Public Health

Top 10 Public Health : The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC, Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors, The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing, The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care, Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
AuthorAnne Fadiman
Lia Lee was born in 1982 to a family of recent Hmong immigrants, and soon developed symptoms of epilepsy. By 1988 she was living at home but was brain dead after a tragic cycle of misunderstanding, over-medication, and culture clash: "What the doctors viewed as clinical efficiency the Hmong viewed as...
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
AuthorTracy Kidder
This powerful and inspiring book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine,...
The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of the Origins of the Ebola Virus
AuthorRichard Preston
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic "hot" virus....
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
AuthorNicholas D. Kristof
From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey...
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
AuthorMichelle Alexander
"Jarvious Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot...
Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC
AuthorJoseph B. McCormick
So my criticisms for this book remain. It seems to be a direct response to "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston by continually saying things like "despite what popular fiction and non-fiction novels say Ebola does not 'melt the organs' they stay intact" which is fine. Maybe Preston exaggerated a bit, but...
Illness as Metaphor & AIDS and Its Metaphors
AuthorSusan Sontag
In 1978 Susan Sontag wrote Illness as Metaphor, a classic work described by Newsweek as "one of the most liberating books of its time." A cancer patient herself when she was writing the book, Sontag shows how the metaphors and myths surrounding certain illnesses, especially cancer, add greatly to the...
The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing
AuthorLori Arviso Alvord
The first Navajo woman surgeon combines western medicine and traditional healing.

A spellbinding journey between two worlds, this remarkable book describes surgeon Lori Arviso Alvord's struggles to bring modern medicine to the Navajo reservation in Gallup, New Mexico—and to bring...
The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care
AuthorT.R. Reid
In The Healing of America, New York Times bestselling author T. R. Reid shows how all the other industrialized democracies have achieved something the United States can’t seem to do: provide health care for everybody at a reasonable cost.

In his global quest to find a possible prescription,...
Parasite Rex: Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures
AuthorCarl Zimmer
For centuries, parasites have lived in nightmares, horror stories, and in the darkest shadows of science. Now award-winning writer Carl Zimmer takes us on a fantastic voyage into the secret parasite universe we actually live in but haven't recognized. He reveals not only that parasites are the most...
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate
AuthorNaomi Klein
Forget everything you think you know about global warming. It's not about carbon – it's about capitalism. The good news is that we can seize this crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better.

In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of...
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
AuthorJacqueline Novogratz

For the first 5,000 copies of The Blue Sweater purchased, a $15 donation per book will be made to Acumen Fund, a nonprofit that invests in transformative businesses to solve the problems of poverty.

The Blue Sweater is the inspiring story of a woman who left a career in international banking...
The Epigenetics Revolution
AuthorNessa Carey
At the beginning of this century enormous progress had been made in genetics. The Human Genome Project finished sequencing human DNA. It seemed it was only a matter of time until we had all the answers to the secrets of life on this planet. The cutting-edge of biology, however, is telling us that we still...
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
AuthorMalcolm Gladwell
An alternate cover edition exists here.

The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion...
The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS
AuthorJonathan Engel
From the Castro bathhouses to AZT and the denial of AIDS in South Africa, this sweeping look at AIDS covers the epidemic from all angles and across the world. Engel seamlessly weaves together science, politics, and culture, writing with an even hand—noting the excesses of the more radical edges of...
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
AuthorBeth Macy
Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national...
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
AuthorMichael Moss
Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar. They ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, almost none of which comes from salt shakers. It comes from processed food, an industry that hauls in $1 trillion in annual sales.

In Salt...
The Secret History of the War on Cancer
AuthorDevra Davis
The War on Cancer set out to find, treat, and cure a disease. Left untouched were many of the things known to cause cancer, including tobacco, the workplace, radiation, or the global environment. Proof of how the world in which we live and work affects whether we get cancer was either overlooked or suppressed....
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
AuthorMatthew Desmond
In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century...
AuthorJim Murphy
1793, Philadelphia. The nation's capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . .

Jim Murphy describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city's residents, relating the epidemic to the major social...
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America
AuthorSusan Campbell Bartoletti
What happens when a person's reputation has been forever damaged?

With archival photographs and text among other primary sources, this riveting biography of Mary Mallon by the Sibert medalist and Newbery Honor winner Susan Bartoletti looks beyond the tabloid scandal of Mary's controversial...
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
AuthorDeborah Blum
Deborah Blum, writing with the high style and skill for suspense that is characteristic of the very best mystery fiction, shares the untold story of how poison rocked Jazz Age New York City. In The Poisoner's Handbook Blum draws from highly original research to track the fascinating, perilous days...
The Doula Book: How A Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have A Shorter, Easier, And Healthier Birth
AuthorJohn H. Kennell
More and more parents-to-be all over the world are choosing the comfort and reassuring support of birth with a trained labor companion called a "doula." This warm, authoritative, and irreplaceable guide completely updates the authors' earlier book, Mothering the Mother, and adds much new and important...
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma
AuthorPeter A. Levine
Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that...
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
AuthorRichard Louv
"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in—and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the...
AuthorJimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter is an absolute hero to me. The work that's he's done through and with The Carter Center is nothing short of amazing. This book does an excellent job of illuminating exactly what goes into the progress that The Carter Center has effected.

There were at least half a dozen times that...
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
AuthorJared Diamond
"Diamond has written a book of remarkable scope ... one of the most important and readable works on the human past published in recent years."

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a national bestseller: the global account of the rise of civilization that is also a stunning refutation of ideas of...
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