New Books Network

Peter Hotez, “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad” (Johns Hopkins UP, 2018)
Dr. Peter Hotez is a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world’s poor. He is also the father of a daughter who was diagnosed with autism. The alleged link between vaccines and autism has long been disproven, but it is still a belief held onto by... Read More
Elliott Sober, “The Design Argument” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
The story goes: you are walking in the woods and see a wrist-watch on the ground; you don’t know how it got there or why it has come to be abandoned here, but you can surmise that someone somewhere designed and made it due to its complexity. This is the... Read More
Benoît Majerus, “From the Middle Ages to Today: Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris” (Parigramme, 2018)
With Paris as the organizing locus of his new book, Du moyen âge à nos jours, expériences et représentations de la folie à Paris [From the Middle Ages to Today, Experiences and Representations of Madness in Paris], Benoît Majerus uses an impressively wide range of visual sources, from religious images and... Read More
Maria Kronfeldner, “What’s Left of Human Nature? A Post-Essentialist, Pluralist, and Interactive Account of a Contested Concept” (MIT Press, 2018)
Much of the debate about the roles of nature vs. nurture in the development of individual people has settled into accepting that it’s a bit of both, although what each contributes to a given trait or feature, how much, and they interact are still matters of dispute. In What’s Left... Read More
George E. Mobus and Michael C. Kalton, “Principles of Systems Science” (Springer Verlag, 2015)
Of the many barriers to a more robust presence for systems approaches in the academy, the relative scarcity of sufficient introductory textbooks in the field stands out as a particular irritant.  In the decades since the publication of von Bertalanffy’s General Systems Theory in 1968, a vast agglomeration of conceptual... Read More
William B. Young and Stephen D. Silberstein, “Navigating Life with Migraine and Other Headaches” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Migraine headaches can be absolutely devastating. In the book Navigating Life with Migraine and Other Headaches (Oxford University Press, 2018), William B. Young and Stephen D. Silberstein  set out to dispel the myths around migraine headaches. Young and Silberstein define what exactly a migraine headache is and what sets it apart from... Read More
Paul A. Offit, “Do You Believe in Magic?: Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural” (Harper, 2014)
Is alternative medicine quackery? In the book Do You Believe in Magic? Vitamins, Supplements, and All Things Natural: A Look Behind the Curtain (Harper, 2014) (Harper Paperbacks, 2014),Paul A. Offit explores the legitimacy of the alternative medicine industry. In this book exposes some of the most popular therapies and how ineffective, expensive, and... Read More