At Dana, we encounter a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. The new exhibit that is now up in our display cases, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, examines a special collection of books that strays away from the clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays – can inspire and encourage health care professionals, and the greater public, to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge. The books being showcased are only the most current and bestselling and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up!
Here are four books that are worth a closer look:
Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones, is a startling account of the opiate epidemic facing America today. An epidemic that was quietly fueled by pharmaceutical companies and doctors who treated pain pills as wonder drugs and by enterprising Mexican drug traffickers who supplied heroin on demand to desperate opiate addicts.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All Maladies— The Gene: An Intimate History, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, is a magnificent history of the gene and a response to the defining question of the future: What becomes of being human when we learn to “read” and “write” our own genetic information? A #1 New York Times Bestseller – Amazon
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren, is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren’s remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done “with both the heart and the hands”; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. – Amazon
Gratitude is a collection of essays from Oliver Sacks’ last 2 years of life. “Oliver Sacks was like no other clinician, or writer. He was drawn to the homes of the sick, the institutions of the most frail and disabled, the company of the unusual and the ‘abnormal.’ He wanted to see humanity in its many variants and to do so in his own, almost anachronistic way—face to face, over time, away from our burgeoning apparatus of computers and algorithms. And, through his writing, he showed us what he saw.” – Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).