Body & Brain

  • A Simple Theory of Brain Disease Neuroscientists are torn over whether inflammationâ??a natural immune responseâ??is causing a vast number of brain diseases. Learn more.

  • Manipulating Hospitals' Microbes Hospitals are designed to minimize specific pathogens, but soon we may manipulate a buildingâ??s entire microbiome. Find out how.

  • Vaccinesâ??Calling the Shots Examine the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out. Watch the program.

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    by Lewis Thomas

  • How the Mind Works

    by Steven Pinker

  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    by Atul Gawande

  • Doctors: The Biography of Medicine

    by Sherwin B. Nuland

  • Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family

    by Lee M. Silver

  • Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life

    by Stephen S. Hall

  • Polio: An American Story

    by David M. Oshinsky

  • Best of the Brain From Scientific American: Mind, Matter, and Tomorrow's Brain

    by Floyd Bloom, editor

  • The Society of Mind

    by Marvin Minsky

  • Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind

    by V.S. Ramachandran and Sandra Blakeslee

  • The Dreaming Brain

    by Allan Hobson

  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

    by Oliver Sacks

  • The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

    by Richard Preston


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