Book Reviews

Salmon: Biology, Ecological Impacts and Economic Importance

"The new book published by NOVA Publishers, USA, “Salmon: Biology, Ecological Impacts and Economic Importance” is a collection of scientific reviews in diverse fields of salmonid ecology, morphology, genetics, fisheries, aquaculture, and economic importance of salmon. Twenty-eight authors from seven “salmon-dependent” (a word from Chapter 14 that caught my fancy) countries represent 15 chapters filled with both well-known and new information on considered issues." READ MORE... - Vladimir I. Radchenko, Executive director, North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission

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A Contribution to the Critique of Contemporary Capitalism: Theoretical and International Perspectives

"Raju Das' book is a joyful scream of defiance, but it is also a call to study. His searchlight is a Marxism that is critical of everything, including itself. Whether the focus is on the theory of the state, unfree labor, social class in rural India, pharmaceutical fraud in the USA, the nature of protest politics, or Marxist class theory itself, Das will make you want to join in his boundless sense of struggle and possibility. You will almost feel invited to think critically, even about his specific interventions, because only thus will you and he be truly part of the international movement to build the world-beyond-capitalism that we all so desperately need. Don't just read this book; put it to good use!" - David Laibman, Editor, Science & Society, Professor (Emeritus), Economics, City University of New York

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Quantum Mechanics: Principles, New Perspectives, Extensions and Interpretation

"Rather than ordinary axiomatic approach, this textbook proves 52 theorems and 12 corollaries, and thus establishes the quantum mechanics upon demonstrations. Based on the proved theorem of watershed between classical and quantum physics, this textbook solves with confidence the contradiction between quantum mechanics and general theory of relativity. This contradiction is thought as a 21 century difficult problem in physics." READ MORE... - Chongyu Wang, Department of Physics, Tsinghua University, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences

"I think that "Quantum Mechanics upon Theorem" makes quantum mechanics at the first time to go from postulates to demonstrations. Although the history of quantum physics is more than 100 years, it is a big regret that until now all its basic concepts and pictures, such as uncertainty relation, wave-particle duality, operator representation, still stop at stage of postulates, and thus the basis of quantum mechanics is not very firm." READ MORE... - Wei-xin Zhang, Professor, Academician of Chinese Engineering Academy

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Science of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity in the Tropics

"The book is comprised of a series of good quality and interesting peer reviewed submissions arising from presentations made at a conference held at James Cook University, Cairns, Australia in November 2013. The major contributing disciplines are human physiology, psychology, nutrition and aspects of clinical medicine." READ MORE... - Ron J. Butterly, Ph.D

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Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders: Children, Adolescents and Adults. Second Edition

"Spurred by shifts in the field of eating disorders occurring since the publication of the inaugural edition of this text, not the least of which is the DSM-5, Drs. Dancyger and Fornari once again assemble an international case of leading experts to provide and updated edition of Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders: Children, Adolescents and Adults. Second Edition. READ MORE... - Reviewed by Blake A. Phillips, MD, NYU Child Study Center, Bellevue Hospital Center, NY USA. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

"Medicine’s evidence-base moves inexorably forward, sometimes in small steps and sometimes in major jumps, and medical editors constantly face questions regarding when to justify publishing new editions. Since publication of the first volume of Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders: Children, Adolescents and Adults in 2009 several significant shifts have occurred in the eating disorders field that merit an updated presentation of findings to help inform clinical decision-making." READ MORE... - Joel Yager, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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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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