Picturing medical progress from Pasteur to polio : a history of mass media images and popular attitudes in America
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2009.
In the 1950s, news of a polio vaccine mesmerized the public. Hansen (American history and the history of medicine, Baruch College) surveys how doctors, diseases, and medical advances were portrayed in popular media images in the late 19th and 20th centuries. A special focus is on Life magazine's role in the popularization of science. The book features images in the popular media (including comic books), and a listing of radio dramas of the 1940s and 1950s about historical medical heroes. Annotation ¬©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Technological medicine : the changing world of doctors and patients
Stanley Joel Reiser.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Advances in medicine have brought us the stethoscope, artificial kidneys, and computerized health records. They have also changed the doctor-patient relationship. This book explores how the technologies of medicine are created and how we respond to the problems and successes of their use. Stanley Joel Reiser, MD, walks us through the ways medical innovations exert their influence by discussing a number of selected technologies, including the X-ray, ultrasound, and respirator. Reiser creates a new understanding of thinking about how health care is practiced in the United States and thereby suggests new methods to effectively meet the challenges of living with technological medicine. As healthcare reform continues to be an intensely debated topic in America, Technological Medicine shows us the pros and cons of applying technological solutions health and illness.
Scientists greater than Einstein : the biggest lifesavers of the twentieth century
by Billy Woodward.
Fresno, Calif. : Quill Driver Books, c2009.
For general readers, Woodward, a businessperson and writer interested in science, describes the work of 10 scientists from around the world who have saved the most lives in the twentieth century, some of whom are still living: ophthalmologist Al Sommer, who discovered the importance of Vitamin A supplements; Akira Endo, who discovered statin drugs to lower cholesterol; Bill Foege, who helped eradicate smallpox; David Nalin, who developed oral rehydration therapy; Norman Borlaug, who developed new strains of wheat; and John Enders, Paul Muller, Howard Florey, Frederick Banting, and Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the polio and measles vaccines, DDT, penicillin, insulin, and blood groups, respectively. Some have never been written about in popular literature. Annotation ¬©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Experimental man : what one man's body reveals about his future, your health, and our toxic world
David Ewing Duncan.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2009.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-349) and index.
The edge of medicine : the technology that will change our lives
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
At a time when we are all gravely concerned about the cost of health care, medical technology, paradoxically, is expanding and evolving as never before. Experts agree that we are entering a Golden Age when many clinical treatments that today seem like science fiction will one day become part of a routine trip to the doctor. University of Pennsylvania Medical School Professor William Hanson offers intimate true-life stories that revise our understanding of mortality. From brainwave-operated wheelchairs, to electronic noses that diagnose disease, to surgery by remote-controlled robots and nanoscale machines that will identify and kill individual malignant cells, this is a startling and exciting account of innovations that will directly affect our health.
A life worth living : a doctor's reflections on illness in a high-tech era
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Martensen, a physician, historian, and ethicist, draws on decades of experience with patients and friends to explore the life cycle of serious illness, from diagnosis to end of life.