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‘Sound Medicine’ revisits notable interviews from the past year with authors of medical books


“Sound Medicine,” also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads, covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine.

The authors of the following books comprise some of the most captivating “Sound Medicine” interviews of the past year, compiled for this week’s edition.

“The Emperor of All Maladies” author Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., discusses his Pulitzer Prize-winning book in which he takes an expansive look at the history of cancer, spanning the past 4,000 years.

“Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds” author Ronald Glasser, M.D., shares his expertise regarding military medicine and the emergence of differing injuries in veterans of historic and current wars.

“The Good Doctors” author John Dittmer discusses the underreported history of the civil rights movement within the medical community in the 1960s.

“The Panic Virus” author Seth Mnookin discusses how an unsupported claim, such as the suggestion that childhood vaccines cause autism, can quickly capture the media’s attention and permeate the public consciousness.

“The Country Doctor Revisited” editor and contributor Therese Zink discusses the book and reads excerpts from this collection of essays, poetry and fiction that capture the spirit of rural medicine.

“Get Me Out” author Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., a noted medical journalist, shares how women have been bombarded with contrasting advice about pregnancy since prehistoric times. 

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