Best Books 2012: Consumer Health

by Barbara Bibel

Science of Yoga Best Books 2012: Consumer HealthBroad, William J. (text) & Bobby Clennell (illus.). The Science of Yoga: The Myths and the Rewards. S. & S. ISBN 9781451641424. $26; eISBN 9781451641448.
Science writer and yoga practitioner Broad looks at the evidence surrounding the practice and explains what’s good, what’s false, and what can be dangerous about yoga. (LJ 1/12)

Makary, Marty. Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. ISBN 9781608198368. $28; eISBN 9781608198399.
A surgeon explains why providing patients with access to their own health records as well as to the safety records of hospitals and practitioners will improve patient safety and the overall quality of health care. (LJ 8/12)

Piot, Peter. No Time To Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses. Norton.
ISBN 9780393063165. $27.95; eISBN 9780393084115.
With new diseases appearing on a regular basis, the work of physician Piot demonstrates how infections spread and what, if anything, can be done to contain or prevent them. (LJ 6/15/12)

Sacks, Oliver. Hallucinations. Knopf. ISBN 9780307957245. $26.95; eISBN 9780307957252.
Sacks shows readers how senses can deceive, using clinical examples from his patients as well as literary and historical descriptions. A fascinating book. (LJ 9/1/12)

Teresi, Dick. The Undead: Organ Harvesting, The Ice-Water Test, Beating-Heart Cadavers—How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death. Pantheon.
ISBN 9780375423710. $26.95; eISBN 9780307907110.
Teresi offers a look at the important ethical issues facing modern medicine: What constitutes death? Can a potential organ donor be revived? If so, what kind of life will that person have? (LJ 4/1/12)

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