Short reviews of new/recent books on health issues 
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 Short reviews of new/recent books on health issues

Here are several short reviews of new and recent books on health
issues.  All are written by Steve Brock:

RENEGOTIATING HEALTH CARE: RESOLVING CONFLICT TO BUILD COLLABORA-
TION by Leonard J. Marcus, with Barry C. Dorn, Phyllis B. Kritek,
Velvet G. Miller, and Janice B. Wyatt.  Jossey-Bass Inc., Publish-
ers, 350 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94104, (415) 433-1767,
(800) 956-7739, FAX (800) 605-2665.  Jossey-Bass is currently
developing a link with Pubnet.  Index, references, negotiation
glossary.  475 pp., $36.95 cloth.  0-7879-0151-2

Marcus, et al, details strategies, methods, tools, and techniques
for avoiding litigation through negotiation and collaboration that
can be used between doctors and nurses, patients, insurance
companies, healthcare providers and administrators, and other
health-related individuals and organizations, placing an emphasis
on the areas where interests and objectives overlap.  The book
includes many examples of conflict-avoidance, conflict-resolution,
and, if worst comes to worst, a face-saving exit.  Conflict is an
intrinsic part of doing business and this book should be on the
desk of anyone in the healthcare professions.  Grade: A.

YOUR PRESENT: A HALF-HOUR OF PEACE: A GUIDED IMAGERY MEDITATION FOR
PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL WELLNESS, written and narrated by Susie
Mantell.  Published by Relax... Intuit, P.O. Box 261, Chappaqua, NY
10514, (914) 769-1177, FAX (914) 768-1122.  One 36 minute
audiocassette.  $12.95.  0-9650724-0-1

"Begin to let go..."  As a keyboard plays soothing new-age music,
Mantell's hypnotic voice invites the listener to experience peace
moments: times to feel (deservedly) well and optimistic, to feel
waves washing over concerns, to "see and sense the soft shower of
shimmering light," and "bring some in through the top of your
head."  And what's this about blowing out gray smoke?  While the
tape is all too much for me (it made me want to drink strong coffee
laced with mescal), I can easily envision others bringing the tape
and a Walkman to Sedona, Arizona, and listening to it on top of
Bell Rock while holding crystals.  "Your Present" wins a Stewart
Smalley award, and it's OK to celebrate.  Caution: do not listen to
the tape while driving.  Grade: C+.

DISEASE AND CLASS: TUBERCULOSIS AND THE SHAPING OF MODERN NORTH
AMERICAN SOCIETY by Georgina D. Feldberg.  Rutgers University
Press, 109 Church St., New Brunswick, NJ 08901, (800) 446-9323.
Illustrated, index, notes.  292 pp., $18.95 paper.  0-8135-2218-8

Is the North American medical community able to respond to new
strains of bacteria or changing population bases?  In the case of
tuberculosis, Feldberg says "not in all cases."  Due to health
policy decisions of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, in both Canada and the
United States, which favored hygiene education rather than social
reform or vaccination, Feldberg says that the disease was never
totally eradicated and is again on the rise.  She calls for health
care professionals to attack both the biological and social causes
of the disease.  Eye-opening and well-written.  Grade: B+.

OVERCOMING DEPRESSION AND MANIC DEPRESSION (BIPOLAR DEPRESSION):
THE NON-DRUG APPROACH by Paul Wider.  Self published by the author,
21 Macopin Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.  Illustrated, four
appendices.  167 pp., $13.00 ($10.00 plus $3.00 postage, please
make checks/money orders to the author), spiralbound paper.  No
ISBN.

Wider's been there and offers hope for others who wish to overcome
depression without {*filter*}, with tips such as knowing the warning
signs, dealing with anxiety, choosing a therapist, developing a
support network, and creating a healthy diet.  One of his most
important recommendations is "Don't Isolate Yourself."  Wider has
no medical credentials, however, and his book should be used as
encouragement rather than a substitute for professional help.
Grade: B.

