New Books Network

Rachel Louise Moran, “Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique” (U Penn Press, 2018)
How did the modern, American body come into being? According to Rachel Louise Moran this is a story to be told through the lens of the advisory state. In her book, Governing Bodies: American Politics and the Shaping of the Modern Physique (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), she tracks the... Read More
Joe Miller, “US of AA: How the Twelve Steps Hijacked the Science of Alcoholism” (Chicago Review Press, 2019)
In the aftermath of Prohibition, America’s top scientists joined forces with members of a new group, called Alcoholics Anonymous, and put their clout behind a campaign to convince the nation that alcoholism was a disease rather than a moral failing. Their campaign spanned decades, and from it grew a multimillion-dollar... Read More
Babette Becker, “I Should Have Been Music” (Page Publishing, 2018)
Dr. Babette Becker’s memoir I Should Have Been Music (Page Publishing, 2018) recounts her experience as a patient in four different mental hospitals from 1957 to 1960. It was a time when little was known about mental illness, except the shame and horror of it, and nothing was known about... Read More
Ayo Wahlberg, “Good Quality: The Routinization of Sperm Banking in China” (U California Press, 2018)
From its crude and uneasy beginnings thirty years ago, Chinese sperm banking has become a routine part of China’s pervasive and restrictive reproductive complex. Today, there are sperm banks in each of China’s twenty-two provinces, the biggest of which screen some three thousand to four thousand potential donors each year.... Read More
Andrea Kitta, “The Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination, and Folklore” (Utah State UP, 2019)
Disease is a social issue and not just a medical one. This is the central tenet underlying The Kiss of Death: Contagion, Contamination, and Folklore (Utah State University Press 2019) by Andrea Kitta, Associate Professor in the English department at East Carolina University, examines the discourses and metaphors of contagion... Read More
David Spiegelhalter, “The Art of Statistics: How to Learn from Data” (Basic, 2019)
Today’s guest is distinguished researcher and statistician, Sir David Spiegelhalter. A fellow of the Royal Society, he is currently Chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge. He has dedicated his career, in his words to, “improving the way that quantitative evidence is... Read More
Laura Cabrera, “Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
In Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Laura Cabrera discusses three possible human enhancement paradigms and explores how each involves different values, uses of technology, and different degrees and kinds of ethical concerns. A new framework is advanced that promotes technological innovation that serves the... Read More