New Books Network

Tania Jenkins, “Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession” (Columbia UP, 2020)
In her new book, Doctors’ Orders: The Making of Status Hierarchies in an Elite Profession (Columbia University Press, 2020), Dr. Tania Jenkins engages readers in readers in a ethnography where she spent years observing and interviewing American, international, and osteopathic medical residents in two hospitals to reveal the unspoken mechanisms... Read More
Josh Seim, “Bandage, Sort, and Hustle: Ambulance Crews on the Front Lines of Urban Suffering” (U California Press, 2020)
What is the role of the ambulance in the American city? The prevailing narrative provides a rather simple answer: saving and transporting the critically ill and injured. This is not an incorrect description, but it is incomplete. Drawing on field observations, medical records, and his own experience as a novice... Read More
Sandro Galea, “Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health (Oxford University Press, 2019), physician Sandro Galea examines what Americans miss when they fixate on healthcare: health. Americans spend more money on health than people anywhere else in the world. And what do they get for it?... Read More
Sarah Fawn Montgomery, “Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir” (Mad Creek Books, 2018)
If you live in America, chances are good you’ve heard the term “mental health crisis” bandied about in the media. While true that anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders seem to be on the rise—especially among young people—resources for addressing them remain scarce and stigmatized, and the conditions themselves remain... Read More
Daniel Skinner, “Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
The definition of medical necessity has morphed over the years, from a singular physician’s determination to a complex and dynamic political contest involving patients, medical companies, insurance companies, and government agencies. In Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Daniel Skinner... Read More
Francesca Minerva, “The Ethics of Cryonics: Is It Immoral to be Immortal?” (Palgrave, 2018)
Cryonics―also known as cryopreservation or cryosuspension―is the preservation of legally dead individuals at ultra-low temperatures. Those who undergo this procedure hope that future technology will not only succeed in reviving them, but also cure them of the condition that led to their demise. In this sense, some hope that cryopreservation... Read More
David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe, “Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America” (UC Press, 2020)
It seems unthinkable that citizens of one of the most powerful nations in the world must risk their lives and livelihoods in the search for access to necessary health care. And yet it is no surprise that in many places throughout the United States, getting an abortion can be a... Read More