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Sea Trial

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An adventure story set against the backdrop of a son trying to understand his father

After a 25-year break from boating, Brian Harvey circumnavigates Vancouver Island with his wife, his dog, and a box of documents that surfaced after his father’s death. John Harvey was a neurosurgeon, violinist, and photographer who answered his door a decade into retirement to find a sheriff with a summons. It was a malpractice suit, and it did not go well. Dr. Harvey never got over it. The box contained every nurse’s record, doctor’s report, trial transcript, and expert testimony related to the case. Only Brian’s father had read it all — until now.

In this beautifully written memoir, Brian Harvey shares how after two months of voyaging with his father’s ghost, he finally finds out what happened in the O.R. that crucial night and why Dr. Harvey felt compelled to fight the excruciating accusations.

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“Sea Trial is a riveting account of two intertwined voyages of adventure and introspection. Brian Harvey writes with wit, intelligence, dry modesty and high style as he tells the stories of a hazardous and difficult sea passage and an exploration of his father’s long-ago malpractice trial. A fascinating and wholly engaging book.” — Derek Lundy, author of the bestselling Godforsaken Sea

"Sea Trial is gripping from the very first page. You need to be a good navigator to circumnavigate Vancouver Island, with a ragged western coastline known as the Graveyard of the Pacific. You also need to be a skilled writer to navigate the shoals, cross-currents, and uncertain weathers of such an ambitious floating memoir. Brian Harvey is both." — Gary Geddes, author of the bestselling Sailing Home and Medicine Unbundled

“Harvey has serious skills, and his riveting story is impossible to put down.” — Cruising World

“Brian Harvey’s Sea Trial defies easy description. In fact, that is exactly one of its – considerable — strengths . . . With a sharp eye for telling detail, and inventive language, Harvey is a writer who knows how to fix on the less to evoke the more.” — The Ormsby Review

 
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My Leaky Body

Goose Lane Editions


Her weakest moment spawned a crusade for change. Julie Devaney takes on a journey through the health care system as she is diagnosed and treated for ulcerative colitis. In and out of emergency rooms in Vancouver and Toronto, she's poked, prodded, and abandoned to a closet at one point, bearing the helplessness and indignities of a system that seems hell-bent on victimizing the sick. Raw, harrowing, and darkly funny, My Leaky Body argues convincingly for fixes to the system and better training for all medical personnel. As she recovers, she sets out to do just that: setting up a gurney on stage at workshops and conferences across the country to teach Bedside Manners 101 and to advocate for repairs to the system. Part memoir, part love story, part revolutionary manifesto, My Leaky Body is politicially astute, gooey like cake batter, and raw like ulcerated bowels. Devaney writes the book that will heal her aching heart and relax her strictured rectum as she weaves stories from professional and public interactions with tales from her gurney.

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"Julie Devaney's startling tale of illness and resistance is gripping, angry, sharply funny, and eye-opening. She tells what it's like to be a leaky body, to live with a debilitating embodied condition that has consequences not just in her health care but in all her personal and social relationships. Julie is by turns filled with 'terror, pain and disgust,' expected to feel guilt and shame, and yet always sustained by an extraordinarily productive anger. Her condition opens up a commitment to health care advocacy that culminates in her exciting workshop performances in My Leaky Body. It's a revelation to get an insight into her lived experience that is sure to find resonances in all of us."

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"If literature is the artist vulnerable, then writer Julie Devaney has created art out of the unlikeliest of mediums: ulcerative colitis. ... This is a unique work, utterly original; raw, authentic and hungry."

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"My Leaky Body is self-aware without being self-pitying. It is empowering without being condescending and it is a strong, new young woman's voice in Canadian non-fiction. This book will resonate whether you're reading it on a stretcher in the closet of a hospital too full to house you, or curled up in bed or in a café."

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"Devaney's writing talent turns emergency-room neglect into poetry... She is one of the few individuals brave enough to complain without blaming. Her courage is raw."

