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MASTERING THE LOST SECRETS OF STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 04/05/2016

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74222-3

Christopher McDougall’s journey begins with a story of remarkable athletic prowess: On the treacherous mountains of Crete, a motley band of World War II Resistance fighters—an artist, a shepherd, and a poet—abducted a German commander from the heart of the Axis occupation. To understand how, McDougall retraces their steps across the island that birthed Herakles and Odysseus, and discovers ancient techniques for endurance, sustenance, and natural movement that have been preserved in unique...

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR LIFE AND THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU LOVE
Written by LESLIE D. MICHELSON

Format: Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 09/01/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-35228-4

Too many Americans die each year as a result of preventable medical error—mistakes, complications, and misdiagnoses. And many more of us are not receiving the best care possible, even though it’s readily available and we’re entitled to it. The key is knowing how to access it.

The Patient’s Playbook is a call to action. It will change the way you manage your health and the health of your family, and it will show you how to choose the right doctor, coordinate the best care, and get to the...

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HOW A DARING BAND OF MISFITS MASTERED THE LOST SECRETS OF STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE

Format: Hardcover, 352 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 04/14/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-59496-9

The best-selling author of Born to Run now travels to the Mediterranean, where he discovers that the secrets of ancient Greek heroes are still alive and well on the island of Crete, and ready to be unleashed in the muscles and minds of casual athletes and aspiring heroes everywhere. 

After running an ultramarathon through the Copper Canyons of Mexico, Christopher McDougall finds his next great adventure on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, where a band of Resistance fighters in World War II...

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WHAT SCIENCE SHOWS WE GAIN FROM LETTING GO OF OUR SOUL BELIEFS
Written by JULIEN MUSOLINO
Foreword by VICTOR J. STENGER

Format: Trade Paperback, 287 pages

Publisher: Prometheus Books

On Sale: 01/06/2015

Price: $18.00

ISBN: 978-1-616-14962-8

Most Americans believe they possess an immaterial soul that will survive the death of the body. In sharp contrast, the current scientific consensus rejects the traditional soul, although this conclusion is rarely discussed publicly. In this book, a cognitive scientist breaks the taboo and explains why modern science leads to this controversial conclusion. In doing so, the book reveals the truly astonishing scope and power of scientific inquiry, drawing on ideas from biology, psychology,...

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Written by STEVE BARRER

Format: Hardcover, 224 pages

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

On Sale: 11/04/2014

Price: $22.95

ISBN: 978-1-609-80535-7

When was it decided that exercise could only be good for you? Leading neurosurgeon Dr. Steve Barrer argues—based on his extensive career treating exercise-related injuries, a cornucopia of his own personal injuries from exercise over the years, and ample scientific data—that we ought to change the way we think about exercise.

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A COMPLETE USER'S GUIDE
Written by PATRICIA DANIELS
Foreword by RICHARD RESTAK

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: National Geographic

On Sale: 10/28/2014

Price: $40.00

ISBN: 978-1-426-21414-1

A comprehensive home reference for students and individuals, this fully illustrated, easy-to-understand new edition includes the most up-to-date information about the human body.

Created in collaboration with a panel of medical experts, The Body features the latest information about the inner workings of the human body and its vital systems. Packed with plenty of how-to tips to stay healthy and illustrated with more than 300 color photographs and diagrams, this book is beautiful,...

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WHY ORDINARY CHILDHOOD BEHAVIOR IS MISTAKEN FOR ADHD, BIPOLAR DISORDER, AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
Written by ENRICO GNAULATI

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 09/02/2014

Price: $20.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-06115-2

A veteran clinical psychologist exposes why doctors, teachers, and parents incorrectly diagnose healthy American children with serious psychiatric conditions.
 
In recent years there has been an alarming rise in the number of American children and youth assigned a mental health diagnosis. Current data from the Centers for Disease Control reveal a 41 percent increase in rates of ADHD diagnoses over the past decade and a forty-fold spike in bipolar disorder diagnoses. Similarly, diagnoses of...

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ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS IN A CULTURE OF EASY ANSWERS
Written by CURTIS WHITE

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 08/05/2014

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19390-8

The so-called new atheists, most famously Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, made a splash in the new millen­nium. They told the evangelical and the liberal believer that they must give up religion and submit to science.

More recently, neuroscientists and their fans in the media have delivered a variation on this message: the mapping of the human brain will soon be completed, and we will know what we are and how we should act. Their faith is that the scientific method provides the best...

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EVOLUTION, HEALTH, AND DISEASE
Written by DANIEL LIEBERMAN

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-74180-6

In this landmark book of popular science, Daniel E. Lieberman gives us a lucid and engaging account of how the human body evolved over millions of years. He illuminates the major transformations that contributed to key adaptations to the body: the rise of bipedalism; the shift to a non-fruit-based diet; the advent of hunting and gathering; and how cultural changes like the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions have impacted us physically. He shows how the increasing disparity between the...

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UNLOCKING MEDICINE'S DEEPEST MYSTERY
Written by GEORGE JOHNSON

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/03/2014

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74230-8

A New York Times Notable Book of 2013

When the woman he loved was diagnosed with a metastatic cancer, George Johnson set out to learn everything he could about the disease and the people who spend their careers trying to understand and to fight it. What he discovered is a revolution under way—an explosion of new ideas about what cancer really is and where it comes from.

Deftly excavating and illuminating decades of investigation and analysis, rooted in every discipline from evolutionary...

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A FATHER, A SON, AND THE EVOLUTION OF MEDICAL ETHICS
Written by BARRON H. LERNER

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/13/2014

Price: $25.95

ISBN: 978-0-807-03340-1

As a practicing physician and longtime member of his hospital’s ethics committee, Dr. Barron Lerner thought he had heard it all. But in the mid-1990s, his father, an infectious diseases physician, told him a stunning story: he had physically placed his body over an end-stage patient who had stopped breathing, preventing his colleagues from performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation, even though CPR was the ethically and legally accepted thing to do. Over the next few years, the senior Dr....

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HOW EMOTIONS AFFECT THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE
Written by DANIELLE OFRI

Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages

Publisher: Beacon Press

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-807-03330-2

The quality of medical care is influenced by what doctors feel, an aspect of medicine that is usually left out of discussions of health care today. Drawing on scientific studies, as well as on real-life stories from other physicians and her own medical practice, Dr. Danielle Ofri examines the impact of emotions on medical care. Contemporary media portrayals of doctors focus on the decision making and medical techniques, reinforcing an image of rational, unflinching doctors. But though the...

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