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Today’s new word is “carminative.”

It describes something, usually a drug, that stops farting. I fell across it in an odd place: an essay about Shackleton’s medical kit from his expedition to Antarctica in 1914, and which shows that brilliant writing can turn the most distant, indifferent subject into a pulpit for new thoughts on science, medicine, ‘life back then,’ and of course, endurance.


Kim Samuel

Isolation is an ancient challenge that’s been much worsened over the past 1,000 days of pandemic life. While we know that COVID can kill us, we must also recognize that lack of connection to the four dimensions of belonging — people, place, power, and purpose — can be just as harmful. Kim Samuel knows all about the power of belonging, and she makes the case that it’s not just a human need but a fundamental right.

Dr. Gabor Maté

Famed physician Dr. Gabor Maté probes the causes of illness and the pathways to healing. His new book, The Myth of Normal, dissects why even the best medical care can’t stop our torrent of chronic illnesses, drug use, mental illness and worse. Life itself, especially now, is exposing how Western medicine fails to treat the whole person, creating new levels of stress for our country, its institutions, and each of us.

The Last Doctor

She could be if you decide to end your life by opting for medical assistance in death.
Dr. Jean Marmoreo and Johanna Schneller have co-authored The Last Doctor on that fraught, life-ending subject where our worries for our parents’ final days are becoming the stark, startling fears about our own.

Keefe’s last book, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty, won the Baillie Gifford Prize for the best non-fiction book in the English language; and his book before that, Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, was hailed by the Sunday Times as “an unrelenting epic work.”


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