I'm looking forward to having some time to read this summer. I've planned a total of two weeks away from work, and if all goes well, I'll get some time to plow through a few good reads. My first trip away will be my usual gig as a camp doctor in Ontario. Last year I brought up The Great Influenza by John Barry, which was ironic, given I landed at flu central. My second week off will be up in northern Michigan. Here's my list, which is heavily biased in subject matter (I'm far too lazy to give a three-source bookstore link, so you'll have to google them):
- Breakthrough: Elizabeth Hughes, the Discovery of Insulin, and the Making of a Medical Miracle, by Thea Cooper and Arthur Ainsberg. Actually, I just finished this one, and I'll have a review up by the end of the summer. It's a great read about the discovery of insulin, but not available until the fall.
- Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist, by Thomas Levenson. I've been dying to read this one.
- Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World, by Tracy Kidder. A friend sent me this one a while back, and I finally started it. The first sentence contains the word "beheading". It's about a doctor, and I love it.
- The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York, by scibling Deborah Blum. I've been dying to read this (heh...)
- Inside the Outbreaks: The Elite Medical Detectives of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, by Mark Pendergrast. Hopefully it will be as good as The Medical Detectives, one of the first medical books I read, a couple of decades ago.
- & 7. Superbug, by Maryn McKenna, another scibling. It's about bacteria, resistance, and all sorts of geeky things that affect what I do on a daily basis, and that may affect you, especially if you are ever in a hospital or nursing home. Oops, and one more from Maryn, Beating Back the Devil.
I really wish people would stop writing such interesting books---I don't know when I'll read everything I want to. Now if award-winning science writer Ed Yong would just crank out a new one, I'll never get anything done.