Color & Control:

A Few Resource Selections For You

A selection of resourceful books and web sites from our Rehab & Community Care Medicine Editor.

Managing A Canadian Healthcare Strategy

While Canada’s fragmented healthcare system is one of the most expensive among the OECD countries, the quality of its performance is mediocre at best. According to experts, Canada lacks a system-wide healthcare strategy that brings together individual federal, provincial, and territorial strategies into a comprehensive and coherent whole. Managing A Canadian Healthcare Strategy
is a collection of ten policy research essays by leading Canadian and international scholars who identify the necessary measures and agents of change needed to best implement healthcare reform.

Healing Children

Anyone who has seen a child recover from a wound or a broken bone knows that kids are made to heal. Their bodies are more resilient, more adaptive, and far more able to withstand acute stress than adults’. Through the story of his own career and of the brave kids he has treated over the years—and their equally tenacious parents—Dr. Newman reveals the revolution that is taking place in paediatric medicine. A deeply human story with a spectacular cast of young heroes and heroines, Healing Children will convince you that we still have a lot to learn from our kids.

The Gene: An Intimate History

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies) brings to life the quest to under-stand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices. In riveting and dramatic prose, he describes the centuries of research and experimentation—from Aristotle and Pythagoras to Mendel and Darwin, from Boveri and Morgan to Crick, Watson and Franklin—all the way through to the revolutionary twenty-first century innovators who mapped the human genome. A thought provoking read about the history of science and the ethical issues that inevitably accompany modern genetic research.


Gastrophysics is a new area of sensory science pioneered by Oxford professor Charles Spence. In this book, he’s stepping out of his lab to lift the lid on the entire eating experience—how the taste, the aroma, and our overall enjoyment of food are influenced by all of our senses, as well as by our mood and expectations. Spence reveals in amusing detail the importance of all the “off the plate” elements of a meal: the weight of cutlery, the colour of the plate, the background music, and much more. Gastrophysics is a book guaranteed to make you look at your plate in a whole new way.

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