55, leaving her unable to remember Barry or their life together.

  • Rescue 911: Tales from a First Responder

    Rescue 911: Tales from a First Responder
    Michael Morse

    First responders often don’t tell stories, preferring to keep what happens at work private. Rescue Captain Michael Morse changes that with these heartfelt descriptions of hundreds of emergency calls, with the usual coverings peeled back, exposing the bizarre, heartbreaking, and often hilarious reactions to 911 emergencies.

  • County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago s Public Hospital

    County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital
    David A. Ansell

    The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city’s uninsured. Ansell covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the “Final Rounds” when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced. Ansell writes of the hundreds of doctors who underwent rigorous training with him. He writes of politics, from contentious union strikes to battles against “patient dumping,” and public health, depicting the AIDS crisis and the Out of Printening of County’s HIV/AIDS clinic, the first in the city. And finally it is a coming-of-age story for a young doctor set against a backdrOut of Print of race, segregation, and poverty. This is a riveting account.

  • Rescuing Providence

    Rescuing Providence
    Michael Morse

    Former EMT and firefighter Michael Morse takes you along for the ride as he and his fellow officers respond to 24 emergency calls in a 34-hour period. Rescuing Providence is a fascinating glimpse into the daily lives of the people who do a critical job that is often dangerous, sometimes thankless, but ultimately rewarding.

  • Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases

    Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases
    Cory Franklin

    An inside look at one of the nation's most famous public hospitals as seen through the eyes of its longtime director of intensive care Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a 30-year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers readers a peek into the inner workings of a hospital. Author Dr. Cory Franklin, who headed the hospital's intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, shares his most unique and bizarre experiences, including the deadly Chicago heatwave of 1995, treating the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Muchausen syndrome, the only surviving ricin victim, and the professor with Alzheimer's hiding the effects of the wrong medication. Surprising, darkly humorous, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic, these stories provide a big-picture look at how the practice of medicine has changed over the years, making it an enjoyable read for patients, doctors, and anyone with an interest in medicine.

  • Pandora s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree

    Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family Tree
    Lizzie Stark

    2015 ALA Notable Book Would you cut out your healthy breasts and ovaries if you thought it might save your life? That's not a theoretical question for journalist Lizzie Stark's relatives, who grapple with the horrific legacy of cancer built into the family DNA, a BRCA mutation that has robbed most of her female relatives of breasts, ovaries, peace of mind, or life itself. In Pandora's DNA, Stark uses her family's experience to frame a larger story about the so-called breast cancer genes, exploring the morass of legal quandaries, scientific developments, medical breakthroughs, and ethical concerns that surround the BRCA mutations, from the troubling history of prophylactic surgery and the storied origins of the boob job to the landmark lawsuit against Myriad Genetics, which held patents on the BRCA genes every human carries in their body until the Supreme Court overturned them in 2013. Although a genetic test for cancer risk may sound like the height of scientific development, the treatment remains crude and barbaric. Through her own experience, Stark shows what it's like to live in a brave new world where gazing into a crystal ball of genetics has many unintended consequences.

  • Dancing at the River s Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness, Edition 3

    Dancing at the River’s Edge: A Patient and Her Doctor Negotiate Life with Chronic Illness, Edition 3
    Alida Brill

    An invaluable resource for medical professionals, victims of chronic illnesses, and their loved ones, this dual memoir by a doctor and his longtime patient traces the growth of their unique friendship over a span of decades. By exploring the bond between caregiver and sufferer, this sensitive account evokes not only the constant day to day frustrations and emotional toll suffered by the chronically ill, but also an understanding of the mental struggles and conflicts that a conscientious doctor must face in deciding how best to treat a patient without compromising personal freedoms. In alternating chapters, the narrative explores the frustration, joy, despair, grief, and pain on both sides of the doctor-patient relationship.

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: by Rebecca Skloot | A 15-minute Key Takeaways & Analysis

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: by Rebecca Skloot | A 15-minute Key Takeaways & Analysis

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: by Rebecca Skloot | A 15-minute Key Takeaways & Analysis Preview:Rebecca Skloot’s book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, chronicles the life, death, and immortality of Henrietta Lacks, a young black woman whose cervical cancer cells became one of the most important factors in bringing about important scientific and medical advancements in the twentieth century. Her family, however, did not know until much later that researchers were using Henrietta’s cells in their experiments. When the family learned the truth, they endured turmoil and heartache in the decades that followed… PLEASE NOTE: This is key takeaways and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks:• Key Takeaways of the book• Introduction to the important people in the book• Analysis of the Key Takeaways

  • My Doctor My Drug Dealer: Based on a True Story

    My Doctor My Drug Dealer: Based on a True Story
    Brianna Victoria

    SOCIETY NEEDS A WAKE-UP CALL Written for all the tens of thousands of doctors who write prescriptions, the pharmaceutical companies who create these concoctions and dont warn the public of their dangers, and the pharmacies that fill but have the right and oath to deny those quantities. Would you give one of your family members a medication you put on the market but wasnt honest about the serious addiction it carried with it? Written also for the insurance companies that approve payment without checking the interactions and/or questioning the massive quantities. For all of you that fall into the above categories, shame on you. You dont socially, morally, or ethically understand the full ramifications that addiction brings to society and the way it tears families apart. Its repulsive to think how you get away with fueling yourselves with greed. What happened to your oath for your patients? Doctors write prescriptions like the police write tickets all for the money! The trillions of dollars these companies make out of medications that cost pennies . . . Maybe they should be responsible to pay for people who need detox or rehabs and no financial means of getting help for a problem those companies created in the first place . . .

