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  • Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine and What Matters in the End

    Sert Kapak
    Longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014   In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emerges with story that crosses the globe and history, exploring questions that range from the curious to the profound: What happens to people's teeth as they get old? Did human beings really commit senecide, the sacrifice of the elderly? Why do the aged so dread nursing homes and hospitals? How should someone give another person the dreadful news that they will die?   This is a story told only as Atul Gawande can - penetrating people's lives and also the systems that have evolved to govern our mortality. Those systems, he observes, routinely fail to serve - or even acknowledge - people's needs and priorities beyond mere survival. And the consequences are devastating lives, families, and even whole economies. But, as he reveals, it doesn't have to be this way.   Atul Gawande has delivered an engrossing tale of science, history and remarkable characters in the vein of Oliver Sacks.   Published in partnership with the Wellcome Collection, a free visitor destination that explores the connections between medicine, life and art.   Atul Gawande will deliver this year's BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures on the subject of The Future of Medicine.
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  • Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria (Studies in Environment and History)

    Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria (Studies in Environment and History)

    Karton Kapak
    Humanity's Burden provides a panoramic overview of the history of malaria. It traces the long arc of malaria out of tropical Africa into Eurasia, its transfer to the Americas during the early years of the Columbian exchange, and its retraction from the middle latitudes into the tropics since the late nineteenth century. Adopting a broadly comparative approach to historical patterns and processes, it synthesizes research findings from the natural and social sciences and weaves these understandings into a narrative that reaches from the earliest evidence of malaria infections in tropical Africa up to the present. Written in a style that is easily accessible to non-specialists, it considers the significance of genetic mutations, diet, lifestyle, migration, warfare, palliative and curative treatment, and efforts to interrupt transmission on the global distribution of malaria.
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