Book Reviews

Penile Cancer: Challenges and Controversies

"In the Western world, squamous cell carcinoma of the penis is diagnosed in about 1/100.000-1.000.000 men annually. It accounts for 0.4-0.6% of all malignancies in the USA and Europe. The rarity of this complex disease makes it a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge for treating physicians, especially since many only manage a limited number of cases annually. Current management of the disease is predominantly based on retrospective data from a limited number of studies, indicating a lack of high level evidence due to the rarity of the disease and the difficulties in organizing prospective trials in this cohort of patients. The rare incidence of penile cancer in daily clinical practice combined with limited evidence based recommendations, and limited knowledge of physicians of the current guidelines frequently results in nonuniform and suboptimal management. Prof. Martins and Porf. Djordjevic have therefore assembled a panel of internationally renowned experts who have contributed chapters on various aspects of the disease, helping the physician manage penile cancer patients better and offering them the best of care. We highly recommend this comprehensive and contemporary book to all doctors interested in penile cancer, from junior doctors to those who have further advanced in their careers interested in further deepening their knowledge on the subject." - Maarten Albersen MD, PhD and Hein Van Poppel MD, PhD, Department of Urology, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium

"Penile cancer is a devastating malignancy. The disease and its management can lead to serious impairment in psychological and functional status. This led to great challenges and controversies in its management. This is also due to the fact that it is a rare cancer which has led to paucity of clinical trials with inability to recruit large number of patients. The purpose of this book is to comprehensively account for these challenges and controversies and provide the best possible evidence-based answers to these issues. By gathering thought leaders in the field of penile cancer management, the editors of this book, Drs Martins and Djordjevic have successfully presented all these issues and provided the best available answers to such important questions. In this book, the editors did not leave a stone, unturned in the management of penile cancer. Adding to the strength of this book , the chapters are well organized, easy-to-read, and with valuable summaries and take-home messages. The recommendations provided by the authors, all internationally renowned experts in penile cancer, will greatly help managing penile cancer patients. This book is a great asset to urologists, radiation oncologists,  medical oncologists and all health care providers involved in the care of penile cancer." - Nabil K. Bissada, M.D., F.A.C.S., Professor of Urology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA

"Drs. Martins and Djordjevic have put together a very comprehensive reference book on the challenges and controversies in the management of penile cancer. There is no question the care of penile cancer patients has significantly suffered from being the recipients of often heterogeneous and non-evidence-based treatment in large part resulting from the paucity of cases seen at many centers and failure of adoption of treatment standards or guidelines. Thought leaders on the subject matter who have contributed to this book demystify what are suitable and best practice standards versus questionable therapeutic approaches that jeopardize optimal treatment outcomes in terms of oncological and quality of life endpoints. In addition, contributing authors share clinical and surgical concepts and clinical pearls they have refined in their practices through critical assessment of their own results and techniques. It is without question that readers will benefit in reading this book and incorporating some of its concepts in their day to day practices as it relates to the care of penile cancer patients. After all, we owe it to our patients to continually strive to improve ourselves in terms of the knowledge and approaches we tailor and personalize to their care." - Philippe E. Spiess, M.D., MS, FRCS(C), FACS, Senior Member, Department of GU Oncology and Tumor Biology, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida

Environmental Disasters and Land Grabs as Crimes against Humanity

"Laura Westra's relentless pursuit of scholarship manifests in her 40th book. It emerges from her determination to protect the environment through the principle of ecological integrity. Supported by the application of health measurement tools, Dr. Westra uses legal arguments to point to injustices imposed on the most vulnerable by the most powerful in our current economic world order. She identifies a genocidal trend against indigenous knowledge exposed using epidemiology to reveal the criminal dimensions that result in environmental disasters. While epidemiology can demonstrate impacts only after the fact, its utility lies in preventing ongoing harms and injustices through the causal mechanisms exposed from evidence and knowledge. Dr. Westra makes the connections with outrage. Her purpose is to inform humanity of legal mechanisms to re-direct its collective path towards a sustainable future." - Colin Soskolne, PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, Professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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Sensory Integration: Development, Disorders and Treatment

