Best medical professional biographies according to redditors

We found 238 Reddit comments discussing the best medical professional biographies. We ranked the 115 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/weetchex · 276 pointsr/nfl

Watching this, I'm again reminded about how wrong it is to have the doctors that treat the players employed by the teams.

There need to be independent doctors who will give the players medical advice in the player's own interest, not the team or league's interest.

edit - There's a pretty good book by Rob Huizenga about being a team doctor and some of the conflicts. (The whole James Spader Woods subplot and most doctor scenes on Any Given Sunday were pretty much lifted directly from the book.)

u/Iwantmorelife · 45 pointsr/AskReddit

Read the book Crashing Through by Robert Kurson. It is about skier Mike May, who was totally blinded at age 3, and had sight restored to one of his eyes when he was in his 40s.

Apparently this has only happened a handful of times, and often the mind has an incredibly hard time learning to 'see' things we take for granted. Mike had trouble telling faces apart, detecting emotions, telling men apart from women, the dog apart from a rug, etc. Even though his restored eye, physically, had 20/20 vision, his mind had no experience making sense of some of the things he was seeing for the first time. Colors, however, he grasped almost instantly.

Pretty fascinating story.

*Edit: For people who stopped reading at "Read the book..." it's actually written a lot like a movie. It's not a case study or anything, it's a page turner. Think really really good reddit post.

Crashing Through (amazon link)

u/expremierepage · 27 pointsr/badwomensanatomy

Apologies if this has already been posted here; I searched, but it didn't come up.

I first saw this in a post) by /u/Yiotter on /r/wtf about two years ago. I was browsing through the posts here when I was reminded of it and figured some people here might enjoy it.

And here's the entire text, to make it easier to read:

>The seventy-year-old female patient had a history of frequent urinary-tract infections. She had a fever and slight back pain, so I ordered a catheterized urine specimen to be sent to the lab. I went on to the other patients, but th nurse soon returned and said she had tried to cath the woman but couldn't find her urethra -- the opening to the bladder. She had asked several other nurses to help her cath the lady, but no one could find her urethral opening. I decided to help, and went to the patient's bedside. I found an elderly, pleasant woman who told me about the history of frequent urinary problems and told me she was childless.

>I examined the woman's perineum and identified the larger oriface of what appeared to be the vaginal fault and searched above this for the urethral opening. I couldn't find an opening either, but as I looked, some urine trickled out of the vagina. Suspecting a fistula connecting the bladder to the vagina, or an embedded urethral meatus, I decided to look inside the vagina with a speculum. As I readied to do this, however, I noticed something underneath the vagina, on the perineum, and looked closer. I found the patient's vagina and intact hymen under what I had assumed was the vagina. I realized that the upper opening she was using as a vagina was in fact the patient's urethra. I asked the woman if she had any problems with sexual relations with her husband.

>"Not really. It hurt the first year or so, but it was fine after that."

>She had been married for fifty-two years.

>Charles Hagen, M.D.

>Auburn, Alabama

And this is the book it's taken from.

u/RobPlaysThatGame · 18 pointsr/therewasanattempt

The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris covers this, and the rest of the messed up history of surgery from that era.

u/rbaltimore · 17 pointsr/AskHistorians

So who would like to talk about everybody's favorite morbid but yet unfamiliar medical topic: Lobotomies!!

I'll preface this by saying that all of the information I share here can be found in the seminal work on early psychiatric treatment Great and Desperate Cures by Elliot Valenstein. I did my master's research on the subject of psychosurgery so I have several heavily marked-up copies floating around my house. A less comprehensive but more approachable (and more widely available) option is The Lobotomist by Jack El-Hai.

The first place to start is by saying that lobotomies weren't initially lobotomies. The man who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering invention of the procedure the leuchotomy was an abrasive Portuguese neurosurgeon who stole the original basis of the idea from someone else. Egas Moniz was already late in his academic life when he came across the pioneering surgical research done by John Fulton on the frontal lobectomy at an academic conference. A frontal lobectomy is a procedure in which you completely remove an individual's frontal lobes. That's a rather drastic thing to do, which Fulton clearly understood because he had only performed the procedure on a chimpanzee. Moniz took note of the surgery's results - a quieter, less psychotic subject/patient - and thought that results like that might help human patients with severe psychotic disorders. He had an in with the local mental hospital, so he had access to test subjects. And so Moniz began performing frontal-freaking-lobectomies on human subjects without their consent. After a handful of lobectomies, he determined that turning patients into complete zombies wasn't the ideal outcome. It certainly didn't help that most of them died within months of surgery. So instead he tried eliminating just some brain tissue by removing just some tissue in a procedure called a leucotomy. This procedure showed promise early, which was a good thing because the sanatorium where he was getting hist test subjects caught on to what he was doing and cut off his access to test subjects. Having refined the procedure he began offering it to private clients. And that is where a third-generation American doctor named Walter Freeman comes in.

