Doctor Dealer

The Rise and Fall of an All-American Boy and His Multimillion-Dollar Cocaine Empire

Author: Mark Bowden

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 9781555846060

Category: True Crime

Page: 352

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From the # 1 New York Times–bestselling author of Black Hawk Down: The “shocking” story of the country’s unlikeliest drug kingpin (The Baltimore Sun). By the early 1980s, Larry Lavin seemed to have everything going for him. He was a bright, charismatic young man who rose from working-class upbringings in a Massachusetts mill town to become a dentist with an Ivy League education and a thriving practice—a beloved father with a well-respected family in one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive suburbs. But behind the façade of his success was a dark secret: Lavin was also the mastermind behind a cocaine empire that spread from Miami to Boston to New Mexico, catering to lawyers, stockbrokers, and other professionals, and generating an annual income of $60 million for the good doctor. Now, Mark Bowden, a “master of narrative journalism” (The New York Times Book Review) tells the harrowing saga of Lavin’s rise and fall in “a shocking American tragedy . . . [that] shoots straight from the hip” (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). “An engrossing crime story and a compelling morality tale.” —The Arizona Republic “Has all the elements of a chilling suspense thriller . . . A smoothly crafted, exciting, can’t-put-it-down book.” —The New Voice (Louisville) “Bowden has emerged as one of our best writers of muscular nonfiction.” —The Denver Post

Blue-Eyed Devil

A Road Odyssey Through Islamic America

Author: Michael Knight

Publisher: Soft Skull Press

ISBN: 1593763514

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a quest for an indigenous American Islam in a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shia literature, crashes Islamic Society of North America conventions, stink-palms Cat Stevens, and limps across Chicago to find the grave of Noble Drew Ali, filling dozens of notebooks along the way. The result is this semi-autobiographical book, with multiple histories of Fard and the landscape of American Islam woven into Knight’s own story. In the course of his adventures, Knight sorts out his own relationship to Islam as he journeys from punk provocateur to a recognized voice in the community, and watches first-hand the collapse of a liberal Islamic dream. The book’s extensive cast of characters includes anarchist Sufi heretics, vegan kungfu punks, tattoo-sleeved converts in hard-core bands, spiritual drug dealers, Islamic feminists, slick media entrepreneurs, sages of the street, the grandsons of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, and a group called Muslims for Bush.

Theo's Odyssey

Author: Catherine Clément,Steve Cox,Ros Schwartz

Publisher: Arcade Publishing

ISBN: 9781559704991

Category: Fiction

Page: 593

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An international bestseller being published in more than 20 countries, "Theo's Odyssey" is an extraordinary journey through the world's religions that does for spirituality what "Sophie's World" did for philosophy.

American medicine as culture

Author: Howard F. Stein,Margaret A. Stein

Publisher: Westview Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical

Page: 281

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Medicine in America, argues Professor Howard Stein, is not merely the product of a biomedical model, but rather an intricate human culture. In this ethnographic study of the American medical system, Dr. Stein uses anthropological, small-group, and psychoanalytic paradigms to interpret diverse and often hidden aspects of medical culture in the United States.Based on two decades of teaching and counseling physicians, Dr. Stein’s case studies allow us to hear doctors speak candidly about themselves, their feelings, their fears of failure, their interactions with nurses and other hospital staff, and the ways in which they sometimes internalize the problems of their patients. We also learn how doctors come to label their clients as “good” or “bad” patients, and we see how these labels can affect a patient’s care. In addition, Dr. Stein explores the rich symbolism of money in a profession that has great difficulty discussing financial concerns with its clients.Taking the reader on an odyssey through the socialization process of becoming a physician in America, Dr. Stein links the culture of medicine with both the psychodynamics of individual practitioners and the currents of American society at large. He uncovers a rich vein of moralism lying beneath medicine’s official position of scientific neutrality and finds that American values such as activism and mastery, and metaphors from competitive sports, warfare, and technology pervade clinical decisionmaking, treatment, and education.This is a fascinating study of a complex culture within our society, a book that will interest scholars, students, and the general reader.

Doctor Who and Philosophy

Bigger on the Inside

Author: Courtland Lewis,Paula J. Smithka

Publisher: Open Court Publishing

ISBN: 0812696883

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 429

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Philosophers look at the deeper issues raised by the adventures of Doctor Who, the main character in the long-running science fiction TV series of the same name. Original.

