Medicine

The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs
The 10-Step Plan to Lower Your Blood Pressure in 4 Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs

Review: So far I've only done 2 of the 10 steps listed but it still helped. The numbers are down from a couple of months ago. You will learn a lot by reading this book. Highly recommended if you want to lower your Blood Pressure and not use drugs to do it. Read more

How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes
How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes

Review: "Inheritance: How Our Genes Change Our Lives--and Our Lives Change Our Genes" is a fascinating, easy to read balance between detail and simple-to-comprehend explanations unraveling the mysteries of our genetic composition. Dr. Moalem transports us on a journey of discoveries and information, while adding humor and interesting anecdotes and revealing that we are not destined by what has been encoded in our DNA. Until now, we have had an incomplete picture of the complexities of genetic science. ... Read more

What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - The Shallows
What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains - The Shallows

Review: I found the author had so much footnoted that I wasn't sure there was any new points he actually made. So difficult to get through; I bought if because it was a selection for my local book club. I do not agree with the author's position on the way the Internet has impacted lives and thinking (negatively). Read more

Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Book, A)
Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3 (Chicka Chicka Book, A)

Review: Chicka Chicka 1,2,3 is a good counting book, not quite as catchy as the alphabet version. I'd buy this book simply for the color-coded 1-100 section on the inside back cover. I find that part more effective than the book itself. My two kids (4 & 5) both learned to count to 100 with it. They didn't quite catch on to the book portion because it just counts by 10's, but they did still like it. Actually seeing the numbers all written out and separated by color made it click. The first thin... Read more

Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health - Lies My Doctor Told Me
Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health - Lies My Doctor Told Me

Review: There are quite a few books out now with a similar thesis to this one,namely, a lot of conventional medical wisdom is wrong. I believe that is true and if this is the first and only book you read on the topic, you will be better informed. However, after reading several similar books, I have found that all of these doctors who claim that most previous research is shoddy and wrong have forgotten that someday, another doctor will say the same about some of their ideas because of new, compelling res... Read more

A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human - The Tell-Tale Brain
A Neuroscientist's Quest for What Makes Us Human - The Tell-Tale Brain

Review: Having read and enjoyed several works by Oliver Sacks, I was eager to read this book. I did enjoy parts, especially the chapters concerning autism. However, I finally became so tired of the author's telling us how brilliant he is, I gave up about two thirds through the book. It's quite rare for me to give up on a book. Perhaps I can finish it later, when my egotism alarm has quieted a bit! Read more

Hallucinations
Hallucinations

Review: The very title gives the reader a clue as to how the book is written: factual, clearly stated, and pretty boring. If the reader wants to learn a little about the subject, it's okay; but, if you'd like to be entertained, either by the subject matter or the writing, forget it. Read more

On the Move: A Life
On the Move: A Life

Review: Oliver Sacks has given us a wonderful book. Since there are already close to 50 high praising reviews, there is little which I can add to these. However, while keeping this a "5 Star" book in my estimation, I shall point out some areas that it could have been better.

Sacks describes a seminal incident in his life in which he informed his farther that he is gay, and asks for this not to be disclosed to Oliver's mother.Nonetheless, the father does inform "Ma" about this, and the next morn... Read more

My Lobotomy: A memoir
My Lobotomy: A memoir

Review: Howard Dulley's story is an interesting read. It is amazing he didn't die during the procedure much less continue to function so well throughout his lifetime.
It's sad to think that one woman could dislike a child so much that she would abuse him at home, and be allowed to submit him to the torture of a lobotomy, countless foster homes and institutions.
It was good but I felt like he was telling us and then telling us again. Read more

Caring for Your Baby and Young Child - 6th Edition - Birth to Age 5
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child - 6th Edition - Birth to Age 5

Review: This is a comprehensive resource for those niggling questions that come up in daily life with a baby--"Is this rash something to be concerned about? How can I tell if he's eating enough? What milestones should she be meeting?"--especially when Dr. Internet gives you confusing info. It's easy to navigate with the table of contents and index and tells you when something can be treated at home (e.g. standard diaper rash) vs something that warrants an office visit (e.g. persistent diaper rash). I ke... Read more

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