Dr. Walter Freeman was a hardworking but rather unremarkable neurologist in Washington DC who had big shoes to fill. His grandfather was a very well-respected and widely known physician and his father had a great degree of medical respect himself. Unlike Moniz, Freeman wasn't callous and barbaric and, while certainly hoping to be the equal of his father and grandfather, he really truly cared about the welfare of his patients.

The picture was bleak for the mentally ill during this time and wasn't much different than centuries before. If you were lucky, you were well enough to be cared for at home. If not, you were more or less warehoused. Psychological treatment was essentially nonexistent at the time. Your family's economic means determined just how nice of a facility you were warehoused in. Given the greater disparity between classes then, chances are you were abused and abjectly neglected. Even if you weren't, you were at the mercy of your psychological demons. You suffered, and your physicians were more or less powerless to help you. And like many neurologists at the time, Dr. Freeman did not like seeing his patients suffer. This made the recent developments in the field of psychosurgery seem especially promising to doctors at the time. More on that later.

Dr. Freeman trained with Moniz and made the procedure more precise, with the goal of severing connections in the prefrontal region of the brain by removing corings of the patient's brain, rather than just removing giant swathes of tissue. He hit a stumbling block though - he lost his license to practice neurosurgery when a patient died on his operating table. So he partnered up with neurosurgeon James Watts and together they sought to provide relief from patients with a huge variety of mental, behavioral, and/or developmental problems. Freeman, however, decided that the process of anesthesia was too much a risk and that he could get the same results faster by streamlining the process. And so Dr. Watts walked into their office suite one day to find Freeman jamming what looked very much ice picks into the corners of the eyes of an unconscious (due to electro-shock) but un-anesthetized patient and sweeping them back and forth blindly, severing neural connections willy nilly. Thus ended Dr. Watts' partnership with Dr. Freeman.

Dr. Freeman now had what he thought to be a way to finally alleviate some of his patients' torment and he traveled across the country via an RV called "The Lobotomobile", sharing this method with other clinicians in an effort to do something other than warehouse them.

Ultimately doctors and scientists realized that the newly founded field of psychopharmaceuticals was the solution to the mental health illness crises and even the most severe cases will respond to at least some form of medication. That was the end of the era of surgical psychological treatment (mostly).

So, any questions?

u/julia-sets · 11 pointsr/science

And if you haven'tyet, the incredible story Mountains Beyond Mountains about the founder of PIH is a must-read.

u/krulos · 11 pointsr/nfl

The team doctor ultimately has the team's best interest at heart, not the player's. There are many good books that go into this such as Mark Bowden's Bringing the Heat and You're OK It's Just a Bruise.

Percy is protecting himself in seeking out an independent second opinion.

u/ic2ofblue · 10 pointsr/todayilearned

Two amazing books called The Alchemy of Air and The Demon Under The Microscope talk about how late 1800s/early 1900s Germany was able to come to power by reling on its universities working closely with large Germany industries through research and development. Germany didn't have to many abundant resources besides coal and with that they did incredible things. They were also late to game in terms of colonization and trading companies, which they had to overcome when they were somewhat isolated from the world during WWI and II.

If you are an eningeer or scientist I highly recommend these books. Thomas Hager is an incredible writer.

u/Chocklatesoop · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes
u/answer_king · 8 pointsr/Health


"Update: A suspected case of ebola in Saskatchewan has tested negative. The World Health Organization tweeted the results Tuesday morning. "#Canada #Ebola suspect tests NEGATIVE for Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, CCHF, RVF @WHO @pahowho at Winnipeg BSL4 lab," tweeted Gregory Härtl, WHO's head of public relations.

"Lab results from Winnipeg will be officially confirmed by Canada," he also wrote."

Had the patient had Ebola Zaire, as first believed, this could have been a major cluster fuck. Had an Ebola Zaire patient been on an airplane with a group of people then it would be necessary to both isolate and quarantine them.