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"Powerful, moving, enlightening, and funny, My Leaky Body should be required reading for med students and all health care professionals and for anyone who has had to navigate the health care system."

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"Devaney's vision is of a world where health care is fully funded, and where med students are taught good manners, where sick people are comforted, not warehoused. ... This dream should not only come true in theatres and books — but all across Canada."

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"Activist Julie Devaney uses her own experiences with colitis to criticize the health care system and the insensitivity of medical professionals as she's dragged through what she dubs 'hospital purgatory.' The conversational material rings scarily true and blends ironic humour with chilling realities. Moments of fantasy — she's visited by health care saint Tommy Douglas and opens her heart to Shania Twain — mix with concerns about having sex and the trials she suffers at the hands of caregivers and insurance companies. There is no question that Devaney is brave not only to tell her story but also to put herself onstage."

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"She has written a rare, profoundly honest and comforting book recommended for anyone enduring the demoralizing maze that is the health care system. ... we understand the rage induced by a consistent lack of empathy, and struggle in solidarity as she attempts to reclaim her body and her life. ... In giving us her rage, humour and fallibility, Devaney has perfectly highlighted our cultural fear of frankly discussing the reality of illness. She knows that we often live in a state of paranoia, attempting to hide from the inevitability of our own decay. We should be grateful she has done us the service of delivering every ugly detail of what she has endured, opening up a comforting conversation, giving her harrowing experience meaning, and utilizing it to empower others."

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"Part memoir, part manifesto, Julie Devaney's profoundly honest new book should be required reading for anyone who may ever have to visit a hospital — which mean, in effect, everyone. ... moving and genuinely inspirational."

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"A complicated story told in a compelling way. ... with aching prose and wry humour, she shares the intimacies of her life and offers a glimpse into her rage and determination. ... It is a must-read for each of us who thinks there are definite answers to medical problems. It is a must-read for those who think that chronic illness must surely get easier to bear. And, yes, it is a must-read for medical professionals. ... There are exquisite pieces of wisdom in this book."

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"My Leaky Body is many things at once: it is a critical investigation of healthcare culture, an activist's handbook, a real-life horror story, and a provoking confessional memoir."

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"My Leaky Body is amazing and cutting edge. Julie is courageous to engage in this type of work which is testing the boundaries of traditional scientific approaches to health care research. Julie's performance work is vulnerable, touching, deep and real. It is reflective of how our current health care system can at times be. I think it is a unique approach and creates a gut impact. If you are a practitioner, policy maker or a patient, you must see her performance."

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"This book is one that anyone treating chronic disease should read, as a patient viewpoint reminder and a frank, honest, angry, and often funny demonstration of how our policies, actions, and discussions aren't always received by patients in the way we hope. It is extremely well written in a candid and un-self-conscious style, but I was most impressed by what Julie Devaney has herself taken on in her real life. She has used her story and her experiences in courageous and innovative performances to improve the lot of other patients to come."

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"My Leaky Body... lays bare the deficiencies in health care, creating somewhat of a road map for others who want to/must transform the system. This is a brave, daring, tell-all book filled with raw courage."

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"Brave, honest, touching, and truly hilarious, My Leaky Body can help unite medical professionals and patients to make health care the best it can be."

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"With television filled with fictional shows about life as a doctor — from ER to Grey's Anatomy — it is refreshing and insightful to see a performance about the reality of life as a patient. This intimate account blends anger and humour to reclaim the role as subject, not object. For those who think we have already achieved patient-centered care, this is a wake-up call."

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"I've often thought the only way people like me can really know what it's like to be a patient is to become one. Or take lessons from Toronto writer Julie Devaney who spent five years in and out of hospital."

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Julie Devaney is a patient-expert in the fields of disability rights advocacy and health care delivery. She is the author of the critically acclaimed show and educational workshop series My Leaky Body, which she has performed at medical schools, nursing conferences, disability and women's studies conferences, arts festivals, and theatres throughout Canada, in the US, and the UK, including a successful run at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto.

