Cutting-edge research, frontline practitioners and alternative points-of-view can be found in these books about health and medicine from the Lititz Public Library.
A Thousand Naked Strangers: A Paramedic’s Wild Ride to the Edge and Back by Kevin Hazzard
Seeking a personal challenge after 9/11, a local reporter became an EMT on the streets of Atlanta, saving lives and experiencing a nightly adrenaline rush.
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
At age thirty-six, on the verge of completing training as a neurosurgeon, the author was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.
Women, Food and Desire: Embrace Your Cravings, Make Peace with Food, Reclaim Your Body by Alexandra Jamieson
Holistic health counselor explores women’s cravings and teaches how listening to your body leads to a healthier, fuller life.
The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health: 501 Recipes for Healthy Living, Green Cleaning and Natural Beauty by Pip Waller
Use the power of plants to enhance wellness and toxin-free living with information about growing, collecting, preserving and preparing herbs for a variety of purposes.
Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection by Catherine Price
Despite a century of scientific research into vitamins, there is little consensus about the amount we require or what the thirteen dietary chemicals actually do.
Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions that Drive Too Much Medical Care by Dr. H. Gilbert Welch
The author pushes against established wisdom to suggest that medical care may be too aggressive.
Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford
Journalist examines the subject of longevity, looking at the current understanding of aging and the simple things people can do to promote a long life.
The Hearing-Loss Guide: Useful Information and Advice for Patients and Families by John M. Burkey
Audiologist offers specific, up-to-date information about hearing loss based on his extensive experience with patients.
The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital by Alexandra Robbins.
Behind-the-scenes look at unsung heroism chronicles a year in the lives of four hospital nurses.
Complete Detox Workbook: 2-Day, 9-Day and 30-Day Makeovers to Cleanse and Revitalize Your Life by Christina Scott-Moncrieff
Homeopathic physician offers a fast, effective path to maximum health with strategies to increase vitality, aid weight loss and relieve stress.
A Bone to Pick: The Good and Bad News About Food, with Wisdom, Insights, and Advice on Diets, Food Safety, GMOs, Farming and More by Mark Bittman
A collection of the author’s New York Times columns is updated to reflect the latest research.
The Crazy and the Damned: An OCD Memoir by Robert Lanni
The author chronicles his experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder, how he coped with the disease prior to treatment and how his life has changed for the better after intervention and proper care.
Adventures in Human Being: A Grand Tour from the Cranium to the Calcaneum by Gavin Francis
Drawing on his experience as a surgeon and family physician, the author blends stories from the clinic with episodes from medical history, philosophy and literature to describe the body in sickness and health.
Behind the Curtain: A Peek at Life from Within the ER by Jeffrey E. Sterling, Md, MPH
A look inside the real-life traumas and triumphs of emergency medicine is presented in a collection of personal stories.
The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father, One Day at a Time by Jonathan Kozol
The author’s father, a nationally noted specialist in disorders of the brain, explained the causes of his sickness at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and then narrated his slow descent into dementia.
April 1, 2016