Odysseus in America

Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming

Author: Jonathan Shay

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439125014

Category: History

Page: 352

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In this ambitious follow-up to Achilles in Vietnam, Dr. Jonathan Shay uses the Odyssey, the story of a soldier's homecoming, to illuminate the pitfalls that trap many veterans on the road back to civilian life. Seamlessly combining important psychological work and brilliant literary interpretation with an impassioned plea to renovate American military institutions, Shay deepens our understanding of both the combat veteran's experience and one of the world's greatest classics.

The Gluten-Free Odyssey

Josephine and Her Fairy Dogmother Learn Why Gluten Makes Her Sick in This Magical Tale of Celiac Discovery

Author: C. L. Renée,S. L. Analee

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781540683762

Category:

Page: 66

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Josephine and her Fairy Godmother learn why gluten makes her sick in this magical tale of celiac discovery.

Doctor Who

A History

Author: Alan Kistler

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1493000160

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Premiering the day after the JFK assassination, Doctor Who humbly launched one of the entertainment world’s first super-brands. We begin with a look at TV programming of the day and the original pitch documents before delving into the Daleks, which almost didn’t make the cut but inspired many monsters to follow. After three years, First Doctor William Hartnell left, prompting the BBC to recast their hit rather than end it, giving us the first “regeneration” and making TV history. We follow the succession of Doctors—including Third Doctor Jon Pertwee, exiled to Earth and targeted by the Master—and see how the program reflected the feminism of the 1970s while gaining mainstream popularity with Fourth Doctor Tom Baker . . . until declining support from the BBC eventually led to cancelation. Fan outcry saved the series only for it to suffer a repeat cancelation. Yet many continued to enjoy the Whoniverse in syndication, novels, audio dramas, and Doctor Who Magazine. Paul McGann impressed many as the Eighth Doctor in a 1996 TV movie, but it failed to reignite the series. A new age dawned in 2005 with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston and a serious special effects budget before Tenth Doctor David Tennant helped rocket the series to international popularity and a new era of spinoffs. With Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith, the show became a bona fide success here in America. Following the program’s fiftieth anniversary, Whovians will meet the Twelfth Doctor, ushering in yet another era for the unstoppable Time Lord. Featuring discussions of concepts and characters, with insights from producers, writers, and actors from across the years, here is a rich, behind-the-camera investigation into the dazzling multiverse of Doctor Who.

Murderous Medicine

Nazi Doctors, Human Experimentation, and Typhus

Author: Naomi Baumslag

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275983123

Category: History

Page: 272

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More than 1.5 million concentration camp prisoners died of typhus, a preventable disease. Despite advances in public health measures to control and prevent typhus outbreaks, German doctors, fueled by their racist ideology and their medieval approach to the disease, used the disease as a form of biological warfare against Jews, Slavs, and gypsies. Jewish hospitals in ghettos were burned--along with patients and staff--if typhus was present. In concentration camps, even suspected typhus cases were killed in the gas chambers or through intracardiac injections. Typhus vaccines were tested on prisoners deliberately infected with typhus. Only a handful of doctors were ever prosecuted for their crimes. Against all odds, Jewish health providers struggled to avoid the worst through innovative steps to save lives. Despite the removal of their equipment, drugs, and other resources, they organized health care and sanitary hygienic measures. Doctors were forced to conceal cases, falsify diagnoses and cause of death in order to save lives. This important study explores the role of the International Red Cross in typhus epidemics during and after World War I and World War II. It details the widespread complicity of foreign companies in the Nazi typhus research. Finally, the author stresses the importance of monitoring and holding accountable the medical profession, researchers, and drug companies that continue to invest in research on biological agents as weapons of war.

Understanding and Controlling the German Cockroach

Author: Michael K. Rust,John M. Owens,Donald A. Reierson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195345087

Category: Science

Page: 448

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The German cockroach is considered to be the most resilient and ecologically important insect pest found in homes, apartments, and commercial facilities in the United States and across the world. This book expertly provides up-to-the-minute information about the behavior and biology of this pest--including taxonomy, distribution, morphology, and genetics--as it may relate to effective technologies for its control. Building on information presented piecemeal in books and articles appearing over more than 50 years, the book features over 1,200 references related to the German cockroach, most published within the last year. With contributions from the top experts, the book will be invaluable to students and practitioners of entomology and pest management.

