More Books Of Interest September 20, 2013

English: Timbuktu seen from a distance by Hein...

English: Timbuktu seen from a distance by Heinrich Barth’s party, September 7, 1853 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick In The Pursuit of Health     Gilbert H. Welch, Lisa M. Schwartz and Steven Woloshin

Argues that more treatment and more diagnosis are not always better. I have not read this yet but it was in the bibilography of Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Bad Medicine: Doctor’s Doing Harm Since Hippocrates     David Wooton

David Wooton argues that since the 5th century B.C. until the 1930’s that doctor’s have actually harmed more patients than they have helped. The above is from the book description from Amazon.com. This book looks especially interesting!!!

A Labyrinth Of Kingdoms:10,000 Miles Through Islamic Africa     Steve Kemper

A true story detailing a 5 and one half year and over 10,000 mile journey in 1849 by Heinrich Barth, a German explorer. All his companions died but he made it alone to the city of Timbuktu. This book looks absolutely fascinating.

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