examine what works, what hasn’t worked, and
what twenty-first-century solutions can be ap-
plied to improve the health of people from
Liberia to the slums of New Delhi. Taking
into account the successes of the Global Po-
lio Eradication Initiative and other efforts that
have sent major diseases such as malaria, pneu-
monia, measles, and HIV/AIDS into retreat,
they scrutinize what has comprised success.
Thornier, perhaps, is the threat of worldwide
epidemics from, say, the Zika virus or Ebola.
When such health hazards emerge, the call for
swift and decisive transnational action is imperative. But beyond communicable diseases,
there exists the goal to control the spread of
noncommunicable diseases, such as heart
disease and diabetes. Who will oversee such
initiatives, and how? As the authors pose crucial questions and posit solutions, they present
readers with an invaluable global health overview and much to ponder about the need for
international cooperation among private and
governmental entities. —Donna Chavez
Healthcare Choices: 5 Steps to Getting
the Medical Care You Want and Need.
By Archelle Georgiou.
Feb. 2017. 180p. Rowman & Littlefield, $35
(9781442260337); e-book, $34.99 (9781442260344).
Georgiou, an MD who served as chief medical officer of United Healthcare, knows her
subject matter. To help Americans make good
medical choices, she recommends following
her own CARES model. She presents its five
sensible, empowering steps: understand your
condition, know your alternatives, respect
your preferences, evaluate your options, and
start taking action. A compelling storyteller,
Georgiou, who also reports on health news for
a Twin Cities television station, includes questions from the public about everything from
bad breath to toenail fungus along with her
responses. She also uses the power of numbers
effectively. Noting, for example, that 40 websites provide “report cards” on physicians, but
only 23 percent of Americans have used them.
All doctors are not created equal, Georgiou reminds us, so check them out (HealthGrades.
com is a good start). She also points out that
only half of patients take medications as prescribed, and she offers interesting, relevant
trivia. The most common reason for an office
visit? A cough. What’s the leading cause of
bankruptcy? Unpaid medical bills. Georgiou
provides readers with sound tools to be better-informed patients. —Karen Springen
Helping Patients Outsmart Overeating:
Psychological Strategies for Doctors and
Health Care Providers.
By Karen R. Koenig and Paige
Jan. 2017. 236p. Rowman & Littlefield, $36
(9781442266629); e-book, $35.99 (9781442266636).
According to the savvy pediatric-eating
disorder clinician team of Koenig and
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This year’s list of the most notable science books reviewed in Booklist between December 1, 2015, and November 15,
2016, leans heavily toward the interesting personalities found
across scientific fields. —Rebecca Vnuk
Einstein’s Masterwork: 1915 and the General Theory of Relativity. By John Gribbin. 2016. Pegasus, $27.99 (9781681772127).
Though less widely appreciated than his special theory of
relativity, Einstein’s general theory has given scientists a vastly
wider and more profound perspective than its predecessor,
justifying Einstein’s judgment that it was “the most valuable
theory of [my] life.”
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of
the Stars. By Dava Sobel. 2016. Viking, $30 (9780670016952).
Diving deep into the field of astronomy, Sobel shares the stories of the educated,
talented, and determined women who sought careers studying the stars in the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.
Lab Girl. By Hope Jahren. 2016. Knopf, $26.95 (9781101874943).
Award-winning geochemist and geobiologist Jahren presents an exceptionally compelling and enlightening memoir, gracefully meshing her struggles as a woman scientist with
the marvels of plants.
Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World. By Marc Raboy. 2016. Oxford, $39.95
Raboy’s comprehensive portrait of a complicated man rates as the scholarly definitive
biography. Its sensitivity to Marconi’s intelligence, self-centeredness, and naïveté will
strongly appeal to general readers.
The Most Perfect Thing: Inside (and Outside) a Bird’s Egg. By Tim Birkhead. 2016.
Bloomsbury, $27 (9781632863690).
This fascinating study of the bird egg takes a look at the history of egg collecting and
the science behind egg colors, among other quirky delights.
Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Ebola and Beyond. By Sonia Shah. 2016.
Farrar/Sarah Crichton, $26 (9780374122881).
Science journalist Shah calls on global leaders, public and corporate, to pay attention to
an impending public-health emergency—the rise of new global infectious diseases.
Physics: A Short History from Quintessence to Quarks. By J. L. Heilbron. 2015. Oxford,
Heilbron traces the history of physics as it morphs from intellectual art to potent scientific tool.
The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age. By Gino Segrè and
Hoerlin Bettina. 2016. Holt, $30 (9781627790055).
By exploring Fermi’s personal life, the authors give readers glimpses into some of
Fermi’s nonscientific attributes in addition to portraying his role in the development of
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to
Mars. By Nathalia Holt. 2016. Little, Brown, $27 (9780316338929).
The story of women at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory gives readers an inside look
at how JPL itself was formed and how its revolutionary projects (Voyager, Mars rovers)
Time Travel. By James Gleick. 2016. Pantheon, $27.95 (9780307908797).
Gleick persuasively explores the nature of time travel, turning to writers of speculative
fiction, philosophers, poets, and scientists—from H. G. Wells and his time machine to
Schrödinger, Doctor Who, and Twitter.
TOP 10 SCIENCE BOOKS