  • The Year of the Mite

    The Year of the Mite
    Jane Ishka

    All it took was a few baby chicks and a carpeted floor, and soon, Jane Ishka, a San Francisco Bay Area homesteader, literally felt her skin crawling. She—and her house, her car, and all of her belongings—had been infested by the red poultry mite, Dermanyssus gallinae. Driven from her home and bed by the biting and itching, Jane used her scientific background to figure out what was wrong, and most importantly, how to fix it.

  • Mushroom Medicine: The Healing Power of Psilocybin & Sacred Entheogen History

    Mushroom Medicine: The Healing Power of Psilocybin & Sacred Entheogen History
    Brian A. Jackson

    In Mushroom Medicine: The Healing Power of Psilocybin & Sacred Entheogen History, author Brian Jackson describes his personal experiences with psilocybin mushrooms, both recreationally, and as a medicine. The book also discusses the latest research being done on psilocybin at many top universities, which have shown promising results in the treatment of OCD, depression, & anxiety. These studies have also shown a correlation between taking psilocybin and having mystical experiences. Due to these findings, the book also explores how psychedelic plants were used throughout history by numerous religious groups.

  • Manic Episodes and the Dark Side: A Memoir of a Bipolar Life

    Manic Episodes and the Dark Side: A Memoir of a Bipolar Life
    Richard R. Patton

    Manic Episodes and the Dark Side draws the reader in with an autobiographical sketch of a misspent youth, then plunges into the terror of bipolar illness. Rich Patton travels the rocky road from the darkness of seemingly hopeless depression to the frightening experiences of manic psychosis. Following the sometimes humorous, but more often tragic, thirty-four years of the authors experiences with psychiatric wards, a state mental hospital, arrests, criminal incarcerations and trials, broken marriages and suicide attempts, the reader will be heartened to find there is hope. Those who struggle with this illnesseither personally or with a loved onewill benefit from learning how the author has successfully coped and achieved in spite of his illness. Included in this book are Six Pathways to the Lighta guide for surviving the darkest hours, including the embrace of a spiritual life.

  • Doctors who Followed Christ: Thirty-two Biographies of Eminent Physicians and Their Christian Faith

    Doctors who Followed Christ: Thirty-two Biographies of Eminent Physicians and Their Christian Faith
    Dan Graves

    Here are 48 biographies of historic doctors and their Christian faith. Along with each biography is a brief overview of the major contribution each doctor made to their field. Includes such notable physicians as Hodgkin, Paget, Short, and Koop.

  • Vet Noir: It s not the Pets—it s the People Who Make Me Crazy

    Vet Noir: It’s not the Pets—it’s the People Who Make Me Crazy
    Robin Truelove Stronk DVM

    In the memoir Vet Noir, a seasoned veterinarian humorously recounts stories of animals she treated and the people who loved them. Robin Truelove Stronk owned her own veterinary practice in Vermont with her husband for twenty-four years where she often dealt with clients who expected too much, listened too little, arrived too late, and sometimes just fainted. With an entertaining style, Dr. Stronk shares not only her own professional challenges, but also the unique expectations of the animals’ owners. From a New England dairy farmer who expected her to strip to the waist to assist his cow with a difficult birth, to the distraught owner who held her guinea pig up to the telephone so the veterinarian could hear the noise her pet was making, Dr. Stronk’s anecdotes illuminate the delightful, sometimes tortuous, and very often amusing relationships between a pet, its owner, and the veterinarian. Vet Noir provides a light-hearted glimpse into the world of veterinary medicine where animals are unconditionally loved and the people are kind beyond measure, dedicated, and splendidly appreciative—mostly when they are not being quirky, infuriating, and more often than not, unknowingly comical.

  • MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea

    MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea
    Otto Apel

    " When North Korean forces invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, Otto Apel was a surgical resident living in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife and three young children. A year later he was chief surgeon of the 8076th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital constantly near the front lines in Korea. Immediately upon arriving in camp, Apel performed 80 hours of surgery. His feet swelled so badly that he had to cut his boots off, and he saw more surgical cases in those three and a half days than he would have in a year back in Cleveland. There were also the lighter moments. When a Korean came to stay at the 8076th, word of her beauty spread so rapidly that they needed MPs just to direct traffic. Apel also recalls a North Korean aviator, nicknamed ""Bedcheck Charlie,"" who would drop a phony grenade from an open-cockpit biplane, a story later filmed for the television series. He also tells of the day the tent surrounding the women's shower was ""accidentally"" blown off by a passing helicopter. In addition to his own story, Apel details the operating conditions, workload, and patient care at the MASH units while revealing the remarkable advances made in emergency medical care. MASH units were the first hospitals designed for operations close to the front lines, and from this particularly difficult vantage, their medical staffs were responsible for innovations in the use of antibiotics and blood plasma and in arterial repair. On film and television, MASH doctors and nurses have been portrayed as irreverent and having little patience with standard military procedures. In this powerful memoir, Apel reveals just how realistic these portrayals were.

  • Monsters Of Medicine: The Lives Of Five Serial Killer Physicians: Is There A Common Thread?

    Monsters Of Medicine: The Lives Of Five Serial Killer Physicians: Is There A Common Thread?
    William W. Colliflower, M.D.

    Medical training gave them the skills . . .Unfortunately evidence suggests that the medical profession is responsible for more serial killers then all other professions combined. Why is this so? Monsters of medicine chronicles the lives of five serial killer physicians in an effort to find a common thread in their lives. The author believes there is evidence to support that these doctors were all pathologic narcissists. Childhood abuse was present in all their lives. Medical training gave them the skills and opportunities for their murderous and torturous conduct. We are all patients and it is appalling to find institutions and monitoring bodies place reputation and potential liability above weeding out misconduct, incompetence, and our welfare. The fact that two of these killers were actively practicing medicine into the waning days of the 20th century should alert us that this subject is much more than just of historical interest. Key questions of cause, prevention, detection, and treatment are explored. Absolute answers are difficult to expose, but one thing remains almost certain. There is likely another serial killer physician practicing medicine at this time somewhere in the world.