 
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Journey of a Thousand Miles

University of Ottawa Press | Biographies et mémoires


Born into poverty in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, Ruey Yu overcame near-starvation during the Second World War. Destiny, however, had other plans for him: he was to become an award-winning biochemist, then the co-founder of what would soon become the multi-million-dollar skin care company NeoStrata.

After living through the Second World War and the post-war military dictatorship of General Chiang Kai-Shek, Dr. Yu won a coveted post-graduate scholarship to study chemistry at the University of Ottawa. He subsequently took up a research position at the renowned Skin and Cancer Hospital (Temple University) in Philadelphia, where he collaborated with pre-eminent dermatologist Dr. Eugene Van Scott to develop treatments for serious skin diseases.

In 1972, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott discovered that fruit acids, known as AHAs, could effectively treat the disfiguring skin disease ichthyosis, changing the lives of thousands of people who suffered from this debilitating illness. Their further research into the biochemical properties of AHAs led to the discovery of the anti-wrinkle and anti-aging effects of these natural substances—a discovery that was licensed by skin care companies around the world, sparking the multibillion-dollar cosmeceutical industry.

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Every tube of skin cream with AHA, the wildly popular anti-wrinkle ingredient, exists because of a half-starved boy in wartime Taiwan who travelled to university in Ottawa and went on to fortune. […] Yu’s life “is the classic story of constant optimism, moving forward in the face of adversity, overcoming all odds.”

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Now in his 80s, Dr. Ruey J. Yu continues to work in the lab every day, hunting for biomarkers that

could be used for early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. In 2016, Dr. Yu and Dr. Van Scott sold NeoStrata to Johnson & Johnson, which is expanding the company’s research labs into a centre of excellence for dermatological research.

 
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Mein Busen. Kriminalabenteuer aus den OPs der Plastischen Chirurgie

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Die Schönheitschirurgie boomt. Immer mehr Menschen nutzen die Möglichkeiten der modernen Medizin, um sich in ihrem Körper wieder wohlfühlen zu können. Doch nicht immer ist das Ergebnis das erhoffte – in »Mein Busen« schildert die Autorin, wie aus einem plastischen Eingriff ein Kriminalfall wurde. Die Ausgangslage: eine Hyperthrophie, ein übergroßes Wachstum der Brust. Der Tatort: ein renommiertes Universitätsklinikum. Die Verdächtigen: Operateure und Skalpell. Opfer und ermittelnde Detektivin: die Patientin. Diese, selbst mit abgeschlossenem Medizinstudium und entsprechender Fachkenntnis, geht dem Grund ihrer missglückten Brustverkleinerung nach. Akribisch und unnachgiebig ermittelt sie, um hinter Hierarchien, Qualifikationen und menschlichen Schwächen des Falles Lösung zu finden. Eine amüsante Mischung aus kompetenten Informationen und scharfzüngig kommentierter Reality-Doku. Ebenso eine nützliche Anleitung für den Umgang mit Ärzten, nicht nur den Vertretern der Plastischen Chirurgie.

 
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The twenty true tales in Amazing Medical Stories give a rich and entertaining picture of the ways in which medical workers (both real and fake) have used the keys to the mysterious kingdom of life: health, disease, and physical anomaly, birth, death, and post-mortem diagnosis. The stories run the gamut from tragedy to hilarity, from satisfaction of curiosity to evocation of terrible pity. Amazing Medical Stories deals with quacks and charlatans, the giants Angus McAskill and Anna Swan, the first case of antisocial personality disorder, as well as wonderous inventions and achievements by physicians.

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"Medical stories amaze, amuse."

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"Interesting... ‘The Physicians on Titanic,’ ‘The Undertakers and the Titanic Disaster,’ and ’The Halifax Explosion: Taking Care of the Victims,’ these three compelling tales combined are reason enough to want to read this book."

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Dr. George Burden is a general practitioner in Elmsdale, Nova Scotia. His stories on medical history appear frequently in the Medical Post, and he is also a contributor to Reader's Digest, Stitches Magazine of Medical Humour, the Halifax Sunday Herald, and the St. John's Telegram.

