New Books: July 2017

Highlighted titles from the newest print additions to the HSL Collection. You can find these on the shelf, to the right, when entering the library. A full list of new titles can be found here or check the New Books shelf, for all new items, by the lounge area. Also, check out our Theses Collection post.

The death gap : how inequality kills, by David A. Ansell

Cover image “Inequality is all around us, and often the distance between high and low life expectancy can be a matter of just a few blocks. But geography need not be destiny, urges Ansell. In The Death Gap he shows us how we can face this national health crisis head-on and take action against the circumstances that rob people of their dignity and their lives.” — Amazon

WA546 AA1 A618 2017

Mercies in disguise : a story of hope, a family’s genetic destiny, and the science that rescued them, By Gina Kolata

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“A work of narrative nonfiction, Mercies in Disguise is the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It’s a story of a family that had to deal with unspeakable tragedy and yet did not allow it to tear them apart. And it is the story of a young woman―Amanda Baxley―who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family’s destiny.” — Amazon

WL301 K81 2017

Miracle cure : the creation of antibiotics and the birth of modern medicine, by William Rosen

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“Timely, engrossing, and eye-opening, Miracle Cure is a must-read science narrative—a drama of enormous range, combining science, technology, politics, and economics to illuminate the reasons behind one of the most dramatic changes in humanity’s relationship with nature since the invention of agriculture ten thousand years ago.” — Amazon


QV11.1 R813 2017

The family gene : a mission to turn my deadly inheritance into a hopeful future, by: Joselin Linder

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“When Joselin Linder was in her twenties her legs suddenly started to swell. After years of misdiagnoses, doctors discovered a deadly blockage in her liver. Struggling to find an explanation for her unusual condition, Linder compared the medical chart of her father—who had died from a mysterious disease, ten years prior—with that of an uncle who had died under similarly strange circumstances. Delving further into the past, she discovered that her great-grandmother had displayed symptoms similar to hers before her death. Clearly, Linder’s illness was more than a fluke.” — Amazon

QZ50 L745 2017

Patient H.M. : a story of memory, madness and family secrets, by: Dittrich, Luke

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“Dittrich uses the case of Patient H.M. as a starting point for a kaleidoscopic journey, one that moves from the first recorded brain surgeries in ancient Egypt to the cutting-edge laboratories of MIT. He takes readers inside the old asylums and operating theaters where psychosurgeons, as they called themselves, conducted their human experiments, and behind the scenes of a bitter custody battle over the ownership of the most important brain in the world.” — Amazon


WM173.7 D617p 2016

Teeth : the untold story of beauty, inequality, and the struggle for oral health in America, by: Otto, Mary

Cover image“In this shattering new work, veteran health journalist Mary Otto looks inside America’s mouth, revealing unsettling truths about our unequal society.Teeth takes readers on a disturbing journey into America’s silent epidemic of oral disease, exposing the hidden connections between tooth decay and stunted job prospects, low educational achievement, social mobility, and the troubling state of our public health. Otto’s subjects include the pioneering dentist who made Shirley Temple and Judy Garland’s teeth sparkle on the silver screen and helped create the all-American image of “pearly whites.”” — Amazon

WU29 O91 2016

Understanding neighbourhood dynamics : new insights for neighbourhood effects research, edited by: Maarten van Ham and others

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“This rare interdisciplinary combination of research into neighbourhood dynamics and effects attempts to unravel the complex relationship between disadvantaged neighbourhoods and the life outcomes of the residents who live therein. It seeks to overcome the notorious difficulties of establishing an empirical causal relationship between living in a disadvantaged area and the poorer health and well-being often found in such places.” — Amazon

HT156 U534 2013