  • Memoirs of Indonesian Doctors

    Memoirs of Indonesian Doctors
    Tjien Oei

    This is a book depicting the lives of twenty Chinese Indonesian doctors who left Indonesia to immigrate to the USA and to start a new chapter of their lives. Many of the stories started after they graduated from the Medical School. Some of them were placed in remote villages outside Java. Many of those villages had not been served by Physicians before. Support from the Central Government was scare. At that time, the late President Sukarno declared that graduated from Medical schools had to serve the country for three years before they were allowed to specialize or pursue their future plans. These doctors must complete the ECFMG, English and health tests before they could be considered for accredited for internship/residency. After successfully doing their training, they now could apply for a position as a specialist in a hospital or a medical center. Many times they had to be under the supervision of a hospital Director of Education for a period of 2 years. In the meantime, they had to take their Specialty Boards exam to be qualifi ed. Many have successfully done their practice and some became well known in their fi elds. Their Children went to Colleges and Universities and have pursued careers in Medicine Law, Engineering and others.

  • Combat Doctor: Life and Death Stories from Kandahar s Military Hospital

    Combat Doctor: Life and Death Stories from Kandahar’s Military Hospital
    Marc Dauphin

    An emergency room doctor recounts harrowing stories about his time at a combat hospital in Kandahar. Combat Doctor presents the stories of the victims of the War in Afghanistan, as told by the last Canadian Officer Commanding at the Kandahar Role 3 Multinational Hospital. In 2009, Marc Dauphin, an experienced emergency-room physician, served a full tour at the combat hospital in Kandahar. During his time there, he dealt with injuries more horrific than he had ever seen during his civilian experience. He and the Role 3 Hospital’s international staff saw an unparalleled number of severe casualties and yet maintained a survival rate of 97 percent – a record for all times and all wars. It is impossible to remain unmoved by Marc Dauphin’s descriptions of those he treated: the terrified children, the stoic soldiers, those mutilated almost beyond help. Each story is powerful, vividly told, and unique.

  • Rescue 1 Responding

    Rescue 1 Responding
    Michael Morse

    Rescue 1 Responding is a gripping first-person account of life as a first responder. Lieutenant Michael Morse, an eighteen year veteran EMT and firefighter takes us on a compelling and emotionally charged ride through the streets of Providence, RI. Experience the heartache and joy of losing and saving lives during this incredible journey. The story that unfolds is true and the people are real.

  • Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry

    Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry
    Rachel Hadas

    "[A] thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness." —Lydia DavisIn 2004 Rachel Hadas's husband, George Edwards, a composer and professor of music at Columbia University, was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of sixty-one. Strange Relation is her account of "losing" George. Her narrative begins when George's illness can no longer be ignored, and ends in 2008 soon after his move to a dementia facility (when, after thirty years of marriage, she finds herself no longer living with her husband). Within the cloudy confines of those difficult years, years when reading and writing were an essential part of what kept her going, she "tried to keep track…tried to tell the truth.""If only all doctors and nurses and social workers who care for the chronically ill could read this book. If only patients and family members stricken with such losses could receive what this book can give them. While Strange Relation relates one illness and the life of one family, it is also, poetically, about all illnesses, all families, all struggles, all living. The art achieves the dual life of the universal and the particular, marking it as timeless, making it for us all necessary."—Rita Charon, MD, PhD, Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University"Rachel Hadas's own wonderfully resonant poems, along with the rich collection of verse and prose by other writers that she weaves into her story, clarify and illuminate over and over again this thoughtful and lucid tale of love, companionship, and heartbreaking illness—illness that, as she shows us so well, is at once frighteningly alien and also deeply a part of our unavoidable vulnerability as mortal beings. Beautifully written, totally engrossing, and very sad."—Lydia Davis"Strange Relation is a deeply moving, deeply personal, beautifully written exploration of how the power of grief can be met with the power of literature, and how solace can be found in the space between them."—Frank Huyler"A poignant memoir of love, creativity and human vulnerability. Rachel Hadas brings a poet's incisive eye to the labyrinth of dementia."—Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of Medicine in Translation and Singular Intimacies"Like an elegy, Strange Relation is about loss and grief. Like all elegies, it also memorializes and celebrates. Rachel Hadas, in the course of her personal narrative, cites accounts of dementia, in its social and personal meanings."—Robert Pinsky"Brilliant and tough-minded, poignant but clear-headed, Rachel Hadas shines a steady light on her experience as the wife of an accomplished composer who, at a comparatively early age, descended into dementia. Strange Relation never sacrifices truth for easy answers. Instead, Hadas uses literature to chart a course through wrenching complexities. This lauded and exceptional poet shows how language itself, the very thing her husband loses, became her shield as she crossed the ravaged lands of decision-making, making new discoveries, new friends, and new sense of the world. Strange Relation snaps with bravery, intelligence, and Hadas' tart, candid wisdom."—Molly Peacock"Strange Relation is a beautifully written and piercingly honest account of life with a brilliant man as he descends into dementia, in his sixties."—Reeve Lindbergh

  • Radar Man: A Personal History of Stealth

    Radar Man: A Personal History of Stealth
    Edward Lovick

    During the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union teetered on the brink of nuclear devastation. Americas hope for national security relied solely upon aerial reconnaissance. Radar Man is the fascinating memoir of a physicist who, with his colleagues, developed the stealth technology that eventually created radar-invisible aircraft. Edward Lovick shares a compelling story from the perspective of an enthusiastic scientist that highlights his pioneering experiences in an innovative, secret world as he helped create stealth aircraft such as the A-12 OXCART, SR-71 Blackbird, and F-117 Nighthawk. From the moment in 1957 when Lockheeds famous aircraft designer Clarence L. 'Kelly' Johnson invited Lovick to join his Skunk Works, Lovick details how he helped the CIA eventually perform vital, covert reconnaissance flights over Soviet-held territory during the Cold War, saved Lockheed ADPs A-12 from cancellation, and provided key design input to the SR-71 and F-117. Lovicks autobiography describing his career as an engineering physicist in the Skunk Works not only draws attention to the insurmountable challenges that accompanied the task of developing radar-invisible aircraft, but also the importance of the monumental task these young scientists fulfilledall with the hope of creating a secure future for their beloved country.

