Holiday Reading List

Here is a list of what I’ll be reading over the holiday:

Adam Hedgecoe. The Politics of Pesonalised Medicine: Pharmacogenetics in the Clinic (Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences). Cambridge UP, 2004.

  • The first half of the book covers APOE-e4 and the second half Herceptin.
Carlota Perez. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2002.

  • Part of my Web 2.0 preparedness kit.
Dale Shaller. Consumers in Healthcare: The Burden of Choice. California HealthCare Foundation. October 2005.

  • This report by the CHCF has been on the to-read list for months.

Frederick J. Simoons. Plants of Life, Plants of Death. University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

  • Simoons devotes 150 pages and copious notes in a rigorous analysis of the hypothesis that the Pythagorean ban on fava beans bears some relationship to higher rates of glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency among modern Mediterraneans (known as favism). The author explores whether this hypothesis is merely a whiggish interpretation of history or a classic example of biocultural evolution.


ArtiraiArti Rai. “Open Source” Biology: The Role of Law. Webcast of lecture presented at Duke Law School’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. (realplayer stream)


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