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Mesothelioma Information

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body’s internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles. Mesotheolioma is an excellent book on the topic that provides a comprehensive overview of the epidemiology, biology, diagnosis, ... Read More »

News from Reuters, to turn an uncivilized youth’s hair white…

Maggie Fox at Reuters writes to say “Old People May Hold Key to Human Success”. With good reason. Well, most of us have known ages ago, but now anthropologists have crossed findings to back this up scientifically: “There has been a lot of speculation about what gave modern humans their evolutionary advantage. This research provides a simple explanation for which ... Read More »

Unnecessary Pap Smears

The current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association contains an article whose headline is: Cervical Cancer Screening Among Women Without a Cervix How can this be? In almost all hysterectomies, the cervix – which anatomically is part of the uterus – is removed along with the rest of the uterus. Likewise, most hysterectomies are performed for benign ... Read More »


Last night, I caught Dodgeball. I wasn’t expecting much (as I know that some people downright hate the flick sight unseen), but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. This was one of the funnier films I have seen in quite some time. Lowbrow, sophmoric funny, but I literally laughed hard enough to have a headache. For me, it ... Read More »

The Anorexia Diaries: A Mother and Daughter’s Triumph over Teenage Eating Disorders by Linda M. & Tara M. Rio, 2003.

1. (pp. 1-66) Most people’s diaries are boring and badly-written. (This makes me feel better about my own boring, badly-written diaries!) 2. (pp. 67-200) Except when really bad things happen to them; then they become fascinating. A very brave book to have written, and probably genuinely helpful to families in that kind of situation. A striking example of how very ... Read More »

Lies, Lies Lies, Yeah: Lauren Slater’s Book Lying

Not so long ago, an acquaintance who works with me in the book business informed me that “everyone is a liar.” At first, I strongly disagreed. Thought, Sure, maybe you are, maybe he is, but I – no, I am not a liar. But the comment stuck with me for months, and for months afterward, as I went about my ... Read More »

Cynthia Rothrock Kicks Ass

It’s not like plot was ever important in any of Cynthia Rothrock‘s movies. The Shining JAP of the Hong Kong Kung Fu Empire of the 80’s, and though she still has some kick-ass, but not so much in “Outside The Law”. There’s lots of plot, and bad hair-don’ts, and not much ass-kicking. But barely. There was a time when Cynthia ... Read More »

Better Than Well? A Review of Carl Elliott’s Latest Book

Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream by Carl Elliott Pub: Norton “Why are Americans such nervously enthusiastic consumers of Paxil?” asks author Carl Elliott, author of Better Than Well. So begins a Elliott’s questioning of the new American take on health as addressed in this thought-provoking and highly original book-cum-philosophical exploration that addresses America’s love-hate relationship with ... Read More »