12 Days of CanLit: Health and medicine


Have you been avoiding your calendar, in denial about the shrinking number of shopping days before Christmas? The holiday season is upon us, and whether you're looking for gifts to set under a tree or around a menorah or just for some non-denominational seasonal giving (or reading!), we've got 12 days of book recommendations coming your way. With 12 different categories, we've got books for everyone from foodies to fiction addicts to sports buffs missing their beloved hockey this winter. On the seventh day of CanLit, we bring you three books that tackle the wide world of medicine.

My Leaky Body: Tales from the Gurney by Julie Devaney


Canada has a pretty great health system, right? Well, it's not as good as it could be, especially if you suffer froma chronic illness, like Julie Devany. After being mis-diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, Devaney spent a decade in and out of hospitals, racking up medical horror stories along the way. She chronicles it all in her compelling memoir My Leaky Body, which is as much a call for change in the Canadian healthcare system as it is the powerful story of one woman's medical journey.

Listen to Julie Devaney discuss My Leaky Body on The Current.

Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century by Jeffrey Simpson


Devaney isn't the only one calling for a change in Canadian health care. So is Jeffrey Simpson. In Chronic Condition, he addresses all the touchy topics in health care we're afraid to touch such as how much it costs, what kind of value we're getting out of the system and how to handle private systems like dental, home care and drugs, without compromising our values or our dollars. A combination of thorough research and first-hand reporting, it's a must read for anyone thinking about health-care policy.

Listen to Jeffrey Simpson talk health-care solutions on Morning North.

Psychology and Other Stories by C.P. Boyko


In these six short stories, C.P. Boyko tackles the practice of psychology and contemplates how the medicine of the mind is inherently flawed. Boyko introduce readers to a wide range of characters, including a pyromaniac, a hormonal teenager and a confused psychologist, all grappling with the mysteries of the mind and the problems with treating it. Sharp, smart and full of insight, Psychology and Other Stories will have you rethinking your therapy sessions.

C.P. Boyko helped Biblioasis open a new office this fall. The Bridge was there to check out what happened.

12 Days of CanLit