  • Am I Transgender?: The Transgender Primer, Volume 1

    Am I Transgender?: The Transgender Primer, Volume 1

    This is a how-to book. It is written to help you avoid some of the pitfalls of transition for both female and male transfolk. It is composed out of much research and a lot of personal experience. As the title says, this is a Primer with many volumes to follow.

  • The People s Doctor: George Hatem and China s Revolution

    The People’s Doctor: George Hatem and China’s Revolution
    Edgar A. Porter

    The young George Hatem journeyed to Shanghai in 1933 to practice medicine and see the sights. The deplorable health and social conditions he found there caused his sympathies to veer quickly to the revolutionary efforts of the Chinese Communist Party, and before long he joined underground Party members in conspiratorial meetings and activities. In 1936 he left Shanghai on a secret mission to China's Red Army, which was then settling in Shaanxi Province after completing the Long March. For the next fourteen years, Hatem served the Communist troops as physician and advisor. He took the name Ma Haide and became the first foreigner admitted into China's Communist Party. After the Communist victory in 1949, he became the first foreigner granted citizenship in the People's Republic. Over the next forty years, his reputation grew as one of the leading public health physicians in the world. Along the way he played Ping-Pong with Mao, tended to Zhou Enlai's broken arm, cared for Dr. Sun Yat-sen's widow on her deathbed, and spearheaded China's effort to eradicate leprosy and venereal disease. Until his death in 1988, he showed absolute allegiance to the Party. Few foreigners have been accepted into Chinese society as readily and appreciatively as he and certainly none have had such intimate access to twentieth-century China's most powerful figures.

  • Diary of a Metastic Colon Cancer Patient

    Diary of a Metastic Colon Cancer Patient
    James R. Collins

    This book is a testament to the courage and determination of my late mother Sherry Herrington in her 10-month long battle against this horrible disease. Most of the story is in her own words that she wrote as her chemotherapy treatment progressed and how she felt. It is my hope that this story will bring strength and courage to patients like my mother and comfort to the families that suffer along with them

  • More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic : Folie ? Deux

    More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic : Folie ? Deux
    Sherry Jones Mayo

    More True Stories from EMS and the ER"More Confessions" shares the raw and honest feelings of emergency service professionals through true 'story behind the story' revelations. Disclosing experiences from both sides of the gurney, Sherry and other EMS, ER, paramilitary, and firefighter responders walk you along their fragile line of sanity. Using humor as a life raft during perfect storms, workers reflect upon how they endure and survive personal and professional tragedy while trying not to care too much, and what happens when they failin that attempt. A graduate student in psychology, Sherry is a paramedic, trauma nurse, and crisis interventionist who led a national paramilitary crisis response team and continues conducting crisis management training throughout the U.S. Emergency Service Professionals Praise More Confessions"Once again, Sherry brings to life the overlooked or, too often, over-hyped world of theemergency services for all to experience. She does so with a vitality and spirit thatmakes her prose almost poetic. If you want to glimpse the amazing world of EMSfrom 'behind the curtain, ' "More Confessions" is for you. Highest recommendations."–Rev. Don Brown, B.A., M.Div., Flight Paramedic (retired), Chaplain, Lt. Col., CAP(retired); Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Grand Saline, TX "More Confessions will take you to the edge of first responder insanity with honestyand integrity. Sherry has once again opened our world to the reader by cleverly describingthe unbelievable experiences that we have every day. This book is the realdeal!"–Peter Volkmann, MSW, EMT, Chief-Stockport NY Police Department. "Through the venue of real and personable human experience stories, Sherry's "MoreConfessions" is a powerfully written sequel that provides key insights into the need forthose who work in emergency and disaster response, as well as their families, to activelyand purposely recognize and consistently address their physical, mental, andspiritual well-being. All who read this book will be touched deeply in some way."–Harvey J. Burnett, Jr., PhD, LP, President, Michigan Crisis Response AssociationSergeant, Buchanan Police DepartmentAssistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences Dept., Andrews University Learn more at www.SherryJonesMayo.comFrom the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press Medical: Allied Health Services – Emergency Medical Services

  • Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic

    Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic
    Sherry Jones Mayo

    Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Jones Mayo has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergerncy Room Nurse, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally. Emergency Service Professionals Praise "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie" "A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine." –Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP) "Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession." — George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute "Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a 'MUST READ' for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions." –Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve." –Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc Learn more at From the Reflections of America Series Modern History Press Medical: Allied Health Services – Emergency Medical Services Biography & Autobiography: Medical – General Psychology: Psychopathology – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