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Dorothy Grant worked as a registered nurse in Halifax and New York, and later turned to journalism. With consumer affairs as her beat, she became a Halifax radio and TV personality. In the 1990s, she did communications work for the Medical Society of Nova Scotia, and at the same time she published more than 60 articles in the Medical Post. Her byline is familiar to readers of Family Practice Magazine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

 
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Beaverbrook

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Winner, Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award and Best Atlantic Published Book Award

Shortlisted, British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and National Business Book Award

Were the Gallery's treasures gifts or loans? Was Lord Beaverbrook careless or devious? Jacques Poitras sifts through the personal correspondence, takes stock of the witnesses and testimony at the 2006 arbitration hearings, and interviews the combatants of a bitter legal battle that rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. Deftly connecting the pieces of this historic jigsaw puzzle, he tells a fascinating tale peopled with an arresting cast of characters — from the self-proclaimed "master propagandist" to the present-day heirs of the Beaverbrook legacy.

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Riveting."

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"A journalistic tour-de-force."

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"Jacques Poitras has written a delicious story about the battle for Lord Beaverbrook's paintings. He has used a brilliant cast of characters — a mix of canny homegrown New Brunswickers and powerful British aristocrats — to pull together an important work of social and political history. Yes, this is a big, important book, but it's also a helluva lot of fun to read."

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Jacques Poitras has been CBC Radio's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. He has written numerous award-winning feature documentaries and has appeared on Radio-Canada, National Public Radio, and the BBC. His first book was the critically acclaimed The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma. He lives near Fredericton.

 
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Medizin ohne Schnickschnack

GRÄFE UND UNZER Verlag GmbH


Praktisch und dabei sehr unterhaltsam: Rat und Geschichten aus der Hausarztpraxis des TV-Mediziners

Über Langeweile in seiner Praxis kann sich Dr. Mohsen Radjai nicht beklagen. Patienten aller Altersgruppen zwischen 16 und an die 100 Jahren sowie aller sozialen Schichten, Deutsche und Ausländer, Kassen- und Privatversicherte suchen ihn regelmäßig auf. Sie kommen mit konkreten Beschwerden, medizinischen Fragen, aus speziellen Beratungsanlässen oder zur Vorsorge – als Hausarzt ist Dr. Radjai die erste Anlaufstelle in allen gesundheitlichen Angelegenheiten.

Was Dr. Radjai empfiehlt, hilft wirklich und jeder kann es sich leisten. Es sind eben gerade nicht teure Nahrungsergänzungsmittel, privat zu bezahlende OPs oder IGeL-Leistungen. Seine Medizin ist Medizin für jede und jeden. Wozu er rät, kann er mit einschlägigen Studien belegen, aber besser noch mit den Erfahrungen aus seiner Praxis. Mit der Zeit lernt er seine Patienten und ihren persönlichen Hintergrund immer besser kennen, was sich bei der Diagnose oft als hilfreich erweist.

Gesund bleiben ist immer besser als gesund werden. Deshalb gibt Dr. Radjai nicht nur wertvolle Informationen zu den wichtigsten Erkrankungen, sondern auch wirksame Tipps, wie jeder vorbeugend aktiv werden kann. Diese großartige Leistung ist eigentlich die Leistung aller guten Hausärzte, für deren »Artenschutz« dieses Buch ein gelebtes Plädoyer sein will.

Das bietet dieses Buch:

Aufklärung über die häufigsten Erkrankungen rund um Herz und Kreislauf, Diabetes mellitus, Magen und Darm, Rücken und Gelenke sowie Kopfschmerzen.

Praktische Ratschläge, was jeder selbst für seine Gesundheit und sein Wohlergehen tun kann. Das ist weit mehr, als die meisten denken!

Wertvolle Informationen für einen gesunden Lebensstil sowie zu Vorsorge, Früherkennung und Impfungen.

