Nomads Five: A Family’s Journey Around the World
by Honey Sharp Lippman, Alexandra and Nadia Lippman, with contributions from David H. Lippman, M.D. ’71 and Daniel Lippman
Eighty Days Press (Great Barrington, Mass.) 2000
In 1995, for a 50th birthday sabbatical, David Lippman took his adventurous and tolerant wife and three children on a trip around the world. The book is the fruit of a decision to record the adventures this family experienced as it traveled over a nine-month period. While Lippman is not sure he would recommend extensive travel to a young family after the events of September 11, he hopes that our children can take their children on a once-in-a-lifetime trip which, for the Lippmans, brought them closer to each other and all their fellow travelers on our now-worried planet.
Five Hundred Years of Medicine in Art: An Illustrated Catalogue of Prints and Drawings from the Clements C. Fry Collection
edited by Susan Wheeler, curatorial consultant
Ashgate Publishing Co. (Burlington, Vt.) 2001
This meticulously researched volume makes available an important collection of prints and drawings from the Cushing/ Whitney Medical Library at Yale and allows comparative study of specific medical themes as they have been portrayed over time by artists. The collection also reflects the professional interests of Fry, a Yale psychiatrist, bringing together many works related to mental illness, including representations of patients, psychiatric institutions and therapeutic practice.
Handbook of Alcoholism
edited by Gerald Zernig, M.D., Alois Saria, Ph.D., Martin Kurz, M.D., and Stephanie S. O’Malley, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry
CRC Press (Boca Raton, Fla.) 2000
While the war on drugs continues to attract worldwide attention, the fact that alcoholism remains a major worldwide health concern is often overlooked. No matter what one’s expertise, the CRC Handbook of Alcoholism can help practitioners acquire the necessary skills to treat problem drinkers and alcohol-dependent patients. This comprehensive handbook addresses the underlying psychological problems of alcoholism, and helps practitioners to better diagnose and treat the nonpsychiatric medical disorders caused by the disease.
Psychiatry on Trial: Fact and Fantasy in the Courtroom
by Ben Bursten, M.D. ’58, HS ’62
McFarland & Company Inc. (Jefferson, N.C.) 2001
In some areas of the law, psychiatrists have become as much a part of the legal landscape as lawyers and litigants. Psychiatrists’ speculations garner criticism from both the medical and legal communities. In this work, the author takes a close look at psychiatric testimony and examines the validity of what forensic psychiatrists do. Using depositions from actual cases and drawing from his own experiences, the author discusses the problem of misinformed professionals, appropriate and inappropriate testimony and the legal principles that help distinguish good testimony from bad testimony. Also covered are a wide variety of psychiatric and legal issues, including worker’s compensation, murder, child abuse, repressed memory, malpractice and sexual harassment.
Beyond the Big Talk: Every Parent’s Guide to Raising Sexually Healthy Teens—from Middle School to High School and Beyond
by Debra W. Haffner, M.P.H. ’79
Newmarket Press (New York) 2001
As children mature into potentially sexually active young adults, parents have an increasingly difficult time talking to them about the sensitive topics of sex and sexuality. The influences of the media, the Internet and peer pressure complicate relationships between parent and child and make it harder than ever before for parents to pass their own values on to their teens. But parents who are able to stay involved in their children’s lives can make a big difference in the children’s actions and behaviors.
Writing in a realistic, practical and informative style, Haffner provides a wealth of techniques and ideas for helping teens deal with sexuality issues. With checklists and sample conversations, she gives specific information particular to each age group: middle school, early high school, late high school and beyond. She addresses such crucial issues as peer pressure, dating and parties, alcohol and drugs, sexual harassment and abstinence.
Meselson, Stahl, and the Replication of DNA: A History of “The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology”
by Frederic Lawrence Holmes, Ph.D., Avalon Professor and chair of the Department of the History of Medicine
Yale University Press (New Haven) 2001
This book vividly reconstructs the complex route that led to the Meselson-Stahl experiment confirming that DNA replicates as predicted by Watson and Crick’s double-helix structure. It also provides an inside view of day-to-day scientific research—its unpredictability, excitement, intellectual challenge and serendipitous windfalls, as well as its frustrations, unexpected diversions and chronic uncertainty. Holmes uses research logs, experimental films, correspondence and interviews with the participants to record the history of Meselson and Stahl’s research, from their first thinking about the problem through the publication of their dramatic results. Holmes also reviews the scientific community’s reception of the experiment, the experiment’s influence on later investigations and the reasons for its reputation as an exceptionally beautiful experiment.