Description : Provides a chilling account of the experiments and scientific research performed on human subjects, primarily concentration camp inmates, by Nazi physicians, based on previously unpublished photographs and documents used during the Nuremberg trials.
Description : "An amazing, informative book that changes our perspective on medicine, microbes and our future." --Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, New York Times bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies A New York Times bestselling author shares this exhilarating story of cutting-edge science and the race against the clock to find new treatments in the fight against the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as superbugs. Physician, researcher, and ethics professor Matt McCarthy is on the front lines of a groundbreaking clinical trial testing a new antibiotic to fight lethal superbugs, bacteria that have built up resistance to the life-saving drugs in our rapidly dwindling arsenal. This trial serves as the backdrop for the compulsively readable Superbugs, and the results will impact nothing less than the future of humanity. Dr. McCarthy explores the history of bacteria and antibiotics, from Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, to obscure sources of innovative new medicines (often found in soil samples), to the cutting-edge DNA manipulation known as CRISPR, bringing to light how we arrived at this juncture of both incredible breakthrough and extreme vulnerability. We also meet the patients whose lives are hanging in the balance, from Remy, a teenager with a dangerous and rare infection, to Donny, a retired New York City firefighter with a compromised immune system, and many more. The proverbial ticking clock will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Can Dr. McCarthy save the lives of his patients infected with the deadly bacteria, who have otherwise lost all hope?
Description : Studies of genocide and mass atrocity most often focus on their causes and consequences, their aims and effects, and the number of people killed. But the question remains, if the main goal is death, then why is torture necessary? This book argues that genocide and mass atrocity are committed not as an end in themselves but as a means to pursue sustained and systemic torture -- the spectacle of violence -- against its victims. Extermination is not the only, or even the primary, goal of genocidal campaigns. In The Macabresque, Edward Weisband looks at different episodes of mass violence (Chinese Cultural Revolution, the Holocaust, post-Ottoman Turkey, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, among other instances) to consider why different methods of violence were used in each and how they related to the particular cultural milieu in which they were perpetrated. He asserts that it is not accidental that certain images capture our memory as emblematic of specific genocides or mass atrocities (the death marches of the Armenian genocide, mass starvation in the Ukraine, the killing apparatus and laboratories of the Holocaust, the killing fields of Cambodia) because such violence assumes a kind of style each time and place it arises. Weisband looks at these variations in terms of their aesthetic or dramaturgical style, or what he calls the macabresque. The macabresque is ever present in genocide and mass atrocity across time, place and episode. Beyond the horrors of lethality, it is the defining feature of concentration and/or death camps, detention centers, prisons, ghettos, killing fields, and the houses, schools and hospitals converted into hubs for torture. Macabresque dramaturgy also assumes many aesthetic forms, all designed to inflict hideous pain and humiliating punishments, sometimes in controlled environments, but also during frenzied moments of staged public horror. These kinds of performative violations permit perpetrators to revel in their absolute power but simultaneously to project hatred, revenge and revulsion onto victims, who embody the shame, humiliation and loss felt by their torturers. By understanding how and why mass violence occurs and the reasons for its variations, The Macabresque aims to explain why so many seemingly normal or "ordinary" people participate in mass atrocity across cultures and why such egregious violence occurs repeatedly through history.
Description : Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome, delightful heartthrob who adores her. She's a successful blacksmith, known for her artistic wrought-iron creations. But somehow Meg's road to contentment is more rutted and filled with potholes than seems fair. There are Michael's and Meg's doting but demanding mothers, for a start. And then there's the fruitless hunt for a place big enough for the couple to live together. And a succession of crises brought on by the well-meaning but utterly wacky demands of her friends and family. Demands that Meg has a hard time refusing---which is why she's tending the switchboard of Mutant Wizards, where her brother's computer games are created, and handling all the office management problems that no one else bothers with. For companionship, besides a crew of eccentric techies, she has a buzzard with one wing---who she must feed frozen mice thawed in the office microwave---and Michael's mother's nightmare dog. Not to mention the psychotherapists who refuse to give up their lease on half of the office space, and whose conflicting therapies cause continuing dissension. This is not what Meg had in mind when she agreed to help her brother move his staff to new offices. In fact, the atmosphere is so consistently loony that the office mail cart makes several passes through the reception room, with the office practical joker lying on top of it pretending to be dead, before Meg realizes that he's become the victim of someone who wasn't joking at all. He's been murdered for real. Donna Andrews's debut book, Murder with Peacocks, won the St. Martin's Malice Domestic best first novel contest and reaped a harvest of other honors as well. This is the fourth book in the Meg Langslow series, which features the intrepid Meg and her cast of oddball relatives. Their capers are a lighthearted joy to read.
