“The Female Athlete Triad: A Clinical Guide”

By Catherine M. Gordon, MD, and Meryl S. LeBoff, MD

The female athlete triad is a syndrome often identified in sports that emphasize leanness or low body weight (such as ballet, figure skating and competitive running) that has lifelong health consequences. The pressure to stay lean in weight-conscious sports to achieve athletic success can lead to disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction and lower-than-normal bone mass formation and fractures.

This book is the first of its kind to thoroughly focus on the female athlete triad, delivering an interdisciplinary approach that provides information on assessing and managing the disorder. The text also provides advice for overall health for female athletes, including how to educate, communicate and manage the illness with the families, coaches and clinicians working with female athletes across the lifespan.



By Gordon Scott, MD

Did you know that there were more than 130 million visits to emergency rooms in the United States in 2013? Are you ready for a close look inside the ER? Written under a pseudonym by a BWH physician, the book begins with a brief history of emergency departments, and shifts to a series of diary entries written during a year’s time. Loaded with touching, frustrating and sometimes gruesome true stories, the book gives readers an inside look at what is going through one doctor’s mind when a patient presents. Written for a non-medical public, the book is also relatable to medical professionals practicing in the field.


“Diagnostic Pathology: Intraoperative Consultation”

By Susan Lester MD, PhD; Rebecca Folkerth, MD; Jeffrey Krane, MD PhD; Vania Nose, MD, PhD; Amitabh Srivastava, MD; Stefan Kraft, MD; and colleagues

When a patient is under anesthesia, every second counts when a surgeon needs a microscopic diagnosis in order to achieve a successful outcome. Based on decades of experience interacting with the surgical team at BWH, Lester and colleagues, in association with the essential support staff of the Frozen Section Room, have written the first book organized by the intraoperative questions posed by surgeons. Each chapter is tailored to provide just the right amount of information to help the pathologist arrive at the correct diagnosis in under 20 minutes.


“Translational Biology in Medicine”

By Monty Montano, PhD

The recent emphasis in biomedical research on translational biology and personalized medicine is revolutionizing conceptual and experimental approaches to understanding and improving human health. “Translational Biology in Medicine” begins with an introduction to experimental model systems for disease, such as cell lines, primary cells, stem cells and animal models for disease, followed by a systematic description of genetic and genomic profiling and biomarker validation currently used in biomedical research. Examples of translation studies that have used these models and methods are presented, including studies in aging, tissue repair and chronic infection, each with an emphasis on how personalized medicine is transforming biomedicine. Bioethical considerations in translational study design and bioethical considerations in biomedical research are then covered, before concluding remarks, and a look toward the future of personalized medicine.


download“Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health”

By Keshavjee, Salmaan, M.D., Ph.D.

Neoliberalism has been the defining paradigm in global health since the latter part of the 20th century. What started as an untested and unproven theory that the creation of unfettered markets would give rise to political democracy led to policies that promoted the belief that private markets were the optimal agents for the distribution of social goods, including health care.

This case study—a vivid illustration of the infiltration of neoliberal ideology into the design and implementation of development programs—is set in post-Soviet Tajikistan’s remote eastern province of Badakhshan. It draws on extensive ethnographic and historical material to examine a “revolving drug fund” program, used by numerous nongovernmental organizations globally to address shortages of high-quality pharmaceuticals in poor communities. Provocative, rigorous and accessible, “Blind Spot” offers a cautionary tale about the forces driving decision-making in health and development policy today, illustrating how the privatization of health care can have catastrophic outcomes for some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.