The bestselling science reporter from The New York Times tells us what works and what doesn't when we work out
Ultimate Fitness is Gina Kolata's compelling journey into the world of American physical fitness over the past thirty years. It is a funny, eye-opening, brow-sweating investigation into fads, fiction, and the science and hucksterism of fitness training.
From the early days of jogging, championed by Jim Fixx--who later died of a heart attack--to stretching, cycling, aerobics, and Spinning, Kolata questions such popular notions as the "fat burning zone," "spot reducing," the effects of food on performance, how much exercise helps build fitness, and the difference between exercise to help the heart and exercise to change the body. She explains the science of physical fitness and the objective evidence behind commonly accepted prescriptions. Along the way she profiles researchers and mavericks who have challenged conventional wisdom, marketed their inventions, and sometimes bucked criticism only to back down from their original claims.
Ultimate Fitness spotlights the machines and machinations of the fitness industry, exposes the charlatans and gurus, and cuts through the marketing and hype not only to assess what is healthy, but also to understand what our obsession with staying healthy says about American culture today.
A first-hand account of the Ebola epidemic by an American doctor who has been featured on the front page of the New York Times.
Dr. Steven Hatch first came to Liberia in November 2013, to work at a hospital in Monrovia. Six months later, several of the physicians Dr. Hatch had mentored and served with were dead or barely clinging to life, and Ebola had become a world health emergency. Hundreds of victims perished each week; whole families were destroyed in a matter of days; so many died so quickly that the culturally taboo practice of cremation had to be instituted to dispose of the bodies. With little help from the international community and a population ravaged by disease and fear, the war-torn African nation was simply unprepared to deal with the catastrophe.
A physician's memoir about the ravages of a terrible disease and the small hospital that fought to contain it, Inferno is also an explanation of the science and biology of Ebola: how it is transmitted and spreads with such ferocity. And as Dr. Hatch notes, while Ebola is temporarily under control, it will inevitably reemerge-as will other plagues, notably the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization has declared a public health emergency. Inferno is a glimpse into the white-hot center of a crisis that will come again.
Family Murder: Pathologies of Love and Hate draws on both real-life cases and research data to study the commonalities, differences, and society’s misconceptions about the various forms of murder within the family. Ten forensic psychiatrists, who among them have interviewed hundreds of perpetrators and thousands of individuals affected by family violence, shed new light on crimes such as intimate partner homicide, feticide, child murder by parents, and siblicide as they examine epidemiology and public health implications, the motivations for each subtype of family murder, psychiatric assessment issues, means of prevention of these crimes, and the aftermath.
With a case-based learning approach that is supplemented by expert analysis, Family Murder: Pathologies of Love and Hate brings together an amount of detailed research and psychiatric experience about every type of murder in the family that is unrivaled by any other single source. This is the comprehensive guide for mental health practitioners, child protection workers, criminologists, lawyers, and judges seeking to both prevent and manage these tragic incidents.