Books I'm reading

Dennis Rosen M.D.
Books I’m reading:


The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers--How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death. Dick Teresi.

Pity the Billionaire. Thomas Frank.

. Daniel Halperin and Daniel Timberg.

The Human Right to Health. Jonathan Wolff.

Taft 2012. Jason Heller.

The Creative Destruction of Medicine. Eric Topol (reviewed for the Boston Globe 2/13/2012)

Assisted Death: A Study in Ethics and Law. L. W. Sumner.

Love, Sex, and Other Natural Disasters
. The Onion

I, Rigoberta Menchu. Rigoberta Menchu.

How we do harm.  Otis Webb Brawley (reviewed for the Boston Globe 1/30/2012).


The End of Illness.  David Agus (reviewed for the Boston Globe 1/23/2012). 

Can Love Last?  Stephen Mitchell.

The Unmaking of Israel. Gershom Gorenberg

The Serpent and the Rainbow: A Harvard Scientist's Astonishing Journey into the Secret Societies of Haitian Voodoo, Zombis, and Magic.Wade Davis.

Why Obamacare is Bad for America . Grace-Marie Turner, James C. Capretta, Thomas P. Miller and Robert E. Moffit. 

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works. Jonathan Gruber, HP Newquist and Nathan Schreiber. (Reviewed for the Boston Globe 12/19/2011)

Whatever. Michel Houellebecq.

The power and the glory.  Graham Greene.

Medicine and culture
. Lynn Payer.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
. Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce Patton. 

Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World. Michael Lewis.

The Leftovers.  Tom Perrotta.

Improving Medical Outcomes. Jessica and Fred Leavitt.

Pinched. Don Peck.

Remedy and Reaction. Paul Starr. Reviewed for the Boston Globe 10/31/2011.

That Used to Be Us. Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.

A Promise in Haiti. Mark Curnutte. Reviewed for Miller-McCune 11/14/2011.

After America. Mark Steyn.

Trauma: My Life as an Emergency Surgeon. James Cole. Reviewed for Boston Globe 10/10/2011.

House of Holes. Nicholson Baker.

Children of Paranoia. Trevor Shane.

The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One that Isn't
.  Robert Sutton.

The Game. Neil Strauss.

Silence Kills.  Lee Gutkind.

The Safety of Objects.  A. M. Homes.

The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?  Linda Polman.

Blood Feud. Kathleen Sharp. Reviewed for the Boston Globe 9/19/2011.

Haiti After the Earthquake. Paul Farmer.

How to Become a ScandalLaura Kipnis.

The Devil All the Time. Donald Ray Pollock.

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold. John Le Carre.

Clockers. Richard Price.

The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty. Simon Baron Cohen.

Post Office. Charles Bukowski.

You Are What You Speak: Grammer Grouches, Language Laws, and the Politics of Identity. Robert Lane Greene.

Townie: a Memoir. Andre Dubus.

36 Arguments for the Existence of God. Rebecca Goldstein.

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
. Jon Ronson.

Questioning the Premedical Paradigm: Enhancing Diversity in the Medical Profession a Century after the Flexner Report. Donald Barr. Reviewed for the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.  Hunter S. Thompson.

Tabloid City. Pete Hamill.

Medicine in Translation. Danielle Ofri.

The Road to Fatima Gate: the Beirut Spring, the Rise of Hezbolla, and the Iranian War Against Israel. Michael Totten.

The Ascent of Eli Israel
Jonathan Papernick. 

A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World's Largest Experiment Reveals about Human Desire. Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam.

The Signal. Ron Carlson.

Seeing patients: Unconcsious Bias in Healthcare.  Augustus White III, David Chanoff.

Smart Medicine: How the Changing Role of Doctors will Revolutionize Health Care. William Hanson. Reviewed for the Boston Globe 6/06/2011.

The Internet is a Playground: Irreverent Correspondences of an Evil Online Genius. David Thorne.

Killing the Black Dog: A Memoir of Depression. Les Murray.

This is a Book. Demitri Martin.

Your Wildest Dreams, Within ReasonMike Sacks.  Funny!!

Platform. Michel Houellebecq.

The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion in Medicine. Bernard Lown.

In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic. Professor X.

The Savage City: Race, Murder, and a Generation on the Edge. T.J. English.

Thinking Like Your Editor: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published. Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato.

The Forest for the Trees: an Editor's Advice to Writers. Betsy Lerner.

Sleep Paralysis: Night-mares, Nocebos, and the Mind-Body Connection. Shelley Adler. Reviewed for the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, August 2011.

Ron Rosenbaum’s How The End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III is a fascinating look at the ethical dimensions of using nuclear weapons, and the risks associated with maintaining them. While a little slow in parts, the chapter specifically dealing with Israel’s nukes, and the interview with Moshe Halbertal in which he explains how a pre-emptive nuclear strike might be ethically permissible, but that a retaliatory, genocidal second strike would not be is fascinating. Demonstrating that there were enough “near misses” during the Cold War to make the stockpiling and reliance upon these weapons unacceptable, Rosenbaum points out that the risks of unintended use occurring have only increased as more and more nations lacking safety mechanisms to prevent this from happening are acquiring them. While Rosenbaum's preference for a world without nukes seems utopian and likely unreachable, it also seems to be the only long term option as far as survival is concerned.Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor who Heals Them. Randy Christensen.  Reviewed for the Boston Globe 4/22/2011.

The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. Roy Peter Clark.

My imaginary illness: a journey into uncertainty and prejudice in medical diagnosis. Chloe Atkins. Reviewed for the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Under the Volcano. Malcolm Lowry. "Somebody threw a dead dog after him down the ravine".

Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and its Metaphors. Susan Sontag. Reflections on attitudes towards disease and how society's perceptions of the causes and effects of afflictions such as leprosy, tuberculosis, cancer and AIDS have evolved.The Next Decade. George Friedman. A fascinating look at how geopolitics will shape events and international relations in the coming years, by the author of “The next 100 years”. Chekhov’s Doctors: A Collection of Chekhov’s Medical Tales. Beautifully written stories, engaging and which provide insight into the layers of physician-patient, physician-physician and physician-society interaction.  


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