The Journal Gazette
Sunday, June 13, 2021 1:00 am

New library books

The following medical biographies and memoirs are newly available through the Allen County Public Library.

“Mr. Humble and Dr. Butcher: A Monkey's Head, the Pope's Neuroscientist, and the Quest to Transplant the Soul” by Brandy Schillace

The story of an American neurosurgeon's Cold War-era attempts not only to perform a brain transplant, but also his work to perfect surgery that would allow the soul to live on after the death of the body.

“Life on the Line: Young Doctors Come of Age in a Pandemic” by Emma Goldberg

Weaving together in-depth interviews with doctors, their diaries and notes, this page-turning account follows the medical students who received their degrees early to help treat thousands of critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City during the height of the pandemic.

“Little Matches:A Memoir of Grief and Light” by Maryanne O'Hara

A grieving mother describes the raw emotions of the loss of her adult daughter to cystic fibrosis, how she was left in an existential crisis and the signs she began to see of her daughter's enduring presence.

“Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted” by Suleika Jaouad

An Emmy Award-winning writer and activist describes the harrowing years she spent in early adulthood fighting leukemia and how she learned to live again while forging connections with other survivors of profound illness and suffering.

“The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease” by Daisy Hernandez

Whom does the United States take care of, and whom does it leave behind? A riveting investigation of infectious disease, poverty, racism and for-profit healthcare — and the harm caused by decades of silence.

“Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life” by Suzanne Koven

Tracing the arc of her life, the author reflects on her career in medicine, revealing how she forged her authentic identity in a modern landscape that is as overwhelming and confusing as it is exhilarating in its possibilities.


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