Book Reviews

The Dark Side of Medicine: Physician Suicide

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2017

Bookmark Title: Why Physicians Die by Suicide: Lessons Learned FromTheir Families and Others Who Cared Author: Michael F. Myers, MD Publisher: Michael F. Myers, MD Publication date: February 2017 Price $14.99, paperback, 178 pages The statistics on physician suicide are stark: Ph...

A New Manual for the Expanding Field of Bone Marrow Transplantation

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: Clinical Manual of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation Editors: Syed A. Abutalib and Parameswaran Hari Publisher: Wiley Blackwell Publication Date: June 2017 Price: $100.00, paperback, 424 pages The first hematopoietic stem cell transplant was pioneered by E. Donnall ...

A Doctor’s Call to Arms About the Overuse of Antibiotics

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues Author: Martin J. Blaser, MD Publisher: Henry Holt and Company Publication Date: 1st Edition, April 2014 Price: $28.00, hardcover, 228 pages On September 3, 1928, Scottish biologist Alexander...

Tales From the OR: A Pediatric Surgeon’s Memoir

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: Healing Children: A Surgeon’s Stories From the Frontiers of Pediatric Medicine Author: Kurt Newman, MD Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group Publication date: June 2017 Price: $27.00, hardcover, 272 pages CARING FOR sick children brings with it a set of emotional and physi...

Addressing the Challenges of Intimacy After Cancer

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: Sex and Cancer: Intimacy, Romance, and Love After Diagnosis and Treatment Authors: Saketh R. Guntupalli, MD, and Maryann Karinch Publisher: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers Publication Date: June 2017 Price: $33.00, hardcover, 182 pages The literature has documented the s...

A Textbook That Fills a Special Need in Oncology: Uncommon Cancers

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2017

A cancer diagnosis provokes a sea of emotions, fear and anxiety over the future foremost. However, being diagnosed with a common cancer such as breast or prostate cancer has a hard-won comfort zone, in that both patients and physicians are armed with a plethora of data and resources on how to treat ...

A Deep and Incisive Look Into the Health-Care System

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back Author: Elizabeth Rosenthal, MD Publisher: Penguin House Publication date: April 2017  Price: $28.00, hardcover; 416 pages The seemingly impossible-to-cure maladies of our $3 tr...

An Expert on End-of-Life Care Shares Her Stories

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2017

“In the sufferer let me see only the human being.” So said Maimonides, the medieval Jewish philosopher and physician who espoused treating the patient rather than the illness, a philosophy that modern oncology had to relearn. This brief quote greets readers of a new book called Extreme Measures: Fi...

A Social Media Guide by a Doctor for Doctors

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices Author: Kevin Pho, MD, and Susan Gay Publisher: Greenbranch Publishing Publication date: First edition, February 2013 Price: $64.00, hardcover, 237...

A Frank Memoir About Doctors, Patients, and the Health-Care System

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine Author: Rachel Pearson, MD Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co Publication date: May 2017 Price: $26.95; hardcover, 272 pages “In 1981, 2 days after my older brother Matthew was born, m...

Big Data and the Learning Machine

Ronald Piana  / July 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our WorldAuthor: Pedro DomingosPublisher: Beacon PressPublication date: February 2017Price: $24.95, hardcover, 288 pages Technology is revolutionizing our understanding and treatment of disease...

Cancer Survivor Publishes Book for Children About Cancer

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

A book aimed at helping young families understand cancer, Hair to the Queen! is now available on Amazon. Written by first-time author Tamara B. Rodriguez and illustrated by Carole A. Smith, the book empowers adults to discuss cancer with children in a simple and compassionate way. Hair to th...

The Serendipitous Road to Drug Development

Ronald Piana  / June 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: The Drug Hunters: The Improbable Quest to Discover New MedicinesAuthors: Donald R. Kirsch, PhD, and Ogi Ogas, PhDPublisher: Arcade PublishingPublication date: January 2017Price: $24.99, hardcover, 328 pages Only about 1 in 100 drug discovery projects initiated by the pharmac...

Refocusing Doctor-Patient Conversations

Ronald Piana  / June 10, 2017

BOOKMARK Title: What Patients Say, What Doctors HearAuthor: Danielle Ofri, MDPublisher: Beacon PressPublication date: February 2017Price: $24.95, hardcover, 288 pages Despite our scientific and medical advances, the single most important diagnostic tool is the doctor-patient conversation, w...

