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Summer Reading, At Your Fingertips: Win a Popular Reading Book!

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A good book is a great escape from studying and research… and we’re giving them away! Read a book and write a review about it, or tell us your thoughts in a quick survey about the summer reading exhibit. You will be entered into a drawing for popular reading books!

We all need a break from our work occasionally. One great way is to pick up a good book… and possibly win one too! Here is how it works:

Peruse the popular reading books that are on the table in Dana’s Main Hall. Check out a book that interests you, read it, and write a review about it on the card that is inside the cover of the book. Slip it into the survey and review box the next time you are in the library. You will automatically be entered into a drawing for one of these popular reading titles.

You can also take a few moments to fill out our survey that is on the display table in Dana’s Main Hall. Slip it into the survey and review box and automatically be entered into the same drawing.

Questions? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695.

Current and Bestselling Books Highlighted in New Summer Reading Exhibit

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 Quinones resized

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.

Gene Mukherjee resizedFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Emperor of All MaladiesThe 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 Jahren resizedLab 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 Sacks resizedGratitude 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).

Dana Highlights Medicine and Science-inspired Summer Reading

Into the Magic Shop ResizedAt the Dana Medical Library, we see a fascinating intersection of literature, medicine and science. In the new exhibit, Medicine, Science and Literature: Reading for the Summer Months, we highlight a special collection of books that are most definitely not clinical. Instead, these literary works – fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, poetry, essays –  can inspire and encourage health care professionals to take a deeper look into life and to explore topics that are both age old and cutting edge.

This summer, the Library is showcasing only the most current and bestselling books, and we encourage you to stop by and pick one up! This new exhibit is now up in our display cases.

Questions about the exhibit? Contact Kate Bright at 656-0695. To check out a book, contact or stop by the Main Desk (656-2200).

Health-y Summer Reading

Need a little lighter fare for the summer, but still crave the health sciences? Here are our picks:

Brain in a Jar: A Daughter’s Journey Through Her Father’s Memory, by Nancy Stearns Bercaw

In this unflinchingly honest memoir, Nancy Stearns Bercaw (a staff member with UVM Libraries) recounts her life with Dr. Beauregard Lee Bercaw,  who became a neurologist in response to watching his own father deteriorate and die of Alzheimer’s. For many years Beau kept an autopsied brain in a jar on the desk in his office as a constant reminder of the struggle that he waged against the disease first with his patients, and ultimately for himself as he succumbed to its effects. This is also the story of the author’s own struggle to establish her identity and to navigate the treacherous and ever-changing emotional terrain of her relationship with her father, as she literally traveled the world in her quest to make sense of both of their lives.

The ghost map : the story of London’s most terrifying epidemic–and how it changed science, cities, and the modern world, by Steven Johnson

This engaging chronicle of the cholera epidemic has been chosen as the book that all incoming UVM first-year students read over the summer before entering in the fall.

Publisher’s Description: “It’s the summer of 1854, and London is just emerging as one of the first modern cities in the world. But lacking the infrastructure-garbage removal, clean water, sewers-necessary to support its rapidly expanding population, the city has become the perfect breeding ground for a terrifying disease no one knows how to cure. As the cholera outbreak takes hold, a physician and a local curate are spurred to action-and ultimately solve the most pressing medical riddle of their time.

In a triumph of multidisciplinary thinking, Johnson illuminates the intertwined histories of the spread of disease, the rise of cities, and the nature of scientific inquiry, offering both a riveting history and a powerful explanation of how it has shaped the world we live in.”

The mind’s eye, by Oliver Sacks.

Publisher’s description: “Includes stories of people who are able to navigate the world and communicate with others despite losing what many of us consider indispensable senses and faculties: the power of speech, the capacity to recognize faces, the sense of three-dimensional space, the ability to read, and the sense of sight. This book is a testament to the complexity of vision and the brain and to the power of creativity and adaptation, and it provides a whole new perspective on the power of language and communication, as we try to imagine what it is to perceive through another person’s eyes, or another person’s mind.”

Unaccountable : what hospitals won’t tell you and how transparency can revolutionize health care, by Marty Makary

Publisher’s description: “Dr. Marty Makary is co-developer of the life-saving checklist outlined in Atul Gawande’s bestselling The Checklist Manifesto. As a busy surgeon who has worked in many of the best hospitals in the nation, he can testify to the amazing power of modern medicine to cure. But he’s also been a witness to a medical culture that routinely leaves surgical sponges inside patients, amputates the wrong limbs, and overdoses children because of sloppy handwriting. Over the last ten years, neither error rates nor costs have come down, despite scientific progress and efforts to curb expenses. Why?To patients, the healthcare system is a black box. Doctors and hospitals are unaccountable, and the lack of transparency leaves both bad doctors and systemic flaws unchecked. Patients need to know more of what healthcare workers know, so they can make informed choices. Accountability in healthcare would expose dangerous doctors, reward good performance, and force positive change nationally, using the power of the free market. Unaccountable is a powerful, no-nonsense, non-partisan diagnosis for healing our hospitals and reforming our broken healthcare system”