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The Year Of Facing Fire - A Memoir (Paperback): Helena Kriel The Year Of Facing Fire - A Memoir (Paperback)
Helena Kriel
R250 R185 Discovery Miles 1 850 Save R65 (26%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

South African born-and-raised Hollywood screenwriter Helena Kriel is researching the ancient text of the Kama Sutra for a movie she’s writing. At the same time, she is travelling to India to meet with sages and find answers to the universal challenges of sex and love. While searching for love in her doomed relationships, little does she know she will find her answers in caring for her dying brother, Evan, in South Africa.

Set in the mid-1990s, South Africa is just emerging from the darkness of apartheid and bursting with vibrant chaos. The story zooms in on an intense year in the narrator’s life. It centres around the lively and eccentric South African Kriel family: Maya, the combative but inspired mother; Lexi, the sister recently returned from living in a temple in India; Ross, the younger brother diving with sharks; and Helena, the narrator, herself on a journey to understand love and death. At the heart of the story is Evan, her terminally ill 30-year-old gay brother, who has been keeping his illness a shameful secret. Conscious, sensitive, terrified and trying to hang onto sanity as his world changes, Evan becomes paralysed then finally goes blind as death draws ever closer. But it is Evan who leads the family through the fire.

In living through her brother’s fight to stay alive, the narrator finds herself at the heart of a savage story, one she would not have chosen. How could she know when she set out to India to find ancient solutions to the modern problems of our age that her brother’s approaching death would be her greatest teacher? How could she imagine that dying brings everything to life?

The Year Of Facing Fire is an astoundingly written memoir by one of South Africa’s finest writers. It traverses universal themes including love, death and sex, and finds value in the ordinary and great beauty in the uncertain.

Life Interrupted - A Bipolar Memoir (Paperback): Samantha Smirin Life Interrupted - A Bipolar Memoir (Paperback)
Samantha Smirin
R240 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R49 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Samantha is stamped with a 'bipolar' label that becomes the trajectory for her tortured existence. For the next three decades she will wind through a maze of anguished suffering, accompanied by memory-effacing medical interventions in the form of electroconvulsive therapies, heaps of pills and repellent hallucinations. As her helpless family and loved ones watch, often in terror, Samantha yo-yos between acceptance and denial of her diagnosis. Time and again believing she is well, she plummets into the devastating chasm of her illness.

Life Interrupted is a deeply compelling memoir that brilliantly humanises the sufferer beyond the label. It is groundbreaking in the way the author shares the horrors of psychosis and unbounded mania, the fears of depression and the emergence of recovery.

This book will not only appeal to the over four million people diagnosed with bipolar in South Africa, but to the millions of people who are affected by loved ones with bipolar, as well as to everyone who reads it.

Kanker Schmanker! (Afrikaans, Paperback): Kanker Rust Kanker Schmanker! (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Kanker Rust
R265 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R37 (14%) Shipped within 5 - 13 working days

Die oorlewingstog van 'n dapper vrou.

“ ʼn Kale vlakte waar my regterbors eens was. Ek maak my oë toe en laat my brein toe om te proe aan hierdie monumentale ding. Kanker schmanker, besluit ek. Ek is nog net soveel vrou soos voor die operasie. My vroulikheid het toe al die tyd nie in my bors gesit nie. Dit sit in my kop, in my hart, in daardie onmeetbare, onaantasbare iets wat die gees genoem word.”

In hierdie aangrypende boek deel die bekende spanningsverhaalskrywer Madelein Rust die intiemste besonderhede van haar reis met borskanker. Dit is ʼn brutaal eerlike vertelling wat haar belewenis van die siekte met patos en humor uitbeeld. Lesers verkry ʼn eiesoortige blik op die fisieke ervarings van borskankerstryders sowel as die ewig veranderende binnewêreld van dié wat teen die siekte veg.

