Book Reviews

Meeting Mental Health Needs: Service Delivery in Israel

"In the period of mental health reform and the transfer of mental health care to the community this book is a valuable and practical contribution to the literature that will benefit health care providers, medical administrators, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists and families of individuals with special needs in mental health domains. The book is essential for all professionals in the field of community mental health." - Moshe Kotler, MD, President, Israel Psychiatric Association and Director Beer Yaakov-Ness Ziona Mental Health Center, Israel

"This book is an important contribution to the understanding of the patients with severe mental illness and the mental health services in Israel. The field of mental health has been neglected for many years. In July 2015 the responsibility for mental health care will be transferred to the health funds, which are already in the process of establishing the service. It is the right time now to focus on fulfilling the needs of the patients and to consider these needs in their planning. The book is based on studies done in Israel and as such may be very useful to policymakers and mental health professionals. Congratulations to the authors for their contribution to improve mental health services in Israel and worldwide." - Professor Zvi Zemishlany, Director, Geha Mental Health Center, Israel, Past President of the Israel Psychiatric Association, Board Member of the European Psychiatric Association (EPA)

"The book Meeting Mental Health Needs presents broadly for the first time and academically in an in-depth fashion, mental health services in the State of Israel from the combined perspective of health needs and the organization of services by the Israeli system." READ MORE... - Shifra Shvarts, PHD, Professor

"Patients with mental disorders have more unmet needs than healthy individuals, though; the frequency of unmet needs varies substantially across need domains. There is a major gap between a need for help and the actual help received from mental health services." READ MORE... - Professor Eliezer Shalev, MD, Dean, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Professor, Minnie and Ruben Finkelstein Academic Chair Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

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Posture: Types, Exercises and Health Effects

"This is an evidence based book on the biomechanics, function, and rehabilitation in posture. This includes descriptions of pathologies and rehabilitation in sports medicine, with clinical examples in rowing, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, dance, cycling, and therapeutic yoga. The PURPOSE of this text was to present a collection of work on the various aspects of posture including its evolutionary trend of knowledge, and its rehabilitation." READ MORE... - F. Buck Willis, PhD, FACSM (Galveston Clinical Research Foundation)

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The Infinite History of NOW: A Timeless Background for Contemporary Physics

"In their book The Infinite History of Now, the authors Davide Fiscaletti and Amrit Srecko Sorli present a revolutionary concept of our understanding of time. I remember a discussion with my colleagues about the question if time, as a physical quantity, can be completely removed from physics (in principle, of course). In a mechanical concept, time is a measure of change, for example, a change of position of an object." READ MORE... - Dr. Lubos Neslusan, Astronomical Institute, Slovak Academy of Sciences

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Green Care: For Human Therapy, Social Innovation, Rural Economy and Education

"While the connection between horticulture and human health has been known for most of human history only recently have researchers begun to systematically examine this connection from the perspective of Western science and institutions. The edited collection of articles, Green Care for Human Therapy, Social Innovation, Rural Economy and Education, assembled by Gallis Christos, includes a wide-ranging collection of recent scientific research on the links between horticulture and society, through the lens of what has come to be known as ‘green care.’" READ MORE... - Matthew DelSesto, doctoral researcher in Sociology at Boston College and a horticultural therapist, USA

"Green Care: For Human Therapy, Social Innovation, Rural Economy and Education,edited by Christos Gallis, is a compilation of writing from all over the world about the importance of nature on human health and in therapy. Although Green Care is not a new concept, this work sparks new ways of thinking about issues surrounding it." READ MORE... - Naomi Rombaoa, Project Coordinator at the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, USA

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ACE Inhibitors: Medical Uses, Mechanisms of Action, Potential Adverse Effects and Related Topics. Volume 1

"These two books provide a comprehensive review of angiotensin blockade in medicine. Volume 1 describes the pharmacology of angiotensin blockade. The initial chapters describe the history of the discovery of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. The final chapters discuss new developments in angiotensin blockade. In between these are chapters that describe the utility and complications of angiotensin blockers. There are critical reviews of randomized controlled trials in nephrology that make for interesting reading." READ MORE... - Dr. Dwomoa Adu, Honorary Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana.

