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to reshape the world. A lucid overview of the
management principles rapidly moving that
world forward—despite lingering disputes
over ethical issues. —Bryce Christensen
Health & Medicine
From Anesthesia to X-Rays: Innovations
and Discoveries That Changed Medicine
By Christiane Nockels Fabbri.
2016. 246p. ABC-CLIO, $58 (9781610695732); e-book
This book highlights 50 scientific innovations and discoveries from 1796 to 2007, with
an emphasis on the last 100 years, that had a
transformational effect on the field of medicine. The categories of innovation are broken
down into four main areas: “Procedures and
Devices,” “Tests and Tools,” “Medications and
Vaccines,” and “Other Important Discoveries.”
For each topic, there is a standard framework, including “what,” “where,” “when,” “by
whom,” and “the importance,” followed by an
essay. Each essay provides a concise yet thorough introduction of each topic, including
contextual medical information that is foundational to the understanding of the subject
matter. Additionally, this work applies a holistic
approach that reaches beyond the implications
for medicine and explores a more diverse way
of understanding the innovation. Recognition
is given to the dynamic nature of innovation
with the exploration of related social contexts,
political considerations, economic implications, and much more. The author uses writing
that is easily accessible, translating medical and
scientific content into a user-friendly volume
for the layman. —Janet Pinkley
The Intelligent Body: Reversing Chronic
Fatigue and Pain from the Inside Out.
By Kyle Davies.
May 2017. 288p. Norton, $25.95 (9780393712056). 610.1.
This can-do guide offers good advice and insights that can help everyone, not only those
with chronic fatigue and pain, be “active players” who bring passion and purpose to their
own “game of life.” This life philosophy requires “escaping the victim vortex,” Davies
says. He suggests that readers figure out when
they were happy and, instead of blaming others for their unhappiness, talk about their
own feelings and use “I” in a positive way,
saying, “I will,” rather than, “I can’t.” People
should figure out three things they would like
more of and three they would like less of in
their lives. Then they should come up with
ideas for how to make those wishes come
true. “Take responsibility for your words, actions and thoughts,” says Davies. Forgive him
for some New Age-y moments, which include
referring to his own trademarked “
Energy-Flow Coaching.” Overall, Davies presents
empowering ways for people to focus on what
they can change and, in the process, to keep
their personal “stress buckets” from overflowing. —Karen Springen
On Edge: A Journey through Anxiety.
By Andrea Petersen.
May 2017. 320p. Crown, $27 (9780553418576); e-book
Science journalist Petersen’s revelatory
chronicle might feel familiar to millions of
people who suffer from anxiety disorder,
frequently called panic attacks. Between
2008 and 2016, the number of college
students alone diagnosed with or treated
for anxiety disorders jumped between 10
and 17 percent. Petersen’s personal history
with the disorder began over 25 years ago
while she was a student at the University of
Michigan. An episode very nearly totally immobilized her, keeping her from attending
classes and frightening her parents. At the
time, they consulted one doctor after another, and she was variously misdiagnosed as
suffering from such physical causes as multiple sclerosis and a brain tumor. Through
dogged determination, Petersen was eventually correctly diagnosed, but her journey
was far from over. There is no magic pill.
By chronicling her own experiences with
a variety of therapeutic interventions and
coping mechanisms, she sheds light on the
circuitous route those with anxiety disorder travel. With reported incidences of the
disorder on the rise, particularly among millennials, Petersen’s account is enlightening
and informative. —Donna Chavez
The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary
People Who Faced Daunting Medical
Challenges and Refused to Give Up.
By Susannah Meadows.
May 2017. 288p. Random, $28 (9780812996470); e-book
Mainstream medicine doesn’t always have
an answer. Meadows brings to light multiple cases of recovery in which conventional
medical care had little left to offer, and frustrated, anxious, and desperate patients or
their parents sought alternative (
nontraditional) or complementary remedies. The
stories portray a young woman with rheumatoid arthritis, an infant with severe food
allergies, a boy with ADHD, a girl with
recurrent seizures and possible autism, a
woman with multiple sclerosis, and the author’s son, who was diagnosed with juvenile
idiopathic arthritis. Some successful treatments include elimination diets (typically
no gluten, sugar, dairy), adhering to vegetarian diets, pushing probiotics and a sundry of
supplements, fecal transplant (administering
stool from a healthy donor to a sick patient),
and a BioScan machine with a wand that delivers electrical currents. Throughout these
tales, a common attitude binds people together: hope. It is difficult to draw definitive
conclusions from these anecdotes. Other
explanations are possible—placebo effect,
spontaneous remission, perhaps misdiag-nosis. But what cannot be refuted is the
will power, perseverance, and hopefulness
of the patients and families profiled here.
— Tony Miksanek
Eating Promiscuously: Adventures in the
Future of Food.
By James Mc Williams.
May 2017. 224p. Counterpoint, $26 (9781619027350).
As the planet experiences environmental
shifts brought on by evolutionary change,
climate change, and shifts in both animal
and human populations, the need to reexamine assumptions about how we feed ourselves
becomes ever more important. McWilliams
does not shy from imagining radical solutions to these issues. He points out that
contemporary industrial agriculture has restricted to a mere handful the numbers of
edible grains that people consume. McWilliams envisions a time when a greater variety
of all sorts of vegetables and fruits will crowd
the dinner table. While anticipating more variety of plants in our diets, he believes animal
products should be reduced—to zero. He visits an insect farmer to find alternative animal
protein sources from bugs, and he offers an
argument that even vegans ought to consider
insects for permissible eating. McWilliams
deplores food waste, too, and investigates
retrieving edibles from castoffs. Sure to be
controversial. —Mark Knoblauch
Fabio’s 30-Minute Italian: Over 100
Fabulous, Quick, and Easy Recipes.
By Fabio Viviani.
May 2017. 288p. St. Martin’s, $27.99 (9781250109958).
Since many people will recognize Viviani
as a Bravo Top Chef contestant (not to mention his 14 restaurants and one previous
cookbook), this second and newest collection is bound to be on the library’s waiting
list. Though Italian flavor permeates every
one of the 100+ recipes, American preferences also prevail. As does convenience. Billed
as 30-minute tasks, most of the dishes fall
within that time parameter—though collecting the ingredients, especially those new
to the U.S. or to rural communities, might
take much longer (Montasio cheese, for one.
Asiago is a suggested alternate). And don’t
expect the traditional: minestrone is nowhere
to be found (nor is a tiramisu). Incorporating loads of excellent color photographs and
always-entertaining introductions and sidebars, Fabio’s book proves that meal making
can be quick and good tasting: from ricotta-and sausage-stuffed tomatoes and braised
pork, sweet date, and kale stew to pork and
veal Bolognese sauce and orange-curd parfait.
Abbondanza! —Barbara Jacobs
Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart,
By Lily Diamond.
May 2017. 261p. Atria, $25 (9781501123399). 641.5.
Is kale’s season in the cooking sun almost
over? The book’s title is also the name of
Diamond’s blog—but believe it or not, few
of the 80+ recipes feature this leafy ingredi-