Kanker schmanker! rus borskankerstryders toe met inligting wat nie altyd geredelik beskikbaar is nie en help hul geliefdes om die reis met kanker beter te verstaan. Dit is ʼn boek van hoop en triomf wat die leser hardop laat huil en laat lag. Dis 'n verhaal vir elkeen van ons wat ʼn stryd van enige aard stry.

Shéri: Just the way I am (Paperback): Sheri Brynard, Colleen Naude Shéri: Just the way I am (Paperback)
Sheri Brynard, Colleen Naude
R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

Shéri Brynard has reached many remarkable milestones, although she was born with Down Syndrome. She talks about how love and acceptance from her family and friends formed her. She tells of her adventures, her pain and the harsh realities she has to face as an adult with Down Syndrome. Her mother tells the tale of living in Shéri’s shadow, speaking without holding back about her crisis of faith when she heard that her daughter had Down Syndrome. A touching tale.

Glory Game - The Joost van der Westhuizen Story (Paperback): Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Odette Schwegler Glory Game - The Joost van der Westhuizen Story (Paperback)
Joost Van Der Westhuizen, Odette Schwegler 5
R180 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R32 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In 2011 the world was shocked when the news broke that Joost van der Westhuizen, known for years as the golden boy of South African rugby and a former Springbok captain, had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND).

This rare condition attacks the central nervous system, causing progressive disability. There is no known cure. All who have seen Joost in action will know that he is not one to give up without a fight. His game-changing prowess as a brilliant scrum half is now focused on a battle for survival and, more importantly, on making a difference to the lives of others with the disease. In a race against time, Joost has a dream to fulfil. He says: “In the beginning you go through all the emotions and you ask, ‘Why me?’ It’s quite simple. ‘Why not me?’ If I have to go through this to help future generations, why not me?” His acceptance of his symptoms is equally pragmatic: “One day you can’t move your arm, another day you don’t have speech. Every day you are reborn and you take the day as it comes.”

Glory Game – The Joost van der Westhuizen Story is a compelling narrative of redemption set against the backdrop of an illustrious career in rugby. It is the story of a modern-day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. Joost shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body the spirit can remain invincible.

Cancer: A Love Story - Memoir Of A Four-Time Cancer Survivor (Paperback): Lauren Segal Cancer: A Love Story - Memoir Of A Four-Time Cancer Survivor (Paperback)
Lauren Segal 1
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

When Lauren Segal receives a call from her husband one wintry morning in 2014, the furthest thing from her mind is her biopsy results. For two years she’s been living a cancer-free existence after a double mastectomy that has put her in the clear. The call shatters the foundation of her world – the lump she thought was scar tissue is malignant. Her cancer is back.

Cancer: A Love Story is the intimately searing memoir of a four-time cancer survivor. The book magnificently tracks Lauren’s journey to come to terms with the untold challenges of facing the dreaded disease. Forced to face her needle phobia, the author leads the reader into her crumbling world as she confronts the terrors of treatment – from debilitating chemo to nuking radiation. Death is her uninvited companion.

But in the midst of her lonely horror, in a quest for deeper meaning, Lauren discovers the unexpected gift of awareness of unanticipated opportunities that cancer presents – to confront her unmasked humanity – her fears, strengths and weaknesses.

“Throughout my arduous journey into the world of cancer, I have discovered that proximity to death brings with it a new proximity to life. I have learned that luck and unluck, happiness and distress, hope and despair are tightly coiled into a life well lived.” Lauren’s story removes the enormous stigma that still surrounds breast cancer; it tackles the deep fear surrounding diagnoses and treatment and it encourages us to take control of our health. It ultimately triumphs by showing the reader how a person in any unwanted life situation can come out on the other side. The book also provides vital insights for professionals involved in the care of cancer patients and a hugely informative section on chemo tips for those undergoing treatment.