Early on the patient was incorrectly believed to have the Zaire strain of Ebola, a hemorrhagic disease. The body bleeds out and then turns to a bag of liquid virus. The fatality rate for Ebola Zaire is 9 of 10, there is no known cure and no known effective treatment. It spreads via contact and via aerosol (cough, breathing). Few hospitals have been able to contain Ebola Zaire; lots of nurses and doctors have died trying. Luckily the patient does NOT have Ebola Zaire.

Just finished reading "Virus Hunter" by C. J. Peters and this incident at first read like one of the potential disaster scenarios Peters' describes.

u/pathein_mathein · 8 pointsr/badhistory

You may want to read this for a counterpoint to your post.

The author uses is Calvin Coolidge, Jr. as the sort of exemplar. When the son of the President, with basically all the medical might the U.S. could throw at his problem to cure him, winds up dying from a trivial injury, it's a much different sort of world, and that's as recent as 1924.

u/YoohooCthulhu · 8 pointsr/askscience

I'd also add for a great historical/narrative perspective on cancer, Siddharta Mukerjee's pulitzer prize winner "The Emperor of All Maladies" is a fantastic read.

u/therealdarkcirc · 7 pointsr/ems


Really good read, lots of short stories, presented in a way that really emulates the flow in an ED.

Edit: I should maybe add that the stories aren't all funny, so it can move from hilarious to utterly soulcrushing with no warning.

1,000 Naked Strangers

More of a dramatic retelling of a career in field EMS. Good writing, interesting.

u/Hime_Takamura · 7 pointsr/WTF
u/Insetick · 7 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

How so? Doctors share stories all the time. This book I'm reading is full of them. I don't recall my HIPAA training word-for-word, but the gist of it is that you can share information if the patient can't be identified.

u/eileensariot · 5 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/mypasswordishotdog Remember the book you gifted me / I won? (The Good Nurse) Well, I finished it last night. It was so good!! I still super happy you gave me that! Thank you again!

u/itwasquiteawhileago · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

Whenever lobotomies come up, I like to point to two books that are great, educational reads:

My Lobotomy, by Howard Dully. An autobiography by a guy who had a lobotomy performed on him at age 12. This was in 1960, when lobotomy had largely fallen out of practice due to the introduction of psychotic meds mid 50s.

The Lobotomist, by Jack El-Hai. This is the story of Dr. Walter Freeman, the man who really brought the lobotomy to main stream medicine (at least in the US), by pioneering the transorbital (or "ice pick") lobotomy method. This is the man that performed Mr. Dully's lobotomy. The practice was essentially driving an ice pick through the corner of the eye into the front of the brain and swishing it back and forth to sever the connections between the lobes just above the nose.

They're both fascinating stories from opposite sites of what we now see as a totally barbaric and completely dangerous and unnecessary practice, that even at the height of it's popularity really had no consistency to how it was applied.

u/spaceflora · 5 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I'm not at all surprised by that. If you're born blind or are blinded very, very early in life while your brain still has a lot of plasticity, it can repurpose the bits that would normally go to processing vision into alternative senses instead. Plus if you can't remember any other way of being then you don't know what you're missing, and you don't have to define a new "normal", which is very hard, psychologically.

Interestingly, for these same people who have been blind for the vast majority of their lives, if they ever (re)gain vision they still don't have an easy time of it. If those brain bits that would have been processing vision were repurposed, they basically have zero depth perception. And I mean worse than "you have no depth perception because you need two eyes and only have one". I'm talking like can't recognize that a curb or step is a level up based on shadows, that kind of lack of depth perception. Apparently these people inevitably become depressed with how dirty the world looks. There's a very interesting memoir on this subject called Crashing Through.

u/alexs001 · 5 pointsr/childfree
u/InhLaba · 5 pointsr/booksuggestions

Some nonfiction books I enjoyed that came to mind:

u/FullSharkAlligator · 5 pointsr/nfl

Yeah I also heard "You're Okay, It's Just a Bruise" is good too.

u/phone_scissors_pen · 5 pointsr/Libertarian

While this is certainly true on Reddit/the internet in general (I'm looking at you, 27b/6 David Thorne Shipping Outrage from a month ago)'s sadly true in the "real world" too.

Just ask Haiti or the 9th Ward of New Orleans or countless other catastrophes/disasters/outrages.

