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Aspen Ideas: Health 2021 Reading List

From April 27-29, Aspen Ideas: Health will gather leading experts and innovators for powerful virtual conversations to explore big ideas and bold approaches to better health. Among them are five inspiring writers: Harriet Washington, Walter Isaacson, Suleika Jaouad, Sanjay Gupta, and John Torres. Their latest works explore everything from controversial medical practices to the true meaning of life. Learn why their new books are perfect additions to your spring/summer reading list and tune in during the event to hear directly from the authors.

  • April 14th 2021

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Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent

In her latest work, Harriet A. Washington once again exposes a large-scale violation of patient, civil, and human rights. The book is an alarming tale of how Americans’ right to decline risky medical research is being violated. More than a dozen studies have used a legal loophole to give risky and potentially deadly drugs to patients without their knowledge. This disproportionately affects people of color, especially Black Americans, many of whom are already justifiably distrustful of the US medical system and its racial bias.

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Walter Isaacson’s new book introduces his first female subject: Jennifer Doudna. Doudna and her colleagues invented CRISPR, a gene-editing tool thus launching a revolution that promises to help us cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. Not only has the Nobel Prize winner defied the odds as a woman in a male-dominated field, but Doudna has also become a leader in wrestling with the ethical implications of their invention and helping set up the guardrails human civilization is going to need in the future.

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

The summer after her college graduation, Suleika Jaouad faced the impossible: a leukemia diagnosis with a 35 percent chance of survival. She spent the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling her journey in a column for The New York Times. After beating the odds, she embarked on a journey of a different sort—one that would take her across the country to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her time in the hospital and to learn how to begin again.

Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age

With insights from the world’s top scientists, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has compiled a guide on how to keep your brain young and healthy. The neurosurgeon and journalist debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline and explores different techniques to staying sharp. Dr. Gupta also addresses brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and offers advice for how to take care of a partner who is experiencing cognitive decline.

Dr. Disaster’s Guide to Surviving Everything

An emergency room physician and U.S. Air Force veteran, Dr. John Torres, aka “Dr. Disaster,” has spent his career on the front lines, saving lives in all sorts of disasters. Dr. Torres shares the essential advice you need to survive any worst-case scenario, from natural disasters like lightning strikes, hurricanes, and wildlife encounters, to human-made ones like terrorist attacks and active-shooter situations.

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