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  1. 16.2 hrs • 12/2/2014 • Unabridged

    Where does Ebola originate? How does it spread? And what should governments do to stop it? Few people understand the answers to these questions better than Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Laurie Garrett.  In this masterful account of the 1995 Ebola outbreak in Zaire, Garrett, now the Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations, shows how superstition and fear, compounded by a lack of resources, education, and clearheaded government planning have plagued our response to Ebola. In an extensive new introduction, Garrett forcefully argues that learning from past outbreaks is the key to solving the Ebola crisis of 2014. In her account of the 1995 Zaire outbreak, first published in her bestselling book Betrayal of Trust, Garrett takes readers through the epidemic’s course—beginning with the Kikwit villager who first contracted it from an animal encounter while chopping wood for charcoal deep in the forest. As she documents the outbreak in riveting detail, Garrett shows why our trust in world governments to protect people’s health has been irrevocably broken. She details the international community’s engagement in the epidemic’s aftermath: a pattern of response and abandonment, urgency that devolves into amnesia.  Ebola: Story of an Outbreak is essential reading for anyone who wants to comprehend Ebola, one of mankind’s most mysterious, malicious scourges. Garrett has issued a powerful call for governments, citizens, and the disease-fighting agencies of the wealthy world to take action.

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    Ebola

    16.2 hrs • 12/2/14 • Unabridged
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  2. 10.6 hrs • 10/28/2014 • Unabridged

    In his acclaimed memoir, Intern, Sandeep Jauhar chronicled the formative years of his residency at a prestigious New York City hospital. Doctored, his harrowing follow-up, observes the crisis of American medicine through the eyes of an attending cardiologist. Hoping for the stability he needs to start a family, Jauhar accepts a position at a massive teaching hospital on the outskirts of Queens. With a decade’s worth of elite medical training behind him, he is eager to settle down and reap the rewards of countless sleepless nights. Instead, he is confronted with sobering truths. Doctors’ morale is low and getting lower. Blatant cronyism determines patient referrals, corporate ties distort medical decisions, and unnecessary tests are routinely performed in order to generate income. Meanwhile, a single patient in Jauhar’s hospital might see fifteen specialists in one stay and still fail to receive a full picture of his actual condition. Provoked by his unsettling experiences, Jauhar has written an introspective memoir that is also an impassioned plea for reform. With American medicine at a crossroads, Doctored is the important work of a writer unafraid to challenge the establishment and incite controversy.

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    Doctored

    10.6 hrs • 10/28/14 • Unabridged
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  3. 13.5 hrs • 4/2/2013 • Unabridged

    Addiction is a preventable, treatable disease—not a moral failing. As with other illnesses, the approaches most likely to work are based on science—not on faith, tradition, contrition, or wishful thinking. These facts are the foundation of Clean, a myth-shattering look at drug abuse by the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Boy. Based on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and medicine, Clean is a leap beyond the traditional approaches to prevention and treatment of addiction and the mental illnesses that usually accompany it. The existing treatment system, including Twelve Step programs and rehabs, has helped some, but it has failed to help many more, and David Sheff explains why. He spent time with scores of scientists, doctors, counselors, and addicts and their families to learn how addiction works and what can effectively treat it. Clean offers clear, cogent counsel for parents and others who want to prevent drug problems, as well as advice and hope for addicts and their loved ones no matter what stage of the illness they’re in. Clean is a book for all of us—a powerful rethinking of the greatest public health challenge of our time.

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    Clean

    13.5 hrs • 4/2/13 • Unabridged
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  4. 8.0 hrs • 2/10/2013 • Unabridged

    Amid a growing consensus that the staggering toll of gun violence in the United States is an urgent public health issue, the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health has convened experts on gun policy and violence from the United States and selected other countries to summarize relevant research and its implications for policymakers and concerned citizens. Legal scholars weigh in on the constitutionality of recommended policies, and researchers present new data on public support for a wide array of policies designed to reduce gun violence. Collected for the first time in one volume, this reliable empirical research and legal analysis will inform the policy debate by helping lawmakers and opinion leaders identify the policy changes that are most likely to reduce gun violence in the United States. Researchers draw on new and existing studies on US gun policies to demonstrate both the weaknesses of current federal gun policies and the efficacy of various state laws designed to reduce firearm availability to high-risk groups. By analyzing scientific and legal data, the contributors provide evidence in support of enhanced regulation and oversight of licensed gun dealers, background checks for private sales, and purchaser licensing. Lessons from bans of assault weapons and of large-capacity magazines are considered, as is the promise of “smart guns,” which could be fired only by authorized users. Compelling case studies from Australia, Scotland, and Brazil demonstrate effective policy responses to gun violence that have led to significant reductions in gun-related deaths. The book concludes with data on public support for strengthening gun laws and Second Amendment considerations.

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    Reducing Gun Violence in America by Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, Jon S. Vernick, JD, MPH

    Reducing Gun Violence in America

    Foreword by Michael R. Bloomberg
    Read by Traber Burns
    8.0 hrs • 2/10/13 • Unabridged
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  5. 14.1 hrs • 4/1/2012 • Unabridged

    In Cancer Is Not a Disease!, bestselling author and internationally acclaimed health expert Andreas Moritz argues that cancer is the physical symptom of the body’s final attempt to eliminate specific life-destructive causes. He claims that removing such causes sets the precondition for complete healing of the body, mind, and emotions. This book confronts you with a radically new understanding of cancer—one that outdates the current cancer model. Cancer Is Not a Disease! shows you what actually causes cancer, why regular cancer treatments can be fatal, and how you can remove the obstacles that prevent the body from healing itself. It argues that cancer is not an attempt on your life; to the contrary, cancer is trying to save it. Unless we change our perception of what cancer really is, it will continue to threaten nearly one out of every two people. This book opens a door for those who wish to turn feelings of victimhood into empowerment and self-mastery and disease into health.

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    Cancer Is Not a Disease! by Andreas Moritz

    Cancer Is Not a Disease!

    14.1 hrs • 4/1/12 • Unabridged
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