I'm not picking a side here, just saying it's a fact of life in the world we live in. We are the Headline News generation. For what it's worth, I commend the people still rebuilding houses in New Orleans, and the doctors and healthcare workers in Haiti (like Dr. Paul Farmer, a remarkable man, read Mountains Beyond Mountains) still trying to make a difference.

u/DrunkDylanThomas · 4 pointsr/AcademicPsychology

For a nice piece of historical perspective, perhaps for a look at the complexity of ethical issues, or even for morbid curiosity, I strongly recommend reading The Lobotomist.

It's a biography of Dr Walter Freeman, the man who invented the trans-orbital lobotomy, and his quest to cure mental illness by destroying parts of the brain. It's a nicely balanced view, taking care to explore his motives and personal life against how he is now perceived.

u/ggos · 4 pointsr/booksuggestions

I recently read The Lobotomist by Jack El-Hai, a biography of Dr. Walter Freeman. It was an interesting story of how ambition can land one in a bad position (like creating a procedure that horrifies people to this day). It is one of the few biographies I have thoroughly enjoyed. It was pretty horrifying since it really happened.

u/thewrongmelonfarmer · 4 pointsr/Psychonaut

Food of the Gods by McKenna has played a huge part in my worldview, I always go back to that one. And Tales of A Shamans Apprentice by Mark Plotkin is a solid one on contemporary shamanism / ethnobotany / choosing a really, really good career path.

u/Smilin-_-Joe · 4 pointsr/nursing

If you like reading in your downtime you should check out Emergency! by Mark Brown M.D. Hands down the most popular book I've ever bought, loaned out and never gotten back 3 times. Next time I'm at a book store, will buy again, but this time, I keep it!

u/Llamaentity · 3 pointsr/comicbooks

Thanks for sharing your take!

I also realize that the Earth is but a tiny part of the universe, and not separate from it, as goes with any part of Earth being part of the whole Earth and not separate from it, overall--I hope my phrasing makes sense. Love hearing your ideas on all of this--lots to ponder!

As for the conspiracies you mentioned, I will certainly be looking up that documentary and reading up on the others you mentioned! I've got passing familiarity with MKUltra but it'll be interesting to learn what I can.

I find history fascinating--my current book is The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris and it has been really interesting. Much of the information was gathered from letters of correspondence between surgeons in the U.K. and surrounding areas of the 19th century, and I'm often left thinking about how much information is forever lost to time, biased record keeping, and so on.

In any case, I'll definitely check out some stuff on false flag ops. If there are any particular books about these subjects you would recommend, let me know!

u/tmltml · 3 pointsr/biology

If you're a fan of cancer (phrasing!), I'd check out The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. A bit long at points but a pretty cool read

u/thepedalmasher · 3 pointsr/schizophrenia

I studied the history and development of schizophrenic people in cultures through a lot of books that I checked out and purchased about 20 years ago in an attempt to understand what I am going through.

Things I recall are: Carl Jung's work before the Red Book. I studied everything of his i could get my hands on, including old video interviews with him. I got lucky and downloaded a torrent with his notes and what most of his impressions were. With the release of the Red Book, it became obvious that he dabbled in Alchemy and that coloured his perception of psychology, but does not invalidate it all. Stuck mostly to books I could get for free. Looked at Freud's work. And every other book about psychology or by historical psychologists I could get my hands on in the library.

Then went exploring cultures. Since living in Hawaii where I was exposed to so many different cultures at the same time (189-192 different cultures), I started asking questions of people from different parts of the Pacific Basin, Indian, and Asian cultures, etc. in person. Left with a lot of impressions of this stuff. Most of the more respected "affected" people cultures were behind, at that time, with modernization, or less developed scientifically.

This most likely has changed at least a little in the last 20 years.

Also, if you look through history books, you will see references to this kind of treatment throughout lesser scientifically developed cultures throughout everything I have read. I'm a book worm.

I haven't traveled the world. Most of my learning is from books and the library access of media.

I have read a lot of philosophy, and it is spoken of there as well.

I have been told many religions were started by schizophrenics. Michael Shermer has a really interesting book on this citing many examples I have read recently: The Believing Brain. [Link]

This shows many of the causes of the brain errors and misfires from a lay person scientific point of view. This is why the Western cultures do not respect "affected" people. That affects you socially. There are many credible studies that show problems with the brain I.E. CPTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries, development, drug use, etc. These effect the brain in different ways. Scientists have been able to treat some of the various ailments with the brain with their meds. It is not perfect yet. The science is new with the brain.

It is my hypothesis that schizophrenia is an all inclusive term used that may cover a broad range of high functioning, defects, injuries, diseases, and maybe evolutionary mutations of the brain that are not understood now.

