Mountains Beyond Mountains
By Tracy Kidder
DB 59188, Available as BARD Download
Cultural biography of Paul Farmer, physician, Harvard professor, anthropologist, and infectious disease specialist with a mission to improve medical conditions in remote locations. Recounts his founding of Partners in Health, recognition for creating a public health system in disease-ridden settlements of Haiti, and travels among unserved peoples in Latin America and Russia. 2003.
Mountains Beyond Mountains
On Immunity: An Inoculation
By Eula Biss
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Author of Notes from No Man's Land (DB 72586) uses her experiences as a pregnant woman and new mother to explore the world of immunization in the twenty-first century. Examines old wives' tales, the history of immunization, interactions of women preparing for motherhood, and immunization in literature.
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World
By Laura Spinney
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The Spanish flu of 1918-1920 infected a third of the Earth's population--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi, Woodrow Wilson, and the king of Spain. Explores the impact of this pandemic on global politics, race relations, family structures, medicine, religion and the arts. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear
By Seth Mnookin
DB 72919, Available as BARD Download
Journalist asserts that antivaccine groups use the media to spread groundless panic. Includes a history of vaccines and describes British gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield's study linking autism to childhood immunizations, published in 1998 and retracted in 2010. Argues that attempts to discredit vaccines will reverse a century of medical progress. 2011.
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
By Deborah Blum
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Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist chronicles the birth of forensic medicine and the careers of toxicology pioneers Dr. Charles Norris and Alexander Gettler during the early twentieth century. Examines criminal cases in which Norris and Gettler identified previously difficult-to-detect chemicals and advanced scientific understanding of how poisons worked. Some violence. 2010.
Polio: An American Story
By David Oshinsky
DB 60283, Available as BARD Download
Account of the twentieth-century search for a polio vaccine and the rivalries that developed between competing medical researchers, notably Jonas Salk, Albert Sabin, and Hilary Koprowski. Traces the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis campaigns and the public health experiment involving Salk's vaccine. Evokes the widespread panic over the disease. 2005.
Pox Americana: The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82
By Elizabeth Fenn
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Historian examines the devastation caused by the smallpox virus that ravaged continental North America while the east-coast colonies fought the revolution against Britain. Explores the complexity of historical interpretation in the light of this virulently contagious disease that caused terror and death and may have affected the war's outcome. 2001.
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus
By Bill Wasik
DB 75472, Available as BARD Download
Cultural history of rabies, the beast-to-human transmitted virus, from ancient times to Louis Pasteur's late nineteenth-century vaccine and modern-day survivors. Discusses the sources of the brain infection that used to be one hundred percent fatal. Bestseller. 2012.
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
By Anne Fadiman
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Born in California of Laotian (Hmong) parents, Lia suffers from epileptic seizures that began at age three months. As traditional Hmong medicine is not available, Lia's parents take her to American doctors. Neither parental love nor the doctors' sense of duty can transcend the cultural barriers and misconceptions that complicate Lia's medical care. Bestseller.