What Medicine Misses in Women With Mysterious Illnesses

The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness, by Sarah Ramey (Amazon / Book Depository) This prologue is typical of women like me. A simple and innocuous medical event -- often with a gyno or gastro tilt -- that should have resolved simply, but it didn't. She thinks it is just another one of life's ups... Continue Reading →

Upsides and Downsides of the DNA Revolution

Book review: The Lost Family, by Libby Copeland (Amazon / Book Depository) I could not help but think... that spitting into a vial in search of family was like spinning a roulette wheel, with no ability to predict the outcome in advance, and the highest of stakes. One of the most rapidly changing branches of... Continue Reading →

Susannah Cahalan Investigates the “Pretenders” of a Groundbreaking Psychiatric Study

Book review: The Great Pretender, by Susannah Cahalan (Amazon / Book Depository) The Great Pretender, Susannah Cahalan's first book since Brain on Fire, her 2012 memoir of a rare, difficult-to-diagnose autoimmune disorder, investigates an infamous and groundbreaking 1973 study carried out by psychiatrist David Rosenhan. Rosenhan sent a group of eight healthy "pseudopatients" into mental institutions... Continue Reading →

Slice-of-Life Stories From A Random Day

Book review: One Day, by Gene Weingarten (Amazon / Book Depository) Select an ordinary day at random, report it deeply, then tell it like it happened -- from midnight to midnight, the most basic, irreducible unit of human experience. Ideally, the more you'd learn, the more firmly you'd establish that in life, there's no such... Continue Reading →

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