Books Of Interest: February 21st, 2015

In my reading Friday night, I came across these three books that may be of interest to our readers:

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Voices In The Band: A Doctor, Her Patients, And How The Outlook On AIDS Care Changed From Doomed To Hopeful     Susan C. Ball

The author is an AIDS doctor based in New York City and has been dealing with AIDS and its tragedies as well as its triumphs since 1992. Dr. Ball recounts the grief and terrible emotions that these patients endure and how there is now hope . However, because of the circumstances and economic situations of these patients, It is an upward struggle. This looks very interesting!


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Eradication: Ridding The World Of Diseases Forever?     Nancy Leys Stepan

The author, a medical historian, explores eradication programs such as the Gates Foundation, their beginnings, successes and their origins over the past century. As I moved into public health, these books fascinate me and more than anything educate me on diseases such as ebola, malaria and yellow fever. I am still working on Spillover by David Quammen, which is a different perspective to the same problem. I am purchasing this and putting it in my ever-growing pile.

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Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink To Make Groups Smarter     Cass R. Sunstein And Reid Hastie

The first part of the  book investigates group think and how and why these decisions go awry and the second part goes into methods and advice for making these groups smarter. This may be premature but it seems as an addendum to The Wisdom Of Crowds by James Surowiecki. This looks interesting by the author of Nudge:Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness.


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