New Books: August 2018

Highlighted titles from the newest additions to the HSL Collection: You can find these books on the shelf, to the right, when entering the library. A full list of new titles can be found online.

Damnation Island: poor, sick, mad & criminal in 19th-century New York, by Stacy Horn

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Roosevelt Island is a two-mile stretch of land in New York’s East River. In the past, it was Blackwell’s Island: site of a lunatic asylum, two prisons, an almshouse, and a number of hospitals. Conceived as the most modern, humane incarceration facility, it became, in the words of a visiting Charles Dickens, ‘a lounging, listless madhouse.’ Through the gripping voices of the island’s inhabitants, as well as the period’s officials, reformers, and journalists, Horn brings its forgotten history to life. In doing so, she shows us how far we’ve come in caring for the least fortunate among us– and reminds us how much work still remains.” — adapted from jacket

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Multicultural manners: essential rules of etiquette for the 21st century, by Norine Dresser

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“Both highly informative and entertaining, Multicultural Manners gives readers the understanding they need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations. This incisive and award-winning guide to etiquette features completely updated etiquette guidelines with special emphasis on post–September 11 culture clashes as well as a brand-new section that demystifies unfamiliar cultures in the news. Norine Dresser identifies key cross-cultural hot spots and suggests methods that foster respect for diversity. Readers will discover the dos and don’ts of successful business and social interaction, detailed tips on avoiding embarrassment in a variety of social settings, amusing firsthand accounts of cultural gaffes, a breakdown of customs, religions, languages, and ethnicities for seventy different countries, and appropriate etiquette for innumerable settings.” — EBSCOHost


Atlas of clinical dermatology, by Anthony du Vivier

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“Now in its 4th edition, Dr. du Vivier’s bestselling Atlas of Clinical Dermatology provides the comprehensive visual guidance you need to effectively evaluate, diagnose, and manage all forms of skin disease. Over 2,300 images richly depict etiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment, equipping you to provide the best care to every patient.” — Amazon.

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In shock: my journey from death to recovery and the redemptive power of hope, by Rana Awdish.

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“The gripping story of a physician who suddenly became a dying patient, and a riveting exploration into the worlds of personal loss and faltering medical care. Dr. Rana Awdish never imagined that an emergency trip to the hospital would result in hemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn child. Awdish spent months fighting for her life, enduring consecutive major surgeries and multiple overlapping organ failures. At each step of the way, Awdish faced something even more unexpected: her fellow doctors’ inability to truly see or acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering. This exacting emotional distance was completely at odds with the vision of medicine she had aspired to. Yet, heartbreakingly, she recognized herself in every failure–the product of a culture that had normalized clinical distance and hardwired self-protective barriers into medical training. As she finds herself on the other side of the same partitions she was trained to construct, Awdish artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection for everyone involved.”–Jacket.

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Learning while caring: reflections on a half-century of cancer practice, research, education, and ethics, by Samuel Hellman, MD

Cover imageLearning While Caring offers a collection of Dr. Hellman’s essays and articles, in which he delves into the issues brought about by advances and changes in medicine over the last fifty years. The essays are organized into five sections: Medical Ethics and Learning; Academic Medicine; Research; Perceptions of Cancer; and Heroes. Each section is introduced by a new commentary from Dr. Hellman on the historical aspects and current significance of the issues presented in that section’s essays. Throughout, Dr. Hellman interweaves reflections on major aspects of his professional career and the times in which they occurred as examples of the challenges and controversies that confront oncology, medicine, and academia. The book concludes with “Summing Up,” reviewing changes in medical practice and biological science and concluding that, despite these huge changes, certain things remain the same, especially the primary obligation of the doctor to the patient and the need to seek and test new knowledge.” — Amazon

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