    Good Times in the Hospital is a collection of unlikely stories, poignant vignettes, and humorous anecdotes gathered from a lifetime of experience with real doctors and patients. As the setting moves from Duke University Medical School, to The Mayo Clinic, to an inner-city charity hospital, to a military hospital, to private hospitals in metropolitan centers and rural towns, this inside look at hospital life allows the reader to gradually gain a new perspective on medical men and women: They are not much different from the rest of us. After forty years of medical education and hospital practice, the author concludes that, “Doctors are no worse than other people.” As for the patients in these stories—although hospitals are engaged in the most serious business imaginable—you cannot find more laugh-out-loud behavior anywhere. This is because when people are seeking medical care, they are vulnerable and reveal their true, inner selves. And, it turns out that the true, inner selves of most people are often some combination of fascinating, inexplicable, and ridiculous. To paraphrase a quote by Mel Brooks: “So long as this old world keeps spinning around and around, every person riding on it will occasionally get dizzy and do something stupid.” Good Times in the Hospital reminds us that it is unhealthy to take life too seriously and a lighthearted temperament is just as important as a sound diet. This point of view makes it possible for one book to combine a rare glimpse inside the hospital, an informative look at health care, and an entertaining collection of anecdotes. There are chapters about juvenile practical jokes among medical students, mistakes by doctors in training, serious life lessons learned at the bedside, hospital affairs that end badly, doctors threatening other doctors with handguns, a girl who tries to stop her grandma’s pacemaker with an MR scanner, an identical twin who has the surgery intended for her sister, an old man patiently waiting his turn in a charity hospital emergency room while holding his intestines in his hand, boyhood memories of a doctor who accompanied his father making house calls, a doctor who missed his chance to win a Nobel Prize by not listening to his patient, an intriguing case of domestic abuse, fascinating hypochondriacs, insights into why intelligent people spend their last dollar on irrational treatments, amazing examples of cures by mind over matter, the importance of our attitude on our wellness, and even reflections on the question of medical miracles. Is it appropriate to laugh at the behavior of doctors attending their patients and entertain ourselves with yarns of patients in their sickbed? Good Times in the Hospital promotes the viewpoint that the best way to deal with our inevitable foibles is to laugh about them. The author says, “If you believe that some things are sacrosanct and immune from humor, you are reading the wrong book.” In an epilogue following this rich tapestry of medical tales, the author offers some final thoughts on how to sort through medical advice, a discussion of alternative medicine, the real effect of malpractice lawsuits on doctors, and the responsibility of patients for their own health. This epilogue is a rare opportunity to hear from an experienced, retired physician on such matters. Such frank opinions are virtually never discussed by doctors in practice, who must be circumspect in what they say for fear of alienating their patients, losing their insurance coverage, or becoming the target of a law firm. Mostly though, Good Times in the Hospital is an insightful panoply of true-life stories that illustrate the best and worst of human nature, a chance for the reader to have some fun and learn a little along the way.

  • Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder

    Finding Sanity: John Cade, lithium and the taming of bipolar disorder
    Greg de Moore

    For most of human history, mental illness has been largely untreatable. Sufferers lived their lives – if they survived – in and out of asylums, accumulating life's wreckage around them.In 1948, all that changed when an Australian doctor and recently returned prisoner of war, working alone in a disused kitchen, set about an experimental treatment for one of the scourges of mankind – manic depression, or bipolar disorder. That doctor was John Cade and in that small kitchen he stirred up a miracle.John Cade discovered a treatment that has become the gold standard for bipolar disorder – lithium. It has stopped more people from committing suicide than a thousand help lines.Lithium is the penicillin story of mental health – the first effective medication discovered for the treatment of a mental illness – and it is, without doubt, Australia's greatest mental health story.

  • Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine

    Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine
    Louis Wade Sullivan

    While Louis W. Sullivan was a student at Morehouse College, Morehouse president Benjamin Mays said something to the student body that stuck with him for the rest of his life. “The tragedy of life is not failing to reach our goals,” Mays said. “It is not having goals to reach.”In Breaking Ground, Sullivan recounts his extraordinary life beginning with his childhood in Jim Crow south Georgia and continuing through his trailblazing endeavors training to become a physician in an almost entirely white environment in the Northeast, founding and then leading the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, and serving as secretary of Health and Human Services in President George H. W. Bush's administration. Throughout this extraordinary life Sullivan has passionately championed both improved health care and increased access to medical professions for the poor and people of color.At five years old, Louis Sullivan declared to his mother that he wanted to be a doctor. Given the harsh segregation in Blakely, Georgia, and its lack of adequate schools for African Americans at the time, his parents sent Louis and his brother, Walter, to Savannah and later Atlanta, where greater educational opportunities existed for blacks.After attending Booker T. Washington High School and Morehouse College, Sullivan went to medical school at Boston University—he was the sole African American student in his class. He eventually became the chief of hematology there until Hugh Gloster, the president of Morehouse College, presented him with an opportunity he couldn't refuse: Would Sullivan be the founding dean of Morehouse's new medical school? He agreed and went on to create a state-of-the-art institution dedicated to helping poor and minority students become doctors. During this period he established long-lasting relationships with George H. W. and Barbara Bush that would eventually result in his becoming the secretary of Health and Human Services in 1989.Sullivan details his experiences in Washington dealing with the burgeoning AIDS crisis, PETA activists, and antismoking efforts, along with his efforts to push through comprehensive health care reform decades before the Affordable Care Act. Along the way his interactions with a cast of politicos, including Thurgood Marshall, Jack Kemp, Clarence Thomas, Jesse Helms, and the Bushes, capture vividly a particular moment in recent history.Sullivan's life—from Morehouse to the White House and his ongoing work with medical students in South Africa—is the embodiment of the hopes and progress that the civil rights movement fought to achieve. His story should inspire future generations—of all backgrounds—to aspire to great things.A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication

