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Discuss Books on Health Care

  • Nov 25, 2012 · 6:00 PM
  • Kathy's House

Love to read and discuss books with others but don't want the pressure of finishing a particular book in time for a book discussion? This meetup is for you. We won't discuss one specific book at this meetup. We're encouraging members to read and be ready to discuss a a book on the timely and important topic of health, medicine, the practice of medicine, and health care to prepare for this meetup. In case you have trouble thinking of books on this topic, one of our erudite members has come up with a list of suggestions. A document with full descriptions of all of these books can be downloaded from the "Files" tab on the group web site. Copies of most of these can be found in public libraries (we checked).

Pharmageddon, by David Healy (May, 2012)

How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Rank About Being Sick in America, by Otis Webb Brawley and Paul Goldberg (January, 2012)

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, by Welch, Schwartz, and Woloshin (January, 2012)

Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee (2011)

Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform, by Paul Starr (Oct. 2011)

Power, Politics, and Universal Health Care: The Inside Story of a Century-Long Battle, by Stuart Altman (Sep. 2011)

Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (Aug 2011)

Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans, by Wendell Potter

...the list that can be downloaded from the Files tab of this group's web site has six more suggestions, plus two suggested novels.

The meeting will be in a private residence near the 405/55/73 intersection. Since the meeting is during dinnertime, please bring a favorite main dish, side dish, dessert, or drink to share. I'll email people who RSVP 'yes' about a week before the event with the address.

This book club has two types of meetings. At one type of meeting, we alternate monthly between fiction and non-fiction, and generally meet at a Panera Bread in Irvine. We also have 'theme' meetings, where members are encouraged to discuss any book in a theme, such as mysteries, India, founding fathers, Japan, the Middle East, or sports and adventure.

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  • Professeur L.

    Hi Kathy, what is Your party address ? SOS!
    We have to put it in GPS not to be lost

    November 25, 2012

  • Professeur L.

    Hi Kathy, I just signed up Late Not knowing IF I could find a RIDE? I only read health articles, NOT the books U mention . Is it ok?
    Lisa tel[masked]

    November 24, 2012

  • Kathleen A.

    Ariela, post a note here if you haven't gotten the email about the meeting location. The way Meetup works, the email comes from me, Kathleen Andrews, not from Meetup, or A Not-So Hardcore, Deep and Funny Bookish Group. Looking forward to meeting you Sunday.

    November 20, 2012

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