HIV and AIDS: Education, Care and Counselling - A Multicultural Approach (Paperback, 6th ed): A. Van Dyk, E.  Tlou, P. Van Dyk HIV and AIDS: Education, Care and Counselling - A Multicultural Approach (Paperback, 6th ed)
A. Van Dyk, E. Tlou, P. Van Dyk 3
R529 R449 Discovery Miles 4 490 Save R80 (15%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

Since the first edition of HIV and AIDS Education, Care and Counselling was published almost 20 years ago, it has become the standard handbook in Africa for thousands of HIV and AIDS practitioners. However, ongoing HIV and AIDS research requires regular revisions to the handbook for it to remain current with developments in prevention and treatment. Consequently, this new edition has been updated with input from two new specialist co-authors. This has strengthened the multicultural and multidisciplinary approach of this edition to Africa's unique challenges. Key features: A new design that improves readability and accessibility; In situ definitions and explanations of key terms and concepts; An updated glossary of important HIV and AIDS terminology; and Terminology, Frequently Asked Questions and Enrichment boxes that provide insight into specific aspects of HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment. Key updates: This edition includes a wealth of new information for healthcare practitioners on nursing care principles covering co-infections and complications of HIV infection and ART; infection control; and management of TB, drug-resistant TB, STIs and comorbidities. Specifically, the sixth edition includes: The latest ARV protocols in South Africa; The WHO's best practice suggestions; ART treatment as prevention; HIV, TB and STI prevention and management for schoolchildren, aligned with the Department of Basic Education's Life Skills and Life Orientation criteria; Development of children and adolescents from traditional, communal or collectivistic backgrounds; and The Dual Process Model (DPM), focusing on the latest research in bereavement counselling.

There's a Vegan in the House - Fresh, Flexible Food to Keep Everyone Happy (Hardcover): Dk There's a Vegan in the House - Fresh, Flexible Food to Keep Everyone Happy (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R461 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R190 (41%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Embrace veganism and keep the whole household happy and well-fed - without making a different meal for everyone. Not a fan of tofu? Fear not - this vegan cookbook is packed with over 100 healthy, delicious recipes that will appeal to adults and children alike, using grains, pulses, and other meat- and dairy-free alternatives as the base ingredient. You'll find options for every meal of the day, whether you're looking for quick lunch box ideas for vegan kids or preparing a big dinner for the whole family. "The good stuff" box on each recipe gives an expert breakdown of nutritional value, so everyone is getting the nourishment they need. An additional "flex it" section on many recipes gives busy cooks an option to easily add meat or dairy to their meal, perfect for pleasing non-vegan members of the household or families wanting to go "flexitarian". This is everyday food for everyone, with nutritionally balanced vegan meals and flexible options - There's a Vegan in the House is the essential cookbook for any household venturing into veganism.

Society, Health And Disease In South Africa (Paperback): Leah Gilbert, Liz Walker, Silvie Cooper, Kezia Lewins, Rajohane... Society, Health And Disease In South Africa (Paperback)
Leah Gilbert, Liz Walker, Silvie Cooper, Kezia Lewins, Rajohane Matshedisho, …
R520 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R120 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

The onset of the quadruple burden of disease in South Africa, the challenges faced by the medical establishment to curtail the rapid growth of multiple epidemics, the inadequate response by the state to various inequities in the health system, and the public debates associated with it, have all combined to draw attention to the sociological aspects of health and disease. Sociology as a resource of knowledge and a unique analytical and conceptual perspective can be used to understand, explain and positively influence the course of health and disease in South African society and our responses to it.

As a health practitioner or scholar you must be equipped with the skills to critically evaluate research and debates in your profession, be able to adapt to changes and contribute to the development of knowledge and best practice. This reader will familiarise you with relevant content and assist you to develop the analytical capacity and conceptual skills you will need.

Society, Health and Disease in South Africa is authored by experienced educators and researchers in the fields of sociology, social work, anthropology, healthcare policy and practice.