Description : Sarah and Dan Majors tried everything to have a child, but were unsuccessful until they answered an ad in the local newspaper. The Major's said "What the Hell. We've tried everything else why not give this a shot." What the Hell is right. The Major's prayers would be answered from Hell. The Major's got in their car and headed to their destination with high hopes to put an end to the many years of failed pregnancies. Their destination would lead them deep into the mountains to a Witch Doctor that lives in a cave. As the Majors were driving through the rough terrain Sarah questioned her husbands’ directions.Dan reassured his wife he called the phone number in the ad and repeated back the directions twice. Sarah said "I don't like this. Why don't we turn back and try something else?" Dan again replied "We've tried everything. Now just be calm we're almost there. I can see the cave from here and I can see someone coming out of the cave waving at us." "I hope you're right about this," said his wife nervously. Dan drove up and parked his car in front of the cave. A man came up to Dan's car and knocked on his driver side window. Dan rolled his window down and said "You must be the Witch Doctor that is going to help my wife become pregnant." "Yes, I am the Witch Doctor that will make your dream come true. Now just follow me inside the cave and we'll get started." The Witch Doctor reassured Sarah she will conceive guaranteed if she follows his instructions. Sarah said "Okay, let’s get on with it." The Witch Doctor said "Listen to what I say carefully and you will not fail. The whole process will take a month and will consist of three shots per week and an incantation said at night before you go to bed. Lastly, there will be a small fee of $5,000 dollars to cover medication and my services. Are there any questions?" Sarah and Dan said "No." "Okay, well, let us begin," exclaimed the Witch Doctor. The Witch Doctor rolled up Sarah’s sleeve and administered the series of three shots in her arm and handed her an envelope with the incantation in it. Sarah and Dan thanked the Witch Doctor and headed back home and when nightfall came Sarah said the incantation and slept like a baby all night. Except for the nightmares of seeing demons Sarah would wake up every night in a cold sweat and scream out "Satan, I'm having your baby." Finally, the end of the month came and the Witch Doctor would not be seeing Sarah and Dan until eight months later to deliver her baby. For eight months Sarah was still having nightmares and saying things in her sleep like, "Satan it's almost time for our baby to be born. I'm going to be your bride soon and I'm going to name him "Sata." "The time has come. Let's go see the Witch Doctor and deliver our beautiful baby boy," said Sarah to her husband. They got in the car and as they were traveling down the road to see the Witch Doctor, Dan asked his wife. "How do you know it's a boy?" asked her husband. "It came to me in a dream one night and I've already got a name picked out for him," said Sarah as her eyes were glowing red. Dan did a double take and gazed in to her eyes, but they changed back to her pretty blue eyes. Dan just shook his head and thought to himself, "It must have been a trick of the light." Dan asked, "What's the name that you picked out for our new baby?" "Sata," answered Sarah. "That's different, but Sata Majors doesn't sound bad at all," replied Dan. The Majors' arrived just in time to the Witch Doctors' cave because Sarah’s contractions were getting unbearable during the drive up the mountains rough terrain. Sarah said "Hurry! Honey! I think my water broke." Dan put the car in park and jumped out of the car and ran over to help his wife out of the car. Sarah put her arm around her husbands' neck and the Witch Doctor helped them both into the cave to deliver unbeknownst to Dan a demon child from Hell. As the Witch Doctor pulled the baby from Sarah’s womb, Dan said "Oh! My God!! What is it?" Sarah replied "It's Satan’s baby. Look he's got your eyes. Don't you want to hold your son?"
Description : Facing Eugenics is a social history of sexual sterilization operations in twentieth-century Canada. Looking at real-life experiences of men and women who, either coercively or voluntarily, participated in the largest legal eugenics program in Canada, it considers the impact of successive legal policies and medical practices on shaping our understanding of contemporary reproductive rights. The book also provides deep insights into the broader implications of medical experimentation, institutionalization, and health care in North America. Erika Dyck uses a range of historical evidence, including medical files, court testimony, and personal records to place mental health and intelligence at the centre of discussions regarding reproductive fitness. Examining acts of resistance alongside heavy-handed decisions to sterilize people considered “unfit,” Facing Eugenics illuminates how reproductive rights fit into a broader discussion of what constitutes civil liberties, modern feminism, and contemporary psychiatric survivor and disability activism.
Description : "This intimate account is relayed with raw honesty and emotion. A cold, sobering look at some of life's injustices." Michelle Bristow-Bovey, Cape Times, South Africa "One of the most emotional and revealing confessions". Telegraph Newspaper, Bulgaria "Great book! I couldn't put down until finished it! Very deep, emotional, heartfelt story of a strong women thrown in jail for something she has never done, but yet she has been prosecuted, tortured, went true traumatic years of undeserved punishment far from her home country. A must read!" Amazon.com Reader Review "This horror story made international headlines. It shows brutality in its most extreme form, a wilful act of cruel injustice for which the Libyan government stands accused. Reading this book will make you cry." Dries Brunt, Citizen Newspaper, South Africa
Description : In the bewildering days after diagnosis of a severe disease, patients learn two daunting facts: One, no doctor has all the answers, and two, there are no answers, only odds. For readers (and their families) who want to be involved in the key choices regarding treatment, Dr. Schneider is the ideal guide. A climate scientist, his life's work is decision making in the face of great uncertainty. This important book is both his own gripping story of working with his doctors to get the best treatment possible, and also a brilliant critique of the flawed system under which doctors must now operate. "Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can bring out the best or the worst in patients.... For Stephen H. Schneider, Ph.D. it brought out the fighter.... The story is compelling.... It offers a number of positive and useful messages for patients enduring chemotherapy, radiation, and other cancer treatments." (Journal of the American Medical Association) "Compelling...a frightening medical adventure." (Donald Kennedy, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief of Science)
Description : How to cope with a person with schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder? To some, getting out of the situation altogether is the order of the day. After all, the situation may seem helpless and a sure way to waste the best years of one’s life. Not for Leon Corkum’s very best friend Noel, however. In She-Devils from Hell: Noel’s Personal Diary Chronicles, Leon tells in great detail how his close friend Noel had coped with a wife who suffers from the illness for no less than fifty years. Certainly, it is no mean feat, but as Leon admits, marriage is more than joy throughout; one must be wary since God Himself is a witness to the pact that binds two people together in all the aspects of living together. More than an account of the illness itself, this work reflects the hope, faith, and love of an extraordinary man amidst the most difficult situation one could imagine being in.
Description : With this new handbook, carb lovers can now differentiate between the carbohydrates that tack on pounds--and those that don't.