New Books Network

Shai Lavi, “Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel: Socio-legal, Political and Empirical Analysis” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Once upon a time, or so we’ve been told, medical ethics were confined to the patient-doctor relationship. As long as doctors were true to their Hippocratic oaths, as long as they acted with compassion and wisdom, then all expectations were met. Life is more complicated today, and so is healthcare:... Read More
Matt Oram, “The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD Psychotherapy in America” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Are we in the midst of a psychedelic renaissance? If so, what can we learn about the present moment through the history of psychedelic experiments in the past? Matt Oram discusses contemporary debates about LSD and MDMA and brings much-needed context with his new book, The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD... Read More
Sharra L. Vostral, “Toxic Shock: A Social History” (NYU Press, 2018)
In 1978, doctors in Denver, Colorado observed several healthy children who suddenly and mysteriously developed a serious, life-threatening illness with no visible source. Their condition, which doctors dubbed ‘toxic shock syndrome’ (TSS) was rare, but observed with increasing frequency over the next few years in young women, and was soon... Read More
Okezi Otovo, “Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945” (U Texas Press, 2016)
Okezi Otovo’s Progressive Mothers, Better Babies: Race, Public Health, and the State in Brazil, 1850-1945 (U Texas Press, 2016) explores the intersecting histories of race, gender, and class in modern Brazil. Between 1850 and 1945, the period covered in the book, Brazil experienced a range of profound socio-political transformations: from... Read More
Vanessa Heggie, “Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration” (U Chicago Press, 2019)
Vanessa Heggie talks about the history of biomedical research in extreme environments. Heggie is a Fellow of the Institute for Global Innovation at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration (University of Chicago Press, 2019). During the long... Read More
Donna Dickenson, “Me Medicine vs. We Medicine: Reclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good” (Columbia UP, 2016)
Personalized healthcare―or what the award-winning author Donna Dickenson calls “Me Medicine”―is radically transforming our longstanding “one-size-fits-all” model. Technologies such as direct-to-consumer genetic testing, pharmacogenetically developed therapies in cancer care, private umbilical cord blood banking, and neurocognitive enhancement claim to cater to an individual’s specific biological character, and, in some cases,... Read More
Alex Broadbent, “Philosophy of Medicine” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Alex Broadbent‘s Philosophy of Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2019)  asks two central questions about medicine: what is it, and what should we think of it? Philosophy of medicine itself has evolved in response to developments in the philosophy of science, especially with regard to epistemology, positioning it to make contributions... Read More