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Great health gift books are in the eye of the beholder. What's in your eye?

December 12, 2009 | 10:00 am

The Health section staff has offered up a fittingly eclectic selection of books for the hard-to-shop-for folks on your list. Feeling overwhelmed by work and life and the holidays and that school program coming up? We've got a book for you. Curious about the wonders of the human body? Check. Healthcare reform? Ditto. Plagues? Got it.

But that's our take on health. Other book lists take a more uniform approach.

The Wall Street Journal's Laura Landro offers up these sage, and impossible-to-argue-with, recommendations for the informed patient:

At the top of her list is "The Mayo Clinic Family Health Book." In the No. 2 spot is the "CDC Health Information for International Travel 2010: The Yellow Book." She knows her stuff.

Amazon offers its best health, diet and fitness books for the year as well.

Leading its list is "The Healthy Guide to Walt Disney World 2009: How to Eat Right and Stay Fit in Disney - The NEW Diet, Dining, Food, Fitness and Complete Weight Loss Book." In the No. 2 spot is "The New Glucose Revolution Shopper's Guide to GI Values 2009: The Authoritative Source of Glycemic Index Values for More Than 1,250 Foods." The other books are similar in their offerings of very precisely tailored information.

We'd like to hear your recommendations as well? Read a good health book this year? Why not tell other readers why you liked it. Maybe it will pique their curiosity.

(But please, don't just pitch your own work.)

-- Tami Dennis