Deadly Locations
May 24, 2012

Tom Koch, a medical geographer, demonstrates how maps were critical to epidemiology long before the germ theory of disease was ever uttered, let alone

Are You Dead Yet?
May 15, 2012

In The Undead, Dick Teresi abdicates his role as an objective narrator. He accuses the medical profession of sloppiness in the way it determines death

The Very Deadliest Habit
March 29, 2012

Moral outrage over the tobacco industry’s century-long (and counting) merchandising of death colors every word of Golden Holocaust, from the title pag

When The Bad News Comes
February 16, 2012

An air of bittersweet nobility envelops this collection of cancer essays. Seven prominent bioethicists collaborated to produce Malignant—five who batt

It’s the Science, Stupid
December 15, 2011

Back in the 1980s, doctors had little to offer beyond a kind heart, an attentive ear, and a few highly problematic drugs. An avalanche of intriguing i

The Beginning and The End
June 23, 2011

Elizabeth Price Foley thinks it significant that the law defines when death occurs but avoids a single definition of when human life begins. The reaso

Ordering Disorder
May 12, 2011

Where does psychological health end and mental illness begin? This is the question that Richard J. McNally, a Harvard psychologist, asks in his new bo

Drugs and Money
October 19, 2010

As any faithful reader of the New York Times knows, the medical profession has suffered some serious self-inflicted wounds: high-profile physicians po

The Monster Mosquito
August 12, 2010

In its stealthy, creeping, horrible way, malaria—which predates Homo sapiens—is probably the greatest predator humanity has ever known. Malaria is a s

Life and Death
April 07, 2010

In The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot brings a forgotten woman and her children out of the shadows, and shows us the wonder and the terror o