"This book is intended for teachers, parents and sensory integration therapists. In an accessible, professional way, the author explains what the disturbances of sensory integration involve, what they relate to and how they manifest themselves. In the book, we find a description of not only sensory integration methods, a description of sensory integration dysfunctions in selected disease entities, but also selected methods supporting the child's development, because their knowledge is essential not only for good cooperation between therapists, but also for programming therapy and optimizing support activities child development. It also presents research conducted among parents of children with learning difficulties and behavior, in whom sensory integration disorders occur." - Professor Beata Pituła, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland

"This monograph is a compendium of theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge in the field of supporting the development of a child with impaired sensory integration. The work has been divided into four perfectly complementary parts, in which the author clearly, legibly and transparently discusses the basic issues that fit into the issue of special educational needs of a child with SI disorders. The first part contains an analysis and reflections on the child's development up to the age of ten. The author refers here... to the social-emotional, physical-motor and cognitive functioning of the child. It also analyzes the educational environment, which has an unprecedented impact on the child's development. Part Two of the monograph is devoted to a detailed analysis of sensory integration. The author discusses the causes of disorders, their characteristics and classification, as well as SI diagnosis and therapy... The entire work is closed with a chapter containing the author's own conclusions and self-reflection.

This monograph by Ms. Izabela Bieńkowska is excellent material in the field of supporting the development of a child with special educational needs, which will not only fill the gap in the publishing market, but will help teachers working with children with sensory integration disorders. The book could also be used by students of pedagogical studies, serving them as a methodical guide in future professional work." - Professor Małgorzata Przybysz-Zaremba, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw

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Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses

"Not just another book on enzymes, "Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses" is a useful guide for scientists, integrating theory and practical examples in a thrilling way." - Professor Dr. José Manuel Domínguez González, Industrial Biotechnology and Environmental Engineering Group “BiotecnIA,” Chemical Engineering Department, Science Faculty, Vigo University, Spain

"Proteases: Functions, Mechanisms and Uses" focuses on proteases from different regional sources, with applications in a wide variety of industrial processes, namely cheese production, meat tenderization, production of protein hydrolysates, among others. The book appears as an appropriate tool to disseminate the latest knowledge about functions, mechanisms and applications of proteases in relevant industrial applications. It will provide useful information for both academics (PhD, postdocs and researchers, as well as undergraduate students) and industrials, thus covering a large audience." - Andrea Gomez-Zavaglia PhD, Center for Research and Development in Food Cryotechnology (CIDCA, CCT CONICET, La Plata, Argentina)

"Proteases are extremely important both from the metabolic/biological and industrial points of view, with a wide range of applications. This book is a comprehensive, practical and focused overview of the main and more recent features related with the available sources, functions and uses of proteases. It is an excellent resource to students, teachers, researchers and industry professionals that need to deal with this class of enzymes." - Cristina Rocha, PhD, Researcher at Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal

"Enzymes are strategic tools for the green industry and, among them, proteases are of main interest because of their wide applications. This book about proteases brings together basic knowledge about sources, classification and mechanisms of reaction of these enzymes, and particular and new concepts regarding proteases of marine, protozoa or vegetal origin, proteases implications in agriculture, and powerful tools related to directed evolution, metagenomics and bioinformatics applied to the screening, development and study of new proteases with enhanced properties. For all that, this book is a very useful and comprehensive source of knowledge and information for students, academics and biotechnologists who are interested in the study, research and application of these enzymes." - Ana Torrado Agrasar, PhD, Professor/Researcher, Faculty of Sciences, University of Vigo, Ourense, Spain

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Activism, Campaigning and Political Discourse on Twitter

“This timely, truly international volume looks beyond the potential for social action afforded by Twitter for political activism, to critically interrogate how – and how effectively – its affordances are actually being exploited across a range of frontline contexts, from ‘digital Trump’ to LGBT activism in India and political trolling in Turkey. Essential reading for anyone interested in the role of discourse in contemporary political activism.” - Dr. Caroline Tagg, The Open University, Milton Keynes.