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ACE Inhibitors: Medical Uses, Mechanisms of Action, Potential Adverse Effects and Related Topics. Volume 2

"These two books provide a comprehensive review of angiotensin blockade in medicine. Volume 1 describes the pharmacology of angiotensin blockade. The initial chapters describe the history of the discovery of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors. The final chapters discuss new developments in angiotensin blockade. In between these are chapters that describe the utility and complications of angiotensin blockers. There are critical reviews of randomized controlled trials in nephrology that make for interesting reading." READ MORE... - Dr. Dwomoa Adu, Honorary Consultant Physician, Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana

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Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling

I recommend this volume for every academic library. Students with a focus on the natural and social sciences are likely to need this volume in their studies. Professional policy makers should have access to and read this volume. Thomas Samaras' work should inspire legislators. In addition, college-educated citizens who have a general interest in the Earth's ecology will want to read it. For them, most public libraries should acquire it. Human Body Size and the Laws of Scaling is an outstanding and revelatory book. - Stephen M Marson in Public Health Nutrition

This book is packed with ideas, and I challenge any reader working within the field of human growth to read even one chapter without achieving new insights into their area of expertise. - Jonathan C.K. Wells in Economics and Human Biology

...this book is worth a read for those with an interest in the evolutionary issues of human size and the impact of longevity, health and physiology. - British Journal of Sports Medicine, October 2008

...This book is packed with ideas and I challenge any reader working within the field of human growth to read even one chapter without achieving new insights into their area of expertise...To my knowledge, this book provides the most comprehensive examination to date of the hypothesis that human growth may have costs as well as benefits. - Economics and Human Biology 6 (2008)

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Advanced Quantum Mechanics upon Theorems

This textbook has the following four prominent characteristics:

1. Easy to understand. For example, the commutation relations of quantum fields and their canonical conjugate momenta are given by a theorem instead of assumption in all other now available textbooks on advanced quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.
2. Exactness. For example, I have never read so exact treatment for the infinite time in scattering processes in all other textbooks.
3. High scientific lever. For example, the explanations for non-Debye relaxation, 1/f noise, and microscopic superconductivity have high scientific level.
4. Enlightenment. For example, the possible energy nonconservation in cold fusion and internal conversion in atomic nuclear offers a few commonplace remarks by way of introduction so that others may come up with valuable opinions. - Chung-yu Wang, Professor of Tsinghua University, Academican of the Academy of Sciences of China

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Politics, Policy and People: Irrigation Governance in a South Indian State

"The Andhra Pradesh irrigation reform programme started in the second half of the 1990s acquired 'model' status at the international irrigation water/policy level within two years after it its kick off - it had barely taken off. Its success was declared before there had been an opportunity to seriously research the reform's process and impact." READ MORE... - Peter P Mollinga, , MSc, PhD (Wageningen NL), PD/Habil (Bonn, Germany), Professor of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London

"This book give both an overview of irrigation governance and also detailed insights in the realities of irrigation management reforms in an Indian state once at the forefront of international support and attention on participatory irrigation management policies." READ MORE... - Linden Vincent, , Emeritus Professor of Irrigation and Water Engineering, Environmental Sciences Group, Wageningen University

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Neuroecology and Neuroethology in Molluscs: The Interface between Behaviour and Environment

"This book makes a strong case for the importance of molluscs in the study and development of neuroecology as a discipline. At first sight, molluscs do not seem to be a promising group of animals for this area of biology. There appears to be a mismatch between the model organisms used for neuroethology and those species that are most valuable for ecological studies." READ MORE... - Paul R. Benjamin, Professor of Neuroscience, School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

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