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Book Club: On Health Related Topics, which are your favorites?


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Hello everyone,

I thought we could use this thread to recommend books on health related topics.
Among my favorites so far: The transformed cell by Dr. Steven A. Rosenberg: https://www.amazon.com/Transformed-Cell-Unlocking-Mysteries-Cancer/dp/0380721155/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477309146&sr=8-1&keywords=the+transformed+cell . Although it's a bit old now, it is a very inspirational story on the beginning of immunotherapy against cancer. It's been incredible to read the first hand experience of this doctor, all the challenges he went through and how he overcame them.

Here is a newer one: Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of cancer by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee: https://www.amazon.com/Emperor-All-Maladies-Biography-Cancer/dp/1439170916/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477308517&sr=8-1&keywords=cancer+all+maladies . I am still reading it, so far very good.

What are your favorites, recommendations and reasons why you like them? I would love to hear from you too. Thank you.

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I haven't really read many health books, @Denise, which may seem surprising, considering that I'm going into that field. I'm mainly busy with textbooks at the moment. However, there is one book that I'm partway through that may be interesting to some people. It's Gut by Giulia Enders. It's a rather interesting book about the gut and colonic bacteria, and how our gut can actually make us feel happy or sad.

I've been busy with textbooks, but I really should get back into this book. The way it is written is quite easy to understand, and there is an underlying sense of humour.
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Thank you @Lillian for that book recommendation. I had not heard about it. I sure will look at it. Yes, it's fascinating how our gut can affect our overall well being. We had a nice mini discussion about it when @ele81946 had recommended the "Gut Check" course in the favorite life sciences courses thread as well. I must prioritize that course too.

Yes, I know what you mean about textbooks... When you are at the University level you are snowed under textbooks and published articles... I am also reviewing a couple of textbooks closely to brush up some of my knowledge at the moment. If you like, you could start a separate thread perhaps for Favorite Textbooks on Life Sciences in Health section and we could mention them there too? Or should they all be considered here? I am not sure... Textbooks are more for students while this thread could appeal to everyone, I think. What do you think?
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Here is one related to evolutionary psychology with an interesting title "Why Buddhism is True" by Prof Robert Wright. This book came about after his course was on Coursera several years ago.
The book flows well with scientific validation of meditation. One does not need to be a Buddhist to gain the mental and emotional health benefit. Mindfulness Meditation is the best known emotional health outcome and is used in different settings, including the most intractable ones like prison.
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Yes, I agree that textbooks are more for students, though I know of others who are no longer students, but still have to continually refer to textbooks in their job, @Denise.

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