Category: books, literature, writing

Top 5 posts of 2016- #3

most viewed book review on this blog this year- a memoir about a remarkable family

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Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

In 1961,  my mother and I went to my school on a Sunday afternoon to receive the newly released oral polio vaccine. She along with other parents eagerly sought a way to prevent a dreaded disease that had the potential to cripple or even kill their children. In medical school I learned about diphtheria, a … Continue reading Reconsidering vaccination- a book review

When Breath Becomes Air- reflections from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

When Breath Becomes Air- reflections from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

  When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, M.D., a memoir ( This is an update of a previous post. This post contains an affiliate,commission paying link) Dr. Paul Kalanithi was a 36-year-old resident physician who had, as he wrote, “reached the mountaintop” of anticipating a promising career as a neurosurgeon and neuroscientist. He had … Continue reading When Breath Becomes Air- reflections from Dr. Lucy Kalanithi

Weekend Words from C.S. Lewis

Weekend Words from C.S. Lewis

    "CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day."  He is perhaps best known for his book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the others in the Chronicles of Narnia series. His book Mere Christianity … Continue reading Weekend Words from C.S. Lewis

Pandemic- a book review

Pandemic- a book review

Pandemic by Sonia Shah a review   Genre-non-fiction, science, medical, history, politics, geography, sociology, international relations   Sonia Shah is a science journalist, not a scientist or physician, who has built a career  writing about medical science. She explains the “what”  of her book in the subtitle-   Tracking contagions from cholera, to Ebola, and … Continue reading Pandemic- a book review

Weekend Words from Amy Carmichael

      Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) was an Irish woman who moved to India to serve God. Her work there involved rescuing young girls  forced into prostitution, even though doing so put her  at risk of arrest and imprisonment. She established an orphanage for them. Her health declined in her later years, and she became essentially bedridden; … Continue reading Weekend Words from Amy Carmichael

Working Stiff -a book review to remember 9/11

Working Stiff -a book review to remember 9/11

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and The Making of a Medical Examiner, by Judy Melinek, M.D.and T.J. Mitchell       Genre and topics- non-fiction, memoir, history, medical, marriage, parenting, physicians, New York City, September 11, 2001   The author, Judy Melinek, M.D., wrote this  account of her training as a forensic pathologist, a … Continue reading Working Stiff -a book review to remember 9/11

Weekend words from Isaiah and a Southern woman

Weekend words from Isaiah and a Southern woman

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's … Continue reading Weekend words from Isaiah and a Southern woman

6 Best Medical Books of the Past 75 Years

6 Best Medical Books of the Past 75 Years

I need to tell you this post contains multiple affiliate links, both for your convenience and to help support this blog by the commission paid if you choose to use. Thank you.   I read the Parade magazine in my Sunday newspaper regularly (see previous post). To celebrate  75 years of publication,  the editors commissioned … Continue reading 6 Best Medical Books of the Past 75 Years

Weekend words from C.S. Lewis

Weekend words from C.S. Lewis

      "CLIVE STAPLES LEWIS (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day."  He is perhaps best known for his book "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the others in the Chronicles of Narnia series. His book Mere … Continue reading Weekend words from C.S. Lewis