For Freddie - A Mother's Final Gift to Her Son (Hardcover): Rachael Bland For Freddie - A Mother's Final Gift to Her Son (Hardcover)
Rachael Bland 1
R411 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R77 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The inspirational memoir from the founder of the You, Me and the Big C podcast, Rachael Bland. Courageous and life-affirming, this is a mother's final gift to her son. My beautiful son, I so wish that I didn't have to leave you now. But believe me, I tried EVERYTHING I could to stay around for you, and for every moment I could eke out of this life. From the outset, it was not a fair fight. My cancer was too big, and too aggressive, and we didn't start on a level playing field. You were fourteen months old and at the beginning I was so full of fierce intention that we could get past this. I would lay you in your cot each night and silently communicate from my mind to yours, `I will do this Freddie, I will gladly take whatever they throw at me if it means we can stay together'. In 2016, beloved broadcaster and journalist Rachael Bland was diagnosed with cancer. Shortly afterwards she made the brave decision to share her story, and she spoke with beautiful poignancy through her blog and podcast, You, Me and the Big C. Having been told that she only had a matter of months left to live and writing this in what were sadly her final days, Rachael brings her warmth, courage and humour to the page in this heart-warming and heart-breaking story. Part memoir, part advice, For Freddie beautifully encapsulates the grace and fearlessness in which Rachael lived her life. This is her legacy and an incredible final gift to her son. Includes moving contributions from Richard Bacon, Tony Livesey, Emma Barnett, Shelagh Fogarty, Mark Pougatch, Chris Stark and many more.

Into the Forest - How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness (Paperback): Dr Qing Li Into the Forest - How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness (Paperback)
Dr Qing Li 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Humans are increasingly becoming an indoor species. We spend 90 per cent of our life indoors. And, on average, we dedicate eight hours a day looking at screens. Our increasingly domestic lives are having huge consequences to our health. In Into the Forest, Immunologist and Forest Medicine expert, Dr Qing Li, examines the unprecedented benefits of the world's largest natural health resource: the great outdoors. Applying cutting-edge research and emerging science, Dr Li explores the inherent connection between nature and improved wellbeing. This practical guide will help you overcome some of life's most problematic health issues, including how to: * reduce blood pressure; * lower stress; * improve energy levels; * and boost the immune system. From mindful strolls in your local park to listening to the wind, from watching the sunset to walking barefoot in the grass, Dr Li reveals the life-improving advantages of spending time around trees, for a healthier and happier you.

Janeway's Immunobiology (Paperback, 9th New edition): Kenneth Murphy, Casey Weaver Janeway's Immunobiology (Paperback, 9th New edition)
Kenneth Murphy, Casey Weaver
R1,560 Discovery Miles 15 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Janeway's Immunobiology is a textbook for students studying immunology at the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school levels. As an introductory text, students will appreciate the book's clear writing and informative illustrations, while advanced students and working immunologists will value its comprehensive scope and depth. Janeway's Immunobiology presents immunology from a consistent point of view throughout-that of the host's interaction with an environment full of microbes and pathogens. The Ninth Edition has been thoroughly revised bringing the content up-to-date with significant developments in the field, especially on the topic of innate immunity, and improving the presentation of topics across chapters for better continuity.