CANCER WARS: HOW POLITICS SHAPES WHAT WE KNOW & DON'T KNOW ABOUT
CANCER by Robert N. Proctor.  Basic Books/HarperCollins Publishers,
Inc., 10 E. 53rd St., N.Y., NY 10022-5299, (800) 242-7737, (800)
822-4090 FAX.  Illustrated, index, bibliography, notes.  368 pp.,
$15.00 cloth.  0-465-00859-3

Despite the billions spent on finding a cure, cancer is still on
the rise, and Proctor's new book charges the U.S. government with
failing to allocate enough resources prevention, concentrating
instead on basic biological research.  The tobacco industry takes
heat for its resistance to cigarette regulation (Proctor wants them
off the street) and tobacco grower's acceptance of government
subsidies; also under scrutiny are asbestos, petrochemicals, and
radon.  A powerful, informative, and important document, which
chastises not only cancer research but the politics of medicine in
general.  Grade: A-.

HEALING HANDS: AN ALABAMA MOSAIC by J. Mack Lofton, Jr.  University
of Alabama Press, P.O. Box 870380, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0380, (205)
348-5180, FAX: (205) 348-9201.  Illustrated, list of contributors.
307 pp., $29.95 paper.  0-8173-0779-6

Lofton, a journalist, has collected over 100 personal stories of
physicians, medical students, nurses, and other healthcare
practitioners in Alabama in their own words, detailing a wide range
of experiences over the last 50 years: the frustrations and
satisfactions of responding to emergencies (or routine drudgery),
making house calls, prescribing medicine (such as a polk salad
salve), and performing miracles.  An insightful portrait of the
medical profession, from "the other side of the stethoscope," for
those in the medical field as well as the general reader.  Grade:
B+.

OSLER'S WEB: INSIDE THE LABYRINTH OF THE CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
EPIDEMIC by Hillary Johnson.  Crown Publishers, Inc., 201 E. 50th
St., N.Y., NY  10022, (800) 733-3000, FAX: (800) 659-2436.  Index,
notes.  732 pp., $30.00 cloth.  0-517-70353-X

Johnson, also a journalist, chronicles the failure of the U.S.
government (especially the Center for Disease Control) to respond
to the increasing numbers of patients who began showing up at
clinics in 1984, complaining of muscle pain, headaches, nausea,
sore throat, and profound feelings of exhaustion, labeling their
symptoms the "Yuppie Flu," even though poor and blue-collar workers
are primarily affected.  This is a persistently hard-hitting work
which asks tough questions about why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
sufferers were scoffed at and doctors who tried to treat them were
accused of performing "million-dollar workups on neurotic[s]."
Grade: A.

HEALTH ONLINE: HOW TO FIND HEALTH INFORMATION, SUPPORT GROUPS, AND
SELF-HELP COMMUNITIES IN {*filter*}SPACE by Tom Ferguson, M.D.  Addison
Wesley Publishing Company, One Jacob Way, Reading, MA 01867-3999,

Addison-Wesley catalog of professional computing books is available
from the gopher at nysernet.org.  At the main menu choose #6
(Search the Internet), #6 (Veronica at NYSERNet), type "book
publishers," choose #5 (Book Publishers), #2 (University Publishers
Catalogs), #6 (Addison Wesley).  Tables of contents and sample
chapters of several AW titles are available via anonymous ftp at
aw.com, login: anonymous, password: your complete e-mail address.
The Addison Wesley WWW home page is located at
http://www.***.com/ ;Illustrated, index, glossary.  336
pp., $17.00 paper.  0-201-40989-5

"Health Online" is a comprehensive guide to health information on
the Internet, including mailing lists, newsgroups, over 2,000 web
pages, and resources available through commercial services such as
America Online and Compuserve (though there is a hefty premium
attached to searching medical literature at those sites).  In
addition, Ferguson lists sites where people with similar problems
can gather to chat, such as the newsgroup alt.support.depression
and sci.med.diseases.cancer.  The only health resource I couldn't
find in the book was the mailing list for Native American health
issues (nathlth-l).  Grade: A-.

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