Review: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong My rating: 4 of 5 stars I Contain Multitudes is a wonderful, beautifully written book that transforms what could be a dull, tedious scientific read into a masterful, delightful adventure introducing microbes' role in health, evolution, ecology, and culture. Utterly fascinating, clever and filled with engaging stories, this book is a winner. And Ed

2017-07-08T20:24:03+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Biology, Book Review, Medicine, Nonfiction, Science|Comments Off on Review: I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Review: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders My rating: 4 of 5 stars I chose this book because of the author, a rising, young science star, Giulia Enders. She did not disappoint. Gut is a fun, quirky and, at times, downright gross exploration of our digestive system. Who knew our physiology could be so entertaining? Take mucins, for example: "Mucins are proteins that form

2017-07-08T18:24:24+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Medicine, Nonfiction, Physiology|Comments Off on Review: Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ

Review: The Gene: An Intimate History

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee My rating: 4 of 5 stars A remarkable accomplishment on the history of genetics. Siddhartha cuts the density with skilled use of examples and effective storytelling. My favorite part? The human side: I loved the fact that the author exposed the thread of debilitating mental illness in his own family lineage as the backdrop to his genetic curiosity. A brilliant and courageous

2017-07-08T11:29:39+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Medicine, Science|Comments Off on Review: The Gene: An Intimate History

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars A fascinating peek into the mind and everyday life of a young resident neurosurgeon (e.g., daily activities, life priorities, view of patients, how treatment decisions are made, and a glimpse into brain surgery) married with the rare perspective of this same individual facing death from cancer. A conundrum. The perspective is both clinical and emotional. View all

2017-07-08T11:03:46+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Autobiography, Book Review, Medicine, Sociology|Comments Off on Review: When Breath Becomes Air
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