A New Book Deals With an Age-Old Crisis: Cancer Patients and Mortality

Ronald Piana  / May 10, 2017

Bookmark Title: Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting: Finding Meaning and Hope in the Face of Suffering Editor: William Breitbart, MD Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication date: January 2017 Price: $115, hardcover, 424 pages The field of psycho-oncology bega...

Breast Cancer

An Oncologist’s Straightforward Guide for Women With Breast Cancer

Ronald Piana  / March 10, 2017

Bookmark Title: It’s Your Body…Ask: Your Guide to Talking With Your Doctor About Breast Cancer Author: William H. Goodson III, MD Publisher: Fort Alexander Press Publication date: November 2016 (second edition) Price: $12.95, paperback, 134 pages If you Google the searc...

Gynecologic Cancers

An Ovarian Cancer Survivor’s Story

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2017

Bookmark Title: Don’t Write the Obituary Yet Author: Susan Evans with Thomas C. Krivak, MD Publisher: World Association Publishers Publication date: April 2014 Price: $16.95, paperback, 218 pages Ovarian cancer, the deadliest of gynecologic cancers, is usually diagnosed after ...

Issues in Oncology

An Insider’s Account of the AIDS Epidemic

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2017

Bookmark Title: How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS Author: David France Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Publication date: November 2016 Price: $30.00, hardcover, 640 pages On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publis...

A Cancer Diagnosis Brings Two Sisters Back Together

Ron Piana  / October 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Marrow: A Love Story Author: Elizabeth Lesser Publisher: Harper Wave Publication date: September 2016 Price: $15.48, hardcover, 320 pages Elizabeth Lesser is an award-winning writer and co-founder of the Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the U...

Friendship

Bruce A. Chabner, MD  / October 10, 2016

The following essay by Bruce A. Chabner, MD, is adapted from The Big Casino: America’s Best Cancer Doctors Share Their Most Powerful Stories, which was coedited by Stan Winokur, MD, and Vincent Coppola and published in May 2014. The book is available on Amazon.com and thebigcasin...

Gynecologic Cancers

An Ovarian Cancer Expert’s Guide Offers Insight, Wisdom, and Hope

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Ultimate Guide to Ovarian Cancer, 2nd edition Author: Benedict B. Benigno, MD; edited by Beryl Manning-Geist, MD Publisher: Sherryben Publishing House E-book release date: June 27, 2016 Price: $7.59, e-book, 252 pages There have been numerous books explicating...

Breast Cancer

A Complete Guide to Breast Surgery and Reconstruction

Ronald Piana  / August 25, 2016

BookmarkTitle: Breast Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction: What’s Right for YouAuthor: Patricia Anstett, with photography by Kathleen GalliganPublisher: Rowman & LittlefieldPublication date: June 2, 2016Price: $35.00; hardcover, 224 pages Over the past 2 decades, we have seen tremendous im...

Measures of Success

A. Collier Smyth, MD  / August 10, 2016

The following essay by A. Collier Smyth, MD, is adapted from The Big Casino: America’s Best Cancer Doctors Share Their Most Powerful Stories, which was coedited by Stan Winokur, MD, and Vincent Coppola and published in May 2014. The book is available on Amazon.com and thebigcasin...

The Building Block of Life, Brick by Brick

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2016

BookmarkTitle: The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAuthor: Siddhartha Mukherjee, MDPublisher: ScribnerPublication date: May 2016Price: $32.00; hardcover, 608 pagesOn February 28, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick entered The Eagle, a favorite watering hole for researchers working at the Universit...

An Epic Medical Story by an Old-Style Doctor on the Front Lines of Care

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine Author: Brendan Reilly, MD Publisher: Atria Books Publication date: November 2014 Price: $17.00; paperback, 464 pages The U.S. health-care system is a $3 trillion behemoth of dizzying complexity. Go...

The Healing Power of Words

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Reading & Writing Cancer: How Words Heal Author: Susan Gubar Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Publication date: May 2016 Price: $26.95; hardcover, 240 pages Feminist literary scholar Susan Gubar was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer in November 2008. ...

A Concerned Physician Reflects on Today’s Doctor-Patient Relationship

Ronald Piana  / July 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Finest Traditions of My Calling: One Physician’s Search for the Renewal of Medicine Author: Abraham M. Nussbaum, MD Publisher: Yale University Press Publication date: March 2016 Price: $28.50; hardcover, 320 pages Doctoring isn’t what it used to be. Like ...