Pretty Sick - The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer (Paperback): Caitlin Kiernan Pretty Sick - The Beauty Guide for Women with Cancer (Paperback)
Caitlin Kiernan 1
R361 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R58 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The ultimate resource to looking your best during and after cancer treatment, from a veteran beauty industry insider. Like many women who receive the shattering diagnosis of cancer, Caitlin Kiernan was concerned about her health and her future, but also about how the treatment would affect how she felt and looked - would she lose her hair? Would she lose her nails? How would she look after a double mastectomy? But unlike other women who battle cancer, Kiernan has spent her entire career as a beauty editor, beauty director (most recently for Life & Style Weekly), and now beauty producer. As someone who works in the public eye and in the fashion industry, Kiernan had to quickly learn how to look her best even when she was feeling her worst. So she called on her list of extensive contacts and beauty insiders - from hair professionals to top medical doctors (at institutions like Memorial Sloan Kettering and Mt Sinai Hospital) to style mavens and even celebrities (including Wendy Williams and Hoda Kotb) - to gather the best and most useful beauty tips for cancer treatment. The result is Pretty Sick: the ultimate guide to beauty during (and after) cancer treatment, covering skin care, hair care (and wig shopping), nail care, makeup, an explanation of breast cancer surgical options, style advice for life post mastectomy, and much, much more. Illustrated with charming line drawings and peppered with advice from celebrities and cancer survivors, Pretty Sick will be a welcome and trusted resource during treatment, helping women to look their best even when they don't feel their best.

Lucky Lupin (Paperback): Charlie Mortimer Lucky Lupin (Paperback)
Charlie Mortimer 1
R212 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R34 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Lucky Lupin is a poignant yet light-hearted story of survival against the odds, based on Charlie Mortimer's life with HIV/Aids during the early years (1984-1996), when there was neither treatment nor cure. Using a combination of good luck, gallows humour, Fray Bentos pies and copious quantities of Solpadeine, Charlie survived not only the illness but the hysteria that accompanied the so-called 'gay plague'. Anyone infected became a social pariah; had the local launderette got word of his illness they wouldn't have washed his sheets but burnt them. Whilst taking full responsibility for the consequences of his behaviour - 'The fact is you don't get AIDS from watching telly' - Charlie initially took to the sofa and prepared for death, but, in time, he found the inner strength required to confront his fatal diagnosis, becoming, among other things, an antiques dealer and contemporary art collector. With blistering and often hilarious candour Charlie also recounts his childhood where he developed a passion for cars, cultivated by his adventurous mother 'Nidnod', his dizzying array of careers and somewhat curious domestic arrangements including the 'adoption' of a bank robber for twelve years. He also confronts head on his experiences of coming to terms with confused sexuality, addiction, epilepsy and clinical depression before finding lasting contentment. Praise for Dear Lupin: 'As well as being the funniest book I've read in ages, it's also extremely touching. A delight then, on every front.' The Spectator 'Very, very funny.' Sunday Times 'Wry, trenchant, often extremely funny, but also charmingly forbearing and forgiving.' Country Life

The Human Body Book (Hardcover): Richard Walker, Steve Parker The Human Body Book (Hardcover)
Richard Walker, Steve Parker 1
R430 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R98 (23%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

An all-in-one illustrated guide to human anatomy with encyclopedic coverage from bones and muscles to systems and processes. This in-depth manual to the human body's physical structure, chemical workings, and potential problems is a must-have reference to help further your studies or knowledge of how our bodies work.

Each page of The Human Body Book, updated to reflect the latest medical advances, is illustrated with colourful and comprehensive diagrams, which are thoroughly annotated to take you right into the cells and fibres that are responsible for keeping the human body ticking.

The opening chapter, Integrated Body, explains how the parts of the body work together at various levels of size and hierarchy to produce the living whole. It also contains an overview of the major body systems, enlivened by real-life 3D medical scans of the entire body. The chapters that follow provide coverage of the body function by function, system by system. Eleven main body systems are covered in turn, with each section ending on common injuries, diseases, and disorders afflicting that system. The book concludes with a chapter on Growth and Development which looks in detail at how the body changes over the course of a human lifespan.

The How Not To Die Cookbook - Over 100 Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease (Paperback): Michael Greger The How Not To Die Cookbook - Over 100 Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease (Paperback)
Michael Greger; As told to Gene Stone, Robin Robertson 1
R330 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R80 (24%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

From the author of the global bestseller How Not To Die comes The How Not To Die Cookbook – a lavish, beautifully illustrated collection of delicious recipes based on the groundbreaking nutritional science of the original book.

