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4 out of 4 stars
Review by MarisaRose
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In recounting his story, the author does a wonderful job conveying the frustration of not understanding his illness, and the sadness of losing the ability to participate in basic societal functions like shopping or eating at a restaurant. Even more distressing is the fear he faces that his terminal illness will significantly damage his relationships with his wife and young daughter. As Alan went from one doctor to the next, crossing the country, spending more and more money, I cared about Alan and worried that his story would have a tragic ending.
Poisoned succeeds not only as an emotional mystery about one man’s physical and emotional decline, but also as an introduction to the unfamiliar risks of environmental poisoning. The narrative contains just the right amount of scientific fact and explanation, all of which is portrayed in easy to understand language. It took years for the author to fully understand the multiple reasons behind his crippling condition, exemplifying the scariest part of environmental poisoning – the unknown factor. The ending of the book contains a wealth of educational information detailing lifestyle changes and tips to limit chemical injury, as well as a list of recommended reading related to the subject.
Though the majority of the book is fast paced and keeps you wondering about the final outcome, the last section of the book describes some of the legal cases Alan works on later in his life and this portion moves a bit slower. The cases are interesting, yet this section of the book is more explanatory and lacks the personal touch contained in the first half of the autobiography.
Poisoned is a rare book as it is both incredibly moving and equally well researched. This book is a real eye-opener that anyone who is in the least bit health conscience should read. For the most part, Poisoned is a true page turner that utilizes the author's emotional experiences to make reading about an important scientific subject enjoyable and educational; therefore, I give it 4 out of 4 stars.
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Amagine wrote:It's great that it addresses a topic that you don't hear about too often. We're so use to hearing about common illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, HIV, that we don't realize that there are so many other illnesses that are affecting people. It's also a book of encouragement as we see the author's determination not to succumb to the poison.
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Thank you! It was really interesting to read about illness brought on by environmental factors. The book really is eye opening.
― Ernest Hemingway
kandscreeley wrote:I saw this in the review section and was wondering about this myself. It is interesting to think what all could be going on around us that affect us. It's something we need to be aware of. Thanks for the review.
I was a little hesitant when I first picked this one because I wasn't sure if it would just be a medical-type book. The author does a great job telling his story while also providing education about the topic. Highly recommend this one!
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