Saturday, November 04, 2006

Definitely one

for the best-books-of-2007-according-to-me-and-also-you-might-like-to-buy-a-copy-as-a-holiday-present-for-someone list (forthcoming in mid-December) is the altogether excellent The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery by D. T. Max. Here's my review at Newsday; I highly recommend this one, it's a remarkably enjoyable and informative read.


  1. aaah! i know what i'm getting myself as an end-of-nanowrimo-present! this sounds great, thanks for the review.

    marrije at

  2. Oh, yes, do get it, it was great.

    Good luck with your novel-writing!

  3. I enjoyed your review.

    If you like medical writing, I recommend berton roueche, who wrote essays for the New Yorker in the 1940s and 1950s. His book "medical detectives," about the CDC EIS service, is some of the best medical writing out there, in my opinion. A bit about him from a NEJM article:

  4. Excellent, excellent review, Jenny congratulatiojns on another fine publication!


    sara gran

  5. I am totally going to get that medical detectives book, sounds amazing. My two fantasy alternate careers are neurologist & epidemiologist...