Dr Michael Greger, founder of the wildly popular website NutritionFacts, takes his comprehensive, lifesaving science into the kitchen. Why suffer from disease and ill health when the right food is proven to keep you healthy, and without the side effects of drugs? We can avoid heart disease, cancer and our other biggest killers if we use food as medicine, and the How Not To Die Cookbook offers a sustainable and delicious guide to preparing and eating the foods that will prevent and reverse fatal diseases.

Featuring over 100 easy-to-follow, beautifully photographed plant-based recipes, with plenty of recipes suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the How Not To Die Cookbook merges cutting-edge science with everyday ingredients from the supermarket to help you and your family eat your way to better health and a longer life.

The Compatibility Gene (Paperback): Daniel M. Davis The Compatibility Gene (Paperback)
Daniel M. Davis 1
R230 R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Save R73 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Short-listed for the Society of Biology Book Award 2014 Long-listed for the Royal Society Winton prize for science books 2014 In The Compatibility Gene, leading scientist Daniel M Davis tells the story of the crucial genes that define our relationships, our health and our individuality. We each possess a similar set of around 25,000 human genes. Yet a tiny, distinctive cluster of these genes plays a disproportionately large part in how our bodies work. These few genes, argues Davis, hold the key to who we are as individuals and our relationship to the world: how we combat disease, how our brains are wired, how attractive we are, even how likely we are to reproduce. The Compatibility Gene follows the remarkable history of these genes' discovery. From the British scientific pioneers who struggled to understand the mysteries of transplants to the Swiss zoologist who devised a new method of assessing potential couples' compatibility based on the smell of worn T-shirts, Davis traces a true scientific revolution in our understanding of the human body: a global adventure spanning some sixty years. 'Unusual results, astonishing implications and ethical dilemmas' The Times 'Packed with an insider's knowledge' New York Times 'He makes immunology as fascinating to popular science readers as cosmology, consciousness, and evolution' Steven Pinker 'An elegantly written, unexpectedly gripping account' Bill Bryson Guardian, Books of the Year Daniel M Davis is director of research at the University of Manchester's Collaborative Centre for Inflammation Research and a visiting professor at Imperial College, London. He has published over 100 academic articles, including papers in Nature and Science, and Scientific American. He has won the Oxford University Press Science Writing Prize and given numerous interviews for national and international media. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011.

Albinism - Biomedical Information, Sociology And Human Rights Approaches To Disability (Paperback): Narcisse Kimbassa Albinism - Biomedical Information, Sociology And Human Rights Approaches To Disability (Paperback)
Narcisse Kimbassa
R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 In stock

This book describes the biomedical information of albinism to determine the disability of the genetic disorder in albinism (Chapter 1).

Secondly, it describes the international and regional frameworks of disability (Chapter 2). Thirdly, it analyses the human rights perspective of disability as related to albinism (Chapter 3). Human rights apply to all human beings regardless of disability, and focus will be on the relevant Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Fourthly, the book demonstrates the understanding of albinism through beliefs, cultures and superstitions (Chapter 4).

The book suggests a way forward, intending to provide some suggestions and recommendations to improve the life of person with disabilities in general and albinism in particular (Chapter 5).

Finally, the role of non-governmental organisations is analysed - which is to raise awareness, boost the self-esteem of their members, advocate for their needs and possibly lobby for an inclusive society (Chapter 6).

