Best Books 2011: Consumer Health

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Selected by Barbara Bibel, Oakland P.L.

Barken, Frederick M., M.D. Out of Practice: Fighting for Primary Care Medicine in America.Cornell Univ. ISBN 9780801449765. $26.95.
Barken, a retired primary-care physician and health policy instructor at Ithaca College, fairly examines and critiques the current health-care model. The problem: insurance companies and government administrators make decisions. (LJ 5/1/11)

Bohn, Yvonne, M.D., & others. The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. Da Capo Lifelong. ISBN 9780738214603. pap. $15.95.
Three female obstetricians who are mothers themselves tell women what they need to know about preparing for pregnancy, prenatal care, and birth. Including information about infertility, nutrition, exercise, high-risk pregnancy, and premature birth. (LJ 6/1/11)

Boston Women’s Health Book Collective. Our Bodies, Ourselves. 9th ed. Touchstone: S. & S. ISBN 9781439190661. pap. $26.
The 40th anniversary of this women’s health bible finds it aging superbly. It offers the latest information about reproductive health, menopause and aging, sexuality, relationships, gender identity, and domestic violence. Plus, a global perspective. (LJ 11/15/11)

Crowe, Lynn & Julie Stachowiak. The Diabetes Manifesto: Take Charge of Your Life. Demos. ISBN 9781932603941. pap. $18.95.
Crowe is a type 1 diabetic, and her coauthor has multiple sclerosis. Their practical, supportive manual encourages diabetes patients to become experts about their disease, work with their doctors, create healthy lifestyles, find support, and advocate to help others. (LJ 2/15/11)

Delgado, Jane L. The Buena Salud Guide for a Healthy Heart. Newmarket. ISBN 9781557049438. pap. $9.95.
Latina clinical psychologist and health educator Delgado covers heart disease among Hispanics, providing simple explanations in a conversational tone. She also covers healthy lifestyles, diagnostic tests, and procedures. With websites for further information. (LJ 3/1/11)

Groopman, Jerome, M.D., & Pamela Hartzband, M.D. Your Medical Mind: How To Decide What Is Right for You. Penguin Pr: Penguin Group (USA). ISBN 9781594203114. $27.95.
Groopman, a Harvard Medical School oncologist, and endocrinologist Hartzband take a fascinating look at how people make decisions about health and medical care, taking into account the influence of family history, culture, and profession. (LJ 9/1/11)

Jones, Heather K. Good Housekeeping Drop 5 Lbs: The Small Changes, Big Results Diet. Hearst: Sterling. ISBN 9781588167866. pap. $19.95.
Registered dietician Jones offers simple weight-loss tactics that do not require major sacrifice and drastic lifestyle changes. She tells readers how to shop, eat, exercise, and deal with holiday parties and restaurant meals.

Miller, Sloane. Allergic Girl: Adventures in Living Well with Food Allergies. Wiley. ISBN 9780470630006. $24.95.
A social worker with multiple food allergies writes an empathetic, empowering guide to help people live well and enjoy life while maintaining a safe environment. She covers finding an allergist, creating safe environments, and building positive relationships. (LJ 3/1/11)

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