  • LIVING WITH THE WOLF and Surviving Lupus

    LIVING WITH THE WOLF and Surviving Lupus
    Liz Shaw-Stabler

    “This book from Liz Shaw-Stabler brings passion, guidance, and hope to the struggle of people suffering from chronic illnesses. Liz has spent decades battling systemic lupus, even enduring kidney failure and the challenges of living each day after day when she feels ill and then the near-miracle of kidney transplant—and all of the effects on the living of life. Liz is greatly admired by all who know her—a fighter, dedicated not only to personally overcoming illness, but also to bringing health care to people of color—a group that SLE strikes particularly hard. Shaw-Stabler is a professional educator and a passionate advocate, devoting hundreds of hours to founding LupusCare, which provides education and group meetings for a community in Los Angeles that is rich in African American and Latino families—a community that needs much better access to health care and health education. This book is another step in the battle. Read it to understand, to learn, and to discover how one person can influence the battle for personal and public health. Finally, read it to be inspired and to be moved to action. This book and its author are national treasures”—Bevra H Hahn, MD Professor of Medicine Chief of Rheumatology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Great Admirer of Liz Stabler-Shaw Los Angeles, California, June 2010. “Lupus is a life-altering experience and wisdom provided our teachers and mentors can be enabling and empowering. Liz Shaw-Stabler has helped hundreds of women with her reassuring advice”—Daniel J. Wallace, MD, FACP, FACR Chief of Rheumatology at Cedares-Sinai Medical Center Liz Shaw-Stabler was born in East Texas and received her undergraduate degree from Prairie View A and M University. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, and began her career immediately after graduation. After living in Chicago for a few years, teaching high school, acquiring a Master’s Degree and doing freelance modeling, she slowed down long enough to get married. She is the mother of one daughter who resides in Chicago. Liz now lives with her husband, Jay, in Inglewood, California, where she became the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Lupus Care Incorporated and organization that advocates for under-served lupus patients. Liz is a thirty-year lupus patient and has suffered many life-threatening illnesses but continued to believe that she was created to do something much bigger than her illness.

  • By Reason of Insanity: The David Michael Krueger Story

    By Reason of Insanity: The David Michael Krueger Story
    Mark Bourrie

    In the summer of 1993, people in Ontario were shocked by one of the most bizarre murders in the province's history. A patient at the Brockville psychiatric hospital was brutally killed in a forest grove on the grounds of the institution. One of the killers, a nearly blind psychiatric patient, walked into a nearby police station and turned himself in. The other murderer lay near the body in a sleeping bag, drugged into unconsciousness. Police found that the myopic suspect is one of the Canada's most dangerous killers, David Michael Krueger. His accomplice was Bruce Hamill, a murderer who had been freed after years of treatment at Penatanguishene's Oak Ridge Institution for the criminally insane. Brockville hospital authorities had let Hamill escort Krueger on his first day pass in thirty-five years. How could this killing have happened? The bizarre story of Krueger's life unfolds in this tightly-written book. It explores how Krueger allowed his strange fantasies to run his own life and how he was able to dupe psychiatrists, lawyers, and fellow inmates of the country's toughest institution into doing his bidding.

  • The Hobby/Cowboy Action Shooting

    The Hobby/Cowboy Action Shooting
    Richard M. Beloin MD

    The book is a 12 year summary of memoirs, facts and events leading to a totally encompassing hobby and the development of a popular shooting sport-Cowboy Action Shooting. The author covers subjects to include Shooting Accessories, Firearm Modifications, Reloading, Dedicated Practice, a typical day at a CAS and others covered in 14 chapters. The book is written for the general public, novice, beginner, the experienced shooter and the retiree looking for a hobby. It is a nonfiction guide book that exposes all the facets of cowboy shooting and includes the state of the art and modern approaches to the sport.

  • My Journey with Crohn’S

    My Journey with Crohn’S
    Nicole N. elociN

    I was diagnosed with Crohns disease in 2009. After a series of life altering events, I am able to write this book, in hopes of bringing awareness to Crohns from a patients perspective. I was told it would not change my life. Little did I know it would take me on a journey many have said they were uncertain if they could survive. Everything I based my life on was questioned by this disease. Love, hope, faith, trust and family. I hope this book will give you an understanding of Crohns disease and the many issues that may stem from it.

  • And Then My Uterus Fell Out: A memoir on life with pelvic organ prolapse

    And Then My Uterus Fell Out: A memoir on life with pelvic organ prolapse
    P.R. Newton

    A brutally honest, and at times pee your pants funny, tale about one woman’s journey through motherhood with a condition that affects approximately half of all females, pelvic organ prolapse.This moving memoir is one woman’s inspirational story about the traumatic birth of her first child and subsequent diagnosis of the chronic condition, pelvic organ prolapse. Wrapped within an engaging account of living with prolapse is an insightful glimpse into what it means to be a mother battling chronic pain, embarrassing side effects, and depression in a society that often idealizes motherhood as a time of bliss and joy, and dismisses this embarrassing, and often debilitating, condition.Inspiration for her healing comes from the most unlikely of places, the heart-wrenching struggles of women in the developing world. A startlingly honest, elegant, and often humorous depiction of life with pelvic organ prolapse, And Then My Uterus Fell Out, calls out to all women around the world who suffer in silence with a life-affirming message of dignity, hope, and sisterhood.Keywords: pelvic organ prolapse, running with prolapse, uterine prolapse, bladder prolapse, incontinence, childbirth, birth trauma, special needs parenting, adoption REVIEWS:This is an honest and detailed account of living with a wearing, relentless condition which pervades every aspect of the lives of millions of women. It will be helpful for anyone who has prolapse, or lives with someone who has prolapse, or professionals who care for people with these conditions. It is rare to get such insight into the impact pelvic organ prolapse has into a patient's life – so, this book will be valuable for many people. Well worth a read. Piper's book is utterly relatable to those of us with POP and an eye opener for those who find themselves wondering "what all the fuss is about." From the dismissal of doctors to the struggle of caring for your brand new baby when you have just been hit by an emotional and physical trick to how each and everyone chooses to deal with this one it arrives – it is all within these pages. I found myself wishing for some magical, happy, all fixed ending for her.I read this book so that I would be able to better understand pelvic organ prolapse. It wasn't until halfway through the book that I discovered that I suffer from prolapse myself and that health problems that I've suffered with for years are as a result of it. I now have a sense of hope about the future of those issues. I didn't realize when I sat down to read this book that it would literally change the course of my life! Piper's highly personal story is heartbreaking and yet told with humour and threaded with hope. I admire her determination and her willingness to share her experience in order to help others. My hope is that many other women will read it and begin a dialogue about this hushed topic.Heart breaking, honest and a worthy read for any woman. A well written informative must read for all women and their partners about a life altering condition that up to now women have suffered in silence-kudos to the author for sharing her story

