THE BOOKS

Bruce Hillman is a prolific author, whose works include a book explaining medical imaging for lay people, creative non-fiction works on Einstein and the discovery of AIDS, and an unpublished murder mystery

A Plague on All Our Houses: Medical Intrigue, Hollywood, and the Discovery of AIDS

 

A Plague on All Our Houses

 

Dr. Michael Gottlieb was in his first year as a faculty member in the Department of Medicine at UCLA when he made the discovery of AIDS, a new syndrome that would in short order become the most important new disease of the 20th century. The book details Dr. Gottlieb's conflict with the system and what became of his academic career during the seven years following the discovery.

The Man Who Stalked Einstein: How Nazi Scientist Philipp Lenard Changed the Course of History

(Lyons Press, 2015)

Philipp Lenard was a German arch-nationalist and 1905 Nobel Laureate for physics who early on embraced the Nazi party. Disdainful of theoretical physics, envious of Einstein's acclaim, and anti-Semitic, Lenard hounded Einstein from Germany.

 

Lenard's philosophy of Deutsche Physik underpinned Nazi science policy, inciting the dismissal of Jews from German universities and causing a shift of scientific talent away from Germany to the U.S, and other Allied countries.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice - How Medical Imaging is Changing Health Care

(Oxford University Press, 2010)

Medical imaging has revolutionized health care by saving lives and reducing the death and disability associated with other medical treatments. However, rapidly rising use and its associated costs have made medical imaging a lightning rod of debate. The Sorcerer's Apprentice educates its readers by starting at the beginning: what is a radiologist and what does he do? From there, the book provides insight into how each of the major imaging technologies - like CT and MRI - was developed, what they are best used for, and what patient's undergoing an exam should expect. Later chapters address the use of imaging screening exams like mammography; how imaging is paid for in our health care system; what a new imaging device must go through to be marketed in the U.S.; and what the authors feel should be done so that patients can continue to receive the most appropriate imaging exams while reducing public and private waste.