Elegant Defense, An - The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives (Hardcover): Matt Richtel Elegant Defense, An - The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives (Hardcover)
Matt Richtel
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Magnificently reported and soulfully crafted, An Elegant Defense is an epic, first-of-its-kind exploration of the human immune system and the secrets of health, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist "Vividly told. ... Explicates for the lay reader the intricate biology of our immune system." -JEROME GROOPMAN, New York Review of Books "One of those rare nonfiction books that transcends the genre. ... Extraordinary." -DOUGLAS PRESTON A National Indie Bestseller A terminal cancer patient rises from the grave. A medical marvel defies HIV. Two women with autoimmunity discover their own bodies have turned against them. Matt Richtel's An Elegant Defense uniquely entwines these intimate stories with science's centuries-long quest to unlock the mysteries of sickness and health, and illuminates the immune system as never before. The immune system is our body's essential defense network, a guardian vigilantly fighting illness, healing wounds, maintaining order and balance, and keeping us alive. Its legion of microscopic foot soldiers-from T cells to "natural killers"-patrols our body, linked by a nearly instantaneous communications grid. It has been honed by evolution over millennia to face an almost infinite array of threats. For all its astonishing complexity, however, the immune system can be easily compromised by fatigue, stress, toxins, advanced age, and poor nutrition-hallmarks of modern life-and even by excessive hygiene. Paradoxically, it is a fragile wonder weapon that can turn on our own bodies with startling results, leading today to epidemic levels of autoimmune disorders. Richtel effortlessly guides readers on a scientific detective tale winding from the Black Plague to twentieth-century breakthroughs in vaccination and antibiotics, to the cutting-edge laboratories that are revolutionizing immunology-perhaps the most extraordinary and consequential medical story of our time. The foundation that Richtel builds makes accessible revelations about cancer immunotherapy, the microbiome, and autoimmune treatments that are changing millions of lives. An Elegant Defense also captures in vivid detail how these powerful therapies, along with our behavior and environment, interact with the immune system, often for the good but always on a razor's edge that can throw this remarkable system out of balance. Drawing on his groundbreaking reporting for the New York Times and based on extensive new interviews with dozens of world-renowned scientists, Matt Richtel has produced a landmark book, equally an investigation into the deepest riddles of survival and a profoundly human tale that is movingly brought to life through the eyes of his four main characters, each of whom illuminates an essential facet of our "elegant defense."

Shéri - Nes ek is (Afrikaans, Paperback): Sheri Brynard, Colleen Naude Shéri - Nes ek is (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Sheri Brynard, Colleen Naude
R230 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R32 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

In haar bykans 35 jaar het Shéri Brynard merkwaardige mylpale bereik ten spyte van die feit dat sy as baba met Trisomie-21-Downsindroom gediagnoseer is. Sy vertel hoe die liefde en aanvaarding van diegene naaste aan haar, veral haar ma, Susette, haar gevorm het.

Sy deel met die leser die opwindende avonture op haar pad, die seerkry, vrees, en verliese (die grootste hiervan die dood van haar pa, Jerry), asook die werklikhede waarmee sy as ’n volwassene met Downsindroom gekonfronteer word. Dan gesels haar ma oor ’n lewe in die skaduwee van ’n kind met Downsindroom. Sy deel openhartig haar geloofstryd toe sy gehoor het haar kind het Downsindroom en haar en haar dogter se reis die onbekende in. Shéri – Nes ek is is ’n boek wat grense verskuif, want soos Shéri tereg vra: “Wat is nou eintlik normaal?”

Dié boek herinner die leser juis dat ons as kinders van God elkeen ons volle potensiaal kan bereik, ongeag die uitdagings waarvoor ons te staan kom.

Adult Hiv/AIDS Treatment Pocket Guide 2016 (Paperback, Adult Hiv/AIDS Treatment Pocke ed.): John G. Bartlett, Joel E. Gallant,... Adult Hiv/AIDS Treatment Pocket Guide 2016 (Paperback, Adult Hiv/AIDS Treatment Pocke ed.)
John G. Bartlett, Joel E. Gallant, Paul Pham
R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Histological Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2014): Guido Massi, Philip E LeBoit Histological Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2014)
Guido Massi, Philip E LeBoit
R6,304 R5,023 Discovery Miles 50 230 Save R1,281 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The interpretation of melanocytic tumors represents probably the most difficult task in the field of dermatopathology. The second edition of this text and atlas depicts a broad range of the most important and most challenging melanocytic lesions. Each individual case is illustrated with at least three high-quality color photographs and is commented on at length, highlighting the diagnostic clues. The goal of the authors is to assist the ordinary pathologist in making a precise workable diagnosis in their daily practice. They achieve this by providing simple criteria that will serve as a sound basis for an unequivocal diagnosis of either a benign or a malignant melanocytic neoplasm. The reader will find Histological Diagnosis of Nevi and Melanoma to be an invaluable guide to correct diagnosis even in difficult or rare cases.

