Healthy Summer Reading

Howard Baker, RN BSN
Howard Baker, RN BSN

With summer well underway, it’s a good time to get a head start on reading ideas. In 2012, unemployment / under-employment continued to be a problem, causing economic uncertainty with the loss of health benefits, and Obama Care seems to create more questions than answers for many Americans. The reading list will not solve unemployment nor answer your questions on healthcare but, I guarantee an eye opening and exciting read from the books listed below. Support your local library by asking if they have these books available for loan. Every year Library Journal (LJ) publishes a list of the best consumer health books. Highlights from the 2012 list are as follows:

Teresi, Dick. The Undead: Organ Harvesting, The Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers—How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death. Pantheon. ISBN 9780375423710. $26.95; eISBN 9780307907110. Teresi offers a look at the important ethical issues facing modern medicine: What constitutes death? Can a potential organ donor be revived? If so, what kind of life will that person have? (LJ 4/1/12)
Makary, Marty. Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. ISBN 9781608198368. $28; eISBN 9781608198399. A surgeon explains why providing patients with access to their own health records as well as to the safety records of hospitals and practitioners will improve patient safety and the overall quality of health care. (LJ 8/12)
Piot, Peter. No Time To Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses. Norton. ISBN 9780393063165. $27.95; eISBN 9780393084115. With new diseases appearing on a regular basis, the work of physician Piot demonstrates how infections spread and what, if anything, can be done to contain or prevent them. (LJ 6/15/12)

Sacks, Oliver. Hallucinations. Knopf. ISBN 9780307957245. $26.95; eISBN 9780307957252.
Sacks shows readers how senses can deceive, using clinical examples from his patients as well as literary and historical descriptions. A fascinating book. (LJ 9/1/12)
Broad, William J. (text) & Bobby Clennell (illus.). The Science of Yoga: The Myths and the Rewards. S. & S. ISBN 9781451641424. $26; eISBN 9781451641448. Science writer and yoga practitioner Broad looks at the evidence surrounding the practice and explains what’s good, what’s false, and what can be dangerous about yoga. (LJ 1/12)
Support your local library!

Howard Baker, RN BSN
For questions, comments, or suggestions on topics you want to read about please email me at: [email protected]

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