Mit vielen Fallbeispielen aus der Praxis, die unterhaltsam und lebensnah zeigen, wie Medizin auch ohne Schnickschnack heilt.

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Dr. Mohsen Radjai ist Facharzt für Innere Medizin und Allgemeinmedizin in einer Praxisgemeinschaft in Köln-Nippes. Der Vorname Mohsen kommt aus dem Farsi und bedeutet „Jemand, der Gutes tut“. Sein Faible sind die Sportmedizin, Chirotherapie und die reisemedizinische Gesundheitsberatung. Seit 2010 hält der Autor immer mal wieder Sprechstunde im ARD-Morgenmagazin. Er war zudem als Doktor Mo in der Kinderwissenssendung „Wissen macht Ah!“ zu sehen.

 
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Bastei Lübbe


Meike ist sechzehn: Kein Bock auf Schule, Selbsthass, Essstörungen, Migräneanfälle. Sie tickt aus, zerschlägt Spiegel und ritzt sich die Haut, bis das Blut fließt. Regelmäßig. Eine dunkle Zeit.

Ganz normale Pubertät? Mutter und Tochter berichten von einer Zeit schmerzhafter Hilflosigkeit, schwerer Krisen, existenzieller Angst und wie sie wieder herausgefunden haben.

 
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Bastei Lübbe


Die junge Caroline ist ein normales, gesundes Mädchen und führt ein glückliches Leben. Bis sie mit 14 Jahren zum ersten Mal ihre Periode bekommt. Von da an verschlechtert sich ihre Stimmung immer mehr. Sie fängt an, allem und jedem in ihrer Umgebung zu misstrauen, bekommt Panikattacken und Wahnvorstellungen und unternimmt mehrere Selbstmordversuche. Innerhalb weniger Jahre wird aus dem verspielten, glücklichen Kind eine gebrochene junge Frau. Ihre Familie und Freunde halten sie für verrückt und weder Ärzte noch Psychologen können ihr eine Diagnose geben. Doch Caroline spürt, dass die Depressionen mit ihrem Zyklus und Hormonhaushalt zusammenhängen und versucht, sich selbst aus ihrer Lage zu befreien. Ein schockierender und eindringlicher Erfahrungsbericht einer Frau und ihrem Kampf gegen die Hormone und das prämenstruelle Syndrom.

 
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Dr. Werner Mang, Deutschlands bekanntester Schönheits-Chirurg beobachtet seit mehr als 3 Jahrzehnten, wie sich das Geschäft mit der Schönheit verändert. 

Teufelslippen, J-Lo-Po-Implantate, immer neue bizarre Beauty-Trends kommen auf den Markt. 12-Jährige, die aussehen wollen, wie Influencer-Stars, Selfie-Süchtige, die ihre Nasen und Kinns verkleinern lassen, weil sie auf Fotos größer aussehen als in der Natur, Rück-Operationen nach verpfuschten Eingriffen - diese Entwicklung beobachtet Dr. Werner Mang sehr kritisch. 

In seinem neuen Buch geht es nicht nur um abseitige Wünsche und schlimmen Pfusch, um den Blick hinter verschlossene OP-Türen, sondern auch um die neuen Entwicklungen von Schönheitsidealen und Schönheitswahn, um Sucht nach immer mehr, die durch die digitalen Medien angestachelt und verschärft werden. Ein aufklärendes und zugleich aufwühlendes Buch, das man gelesen haben sollte, wenn man sich selbst mit dem Gedanken an eine plastische Veränderung trägt, oder die eigenen Kinder damit kommen.

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Prof. Werner Mang ist HNO-Arzt, der sich bereits in den 1980er Jahren der ästhetischen Chirurgie zugewandt hat. Er ist dadurch als einer der ersten in Deutschland sich einen Namen gemacht als "Deutschlands Schönheitschirurg Nr. 1" und ist seit Jahren gern gesehener Gast in Talkshows und häufig in den großen Leitmedien. Er leitet die Bodensee-Klinik in Lindau.

 
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