Many of the classic books that survived were archetypal stories meant convey meaning through allegory. I see these as a lot of what people try to understand when the person starts studying this stuff. It seems that religions and spiritual movements have a monopoly on the vocabulary used to describe this experience that the schizo experiences. Then they try to get you to give them money, etc. Just because one has to use that vocabulary to describe it does not make you religious, in my opinion. Some people call it sacred. Some use it to kill.

Allegory can speak truths, but not scientific truths.

Science will medicate you if you think entirely in allegories, if you cannot control and harness it (Use it secondarily). If you do not live in the real(scientific) world, work, contribute, and build in the real(scientific) world, then you are going to have problems.

What service or product can you provide to the benefit of the community that will further survival? Making a Subway Sandwich to eat or a long pontification on the allegory of Sisyphus? How many people are needed to make convenient subs to feed people to continue building the community? How many people will starve if we all pontificate hours on end on Sisyphus with no subs? Or, farms? Or, computers? Or, infrastructure to access everything needful to survive?

This is how I have put the sources together. Probably pretty messed up. I don't think it is worth all the time I spent reading the many books and interviews I have experienced to understand this. Please do not do this.

u/dougsdopedealer · 3 pointsr/worldnews

Since you asked for an example. This monograph is about how pharmaceutical companies synthesized new treatments and drugs based on an ethnographer's research. So there, our society all the way in North America has benefited from tropical people like the Enawene Nawe.

u/Loves_Portishead · 3 pointsr/therewasanattempt

Anyone interested in this guy should read it's astounding the state surgical practices were in just 150yrs ago, and how this guys protégé changed everything.

u/MedicUp · 3 pointsr/ems

I'm fairly sure that reading Peter Canning's Paramedic: On the Front Lines of Medicine book when I was younger is one of the key reasons I ended up deciding I wanted to be a paramedic.

u/liuna · 3 pointsr/askscience

Some good answers have already touched on it, so I'm not going to try to answer your question.

But, OP or anyone else really, if you want more information, there's an amazing book called The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. He dedicates a bit to answering this question. It won the Pulitzer Prize, it's an absolutely gripping read, and is written so someone without a medical background can read it. I've recommended it to everyone I know

u/platinumarks · 3 pointsr/WTF

I searched some of the text and found it. It's "Emergency!: True Stories from the Nation's ERs" by Mark Brown. It's here on Amazon:

u/RobJackson28 · 3 pointsr/biology

Here's an article from Nature Genetics that may be of interest: A common JAK2 haplotype confers susceptibility to
myeloproliferative neoplasms
. If it's too technical, this may be a useful resource.

As for blood and DNA, this information is so ubiquitous I'm not sure if it's worth looking for specific books or articles. The Wikipedia pages look pretty good. However, given these topics, I would like to recommend an excellent book Emperor of All Maladies: Biography of Cancer. As a cancer biologist, I consider it an excellent book about modern cancer biology and history of molecular medicine. It does a great job introducing blood diseases and role of molecular genetics. Hope this helps!

u/Peragot · 3 pointsr/askscience
u/dangoodspeed · 3 pointsr/WTF
u/notanon · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

I purchased it from Amazon back in February and found it to be a good mix of stories. They're not all as crazy as this one, but well worth the $8.

Emergency!: True Stories From The Nation's ERs

u/minnick27 · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

[Emergency! By Dr Mark Brown] (

"I noticed something underneath the vagina, on the perineum, and looked closer. I found the patients vagina and intact hymen under what I had assumed was the vagina"

They had been married 52 years!

Should I mention this is my favorite book and it stays on my nightstand?

u/energy_engineer · 2 pointsr/pics

The man has eight honorary doctorates!

Also, mountains beyond mountains is a great read.

u/misplaced_my_pants · 2 pointsr/comics
u/zorbahigh · 2 pointsr/comics

I work in cancer research, and haven't read this book but I've heard quite positive things about it. It seem to be ideally suited for an interested non-scientific audience.

u/neimie · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Link to the book this is from for anyone interested.

u/capy_capybara · 2 pointsr/tipofmytongue
u/Chuggo · 2 pointsr/nfl

I'll have to look for that one. I read You're okay it's just a bruise a long while ago and it was crazy. Author was a team doc for the early 80's Raiders with Lyle Alzado and the rest of the gang. There's some crazy stories in there like how he had to wipe a players ass because he was injured and couldn't.

u/tensegritydan · 2 pointsr/MorbidReality

I just finished reading The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder, which is about Charles Cullen, a serial-killer nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I don't want to spoil it, but let's just say that he puts this woman to shame.

