New Books Network

Dan Royles, “To Make the Wounded Whole: The African American Struggle Against HIV/AIDS” (UNC Press, 2020)
In the decades since it was identified in 1981, HIV/AIDS has devastated African American communities. Members of those communities mobilized to fight the epidemic and its consequences from the beginning of the AIDS activist movement. They struggled not only to overcome the stigma and denial surrounding a “white gay disease”... Read More
Rene Almeling, “GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health” (U California Press, 2020)
Rene Almeling’s new book GUYnecology: The Missing Science of Men’s Reproductive Health (University of California Press, 2020) provides an in-depth look at why we do not talk about men’s reproductive health and this knowledge gap shapes reproductive politics today. Over the past several centuries, the medical profession has made enormous efforts to... Read More
Boel Berner, “Strange Blood: The Rise and Fall of Lamb Blood Transfusion in 19th-Century Medicine and Beyond” (Transcript Verlag, 2020)
In the mid-1870s, the experimental therapy of lamb blood transfusion spread like an epidemic across Europe and the USA. Doctors tried it as a cure for tuberculosis, pellagra and anemia; proposed it as a means to reanimate seemingly dead soldiers on the battlefield. It was a contested therapy because it... Read More
Kat Arney, “Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life’s Oldest Betrayal” (Benbella Books, 2020)
Cancer exists in nearly every animal and has afflicted humans as long as our species has walked the earth. In Rebel Cell: Cancer, Evolution, and the New Science of Life’s Oldest Betrayal (Benbella Books, 2020), Kat Arney reveals the secrets of our most formidable medical enemy, most notably the fact... Read More
Tamara McClintock Greenberg, “Treating Complex Trauma: Combined Theories and Methods” (Springer, 2020)
Relationship problems, struggles with substance abuse, poor memory, and difficulties with emotions are typical symptoms of complex trauma—yet many traumatized individuals have no idea their symptoms share a common cause. Research shows that treating one’s underlying traumatic experiences can yield immense relief from such symptoms and liberate individuals to live... Read More
John Whysner, “The Alchemy of Disease” (Columbia UP, 2020)
Since the dawn of the industrial age, we have unleashed a bewildering number of potentially harmful chemicals. But out of this vast array, how do we identify the actual threats? What does it take to prove that a certain chemical causes cancer? How do we translate academic knowledge of the... Read More
Arleen Tuchman, “Diabetes: A History of Race and Disease” (Yale UP, 2020)
In her new book Diabetes: A History of Race and Disease (Yale University Press, 2020), Arleen Tuchman, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, describes the history of how the perception of diabetes has evolved over the past two centuries. She charts the chronology of diabetes, from its beginnings as a... Read More
Jennifer J. Carroll, “Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine” (Cornell UP, 2019)
Against the backdrop of a post-Soviet state set aflame by geopolitical conflict and violent revolution, Narkomania: Drugs, HIV, and Citizenship in Ukraine (Cornell UP, 2019) considers whether substance use disorders are everywhere the same and whether our responses to drug use presuppose what kind of people those who use drugs... Read More
Jennifer Lisa Koslow, “Exhibiting Health: Public Health Displays in the Progressive Era” (Rutgers UP, 2020)
In the early twentieth century, public health reformers approached the task of ameliorating unsanitary conditions and preventing epidemic diseases with optimism. Using exhibits, they believed they could make systemic issues visual to masses of people. Embedded within these visual displays were messages about individual action. In some cases, this meant... Read More
Michele Goodwin, “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood” (Cambridge UP, 2020)
Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a brilliant but shocking account of the criminalization of all aspects of reproduction, pregnancy, abortion, birth, and motherhood in the United States. In her extensively researched monograph, Michele Goodwin recounts the horrific contemporary situation, which includes,... Read More