Uncomfortable Conversations about the Public's Health

First Edition

Michael D. Stein and Sandro Galea

"In these pithy essays, Michael Stein and Sandro Galea convincingly show that American health depends less on medical care than on the state of our jobs, families, social networks, and environment. Recommended for anyone with an interest in public health."

“Stein has come to understand the emotions that patients experience when illness descends, the feeling that the body has betrayed them, the terror of the unknown, the loss of a legion of familiar comforts, and the loneliness of being kidnapped into the land of the ill.” -The New York Times
“The Rape of the Muse is a novel of many depths. There is excitement, rumination, eroticism, and intrigue. It is a strong study of character and of the importance of integrity. And it’s a compelling read. It is fiction at a very high level. Exceptional.” 
--New York Journal of Books
'THE ADDICT' is more than a narrative about the forward and backward steps that lead from addiction to recovery. It's a useful, sensible, and often inspiring guide to how the medical profession does - and should - treat the sick, and the sick at heart." -Francine Prose, The Oprah Magazine
"A beautiful and beautifully written love story...It's almost a given that In the Age of Love will be read in one sitting, and that the knockout last paragraph will prompt re-reading." -The Phoenix
"A sophisticated, intense and compact tale of love and regret." Publishers Weekly

"Brilliant, lyrical, and daring." -Annie Dillard


"With resonant intelligence and the generous irony of Walker Percy or Milan Kundera, this local story about minor medical events enlarges, by virtue of the author's gift, to embrace and illuminate the perils, the abandonments, the dark joys, and the giddy celebrations of being human." -New England Journal of Medicine

"A fierce literary intelligence." -Publishers Weekly


"A thoroughly off-kilter manner, a swift and skillfully compressed plot. The result is an absolute charmer with a spry and sarcastic edge." -Kirkus Reviews


"He has drawn an unforgettable picture of the feistiness and resilience of someone who is in the throes of losing who she is. With deft pacing and skillful variations in tone, that it leaves you walking through your own memories of child-parent interactions is testimony to its quiet power." -The Phoenix

"An entirely original literary thriller, no standard police story." -The Forward


"With this third novel, Stein demonstrates his staying power. He exudes a quiet moral authority that lends his novels a gravitas." -Publishers  Weekly

A physician and author with longstanding clinical experience and research interest in HIV care, opioid addiction, behavior change, and health communication.