The story is not just about him, but also about the hospital administrators that kept simultaneously firing him and sweeping it under the rug.

u/MuppetManiac · 2 pointsr/AskWomenOver30

This super cool nonfiction book called The Butchering Art about Joseph Lister and the advent of germ theory and antiseptic.

It's kind of graphic so if you're not cool reading about guts and pus then maybe it's not for you. But I love it.

u/am_i_wrong_dude · 2 pointsr/medicine

MSF (Doctors Without Borders) is probably the most reputable international organization. Their website has information about how to work with them. If you want some inspiration or more information, I would recommend reading some of Paul Farmer's books like Haiti After the Earthquake or a biography of Dr. Farmer Mountains Beyond Mountains.

Beware the "medical mission trips" that are popular with pre-health students where they take a bunch of eager Westerners to do some pointless, low quality work in a desperate part of the world for a short time. These do more harm than good.

u/Jahandar · 2 pointsr/GiftIdeas

Does she enjoy reading? Perhaps a book from her favorite genre.

My mother is also an RN and enjoyed this:

u/stupidhusky · 2 pointsr/books

>At the time, doctors knew very little about birth, they weren't even washing their hands between autopsies and deliveries

I knew that actually! I love historical medicine. Also I'm a biologist with a degree in public health so stuff like that is right up my alley. This book goes into that and the origins of hand washing pretty well. It's a great story. Actually I've liked all of the Thomas Hager books I've read so far. Sam Kean is another favorite author of mine who does medical/scientific history very well.

u/gatordan · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, a great story about Dr. Paul Farmer and his working curing infectious diseases in Haiti.

u/overduebook · 2 pointsr/science

I know that this is /science and most of the people in here are way ahead of me on this stuff, but for any other laypeople like myself, reading The Emperor of All Maladies was the thing that finally helped me understand this way of thinking about cancer. I've taken classes on genomes and I have perhaps a greater interest than most people in diseases, but somehow it had never quite been made clear that breast cancer is not just a different kind of cancer from lung cancer, but rather an entirely different beast altogether. For anybody who would like a better understanding of cancer, I cannot recommend that book enough. It's one of the best books I've read in the last five years.

u/bkv · 2 pointsr/nfl

Steroids, or lack thereof.

This book details just how prevalent steroids were back in the day.

u/ZombieAcademy · 2 pointsr/TrueReddit

He's a fantastic writer. If you are interested in seeing the same treatment he gives to depression, but expanded and applied to cancer, then I highly recommend his book.

u/dustydiary · 2 pointsr/WTF

"The Lobotomist" is excellent but grisly. Recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of medicine.

u/da5id1 · 2 pointsr/IAmA

[it was a biopsy. It was malignant. She did self administer chemotherapy. She lived.] (

No edit.

u/chrzansm · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Cancer is just a 'better' version of our own cells. This is the one thing that I don't think will ever be gone. Also, the term 'cancer' is way to broad to encompass everything. We all have a little cancer right now, our bodies are just able to handle and destroy the cancerous cells

We will though have personalized medicine, where your genome will predict what cancers you likely will get, and everyone (pending our health care system) will likely be on a cocktail of drugs to minimize the risks of cancer.

If you want a good read, try The Emperor of all Maladies to learn about how cancer has been with us since the dawn of times, and will be with us forever likely.

u/matthank · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I am reading a book right now about ER stories, in real life.

Some are funny, some are gruesome, some are extremely poignant.


Also: Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

u/term_k · 2 pointsr/books

C.J. Peters, the virologist from the CDC who played a large role in the Hot Zone also published his memoirs. It's different from Preston's books- very autobiographical, less like an action movie- but still has a lot of cool virology and is an interesting read. Almost made me pursue a degree in microbiology! It's called Virus Hunter.

u/dschaefer · 2 pointsr/sex

Here it was from this book, which is supposedly a work of non-fiction.

u/polipsy · 1 pointr/worldnews

> .

Preston has several good reads (The Hot Zone in particular comes to mind), though some are fiction and have to be understood as such. I also recommend highly Virus Hunter by C.J. Peters, head of the CDC's Special Pathogens Branch from 1992-2000.

u/Shnook · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Emperor of All Maladies

It's kind of like an biography of cancer over the years.

u/ladyvonkulp · 1 pointr/TrueReddit

Read a book about Walter Freeman, The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and His Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness It is a stark and unnerving documentation of what led up to the cult of frontal transorbital lobotomy as a treatment for almost anything.