“A truly global collection of essays on Twitter activism in many parts of the world, featuring scholars from USA, Austria, China, Ireland, France, Nigeria, Turkey, South Africa, and more! Highly recommended for students and researchers interested in digital activism and global communication.” - Professor Guobin Yang, University of Pennsylvania.

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The Psychology of Handwriting

"Barbara Gawda's book entitled The Psychology of Handwriting is a valuable interdisciplinary study of the relationship between psychological characteristics and handwriting. This area has explored for a long time whether it is possible to identify a person's personality and other traits on the basis of his/her handwriting." READ MORE... - Marek Leśniak Ph.D

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Organized Crime: Causes and Consequences

"Scholar-practitioner Robert Lombardo has brought together the work of outstanding scholars to offer cutting edge material on organized crime, ranging from Chicago to Southern Italy, from Latin America to Asia and Russia. Using insight into the phenomenon gained by many years as an organized crime investigator with the Chicago Police Department, Dr. Lombardo concludes the book with a paper on the “Causes of Organized Crime.” - Howard Abadinsky, PhD, Professor of Criminal Justice, St. John's University, Queens, NY, USA

Author of text book titled Organized Crime by Wadsworth/Cengage now in its 10th edition.

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An Examination of Religiosity: Influences, Perspectives and Health Implications

"This is an outstanding resource for physicians and health professionals interested in better understanding the interplay between religion and medicine. This book offers a comprehensive overview of the field through enlightening chapters written to offer to the reader both a practical and theoretical approach." - AURO DEL GIGLIO. MD, PhD (Brazil). President of Brazilian Association of Palliative Care. Former Governor of the Brazil Chapter, American College of Physicians. Writer on Humanism and Judaism subjects.

"This exceptional work, by following the scholar rigor of quality, is another inestimable piece to contribute on the rescue of the human dimension of healthcare. I particularly appreciated the logical and didactical sequence of the chapters, and how the mind-brain problem was scientifically approached on the last ones." - RONILDA IYAKEMI RIBEIRO. Psychologist, PhD (Brazil). Professor, Faculty of Psychology, University of S. Paulo. Member of the Psychology and Religion Working Group. Representative on the Interreligious Forum for a Culture of Peace and Freedom of Belief.

"A help for us, while responsible for the education of future physicians, through bringing the dimension of spirituality, to make up the integrality of care. A reference to be adopted on our academic Discipline of Spirituality and Thanatology and on our forthcoming specialization on Interfaith Chaplaincy." - PAULO C. N. FONTÃO. MD, MSc (Brazil). Coordinator Professor, Discipline of Spirituality and Thanatology, Santa Marcelina School of Medicine. Advisor for Family and Community Medicine of the Federal Council of Medicine.

"This is a book we were waiting for - it restores the broken mosaic of the human being. Material worthy to be included in the recommended bibliography of our programs on Palas Athena Association, where we promote the rapprochement of cultures and the knowledge sharing." - LIA DISKIN (Brazil). Journalist, writer and international lecturer. Coordinator of the Committee for the Decade of Peace, in partnership with UNESCO. Coordinator of the visits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Brazil.

"In past, it was not easy for me, as a physician, to stand alone for a Discipline of Spirituality on a medical school. Therefore, I am enthusiastically looking forward at the potential of this work for the advancement of the Spirituality-and-Health binomial understanding, for either teaching, research and assistance purposes." - ALEXANDRE SERAFIM. MD, MSc (Brazil). Coordinator Professor of the Discipline of Medicine and Spirituality, Department of Medicine, University of Taubate. Instructor on the Order of the Guardians of Humanity.