  • The Celestial Society: A Life in Medicine

    The Celestial Society: A Life in Medicine
    Vivian Burch Martin

    An important figure in mid-Twentieth Century medicine and cardiology, brilliant, dynamic George Burch was outstanding on every front — pioneering researcher in multiple aspects of the body’s workings, an inspiring educator, editor and prolific writer, and electrifying lecturer. His patients loved him for his gentleness, common sense approach and tireless advocacy on their behalf. Immersed in medicine from childhood as he assisted his father, a physician in rural Louisiana, he was influential worldwide by a surprisingly young age. Possessed of a healthy sense of humor, he was nevertheless deeply serious of purpose. He was an independent thinker, outspoken and unfazed by mainstream opinion. Increasingly controversial, he became a hero to some, but to others an outdated fossil. The life story of this remarkable man resonates vividly in today’s environment of confusion and inordinate expense in medical care.

  • I Think I Scared Her: Growing Up With Psychosis: Growing Up With Psychosis

    I Think I Scared Her: Growing Up With Psychosis: Growing Up With Psychosis
    Brooke Katz

    In third grade I started hearing voices, seeing people chasing me, feeling paranoid, confused, and delusional. I can’t remember before third grade, but it is likely that I have had schizoaffective disorder all my life. I was afraid to tell anyone about my issues because I was afraid that the voices would kill me. There were two main voices: the blue and the red. They sometimes just mimicked me, or made me feel guilty about being bad, but they were the most dangerous when they commanded me to kill other people or myself. I found refuge from the voices by cutting myself to see the blood. This is a habit that has been almost impossible for me to stop. In the seventh grade I threatened my friends and teachers by writing anonymous threat notes. I eventually got caught and I was sent to a psychiatrist by the school. This was my first trip to a psychiatrist and I was eleven years old. I hated it. I cursed at her and wouldn’t cooperate. I never went back. When I was twelve my family moved to Seattle, Washington. I thought I would be able to start over with my life and escape all my pain. Unfortunately, the voices and fears followed me. I was in eighth grade and I started hanging with a bad crowd. I used drugs and had sex. The voices were telling me I was a bad person, so I acted like a bad person. I almost got kicked out of school. I hit rock bottom on December 5, 1997. I attempted suicide. No one had any idea how much pain I was in and this really surprised them. My parents went into shock. My school counselor who had been helping had no idea that I was so severely ill. I told the doctors about the voices and the visions, but I couldn’t admit to being paranoid because I was so sure that my delusions were real. The doctors tried to help me, but nothing helped. I was in the hospital for most of my senior year of high school. Finally I turned eighteen and I was sent to the adult medical center instead of the children’s hospital and I was told that I would never be able to graduate college or live on my own. This did not stop me though, it inspired me. My family found a hospital for me in Massachusetts and I moved to Boston into an Adolescent Residential Treatment Center where I got to see a specialist in child psychotic disorders. She found a medicine that my doctors in Seattle had not thought of trying and it was like a miracle drug. Soon I was out of the hospital and I was back in school, part-time at Brandeis University. My whole family moved to Weston, MA and my little brother started high school there. My older brother went to college in Western MA. Although I was happy to be back in school, I was having a lot of side effects from the medications and I had a hard time concentrating. Brandeis did not have a lot of experience dealing with people with mental illness, or at least I don’t think they did because I felt very alone there. At Brandeis I was majoring in creative writing. After two years I transferred to Simmons College and I am a nursing major. I can’t wait to get my R.N. and help patients. My family is moving into Boston soon. My life is going great. I have had a lot of physical setbacks—heart problems, diabetes, seizures, hypothyroid, congenital adrenal hyperoplasia, stomach issues, and most recently gallstones. Still, my schizoaffective disorder has been the hardest thing to manage. I hope this book will help some families that are dealing with mental illness. It shows that kids can make it through psychosis. It also helps families understand what psychosis is really like.

  • Quicklet on Jill Bolte Taylor s My Stroke of Insight (CliffsNotes-like Summary and Analysis): Chapter-by-Chapter Summary and Analysis

    Quicklet on Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight (CliffsNotes-like Summary and Analysis): Chapter-by-Chapter Summary and Analysis
    Anne Lund

    Description ABOUT THE BOOK Curled up into a little fetal ball, I felt my spirit surrender to death and it certainly never dawned on me that I would ever be capable of sharing my story with anyone. In 2006, ten years after she recovered from a debilitating stroke, neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor self-published her book, My Stroke of Insight. The book is, as Taylor describes in her introduction, “a chronological documentation of the journey I took into the formless abyss of a silent mind, where the essence of my being became enfolded in a deep inner peace.” Taylor’s aim was to share the unusual story of a brain scientist experiencing her own cerebral hemorrhage, the resulting journey to an inner state of bliss, and subsequent recovery. The book’s online success was fueled by a riveting video, then followed by an appearance on Oprah. Eventually, the book was sold to Viking Press and published in hardcover, subsequently becoming a number one bestseller.