For some unknown reason several years ago I felt it would be good bedtime reading, that ended quickly. I've since read a much less in-depth book about it, but it still makes me really squicky.

u/MechaChiroptera · 1 pointr/writing

Sort of unrelated, but this story reminds me of Our Cancer Year, which was a collaboration between the late Harvey Pekar and his wife and That Dragon, Cancer, about a family's struggle with their dying son.

Anyway, it sounds as though your husband just wants to work with you on a project, which you should keep in mind if you want to bring up a criticism or two. You should probably tell him how you prefer to work on the project and come to a nice middle-ground. Good luck!

u/jrsings · 1 pointr/AskReddit

also, the book "crashing through" is about a man who got blinded at age 3; then got one of his eyes back in his 30's.

u/Montuckian · 1 pointr/Anthropology

This has always been a favorite of mine

u/xbris · 1 pointr/antarctica

i know there are stories about the other doctor (Dr. Jerri Nielsen) in a similar situation down at the pole in 1999. she went on to write a book or two about the experience called Ice Bound. she also has passed away since.

> Jerri Nielsen was a forty-six-year-old doctor working in Ohio when she made the decision to take a year's sabbatical at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Antarctica, the most remote and perilous place on Earth. The "Polies," as they are known, live in almost total darkness for six months of the year, in winter temperatures as low as 100 degrees below zero--with no way in or out before the spring.
> During the long winter of 1999, Dr. Nielsen, solely responsible for the mental and physical fitness of a team of researchers, construction workers, and support staff, discovered a lump in her breast. Consulting via email with doctors in the United States, she performed a biopsy on herself, and in July began chemotherapy treatments to ensure her survival until condition permitted her rescue in October. A daring rescue by the Air National Guard ensued, who landed, dropped off a replacement physician, and minutes later took off with Dr. Nielsen.

>This is Dr. Nielsen's own account of her experience at the Pole, the sea change as she becomes "of the Ice," and her realization that as she would rather be on Antarctica than anywhere else on earth. It is also a thrilling adventure of researchers and scientists embattled by a hostile environment; a penetrating exploration of the dynamics of an isolated, intensely connected community faced with adversity; and, at its core, a powerfully moving drama of love and loss, of one woman's voyage of self-discovery through an extraordinary struggle for survival.

I also found this: Auto-appendectomy in the Antarctic: case report

u/Braindog · 1 pointr/graphicnovels

How about Our cancer year by Harvey Pekar?

u/basepair86 · 1 pointr/PointlessStories

Lucky you! I'm not sure an audio version of the book would really work because of the photos, however you may dig The Butchering Art by Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris.

u/N8CCRG · 1 pointr/movies

I encourage people with an interest in vision and 3D to read a great book called Crashing Through. It's a (short) true story about a man who lost his vision at a young age, but when he was an adult was able to receive a modern treatment to restore his vision (I believe it was with stem cells, but I don't recall). A large portion of the book goes into detail about how human vision works and it's actually way more complicated than people think.

The part that I find relevant to 3D films is basically how 3D films rely on binocular vision in order to generate the 3D effect. But it turns out that binocular vision is only responsible for the 3D-ness of an object if it's close to our face... like within a couple feet. Anything beyond that and the difference between the two images is not significant enough for us to gain any information from having a second eye.

So, what does cause 3D-ness for farther objects? Two things. One is parallax, which is how much the image of the object changes when either it moves or when we move our head. This movement is drastically greater than the distance between our eyes, and requires the use of our brain to remember images from several seconds ago and compare the differences. The other huge one, however, is experience. You see a car or a bench or a baseball, and you know how big those things are. And our brain then builds a 3D model based off of those assumptions. This is why regular 2D films still work so great for us, because sometimes the camera or the people move (giving parallax), but mostly because we just have experience with the every day world. It's also why trying to tell how big or small things like celestial objects are or fake objects like mecharobots are is so difficult.

The really fascinating part from the book (sorry it took so long to get back to it) is that while the man regained his vision, he had never developed the part of the brain that could figure out how big or small things were from parallax and from past experiences. So he would be walking down the sidewalk, and see a bench, and not be able to tell if it was near or far and would trip over it, or he would jump out of the way of cars that weren't near him.

