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Bio-Med Book Club Dinners

Interested in reading books about science, written in “layman’s terms” and discussing your reactions with colleagues?  Come together with scientists and non-scientists to enjoy great books, meet new friends, and enhance your skills at interpreting, discussing and writing about health and science in plain language

Join us the SECOND Monday every other month for dinner and discussion at 7:00 p.m. at the Lebanese Taverna in downtown Silver Spring (933 Ellsworth Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

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Bio-Med Book Club 2013 schedule

  • February 11 – Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by VS Ramachandran
  • April 8 – Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers (4th ed which has extra content) by Robert Sapolsky
  • June 10 – Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker
  • August 12 – Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K Randall
  • November 3 (**date change**) – God’s Hotel by Victoria Sweet
  • Bonus book for October/November – Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired by Till Roenneberg
  • December 9 – Experiment Eleven: Dark Secrets Behind the Discovery of a Wonder Drug

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A sampling of books from previous years:

2012 schedule

  • February – The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum
  • April – The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
  • June – Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington
  • August – Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay R. Jamison
  • October – The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today by Rob Dunn
  • December – The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee

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2011 schedule

  • January – “The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story” by Richard Preston
  • February – “Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex” by Mary Roach
  • March – “Every Patient Tells a Story” by Lisa Sanders
  • April – “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates” by Wes Moore
  • June – “The Family That Couldn’t Sleep” by DT Max
  • July – “Eternity Soup: Inside the Quest to End Aging” by Greg Critser
  • August – “The Mind’s Eye” by Oliver Sacks
  • September – “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr
  • December – “Cutting for Stone (Vintage)” by Abraham Verghese    

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2010 schedule

  • January – “A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future” by Daniel Pink
  • February – “What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures” by Malcolm Gladwell
  • March – “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv
  • April – “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey”, by Jill Bolte Taylor
  • May – “Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure”, by Paul Offit
  • June – “Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human”, by Richard Wrangham
  • July – “The Speed of Dark” by Elizabeth Moon
  • August – “Something for the Pain: Compassion and Burnout in the ER” by Paul Austin
  • September – “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives,” by Nicholas Christakis
  • October – “Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach (What else would we read for Halloween? J)
  • November – “Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future” by Chris Mooney
  • December – “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot

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2009 schedule

  • January (December reschedule) – “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder
  • January – “Genome: an Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters” by Matt Ridley (MOVED FROM JANUARY 10th)
  • February – “Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely or “Nudge: Improving decisions about health wealth and happiness” by Richard Thaler (pick one)
  • March – “Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America” by Ezekiel Emanuel OR “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis” by Tom Daschle (pick either one)
  • April – “Survival of the Sickest” by Sharon Moalem
  • May – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon
  • June – “How Doctors Think” by Jerome Groopman
  • July – Canceled due to book unavailability
  • August – “Next” by Michael Crichton
  • September –  “Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance” by Atul Gawande
  • October –  “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins
  • November – “The Spirit Catches you and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman
  • December – “And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic” by Randy Shilts (In honor of December being AIDS awareness month)

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