An Exotic Journey Into Immunotherapy

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Sharks Get Cancer, Mole Rats Don’t: How Animals Could Hold the Key to Unlocking Cancer Immunity in Humans Author: James S. Welsh, MD Publisher: Prometheus Books Publication date: March 2016 Price: $19.00; paperback, 406 pages In his new book, Sharks Get Cancer,...

A Journalist’s Cancer Saga

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles: A True Story of Love, Science, and Cancer Author: Mary Elizabeth Williams Publisher: National Geographic Partners Publication date: April 2016 Price: $26.00; hardcover, 304 pages Readers of the recently published memoir A Ser...

Inside Knowledge From a Cancer Survivor

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: My Cancer Year: A Survivorship Memoir Author: Curtis Pesmen Publisher: Tatra Press Publication date: November 2013 Price: $15.95; paperback, 149 pages Curtis Pesmen is a well-regarded writer who has authored six books of nonfiction as well as numerous articles for pu...

An Unusual Memoir of Cancer

Ronald Piana  / June 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Iceberg Author: Marion Coutts Publisher: Grove Atlantic Publication date: February 2016 Price: $16.00; paperback, 288 pages “A book about the future must be written in advance. Later I won’t have the energy. So I will do it now.” So begins The Iceberg, a memoi...

A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: A Physician’s Guide to Pain Symptom Management in Cancer Patients, 3rd Edition Author: Janet L. Abrahm, MD Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Publication date: December 2014 Price: $39.95; paperback, 664 pages Despite growing awareness and the existenc...

A Toolkit for Dealing With the Trauma of a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Managing Prostate Cancer: A Guide for Living Better Author: Andrew J. Roth, MD Publisher: Oxford University Press Publication date: November 2015 Price: $21.95; hardcover, 368 pages This year, an estimated 180,890 men in the United States will be diagnosed with pr...

A Psychotherapist’s Approach to End-of-Life Care

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2016

Dying: A Transition BookmarkTitle: Dying: A TransitionAuthor: Monika Renz, PhD; translated by Mark Kyburz and John PeckPublisher: Columbia University PressPublication date: October 2015Price: $38.00; hardcover, 176 pages The night before Julius Caesar was assassinated, he had...

Inspirational Stories for Cancer Survivors

Ronald Piana  / May 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Cancer Survivors Club: A Collection of Inspirational and Uplifting Survival Stories Author: Chris Geiger Publisher: Oneworld Publications Publication date: August 2015 Price: $15.99; paperback, 272 pages Surveys indicate that cancer survivors have varying desi...

A History of Medical Care for the Dying

Ronald Piana  / May 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: Palliative Care: The 400-Year Quest for a Good Death Author: Harold Y. Vanderpool, PhD Publisher: McFarland & Company, Inc Publication date: June 2015 Price: $45.00; paperback, 280 pages In 2006, palliative care became a board-certified subspecialty of interna...

Radiation: Myths, Facts, Dangers and Benefits

Ronald Piana  / April 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Radiation: What It Is, What You Need To Know Author: Robert Peter Gale, MD, and Eric Lax Publisher: Vintage Books Publication date: 2013 Price: $16.95; paperback, 288 pages For many, the word “radiation” conjures up images of mushroom clouds and the nightmarish nu...

Things May Not Be What They Seem: Are Old Cancer Treatment Theories New Again?

Ronald Piana  / April 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to Cure Author: Travis Christofferson Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform Publication date: October 2014 Price: $17.99; paperback, 296 pages ...

A Political Activist Challenges the Drug Approval Process and the U.S. Government

Ronald Piana  / April 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Right to Try: How the Federal Government Prevents Americans From Getting the Lifesaving Treatments They Need Author: Darcy Olsen Publisher: Harper Collins Publication date: November 2015 Price: $26.99; hardcover, 320 pages The U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

A Gene Hunter’s Advice on How to Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2016

Title: A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance Author: Theodora Ross, MD, PhD Publisher: Avery-Random House Publication date: February 2016 Price: $26.00; hardcover, 304 pages Since the late 1970s, researchers have identified several gene mutations that ...

A Doctor’s Prescription for a Long Life

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2016

Title: How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease Author: Michael Greger, MD, with Gene Stone Publisher: Flatiron Books Publication date: December 2015 Price: $27.99; hardcover, 576 pages Longevity is a common goal among humans. And li...