  • Morgellons Among Us

    Morgellons Among Us
    Bobbi Devine

    How often have you experienced a physical reaction or change that shocked you beyond your understanding? Im talking about a single event so absurd and unheard of that you were afraid to tell anyone about it? This book is a personal journey of my own experience with Morgellons Disease. A disease that has been kept hush-hush for years by they that know about it. It has been said that it is caused by a chemical knowingly or unknowingly released by the government. It has been leaked into our society in which it is banned. Found to be a genetically modified product poisoning many innocent people. A disease difficult to describe. Difficult because not one of its harrowing symptoms can be compared to any other disease. Symptoms so traumatizing many of its victims commit suicide. Others suffer in silence. I did just that. After 10 long arduous years of solitude, I have recovered and chose to share my testimony with you. In this profound and self-revealing book, I hope to help other victims and their families to cope with all of the life-changing events that can take place. For all the people suffering from this wretched condition, I hope this brings you comfort knowing youre not alone. For families suffering with afflicted loved ones…I hope this gives you peace and some guidance through it all. I wont stop fighting until Morgellons is a household word and people know and see our needs.

  • Life Goes On: Journey of a Liver Transplant Recipient

    Life Goes On: Journey of a Liver Transplant Recipient
    Christine Jowett

    It is a reality that someone in Canada dies every three days waiting for an organ transplant; for some patients, they are lying in their hospital beds, waiting to be given a second chance at life. Some are fortunate to receive that organ or gift of life, yet for many, they don’t survive because the organ they require is either not available or doesn’t get there in time.Christine Jowett was only thirteen years old when she became jaundiced, fatigued, and endured bouts of right abdominal pain. Having lived with autoimmune hepatitis for twenty-six years, Christine’s disease finally took its toll on her and she ended up in St. Mary’s Hospital, where she works as a cardiology nurse. In order to save her life, she was then sent to Toronto General Hospital to wait for a liver transplant, yet, her situation continued to deteriorate as her kidneys were shutting down.Now at forty-one years old, a mother and a wife, it still remains a mystery as to why Christine developed chronic autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that for so long through her life she was able to manage with few medications. Life Goes On is a moving story of her life, which tells of her sickness, facing up to the possibility of losing her family, and the struggle to regain the normality of life after her operation. After the tragic death of an anonymous hero, Christine is given the ultimate gift of life, a healthy organ, on one very special day.

  • Define Crazy: A Nurse s 20 Years On A Locked Psych Ward

    Define Crazy: A Nurse’s 20 Years On A Locked Psych Ward
    Donna Snyder, RN, BSN

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    Donna M. Ivey

    This is the story of Rene M. Caisse of Bracebridge, Canada and describes her extraordinary perseverance to obtain official recognition of her herbal cancer remedy she called Essiac, her name spelled backwards. Rene Caisse was thrust into a life-long medical-legal-political controversy that still persists since her death in 1978. Rene wrestled with the Hepburn government of Ontario over the operation of her Bracebridge cancer clinic during 1935 to 1941 and her use of Essiac. She refused to reveal her secret formula and legislation demanding the recipe forced the closing of her clinic. The government was embroiled in the dilemma of ensuring their public favour and appeasing cancer patients. This documented research presents a biography of a remarkable woman and her struggle to help "suffering humanity."

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    A Doctor Among the Oglala Sioux Tribe: The Letters of Robert H. Ruby, 1953-1954
    Robert H. Ruby

    In 1953 young surgeon Robert H. Ruby began work as the chief medical officer at the hospital on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He began writing almost daily to his sister, describing the Oglala Lakota people he served, his Bureau of Indian Affairs colleagues, and day-to-day life on the reservation. Ruby and his wife were active in the social life of the non-white community, which allowed Ruby, also a self-trained ethnographer, to write in detail about the Oglala Lakota people and their culture, covering topics such as religion, art, traditions, and values. His frank and personal depiction of conditions he encountered on the reservation examines poverty, alcoholism, the educational system, and employment conditions and opportunities. Ruby also wrote critically of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, describing the bureaucracy that made it difficult for him to do his job and kept his hospital permanently understaffed and undersupplied. These engaging letters provide a compelling memoir of life at Pine Ridge in the mid-1950s.

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  • Discombobulated: An Inspiring Journey of Hope Through Mental Illness

    Discombobulated: An Inspiring Journey of Hope Through Mental Illness
    Kelly Ann Compton; Cheryl Arnold Ph.D.

    Mental illness has been my life. It began with deep dark feelings of internal horribleness at age 10 and culminated with a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder in my late 30s. What is it like to live with a mental illness? Confusing. For years I could not decipher between real and not real. Dreams, hallucinations and real life blended into one reality. My hallucinations mostly consisted of my being raped. It could happen at any time. Voices would tell me to do things such as drive into a wall or shred my skin. Still, until a major breakdown at age 34 where I discovered I had no self, I was able to hide my terrifying life. I've been hospitalized 2 1/2 times and one year I took medical leave from my job. Proper diagnosis took years. My diagnosis history included Histrionic, Major Depression, Multiple Personality Disorder, and finally Schizoaffective Disorder. With the right therapist, and time, came the correct diagnosis; with the correct diagnosis, came the medication that helped bring my life under control in a good way. The journey has been a long one. Writing my story has been one of physical and emotional need. I had to write it. My message is one of hope. My therapist has written her perspective, too, adding to the completeness of my story. I want people to have a better understanding of mental illness. I want people to know how horrible a mental illness can be, and that there can be hope.