The Twinkling of an Eye - A mother's Journey (Paperback): Sue Brown The Twinkling of an Eye - A mother's Journey (Paperback)
Sue Brown
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What's a mother to do when her high-achieving boy - adored by his close-knit family and private school community - turns bully overnight? How is she to know that his sudden headaches and vomiting are far more serious than all the doctors insist? The Twinkling of An Eye ?is the true, life-affirming memoir of a mother's harrowing but heroic fight against her son's rare brain tumour. Brown tells her story with courage, humour and heart. Hers is a revealing, frank and deeply affecting story of the light that shines even in the darkest of places.

Breasts - An Owner's Manual: Every Woman's Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices and Optimising... Breasts - An Owner's Manual: Every Woman's Guide to Reducing Cancer Risk, Making Treatment Choices and Optimising Outcomes (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Kristi Funk 1
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A revolutionary and definitive new approach to preventing breast cancer, from Board-certified world authority on breast health Dr. Kristi Funk, co-founder of the renowned Pink Lotus Breast Centre, and surgeon to Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow. Breasts: An Owner's Manual is a straight-talking, myth and misconception-busting, strategy-filled guide to breast health. Sharing the latest on lifestyle choices that impact your risk factor including food, supplements, hormones and exercise, Dr. Funk demonstrates that you are so much more in control of whether or not you get breast cancer than you could ever dare to think. In fact, unless you carry a genetic mutation associated with breast cancer, the choices you make in your-day-to-day life trumps genetics and family history when it comes to breast cancer risk, every time. Including a unique long-term risk reduction plan for every woman based on her needs, as well as the latest on diagnosis and treatment for women living with and surviving breast cancer, and with a heartfelt Foreword from longtime patient Sheryl Crow, this is a book with a life-saving message for the 1 in 8 women, at the time of writing, who are set to be diagnosed in their lifetime.

The Pandemic Century - One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris (Hardcover): Mark Honigsbaum The Pandemic Century - One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris (Hardcover)
Mark Honigsbaum
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Ever since the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic, scientists have dreamed of preventing catastrophic outbreaks of infectious disease. Yet despite a century of medical progress, viral and bacterial disasters continue to take us by surprise, inciting panic and dominating news cycles. From the Spanish flu to the 1924 outbreak of pneumonic plague in Los Angeles to the 1930 "parrot fever" pandemic, through the more recent SARS, Ebola, and Zika epidemics, the last one hundred years have been marked by a succession of unanticipated pandemic alarms. In The Pandemic Century, a lively account of scares both infamous and less known, Mark Honigsbaum combines reportage with the history of science and medical sociology to artfully reconstruct epidemiological mysteries and the ecology of infectious diseases. We meet dedicated disease detectives, obstructive or incompetent public health officials, and brilliant scientists often blinded by their own knowledge of bacteria and viruses. We also see how fear of disease often exacerbates racial, religious, and ethnic tensions-even though, as the epidemiologists Malik Peiris and Yi Guan write, "`nature' remains the greatest bioterrorist threat of all." Like man-eating sharks, predatory pathogens are always present in nature, waiting to strike; when one is seemingly vanquished, others appear in its place. These pandemics remind us of the limits of scientific knowledge, as well as the role that human behavior and technologies play in the emergence and spread of microbial diseases.

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