"An important reading not only for health practitioners, but also for religious ministers of all faiths engaged in pastoral care for sick people. Among the various differentials in this book, the diversity of worldviews, coming from researchers of different countries, makes the work richer." - JOSE BIZON. MSc, Catholic Canon (Brazil). Full Professor, Faculty of Theology, Pontifical Catholic University of S. Paulo. Ecclesiastical Advisor for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, Brazilian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"Congratulations on the magnificent book, which concentrates so diverse and attractive aspects of this important theme, the Spirituality-Health relationship. A reference for professionals of all healthcare areas." - MARGARETH ROSE PRIEL. MD, PhD (Brazil). Specialized in Bioethics and Pastoral Practice of Health. Participant of the Technical Chamber for Bioethics of the Regional Council of Medicine, State of S. Paulo. Professor in research methodology, and bioethics.

"I had a few opportunities to participate in projects on spirituality and health with Dr. Marcelo Saad, the main editor. Once again, he collected and compiled information on this matter from unique scholars with a variety of views. All readers, whatever their fields of activity, will find much to expand their knowledge in this book." - ALEXANDER MOREIRA-ALMEIDA. MD, PhD (Brazil). Professor of Psychiatry at Federal University of Juiz de Fora. Coordinator of the Special Group Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry, at the World Psychiatric Association.

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Organic and Medicinal Chemistry. Volume 2

“The new book titled "Organic and Medicinal Chemistry", edited by Dr. Bimal Krishna Banik, covers a very interesting list of topics involving syntheses and applications of compounds such as beta-lactams, pyrimidines, thiazolidinones, quiinazolines, phosphonates, phosphinates, isoxazolines, pyrroles, polyaromatics and glycosides. The applications especially focus on cancer and apoptosis. The book is highly recommended both for both experts and non-experts who are interested in these important areas." - Arnold L. Demain, Ph. D., RISE Institute of Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, USA

“The edited volume by Dr. Banik is a collection of 18 chapters. The coverage is very broad with topical areas in synthesis of bioactive compounds, heterocyclic/medicinal chemistry, and anticancer agents. It is an informative collection that would benefit researchers working in these areas." - Kenneth Laali, Ph.D., Presidential Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of North Florida

“I have looked at the contents provided by Dr. Banik. I fully endorse this book. The contents are highly adequate. In my opinion the book is extremely useful for researchers in chemistry all over the world. Each chapter is written by highly competent chemist. Consequently, I highly recommend this book for chemists all over the world.” - Narayan G. Bhat, Ph. D., Professor of Chemistry, UTRGV, Edinburg, TX, USA

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Russia’s Policy in the Caspian Region

“Considering the specifics of the geographical and geopolitical location of the Caspian region, the features of the Russia policy there are revealed. There is a rich concentration of mineral and natural resources in the Caspian region, and new transport routes are actively operating. New routes can be realized there as well. All these factors are fully reflected in this book." - Dr. Igor S. Zonn, Professor at The Moscow Sergei Witte University, Moscow

“The book reflects the policy of Russia in the Caspian in the scientific field. The author convincingly showed that Russia’s efforts in that area have played a significant role in developing common approaches to environmental safety, and protection of the biodiversity of the Caspian Sea." - Dr Andrey G. Kostianoy, Professor at the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

“The monograph is not the author’s first work devoted to Russian politics in the Caspian. In his book, the author explores the issues of the energy policy of Russia in the Caspian region, the features of its cooperation with the Caspian countries. The greatest interest presents the last part of the book, which reveals the current stage of the Caspian policy of Russia. Particularly, it demonstrates how Russia has managed to retain its influence as the most important transit country for Caspian oil and gas. Thanks to Russia’s efforts, a compromise approach in adopting the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea in August 2018 was developed." - Dr Mark A. Neimark, Professor at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow

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