A Hard Look at the Connection Between Germs and Mental Illness

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2016

Title: Infectious Madness Author: Harriet A. Washington Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: October 2015 Price: $28.00; hardcover, 304 pages The relationship between disease and microbes was first proposed in the 17th century, but the basic standards for provi...

Survivorship

A Cancer Patient’s Harried Survivorship Story

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2016

Title: Escape Points: A Memoir Author: Michele Weldon Publisher: Chicago Review Press Publication date: September 2015 Price: $26.95; hardcover, 272 pages There are approximately 14 million cancer survivors in the United States, a number that is steadily increasing, thanks to our...

Breast Cancer

A TV Host’s Breast Cancer Survival Story

Ronald Piana  / March 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: Had I Known: A Memoir of SurvivalAuthor: Joan Lunden with Laura MortonPublisher: Harper CollinsPublication date: September 2015Price: $26.99; hardcover, 336 pages In 1974, several weeks after Betty Ford became the nation’s First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast ca...

A Surgeon’s Inspiring Journey to Death

Ronald Piana  / February 25, 2016

Every so often, a memoir comes along in which the story speaks to universal themes. For that magic to occur, the author must step aside at times and let others tell their story, too. Moreover, the writing must be clear, vibrant, and above all else honest to the core. The recently published memoir by...

Global Cancer: The Current Reality and the Future Need for Action

Ronald Piana  / February 25, 2016

The estimated number of cancer cases worldwide in 2008 was 12.7 million, with 7.6 million deaths. By 2030, it is estimated that there will be 22 million newly diagnosed cancer cases and 12 million deaths, shocking to contemplate in dollars and human suffering. Although this impending disaster has be...

A Pioneering Oncologist’s Roadmap Forward

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Death of Cancer: After Fifty Years on the Front Lines of Medicine, a Pioneering Oncologist Reveals Why the War on Cancer Is Winnable—and How We Can Get There Authors: Vincent T. DeVita, Jr, MD, and Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Publication dat...

Fear’s Many Deleterious Consequences

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2016

Bookmark Title: The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul Author: Lissa Rankin, MD Publisher: Hay House, Inc Publication date: February 23, 2015 Price: $25.99; hardcover, 336 pages   Fear is a healthy survival mechanism, a fight-or-flight response designed t...

A Famous French Oncologist’s Gastronomic Advice for Reducing Cancer Risk

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2016

BookmarkTitle: The Anti-cancer Diet: Reduce Cancer Risk Through the Foods You EatAuthors:  David Khayat, MDPublisher: W.W. Norton & CompanyPublication date: April 2015Price: $26.95; hardcover, 288 pages   In 2002, David Khayat, MD, was in Turkey on holiday with friends when he received a call ...

Saving Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: Empty Hands, A Memoir: One Woman’s Journey to Save Children Orphaned by AIDS in South Africa Author:  Sister Abegail Ntleko Publisher: North Atlantic Books Publication date: September 1, 2015 Price: $12.95; paperback, 176 pages With the development of the multidrug highly act...

Breast Cancer

A Noted Breast Surgeon’s Book of Solid Advice

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2016

Bookmark Title: The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options—and Remain Optimistic—in an Age of Information Overload Author: Elisa Port, MD Publisher: Ballantine Books Publication date: September 2015 Price: $20.00; paperback, 320 pages When a n...

A Primary Care Doctor’s Tough-Love Medicare Fix

Ronald Piana  / December 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: Curing Medicare: One Doctor’s View of How Our Health Care System Is Failing the Elderly and How to Fix It Author:  Andy Lazris, MD Publisher: CreateSpace Publication date: September 13, 2014 Price: $13.75; paperback, 290 pages Several years ago I decided to write a book about...

The Lawless and Uncertain World of Medicine

Ronald Piana  / December 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: The Laws of Medicine: Field Notes From an Uncertain Science Author: Siddhartha Mukherjee Publisher: TED Books/Simon & Schuster Publication date: October 13, 2015 Price: $16.99; hardcover, 96 pages The Emperor of All Maladies, written by the Indian-born American oncologist...

Mixing Metaphors to Change the Language of Cancer

Ronald Piana  / December 25, 2015

BookmarkTitle: Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer MythsAuthor:  Alanna MitchellPublisher: ECW PressPublication date: September 15, 2015Price: $24.95; hardcover, 184 pages Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom...

The Highs and Lows of a Transplant Surgeon

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: Last Night in the OR: A Transplant Surgeon’s OdysseyAuthor: Bud Shaw, MDPublisher: Plume, division of Penguin GroupPublication date: September 15, 2015Price: $16.00; paperback, 304 pages Surgery has a distinct place in medicine. Surgeons cut deep into our bodies amid clusters of ...

