Suggested One Read: The Ghost Map

Book cover for The Ghost Map by Steven JohnsonIt feels strange to write “thrilling” and “cholera” in the same sentence, but “The Ghost Map” by science writer Steven Johnson is a thrilling historical account of a horrible cholera outbreak in Victorian London. The reader who nominated this title for One Read calls it a “fascinating” story about the early detection of communicable disease. At the center of this tale is Dr. John Snow who revolutionized the way we think about disease, cities, science and the modern world.

This work of nonfiction moves quickly, with the central characters working to solve this public health puzzle. The blending of history, science and medicine make this an engaging read.

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Suggested One Read: Your Medical Mind

Book cover for Your Medical Mind by Drs. Groopman and HartzbandMid-Missouri is home to a number of health care facilities and many researchers and professionals, so our next suggested One Read title should appeal to many readers in our community. The nominator of “Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You” by Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband writes, “The authors can teach us how to become better consumers of medical care, how to advocate for and support our loved ones who are facing medical catastrophes and how to effectively communicate with care providers about our own personal preferences. This book could save lives.”

Throughout the month of December we will continue to highlight some of this year’s One Read nominations at See other readers’ nominations for One Read 2012.