Book Reviews

The Crisis in Contemporary Medicine and the Rise of the Reflective Physician

"This book breaks new ground. Will it find an audience? Yes. The book brings together the author’s great love for the conversation between clinical medicine and the humanities to ensure clinical medicine’s continuing relevance." READ MORE... - Donald Campbell, Medical Director General Medicine, Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC

"This book will appeal to many, including those who know and admire Ian McDonald, to reflective physicians of all ages and to those, including students, from various health care and other academic disciplines who are interested in the evolution of intellectual and medical thinking." READ MORE... - Peter Greenberg, MD PhD FRACP, consultant physician in general internal medicine

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New Developments in Liquid Crystals and Applications

"This book highlights some of the advances made in the area of liquid crystals (LC) research including the discovery of new materials and new effects. Well understood phenomena are conceived for novel applications of LC and the developments in respect of some new devices, such as sensors, holographic and 3D devices." READ MORE... - V.G. Chigrinov, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in Volume 23 Issue 3 (2014).

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Quality Management in Transfusion Medicine

"An informative and well written opening chapter on the history of quality management is followed by equally high-quality chapters covering a variety of topics of practical focus including vein to vein process management, information technology in transfusion management, hemovigilance, event management, patient safety, blood safety, healthcare economics, and knowledge management." READ MORE... - Sunny Dzik, Blood Transfusion Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA , USA

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History and Collective Memory from the Margins: A Global Perspective

"This interdisciplinary book is timely and historic because it sheds light on how narratives of majority and minority identities in our contemporary world are being shaped by contested, uneven, and fractured acts of historical memory and collective remembering. The various chapters masterfully articulate global stories of identity formation that are unfolding from the center and the periphery and from the dominant and marginalized perspectives in local societies such as Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Poland. This book employs an array of complex, rich, and diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, and in my view, the volume has all the makings of a timeless classic." - Sunil Bhatia, PhD, Professor & Chair, Department of Human Development, Connecticut College, United States

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Improving Teaching and Learning through Self-Regulation

"In this digital age with the vast proliferation of information, one can be easily distracted or overwhelmed. Betty McDonald provides a timely, much needed evidence-based practical handbook to guide both teachers and students. Using extensive seminal research data she shares critical insights and expertise that promote self- regulation resulting in deep and efficient learning. The book is a fun, easy-read that can be used as a reference text providing choice and flexibility, matching one's teaching and/or learning style and preference. The clever use of shareware graphics and memorable quotations is engaging, instructive and helpful. Betty provides the busy teacher and student with a focused digest of self-regulatory strategies that will undoubtedly contribute to successful teaching and learning. A must-read for teachers, support staff and students. Compelling, accessible and ultimately practical!" - Kogi Naidoo, HERDSA Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK, Director, Learning Academy, Division of Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

"Betty McDonald describes self-regulated learning in easily understandable language, not only supported by the literature but augmented with graphics that, as Dr. Betty says, “break the possible monotony of the reader… and to stimulate thought and… bring comic relief.” How refreshing!

Having studied self-directed learning in introductory and senior undergraduate courses, I know firsthand of its value to students, including increased autonomy and motivation for learning. Students tell us that this will help them and we are advised to listen and act.

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr. McDonald’s stance that self-regulated learning is closely tied to life-long learning and success in the workplace. We need to support teachers to best help their students, and self-regulated learning is one way to do so. Imagine helping people determine, set and attain goals, not only in their courses, but as a strategy throughout their lives." - Alice Cassidy, Ph.D. Educational developer, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

"This book by Professor Betty McDonald gives a thorough basis for (a) the understanding of the history and rationale for self-regulated learning research, and (b) ways and means to teach, learn, and apply those mechanisms to enhance self-regulated learning. From both the literature reviews and application sections, the reader is offered numerous techniques that complement self-regulated learning. The book is an easy read with short, distinguishable sections accompanied with numerous graphics and quotes. Readers will be pleased to learn more ways to enhance their own self-regulated learning and have this vast cumulation of resources to better lead their students in their appreciation and use of self-regulated learning." - John M. Enger, Ph.D.

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Advances in Squid Biology, Ecology and Fisheries. Part I: Myopsid squids

"This volume describes research on the biology (life history, age and growth, maturation and fecundity), ecology (distribution, migrations, diet, predators and parasites) and fisheries (fishing areas, methods, landings, management and stock assessment) of economically important myopsid squids. which are typically associated with the seabed of the inshore coastal zone." READ MORE... - Sigurd v. Boletzky, Associate Editor VIE ET MILIEU – Life and Environment


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Advances in Squid Biology, Ecology and Fisheries. Part II: Oegopsid squids

"The aims of this volume are basically the same as with the previous one, Part II dealing with oegopsid squids, which – in contrast to the myopsids – belong to the pelagic, oceanic environment." READ MORE... - Sigurd v. Boletzky, Associate Editor VIE ET MILIEU – Life and Environment

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Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods: Technology, Stability and Benefits to Human Health

"The book is a unique compilation of technology of various probiotic foods and stability of probiotics in various probiotic and prebiotic foods, as well as their health benefits. The book fills in a gap in our knowledge on the production and practical application of prebiotics and probiotics in foods." READ MORE... - Niels Skovgard, Birkerød, Denmark, International Journal of Food Microbiology

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Understanding Ethnic Segregation in Contemporary Britain

"In this in-depth study of segregation, ethnicity and the northern English city Jamie Halsall examines the debate over whether we are sleepwalking into a more segregated future, or whether the reality of change on the ground is not so easily turned into sound bites. Not afraid of making strong claims this study is both interesting to read and a timely contribution." - Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, The University of Oxford

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What Are Finnish Teachers Made Of? A Glance at Teacher Education in Finland Yesterday and Today

"...Already in the 1920s, Finland understood that teachers had to be educated for the need of the whole country, and therefore, teacher educated was also started in the Teacher Training College of Tornio, in North-Finland. Today, the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi educates teachers in this region." READ MORE... - Dr. Maija Rask, PhD, former Minister of Education

"Drs. Merja Paksuniemi, Satu Uusiautti, and Kaarina Määttä have answered to the call for scientific books explaining the Finnish education system by introducing the early phases of the Finnish education system. However, the book is not just historical but it extends the review to the present day." READ MORE... - Dr. Erika Sarivaara, Sámi Parliament, Norway

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