January 2012

Medical Book Club - Medical Terminology for Dummies Reviewed

In a medical book club like this, it may not be necessary to dumb things down. However, for everyday people, having access to information about their conditions or about the medical terminology they hear can help to debunk many myths. That's where the book Medical Terminology for Dummies comes into play. The book is the subject of this medical book review.

The Book Explained

The book, Medical Terminology for Dummies is written by Beverley Henderson and Jennifer Lee Dorsey. The book provides, as its title indicates, a simple and straightforward way of getting your questions answered. There are several key things about this book that help to make it a must have in every household.

Medical Book Club : The Insulin Resistance Diet Updated

With the growing number of people facing diabetes, the book "The Insulin-Resistance Diet" seems like a good choice for this column. According to the American Diabetes Association, about 18.8 million people have the condition and another 7.0 are undiagnosed. Each year 1.9 million new cases are diagnosed. In this book, the focus is on helping individuals to find ways to stop becoming insulin resistant, which leads to diabetes.

What's In The Book?

The book, Insulin-Resistance Diet: How to Turn Off Your Body's Fat Making Machine," written by Cheryle R. Hart, provides an effective methods of losing weight or just improving health. It offers a health program that identifies the relationship between fat and insulin. Unlike other programs, this one aims to provide individuals with foods that fit their tastes but still offer low fat and insulin tolerance. The program is not meant to stop people from enjoying their food but to inform them about the foods they could be eating to avoid the onset of diabetes.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": Absolutely Fascinating

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks": One of the best books I read in 2011.


I was assigned to read “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot for my book club; I wasn’t sure about the choice and was worried that I wouldn’t be able to read it fast enough for the next book club meeting, but was told in no uncertain terms by the pregnant woman in my little book club that this was her choice and that it might be the last book she would have time to read for several years. 


And thus I started “The Immortal Life Henrietta Lacks” and fell in love with it instantly. For those who don’t know, the book is the true story of Henrietta Lacks who died of cervical cancer. Her cell tissues were taken from her and started spontaneously regenerating and became the subject of medical science testing for years afterwards. But the story doesn’t end with Henrietta, Rebecca Skloot describes the challenges that Henrietta’s family faced after her death and includes a detailed examination of bio-ethics and whether patients should be informed about what their cells are being used for or compensated for the sale of the cells.