This is the reason I never watch films in 3D, because it's not actually 3D: it's some sort of hyper 3D. Just look at these cameras (that one on the right especially). That's not how far apart human eyes are. Most 3D cameras you'll notice have exaggerated the binocular aspect of this. So, why does it not look super weird to us to see 3D films? My personal theory is because it's only ever used in films where we're already suspending our disbelief, so our eyes accept the gimmick any way. But the important thing is that it's exactly that: a gimmick.

So, yes, I agree that people should have the choice to see it in either format, I strongly discourage people from seeing it in 3D if you're at all looking for more inevitability. It's a gimmick, that's actually less real than 2D for most of the film.

That being said, I hear I missed out on not seeing Doctor Strange in 3D because those effects were supposedly super neat in 3D. i.e. the gimmick was worth it (I mean, nobody was watching it for realism anyway, right?)

u/Judson48 · 1 pointr/Mcat

+1 on this suggestion. Mountains Beyond Mountains is a book by Tracy Kidder about Dr. Farmer. It's a really good read.

u/d4w50n · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

It's not one memoir, but a whole host of anecdotes and stories from ER Dr's and nurses. Not exactly what you're looking for, but a good read.

u/Morrigane · 1 pointr/IAmA

Her book Icebound is a great read.

u/AlwaysDisposable · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I saw that post too. It prompted me to buy the book: [Emergency!] (

u/adenocard · 1 pointr/ems

Street Watch is a blog written by Peter Canning, the guy who wrote two very popular EMS books Rescue 471 and Paramedic. Good blog, and great books if you've got the time to read them.

u/gekkou · 1 pointr/Anthropology

Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice is a great book covering specifically rainforest drug use (been a while since I read it, seems like it was snuff and ayahuasca that is covered).

Use in Haiti/DR and places for voodoo practices might be something to explore as well.

u/illegible · 1 pointr/science

not to discount your point at all (i agree with it) but a notable counterexample is the invention/discovery of Sulfa drugs by German pharmaceuticals as documented in The Demon Under the Microscope

u/bunnysoup · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

1.Cake Related. Gotta have that butter!

3 [A book I am eager to read!](

4 Eating Utinsils

5 Animal

6 Purple

7 A game

8 A guilty pleasure

9 A tool. Have you ever seen this movie? All these dudes are MASSIVE tools. It's amazing.

10 Something from my childhood

11 An organizational item. Can't have bottles scattered about!

12 Hobby

13 Nerdy/Geeky. I mean, PBS Home video... that's properly nerdy.

14 Natural Book are made from trees, and trees are au natural!

15 Green

16 Something you wear

17 Funny

18 This could work for rinsing dried beans

19 Gardening

20 Mine broke, I'm gutted without it. Luckily, I have a birthday coming up, and I plan on getting this bad boy asap.

This was fun! Thanks for the contest!!!

u/BrotherJohnDiddly · 1 pointr/Christianity

This year, Partners in Health needs all of the help that they can get. Paul Farmer is a very moving figure, the book Mountains Beyond Mountains was written around his life.

u/geach_the_geek · 1 pointr/biology

I just finished The Emperor of All Maladies and just shortly before that Stiff. I really enjoyed both of them! Emperor is a long read, but well written and very thorough. Stiff is a quick, enjoyable read that's a less academic, but still really interesting. I'm about to start My Sister's Keeper. The PI across the hall recommended it. And I'm reading Introduction to Statistical Thought by Lavine for a class. I added a few of the books other people listed here to my to-read list

u/foxkev · 1 pointr/todayilearned
u/thecrushah · 1 pointr/nfl

Was supposed to be a really nice guy. Juiced like crazy although its questionable whether that contributed to his cancer diagnosis.

If you want to read a really good book about Alzado and the Raiders of the early 80's era, read You're ok, it's just a bruise written by one of the team doctors of the Raiders at the time. Medical treatment back then was way more fast and loose than it is now and cost a lot of players their future health.

u/00Deege · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

The nature of the beast is so complex that about a fourth of us will die of cancer, sadly enough. From your personal experience you might identify with and have a little peace/closure from reading Siddhartha Mukherje's "The Emperor of all Maladies." Don't let the author's name or the genre deter you; this is an intensely enjoyable and easy to follow read. Siddhartha Mukherje has a gift for breaking cancer down into a fascinating personification of sorts.

u/Pint_and_Grub · 0 pointsr/funny

Not at all. Are you at all familiar with the Oakland ownership? They based a movie off their childish history and immoral business practices, “any given Sunday”.

Or read a book by their team doctor.