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Rudolph E. Tanzi and Ann B. Parson

Parson is a Cambridge, MA, freelance. Tanzi is professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Genetics and Aging Unit at Mass General Hospital. By the year 2050, 14 million Americans will die of Alzheimer's. The book chronicles the search for the genetic causes of this incurable brain disease and illuminates one promising theory — the amyloid hypothesis — that could hold the key to effective medications.

Red Anton

Anton, Chicago freelance science writer and professor at DePaul University, maintains we live in an era of science triumph as we move from three centuries of discovery to a new age of mastery. But the architects of the new science do not fit the mold of the past — they are often from small teams, frequently women, and often multidisciplinary and opportunistic.

Anne S. Harding

Harding, a New York freelance, has included 500 entries in her book describing the advances in the treatment of disease and the understanding of human health. The developments she cites cover a wide range. For example, she notes that the first ovariotomy was the removal of a 22-pound tumor from the ovary of Jane Todd Crawford by Dr. Ephraim McDowell in 1809, before the days of antisepsis or anesthesia.

John Troan

Troan, a veteran of a 44-year career with the Pittsburgh Press and other Scripps-Howard newspapers, has written his autobiography. The son of an immigrant coal miner and an illiterate mother, he describes his Depression-era childhood and his struggle to get through Penn State.

Judith Wallerstein, Julia Lewis and Sandra Blakeslee

Blakeslee: "This books presents the results of a 25-year follow-up study on the effects of divorce on children. In following a cohort of children whose parents divorced in 1971, Judy explains what happened to these young men and women when they reached adulthood."

Michael Millenson

From Guaranteed to make you feel good about the managed care industry — especially after he gets finished chronicling the medical nightmares of the past. Prior to the days of HMOs, doctors were like the gunslingers of the Wild West, operating under their own rules, with no standards by which to measure the quality of their care and no systems to regulate consistent practices.

Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Michael M. Sokal and Bruce V. Lewenstein

From Book News, Inc.: "A comprehensive history of the AAAS, the largest general organization of scientists in America, founded in 1848. Integrated into this broadly chronological account are such issues as public attitudes towards and funding of science, the integration of women and minorities into the sciences, and the role of expert knowledge in a democratic society."

Cornelia Dean

From "Castles built on sand are doomed, they say. But in our hunger for an ocean view from the living-room window, we keep building things we expect to last on beaches that never stay still. In Against the Tide, Cornelia Dean, science editor of The New York Times, outlines the global coastal management crisis and all the elaborate engineering methods developed to stave off erosion — revetments, sand-trapping devices, seawalls, groins and jetties, even artificial seaweed beds."