Racial Issues on the Road to Medicine

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

BookmarkTitle: Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and MedicineAuthor: Damon Tweedy, MDPublisher: Picador, Macmillan PublishingPublication date: September 8, 2015Price: $26.00; hardcover, 304 pages Strained race relations over issues whose foundation is based on inequality r...

Yet Another Reason Why Dogs Are Our Best Friends

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

BookmarkTitle: Heal: The Vital Role of Dogs in the Search for Cancer CuresAuthor: Arlene WeintraubPublisher: ECW PressPublication date: October 13, 2015Price:  $16.95; paperback, 240 pages Comparative oncology, a fairly recent addition to the ever-evolving world of cancer research, studies the na...

Breast Cancer

The Sixth Edition of the Essential Breast Cancer Book

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book Author: Susan M. Love, MD Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books Publication date: September 8, 2015 Price: $24.00; paperback, 704 pages For more than 25 years, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has been the best source of information for women with breast ...

One Long Shift With a Nurse on a Cancer Ward

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients’ Lives Author: Theresa Brown, RN Publisher: Algonquin Books Publication date: September 22, 2015 Price: $15.59; hardcover, 272 pages If health care were looked at through an architect’s eyes, nurses would be the girders holdin...

A Shrink Tells the Inside Story of Psychiatry

Ronald Piana  / November 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: Shrinks: The Untold Story of PsychiatryAuthor:   Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, with Ogi OgasPublisher: Little, Brown and CompanyPublication date: March 10, 2015Price: $28.00, hardcover; 352 pages Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry a...

Stepping Back in Medical History: A Groundbreaking Surgeon’s Battle With the Establishment

Ronald Piana  / November 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern MedicineAuthor:  Cristin O’Keefe AptowiczPublisher: Gotham BooksPublication date: September 8, 2015Price: $17.00, paperback; 384 pages In the late 1740s, John Wesley—a British evangelist and cofoun...

A Pandemic’s Story of Tragedy and Success

Ronald Piana  / November 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: AIDS Between Science and Politics Author:  Peter Piot Publisher: Columbia University Press Publication date: May 2015 Price: $29.95; hardcover, 216 pages AIDS is a global phenomenon that recognizes neither national boundaries nor social strata. The AIDS pandemic was one of th...

A Chemist Exposes Dangerous Chemicals

Ronald Piana  / November 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: Pick Your Poison: How Our Mad Dash to Chemical Utopia Is Making Lab Rats of Us All Author:  Monona Rossol Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publication date: October 2015 Price: E-book, 210 pages Monona Rossol is a chemist and “industrial hygienist” who is a frequent contribut...

Glimpses of the Human Condition Through Lively, Medically Themed Short Stories

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2015

BookmarkTitle: A View From the Inside: A Collection of Medically Oriented Short StoriesAuthor: Augustine L. Perrotta, DOPublisher: Keith Publications, LLCPublication date: March 31, 2015Price: $14.95, paperback; 246 pages The field of medicine, ripe with dramatic tension, offers an endless array ...

Pain, Still Undertreated and Misunderstood

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health ProblemAuthor:  Judy ForemanPublisher: Oxford University PressPublication date: May 1, 2015Price: $19.95, paperback; 464 pages The subject of pain has been written about extensively, from the intriguing sociopolitical history of opium to...

A Neurologist’s Life: Oliver Sacks, MD

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2015

BookmarkTitle: On the Move: A LifeAuthor: Oliver Sacks, MDPublisher: Alfred A. KnopfPublication date: April 28, 2015Price: $27.95, hardcover; 416 pages Our ability to detect cancer has grown markedly over the past several decades, with the advent of more sensitive screening methods, new biomarker...

Confessions of a Neurosurgeon

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2015

BookmarkTitle: Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain SurgeryAuthor:  Henry Marsh, CBE, FRCSPublisher: Thomas Dunne BooksPublication date: May 26, 2015Price: $25.99, hardcover; 288 pages “I often have to cut into the brain and it is something I hate doing. With a pair of diathermy forceps ...

Measuring Global Health Issues, Seven Billion Times

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion PatientsAuthor: Jeremy N. SmithPublisher: Harper WavePublication date: April 7, 2015Price: $26.99; hardcover, 352 pages Health measures are essential tools in assessing public health and safety. Collecting large amounts of data is a laboriou...