Sometimes Brilliant

The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History

Author: Larry Brilliant

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062049275

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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When a powerful mystic steps on the hand of a radical young hippie doctor from Detroit, it changes lives and the world. Sometimes Brilliant is the adventures of a philosopher, mystic, hippie, doctor, groundbreaking tech innovator, and key player in the eradication of one of the worst pandemics in human history. His story, of what happens when love, compassion and determination meet the right circumstances to effect positive change, is the kind that keeps hope and the sense of possibility alive. After sitting at the feet of Martin Luther King at the University of Michigan in 1963, Larry Brilliant was swept up into the civil rights movement, marching and protesting across America and Europe. As a radical young doctor he followed the hippie trail from London over the Khyber Pass with his wife Girija, Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm commune to India. There, he found himself in a Himalayan ashram wondering whether he had stumbled into a cult. Instead, one of India’s greatest spiritual teachers, Neem Karoli Baba, opened Larry’s heart and told him his destiny was to work for the World Health Organization to help eradicate killer smallpox. He would never have believed he would become a key player in eliminating a 10,000-year-old disease that killed more than half a billion people in the 20th century alone. Brilliant’s unlikely trajectory, chronicled in Sometimes Brilliant, has brought him into close proximity with political leaders, spiritual masters, cultural heroes, and titans of technology around the world—from the Grateful Dead to Mikhail Gorbachev, from Ram Dass, the Dalai Lama, Lama Govinda, and Karmapa to Steve Jobs and the founders of Google, Salesforce, Facebook, Microsoft and eBay and Presidents Carter, Clinton, Bush and Obama. Anchored by the engrossing account of the heroic efforts of the extraordinary people involved in smallpox eradication in India, this is a riveting and fascinating epidemiological adventure, an honest reckoning of an entire generation, and a deeply moving spiritual memoir. It is a testament to faith, love, service, and what it means to engage with life’s most important questions in pursuit of a better, more brilliant existence.

The Rise and Fall of American Growth

The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War

Author: Robert J. Gordon

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400888956

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 784

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In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Robert Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

Stoned

A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

Author: David J. Casarett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1591847672

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 289

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A physician's exploration of the odd science of marijuana, and the industry that's sprung up around it. If you're diagnosed with a serious illness today, there's one thing you can look forward to: the ability to get stoned on legal, pharmaceutical-grade marijuana. The past decade has seen a dramatic increase in medical marijuana use, abetted by a new industry of farmers, distributors, manufacturers, and clinics that have created a need. But does pot really offer the medical benefits that its proponents promise? Or does it just make people feel good? Dr. David Casarett, a highly respected researcher and professor of medicine, sets out to find answers firsthand. He visits dispensaries in California and Colorado; smears marijuana paste on his legs while trekking through Nepal; samples pot wine; learns how vaporizers work; and tries the purest kind of hash, known as ?shatter.” The result is a light-hearted and much-needed medical practitioner's perspective on what marijuana is really good for, and whether the dangers outweigh the benefits.

How to Read a Book

Author: Mortimer J. Adler,Charles Van Doren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439144831

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 426

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With half a million copies in print, How to Read a Book is the best and most successful guide to reading comprehension for the general reader, completely rewritten and updated with new material. Originally published in 1940, this book is a rare phenomenon, a living classic that introduces and elucidates the various levels of reading and how to achieve them—from elementary reading, through systematic skimming and inspectional reading, to speed reading. Readers will learn when and how to “judge a book by its cover,” and also how to X-ray it, read critically, and extract the author’s message from the text. Also included is instruction in the different techniques that work best for reading particular genres, such as practical books, imaginative literature, plays, poetry, history, science and mathematics, philosophy and social science works. Finally, the authors offer a recommended reading list and supply reading tests you can use measure your own progress in reading skills, comprehension, and speed.

Becoming Dr. Q

My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon

Author: Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520949609

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California. In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story—from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School. Packed with adventure and adversity—including a few terrifying brushes with death—Becoming Dr. Q is a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and imagination, and the pursuit of excellence. It’s also a story about the importance of family, of mentors, and of giving people a chance.

American Dreams

Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone

Author: Marco Rubio

Publisher: Sentinel

ISBN: 0143109030

Category: Economic history

Page: 224

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In 1956, presidential-hopeful Marco Rubio's parents came to America as poor immigrants and found a land of opportunity where anyone could build a better future. But now the American Dream is on life support. Millions of Americans have been left behind by an economy that doesn't value their skills and a government that would rather give them a handout than a hand up. In American Dreams Rubio offers a roadmap for restoring the land of opportunity. He explains why America now stands at a critical junction and offers a detailed economic plan to help rebuild it.

The Crying of Lot 49

Author: Thomas Pynchon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101594608

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

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The highly original satire about Oedipa Maas, a woman who finds herself enmeshed in a worldwide conspiracy, meets some extremely interesting characters and attains a not inconsiderable amount of self-knowledge.