With the End in Mind
Dying, Death and Wisdom in an Age of Denial
Despite the inevitability of death, people in Western society often have difficulty discussing and confronting the subject. Having worked with terminally ill patients throughout her career, Kathryn Mannix presents her experiences through more than 30 touching and humorous stories that demonstrate how varied the end can be. She aims to encourage readers to approach death with openness and understanding, and to make the most of their own lives while they can.
The Story of the Deadliest Influenza in History
While the First World War raged in Europe, the devastating ‘Spanish flu’ suddenly overwhelmed the world; in three successive waves it would kill around 100 million people. This history of the pandemic traces its origins and progress, using information from official documents and the personal accounts of those, such as David Lloyd George and Vera Brittain, who lived through it. The book also follows today’s scientists as they investigate the virus and draw lessons for our response to future pandemics.
Advice, Puzzles and Activities to Keep our Brains Active in Later Life
The acclaimed puzzle and brain training expert, author of The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book and the BrainedUp.com website, Dr Gareth Moore has devised activities and puzzles to help ageing brains stay sharp and reduce the memory-related effects of getting older. After a simple introduction to how the brain works and how it changes, there are chapters on keeping your brain fit, and advice and exercises for memory, learning, staying positive and concentration.
How Your Body Defends and Protects You
Without an immune system, we could not survive the battle between our microscopic enemies and ourselves. Drawing on sources from ancient Egyptian medical texts to cutting-edge medical science, the academic Catherine Carver explores the many facets of our natural defence system – including how it knows what to attack and what to defend, how diseases try to evade it, and how researchers are designing new drugs to harness its power.
An Owner's Manual
One in eight women is likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. The American surgeon Dr Kristi Funk provides information on diagnosis and treatment for those living with and surviving the disease; the latest research on lifestyle choices including food, supplements, hormones and exercise; and a long-term risk reduction plan that can be tailored to the individual.
The Mighty Healer
Thomas Holloway's Victorian Patent Medicine Empire
Selling the ‘cure-alls’ he made by bottling leftover cooking grease in the kitchen of his parent's Cornish pub set Thomas Holloway on the road to becoming one of the richest self-made men in Victorian England. Here the author (a distant cousin) explores the rise and fall of his patent medicine empire and reveals how he used his millions to build the enormous Gothic college that still bears his name.
Maladies and Medicine
Exploring Health and Healing 1540–1740
In Early Modern England, it was believed that tiny worms caused tooth cavities and that inflammation of the blood triggered smallpox. Those unlucky enough to fall ill would often find themselves subjected to 'cures' such as herbal infusions, skin blistering and blood letting. This guide looks in detail at the most common medical conditions of the period and analyses sources including contemporary physicians' notes, journals and letters to investigate how patients reacted to their treatment.
G Plan Diet
The Revolutionary Diet for Gut-Healthy Weight Loss 21-Day Plan & 75 Recipes
G is for gut, and this revolutionary diet aims for both a healthy gut and weight loss. The 21-day plan first gives your digestion a rest then gradually builds up gut health, banishing feelings of bloating and discomfort and improving energy levels. The book includes details of gut-friendly foods such as garlic, bananas and natural yoghurt; lists those you need to avoid; and provides 75 quick, easy and delicious recipes.
Controlling Your Mind
A Workbook for Depression, Anxiety and Obsessions
An unsettled mind and intrusive thoughts that cannot be dismissed are key factors in the persistence and severity of anxiety and depression. Based on the techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy, this workbook offers advice on how to identify unhelpful negative reflections, avoid faulty interpretations of their significance and adopt mental self-control strategies to break the cycle, promoting positive thoughts and mindful self-acceptance.
The Part-time Vegan
Easy, Delicious Vegan Recipes to Make Your Diet Healthier
Offering balanced advice on the best sources of nutrients, with guidance on stocking a vegan store-cupboard, this collection of simple meat- and dairy-free dishes aims to inspire you to eat more healthily. The recipes are organized according to meal-type and preparation time, from Weekend and Slouch Day Breakfasts to Evening Meals for Crazy Days, with the emphasis on food that is healthy, appetizing and easy to make.
The World Corrupted from Slavery to Obesity
How did a commodity that was once the prized monopoly of kings become an essential ingredient of everyday life and then the cause of a global health epidemic? James Walvin traces the history of how the demand for sweetness has been met, from early Mediterranean sugar plantations, to the immense human and environmental cost of the Caribbean plantations and the slave system, the industries that followed, and the dawning awareness of the obesity problem.
Flesh and Blood
A History of My Family in Seven Maladies
The actor Stephen McGann tells the story of his family over five generations through the diseases that afflicted them. They range from the famine and smallpox that claimed the lives of infant relatives in the 19th century to the necrosis that almost killed his wife, Heidi Thomas, inspiring her to write the BBC adaptation of Call the Midwife. Combining genealogy and social history, this volume explores the effects of illness on society through the generations. Signed by the author.
A Brief History of Medicine
From Hippocrates to Gene Therapy
From the birth of the scientific outlook in the sixth century BCE, when practitioners first began to rely upon observation and reason, to the race to map the human genome, Paul Strathern follows the development of medicine through the lives of individuals including Hippocrates, William Harvey and Alexander Fleming. This accessible volume offers essential insights into the history of medical practice and pays tribute to human perseverance and achievement.