Extraordinary Medical Advances and the Conundrum They Pose

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: Ordinary Medicine: Extraordinary Treatments, Longer Lives, and Where to Draw the LineAuthor: Sharon R. KaufmanPublisher: Duke University PressPublication date: May 29, 2015Price: $26.95 paperback, 336 pages Medicine has changed radically over the past 15 years. Who doesn’t welcome ...

A Practical Guide to Surviving Breast Cancer and Its Treatments

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: Bald Is Better With Earrings: A Survivor’s Guide to Getting Through Breast CancerAuthor: Andrea HuttonPublisher: Harper CollinsPublication date: July 7, 2015Price: $17.99; paperback, 224 pages There are a plethora of books written by breast cancer survivors, and there are sure to b...

Microbes by the Trillions

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: 10% Human: How Your Body’s Microbes Hold the Key to Health and HappinessAuthor: Alanna CollenPublisher: Harper CollinsPublication date: April 27, 2015Price: $39.99; hardcover, 400 pages "As I walked back through the forest that night in the summer of 2005, with twenty bats in cot...

An Unvarnished, Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hospital Nurse

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles With the Heroes of the HospitalAuthor: Alexandra RobbinsPublisher: Workman Publishing CompanyPublication date: April 14, 20155Price: $17.53; hardcover, 368 pages Florence Nightingale, the most famous and influential figure in the...

In Search of a Good Ending for a Life Well Lived

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life CareAuthor: Angelo E. Volandes, MDPublisher: BloomsburyPublication date: January 13, 2015Price: $26.00; hardcover, 240 pages A quick Google search on books about end-of-life care will yield pages of hits on the subject. The cur...

A Cancer Handbook for Inquisitive Laypersons and Health-Care Professionals

Ronald Piana  / September 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: The Cancer Solution: Taking Charge of Your Life With CancerAuthor: Jack C. Westman, MD, MSPublisher: Archway PublishingPublication date:  January 15, 2015Price: $20.00; paperback, 310 pages I was at a meeting in San Francisco in 1978 and received a call from my wife, Nancy: ‘Jack...

An Oncologist’s Memoir

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: Megalies: A Memoir Author: Lodovico Balducci, MD Publisher: Resource Publications Publication date: February 28, 2014 Price: $33.00; hardcover, 304 pages Reading a good book produces various sensory responses; a skilled author exerts his or her narrative power on each page, w...

The Human Heart: Tales of Science and Mystery

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2015

BOOKMARK Title: The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery, and Mystery Author: Rob Dunn Publisher: Little, Brown and Company Publication date: February 3, 2015 Price: $27.00; hardcover, 384 pages No part of the human anatomy has been as mythologized, analogized, and p...

Exploring the History and Psychology of Pain: Beyond the Clinical Setting

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2015

BOOKMARKTitle: The Story of Pain: From Prayer to PainkillersAuthor: Joanna BourkePublisher: Oxford University PressPublication date: 2014Price: $34.95: hardcover, 416 page   “Pain may even kill. It may overwhelm the nervous system by its mere magnitude & duration.” —Peter Mere Latham, 1871 ...

A Less Is More View of Medicine

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2015

BOOKMARKTitle: Less Medicine, More Health: 7 Assumptions That Drive Too Much Medical CareAuthor: H. Gilbert Welch, MDPublisher: Beacon PressPublication date: March 3, 2015Price: $24.95; hardcover, 241 pages He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines. —Benjamin Franklin ...

p53 Takes Center Stage

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2015

BOOKMARKTitle: p53: The Gene That Cracked the Cancer CodeAuthor: Sue ArmstrongPublisher: Bloomsbury PublishingPublication date: November 20, 2014Price: $19.98; hardcover, 288 pages   Completed in April 2003, the Human Genome Project was one of the greatest feats of scientific exploration, an inwar...

Technology’s Double-Edged Sword: One Woman’s Story

Ronald Piana  / April 10, 2015

Bookmark Title: Pandora’s DNA: Tracing the Breast Cancer Genes Through History, Science, and One Family TreeAuthor: Lizzie StarkPublisher: Chicago Review PressPublication date: October 2014Price: $26.95; hardcover, 336 pages If we wish to learn more about cancer, we must concentrate on the cellula...

