Biology Digest Book Reviews

Volume 30 2003/2004


September 2003

Blood & Guts: A Short History of Medicine, Roy Porter, 2003, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Weeds in My Garden: Observations on Some Misunderstood Plants, Charles B. Heiser, 2003, Timber Press

Thinking about Biology, Stephen Webster, 2003, Cambridge University Press

What Good Are Bugs? Insects in the Web of Life, Gilbert Waldbauer, 2003, Harvard University Press

Sleep and Rest in Animals, Corine Lacrampe, 2003, Firefly Books, Ltd.

October 2003

Slipper Orchids of Vietnam: With an Introduction to the Flora of Vietnam, Leonid Averyanov, Phillip Cribb, Phan Ke Loc, Nguyen Tien Hiep, 2003, Timber Press, Inc.

Sex Wars: Genes, Bacteria, and Biased Sex Ratios, Michael E. N.,Majerus, 2003, Princeton University Press

In the Blink of an Eye, Parker Andrew, 2003, Perseus Publishing

Bull's Eye: Unraveling the Medical Mystery of Lyme Disease, Jonathan A. Edlow, 2003, Yale University Press

Bat Ecology, Thomas H. Kunz, M. Brock Fenton, 2003, University of Chicago Press

November 2003

The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened with Autism, Patricia Stacey, 2003, Da Capo Press

Rapture: How Biotech Became the New Religion, Brian Alexander, 2003, Basic Books

The Greatest Experiment Ever Performed on Women: Exploding the Estrogen Myth, Barbara Seaman, 2003, Hyperion

Edible and Poisonous Mushrooms of the World, Ian R. Hall, Steven L. Stephenson, Peter K. Buchanan, Wang Yun, Anthony L. J. Cole, 2003, Timber Press

The Return of the Mexican Gray Wolf: Back to the Blue, Bobbie Holaday, 2003, University of Arizona Press

December 2003

An Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms, Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, 2003, Timber Press, Inc.

Wonderwalks: The Trails of New Jersey Audubon, Patricia Robinson, 2003, Plexus Publishing, Inc.

Owls of the World: Their Lives, Behavior and Survival, James R. Duncan, 2003, Firefly Books, Ltd.

Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate with Their Wild Relatives, Norman C. Ellstrand, 2003, Johns Hopkins University Press

The Essential Difference: The Truth about the Male & Female Brain, Simon Baron‑Cohen, 2003, Basic Books

January 2004

Prehistoric Past Revealed: The Four Billion Year History of Life on Earth, Douglas Palmer, 2003, University of California Press

Who Owns Life?, David Magnus, Arthur Caplan, Glenn McGee, 2002, Prometheus Books

Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth, Laura Dassow Walls, 2003, Cornell University Press

Sleep and Dreaming: Scientific Advances and Reconsiderations, Edward F. Pace‑Schott, Mark Solms,

Mark Blagrove, Stevan Harnad, 2003, Cambridge University Press

Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity, Eric R. Pianka, Laurie J. Vitt, 2003, University of California Press

February 2004

The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought, Gary Marcus, 2004, Basic Books

The Biology of Death: Origins of Mortality, Andre Klarsfeld, Frederic Revah , 2004, Cornell University Press

A Brand‑New Bird: How Two Amateur Scientists Created the First Genetically Engineered Animal, Tim Birkhead, 2003, Basic Books

Tropical Flowering Plants: A Guide to Identification and Cultivation, Kristen Albrecht Llamas, 2003, Timber Press

Blood Evidence: How DNA Is Revolutionizing the Way We Solve Crimes, Henry C. Lee, Frank Tirnady, 2003, Basic Books

March 2004

The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the Hormone of Calm, Love, and Healing, Kerstin Uvns‑Moberg, 2003, Da Capo Press

The Beaver: Natural History of a Wetlands Engineer, Dietland Muller‑Schwarze, Lixing Sun, 2003, Cornell University Press

Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California, Richard P. Hilton, 2003, University of California Press

Why Men Won't Ask for Directions: The Seductions of Sociobiology, Richard C. Francis, 2003, Princeton University Press

The Natural History of Madagascar, Steven M Goodman, Jonathan P. Benstead, 2004, University of Chicago Press

April 2004

Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity, Joseph Dumit, 2004, Princeton University Press

Genes, Trade, and Regulation: The Seeds of Conflict in Food Biotechnology, Thomas Bernauer, 2004, Princeton University Press

Echolocation in Bats and Dolphins, Jeanette A Thomas, Cynthia F. Moss, Marianne Vater, 2004, University of Chicago Press

The Atlantic Forest of South America: Biodiversity Status, Threats, and Outlook, Carlos Galindo‑Leal, Ibsen de Gusmao Cmara, 2003, Island Press

Amazonia: The Land, the Wildlife, the River, the People, Afonso Capelas, Jr., 2003, Firefly Books

May 2004

Iguanas: Biology and Conservation, Allison C. Alberts, Ronald L. Carter, William K. Hayes, Emilia P. Martins, 2004, University of California Press

Medicinal Plants of the World: An Illustrated Scientific Guide to Important Medicinal Plants and Their Uses, Ben‑Erik van Wyk, Michael Wink, 2004, Timber Press

The Natural History of a Garden, Colin Spedding, Geoffrey Spedding, 2003, Timber Press

Introduction to Population Biology, Dick Neal, 2004, Cambridge University Press

Deeper than Darwin, John F. Haught, 2003, Westview Press