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1 Younger Next Year, and Younger Next Year for Women
Chris Crowley and
Henry S. Lodge, M.D.
Workman Publishing, 2005 and 2006

Following the program outlined by Dr. Lodge and Mr. Crowley, Dr. Lodge’s 71-year-old patient, middle-aged men and women can become functionally younger every year of life for the next decade and then continue to live like energetic 50-year-olds well into their eighties and beyond. The books are written in compelling, alternating chapters: Dr. Lodge presents the science – simplified, demystified, convincing – and then his pull-no-punches patient, Mr. Crowley, shows how to make these new truths a part of everyday life.
   Dr. Lodge is an assistant clinical professor of medicine at P&S and appears regularly in “Best Doctors in New York.”

2 Golf After 50: Playing Without Pain
Edited by Terry W. Hensle, M.D.
with David Chmiel
Rodale Books, 2006

This manual – the only book currently available that specifically addresses the health concerns of the older golfer – explains simple precautions to take to avoid preventable injuries, gives common sense nutrition and wellness tips, and provides expert medical advice on how to cope with common maladies in a way that will allow the quickest possible return to the golf course. Written in question-and-answer format, the book draws on the technical know-how of orthopedists, cardiologists, endocrinologists, nutritionists, and sports medicine doctors who are all self-confessed golf nuts.
   Dr. Hensle is a professor of urology at P&S and has been the director of pediatric urology at the Children’s Hospital of NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital for the last 25 years.

3 The Liver Disorders and Hepatitis Sourcebook, revised edition
Howard J. Worman, M.D.
McGraw-Hill, 2006

An updated version of the popular 1999 first edition, this book for patients with liver disease gives frank assessments of the latest therapies and drugs. It also provides advice on navigating the day-to-day challenges of living with a liver disorder and diet and nutrition guidelines, including the truth about the effectiveness of herbal remedies and liver-cleansing diets.
   Dr. Worman is an associate professor of medicine, anatomy, and cell biology in P&S and the director of the Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases in the Department of Medicine.


4 Psychiatric Epidemiology: Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders
Ezra Susser, M.D., Dr.P.H.,
Sharon Schwartz, Ph.D.
Alfredo Morabia, Ph.D.
Evelyn Bromet, Ph.D.
Oxford University Press, 2006

The first textbook on the discipline in more than 30 years, “Psychiatric Epidemiology” is an invaluable resource for clinical researchers, public health practitioners and students trying to identify the often elusive causes of mental disorders. Instead of reviewing what is already known about each disorder, the authors provide a much more dynamic description of the thinking and techniques used to uncover new information.
   Dr. Susser is the Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology, chairman of the epidemiology department at The Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of psychiatry in P&S. Dr. Schwartz is associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology.

5 9/11: Mental Health in the Wake of Terrorist Attacks
Edited by Yuval Neria, Ph.D.,
Raz Gross, M.D., M.P.H., and
Randall Marshall, M.D.
Guest editor Ezra Susser, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Cambridge University Press, 2006

Immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center, Dr. Neria and others began assessing the need for mental health services and provided and evaluated treatments. The book documents and critiques these initiatives, which were implemented in a time of chaos and uncertainty by researchers who were experiencing the stress of the attack themselves.

6 Americans at Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now
Irwin Redlener, M.D.
Knopf, 2006

Dr. Redlener brings his years of experience with disasters and health care crises to an incisive analysis of why our health care system, infrastructure, and overall approach to disaster readiness have left the nation vulnerable, virtually unable to respond effectively to catastrophic events. The book describes five natural and man-made disaster scenarios as a way to imagine what we might face, what our current systems would and would not prepare us for, and what would constitute optimal planning – for government and the public – in each situation.
   Dr. Redlener is founder and director of the National Center for Disaster Prepared-ness, associate dean for Public Health Advocacy and Disaster Preparedness, and professor of clinical public health at Mailman and pediatrics at P&S.

7 The Biomedical Scientist as Expert Witness
Paul D. Ellner, Ph.D.
ASM Press, 2005

Covering everything from the basics of the legal system to guidelines on behavior in the courtroom, this how-to provides biomedical scientists, and microbiologists in particular, with the critical tools needed to make an effective courtroom appearance. Drawing from the author’s experience as a forensic microbiologist, the book provides sample cases, covers depositions and trials, and presents sample reports and affidavits, in addition to offering a detailed explanation of civil proceedings.
   Dr. Ellner is professor emeritus of microbiology and pathology at P&S.

8 Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness
Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.
Oxford University Press, 2006

By listening to patients’ stories, doctors use narrative medicine to accompany patients through the ordeals of illness and, in the author’s opinion, practice more humane, ethical, and effective health care. Dr. Charon provides a comprehensive introduction to the conceptual principles underlying narrative medicine, as well as a practical guide for implementing narrative methods in health care.
   Dr. Charon is professor of clinical medicine and director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at P&S.