A Surgeon Cuts to the Chase

Ronald Piana  / April 10, 2015

BookmarkTitle: The Cost of Cutting: A Surgeon Reveals the Truth Behind a Multibillion-Dollar IndustryAuthor: Paul A. Ruggieri, MDPublisher: Berkley BooksPublication date: September 2014Price: $16.00; paperback, 320 pages The woman seated on the exam table was lean and fit and seemed perfectly at ea...

Medicine Turned Upside Down

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2015

BookmarkTitle: The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your HandsAuthor: Eric Topol, MDPublisher: Basic BooksPublication date: January 2015Price: $28.99; hardcover, 384 pagesMost books about health care center on fixing broken parts of the massive $3 trillion system, as seen with ...

Wrestling With the Challenges of Breast Cancer

Ronald Piana  / March 25, 2015

Bookmark Title: Then Came Life: Living With Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast CancerAuthor: Geralyn LucasPublisher: Gotham BooksPublication date: October 2, 2014Price: $19.89; hardcover, 240 pages Over the past decade or so, the oncology community has increased its understanding and reco...

Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories

Ronald Piana  / December 15, 2014

Bookmark Title: Internal Medicine: A Doctor’s Stories Author: Terrence Holt, MD Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation Publication Date: September 2014 Price: $24.95; hardcover, 288 pages   “This book is the story of a residency in internal medicine. I wrote it over a period of 10 years,...

Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

Ronald Piana  / December 15, 2014

Bookmark Title: Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner Authors: Judy Melinek, MD, and T.J. Mitchell Publisher: Scribner, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc Publication Date: August 2014 Price: $25.00; hardcover, 272 pages   Just as the sun came up ove...

A Good Life, All the Way to the Very End

Ronald Piana  / December 1, 2014

BOOKMARKTitle: Being MortalAuthor: Atul Gawande, MDPublisher: Metropolitan BooksPublication date: October 7, 2014Price: $26.00; hardcover, 304 pages   Mortality is the invisible observer in the oncology exam room. When people hear the three words, “You have cancer,” they see their world as they kn...

A Father and Son’s Journey Through Medicine

Ronald Piana  / November 15, 2014

BOOKMARK Title: The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical EthicsAuthor: Barron H. Lerner, MDPublisher: Beacon PressPublication date: May 13, 2014Price: $25.95; hardcover, 240 pages   One morning in 1996, an infectious disease specialist was making rounds when he and his team ...

A Candidly Humorous Approach to the Cancer Journey

Ronald Piana  / November 15, 2014

BOOKMARK Title: Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill MeAuthor: Bryan BishopPublisher: Thomas Dunne BooksPublication date: April 29, 2014Price: $25.99; hardcover, 336 pages   At 30 years old, Bryan Bishop was having the time of his life. Known to millions of radio fans as...

A History of Medical Oncology

Ronald Piana  / November 1, 2014

BOOKMARK Title: Therapeutic Revolution: The History of Medical Oncology From Early Days to the Creation of the SubspecialtyAuthor: Pierre R. BandPublisher: Bentham SciencePublication date: 2014Price: $39.00 (eBook); $78.00 (print on demand); 213 pagesAvailable at: eurekaselect.com   According to ...

Book Review: Breast Cancer, Break the Silence

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2014

This date has a special place in my heart, as well as the hearts of my children, my family and my loved ones. It was the day when my life—and my priorities—took a whole new direction.” So begins Breast Cancer, Break the Silence, a slim yet powerful and highly revealing booklet by Saudi Arabian physi...

New Books by Authors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Address Aging, Survivorship

The ASCO Post  / October 15, 2014

Bookmark Title: Survivorship: Living Well During and After CancerAuthor: Barrie Cassileth, PhDFormat: PaperbackISBN: 978-1-938170-35-5Pages: 216Publication Date: April 1, 2014Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.5Also Available: eBook   Bookmark Title: Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and AgingAut...

Integrative Oncology: Mind, Body, and More

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2014

Bookmark Title: Integrative Oncology (Second Edition)Editors: Donald I. Abrams, MD, and Andrew T. Weil, MDPublisher: Oxford University PressPublication date: September 3, 2014Price: $65.00; Paperback, 848 pages   In 1990, David Eisenberg, MD, from the Harvard School of Public Health, conducted a ...

Cancer Frontier: Bringing the New Sciences to an Old School

Ronald Piana  / September 15, 2014

Cancer seems to have an endless supply of people who want to write about it. Why not? It’s an intriguing subject of life and death and struggle and hope, one that touches virtually every person of a certain age. However, the bookshelves are filled with cancer survivorship books, so to stand out, an ...

