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Editor's Picks

Out of the thousands of health books published this year, these are the true standouts.

 
1.
Afterwards, You're a Genius : Faith, Medicine, and the Metaphysics of Healing
by Chip Brown

Penguin USA (Paper)
Hardcover - 398 pages
(December 1998)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 
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When literary journalist Chip Brown offers up his heart to various healers for mending, the result is a probing, often hilarious journey into the depths of the alternative-medicine movement. Consider the power of mummified bananas. You may call exponents of this diet "woo-woos and wackos," as Brown... Read more

 


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Real Age : Are You As Young As You Can Be?
by Michael F. Roizen MD., et al

Cliff Street Books
Hardcover - 335 pages
1 Ed edition (February 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
 
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Your biological age may be a lot different from your chronological age--for better or worse. Dr. Michael Roizen, a preventive gerontologist at the University of Chicago who appears perennially in the "1,000 Best Doctors in the U.S." listings, says that with the help of his RealAge program, you can... Read more

 


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Another Country : Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders
by Mary Pipher

Riverhead Books
Hardcover - 328 pages
(March 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 
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Mary Pipher, author of the bestselling and groundbreaking Reviving Ophelia, which charts the troubled passage of girls into adolescence, has nimbly covered yet another psychological passage: that into old age, which May Sarton called "a foreign country."

Pipher reveals that the greatest shame for... Read more

 


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The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Problems, and Mood-Swings--Now
by Julia Ross

Viking Pr
Hardcover - 390 pages
(May 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 
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For most health books, the word cure in the title is a definite sign to steer clear. The Diet Cure is a refreshing exception. Author Julia Ross has the unusual job description of "nutritional psychologist," which means that she works with people to eradicate food cravings, addictions, and eating... Read more

 


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Nutrition for Dummies (--For Dummies)
by Carol Ann Rinzler

IDG Books Worldwide
Paperback - 416 pages
2nd edition (September 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
 
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Butter or margarine? Regular or decaf? Wanna supersize those fries? Each of us makes dozens of dietary decisions a day and consumes 1,500 pounds of food a year, but nutrition is one of those topics in which many people--including the majority of physicians--are not well versed. Fortunately, reading ... Read more

 


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The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work
by John Mordechai Gottman, Nan Silver

Crown Pub
Hardcover - 271 pages
1 Ed edition (April 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 
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According to most relationship books, the key to a solid marriage is communication, communication, communication. Phooey, says John Gottman, Ph.D., author of the much-lauded Why Marriages Succeed or Fail. There's much more to a solid, "emotionally intelligent" marriage than sharing every feeling and... Read more

 


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Reinventing Medicine : Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing
by Larry Dossey(Introduction)

Harpercollins
Hardcover - 271 pages
(October 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
 
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Cue the theme song to the Twilight Zone: Research shows your plants won't grow as well when you're depressed as when you're happy. Praying for someone else will improve your own health, too. The growth of E. coli bacteria is inhibited when a group of people merely think about stopping the growth.... Read more

 


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Woman: An Intimate Geography
by Natalie Angier

Houghton Mifflin Co (Trd)
Hardcover - 398 pages
(April 1, 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
 
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Despite scientific evidence to the contrary, as far as the health care profession is concerned the standard operating design of the human body is male. So when a book comes along as beautifully written and endlessly informative as Natalie Angier's Woman: An Intimate Geography, it's a cause for major... Read more

 


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Yoga for Wellness: Healing with the Timeless Teachings of Viniyoga
by Gary Kraftsow

Arkana
Paperback - 384 pages
(October 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
 
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There's more to yoga than stretching and bending and twisting. In Yoga for Wellness, one of America's top yoga teachers gives a clinic on the holistic nature of yoga practice, especially in regard to healing and well-being. With over a thousand photographs, Gary Kraftsow covers the basic postures,... Read more

 


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The American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Maintenance and Repair
by Marilyn Moffat(Editor), et al

Henry Holt & Company, Inc.
Paperback - 288 pages
(April 1999)


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4 out of 5 stars
 
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Whether you've been injured or want to avoid injury, the American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Repair and Maintenance can help you. Part 1 is the first place to go if you've been hurt. It presents nine common injury sites--back, neck, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, and... Read more

 


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Real-World Fitness
by Kathy Kaehler, Cheryl K. Olson (Contributor)

Golden Books Pub Co (Adult)
Paperback - 138 pages
Spiral edition (January 1999)


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4.5 out of 5 stars
 
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"Grabbing exercise when and where you can really does count," says Kathy Kaehler, fitness trainer of celebrities like Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jennifer Aniston, and Claudia Schiffer. You've seen her dispensing fitness tips on the Today show and in several exercise videos. In Real-World Fitness,... Read more

 


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Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide
by Anthony L. Komaroff, Harvard Medical School

Simon & Schuster
Hardcover - 1288 pages
1 edition (September 1999)


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5 out of 5 stars
 
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These days, when you only get to see your physician for 10 minutes after waiting several weeks for an appointment, you're often forced to get your information somewhere else. Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide will do what your doctor can't: answer your questions for hours on end. This... Read more

 



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