A New Book Explores an Old Subject: Aging

Ronald Piana  / September 1, 2014

Title: Lighter as We Go: Virtues, Character Strengths, and AgingAuthors: Mindy Greenstein, PhD, and Jimmie Holland, MDPublisher: Oxford University Press Publication date: September 2014Price: $27.95; Hardcover, 320 pages   Death is the universal experience shared by Earth’s 7 billion or so inhabit...

A Book of Solid Advice and ‘Silver Linings’ for Patients With Breast Cancer

Ronald Piana  / August 15, 2014

Title: The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast CancerEditors: Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSWPublishing Platform: CreateSpace Publication information: Simon & Schuster, published March 2014. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indiebound, and other local bookstores.   Ov...

Bookmark: Survivorship: Living Well During and After Cancer

Jo Cavallo  / May 15, 2014

Title: Survivorship: Living Well During and After Cancer Author: Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD Publication Information: Spry Publishing, April 2014, 216 pages, $16.95 This slender-volume survivorship guidebook provides the latest evidence-based information on complementary therapies and is a must-rea...

Lessons Learned in Cancer Care Communication

Ronald Piana  / February 15, 2014

Over the past several decades, outcomes data have traced the success stories in cancer research and therapeutics. However, during those decades of increasingly rapid scientific breakthroughs, certain psychosocial components in the continuum of cancer care were often overlooked. One such element is p...

Issues in Oncology

The Trials and Tribulations of a Revolutionary Cancer Drug 

Ronald Piana  / September 15, 2013

A modest brass plaque above a booth in the Eagle Pub in Cambridge, notes, “On this spot, on February 28, 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson declared the discovery of DNA with these words: ‘We have discoverewd the secret of life.’” Announcing a major scientific advance over a pint of ale is a far c...

Radiation, Still Misunderstood after All These Years 

Ronald Piana  / April 15, 2013

Over the past few decades, radiation therapies have rapidly advanced, due, in large part, to an increasing technologic armamentarium. Among modern science’s most impressive machines, for example, 220-ton particle accelerators can generate near-light-speed beams of protons, with sniper-like precision...

Palliative Care

Important Messages about Palliative Care and Hospice at the Heart of New End-of-life Memoir 

Ronald Piana  / February 15, 2013

The illness memoir’s appeal proves enduring in a very crowded genre, perhaps because illness is a tie that binds us all. As Susan Sontag wrote in her classic work, Illness as a Metaphor, “Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in t...

Ambitious Call to Arms Seeks a Shift in Priorities to Eradicate Cancer

Ronald Piana  / December 15, 2012

It has been more than 4 decades since our nation loaded its medical cannons and declared war on cancer, self-assured that money and American scientific resolve would lead to victory. But cancer has proved to be a humbling enemy. The war is now fought in targeted skirmishes; the weaponry is a growing...

Issues in Oncology

Cancer Memoir Provides Inspiration for Those with Terminal Illness and Their Caregivers

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2012

“It almost always begins in darkness, my memory’s trip back to China where Terrence and I meet.” So begins Amanda Bennett’s moving new memoir, The Cost of Hope, the story of an intensely devoted marriage, cruelly shortened by the cancer that killed her husband. The word “darkness” in Ms. Bennett’s o...

Supportive Care

Getting the Right End-of-life Care: Coming to Terms with the Realities of Advanced Disease and Mortality

Ronald Piana  / September 15, 2012

“Dying is at once a fact of life and a profound mystery.” That was the opening sentence of a 1997 Institute of Medicine report, Approaching Death: Improving Care at the End of Life, a much-needed jump-start in the national dialogue over identifying the barriers that impede the delivery of high-quali...

Issues in Oncology

Medical Ethicists Reflect on Their Personal Cancer Experiences

Ronald Piana  / July 1, 2012

The recently published book, Malignant: Medical Ethicists Confront Cancer, takes a personal look at the cancer experience from the perspective of seven medical ethicists who were also patients with cancer or cared for spouses with cancer.1 The book’s editor, Rebecca Dresser, JD, MS, who teaches law ...

Health-Care Policy

A Dose of Destruction and Tough Love for Health Care

Ronald Piana  / March 1, 2012

Title: The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
 Author: Eric Topol, MD Publisher: Basic Books Publication date: February 1, 2012 Price: $27.99 / $31.00 (CAN), Hardcover, 320 pages More information: http://creativedestructionofmedicine.co...

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