Book Reviews

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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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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A Practitioner’s Guide to Pilonidal Sinus Disease

"I applaud this recent book by Dr Pravin Gupta, (an expert in the field of proctology) that dedicates itself to the management of this difficult condition. This is long overdue and is a timely addition to the available literature on this important subject. For me, it has always been a little mysterious why the management of pilonidal disease has become the perview of the coloproctologist. The book beautifully defines the nature of the disease, its etiopathogenesis, its clinical assessment and its management and it is an opportune tome for the practicing clinician unlike no other that I am aware of currently in the field." READ MORE... - Andrew Zbar, MD (Lond) MBBS FRCS (Ed) FRACS FSICCR (Hon), Professor of Surgery , Chaim Sheba Medical Center Israel

"A Practitioners Guide to Pilondial Sinus Disease by Pravin J. Gupta is a hybrid between a definitive textbook and a working handbook. It is comprehensive and detailed enough to be the former, well written, illustrated and referenced with a complete bibliography. On the other hand it is relatively small, but by no means brief, totaling 92 pages which could be considered the latter." READ MORE... - Herand Abcarian, M.D., FACS

"A Practitioners Guide to Pilonidal Sinus Disease is a comprehensive guidebook for surgical practitioners. It gives a good insight into presentation and pathophysiology of pilonidal sinus disease, along with thorough descriptions of most of the approaches in management and surgical techniques used in the treatment of it. This book offers a good insight into this condition that causes trouble to a great number of people around the world, and starting as a small problem could lead to severe complications in case of inadequate treatment. I find this book very useful and really enjoyed reading it." - Jelena Petrovic, MD, Surgeon, Department for Colorectal Surgery, Clinical Center of Serbia

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Inositols: Guide to Practical Applications in Obstetrics and Gynecology

"This book provides a comprehensive overview on the use of Inositols in gynecology and obstetrics. From their discovery in 1850 to the most recent findings, the chapters thoroughly describe historical and current knowledge on the impact of Inositols, mainly Myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol, upon management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Metabolic syndrome, Preeclampsia, Fetal programming, Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Gynecologic oncology. Results from scientific investigations and clinical applications are presented in a rigorous although simple manner. Researchers and clinicians will certainly benefit from reading this book, and will find opportunities to expand current knowledge and applications of Inositols in this relevant field." - Mónica H. Vazquez-Levin, MSc., PhD. Senior Investigator. Consejo de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (CONICET). Director Laboratory of Cell-Cell Interaction en Reproduction and Cancer. Instituto de Biología y Medicina Experimental (IBYME-CONICET), Argentina.

"Inositol is a promising possible safe alternative treatment for amenorrhea and PCOS. This compendium outstandingly focus on new research and understanding of this alternative innovative therapy, both in metabolic and reproductive profile. I strongly recommend the reading of this book that is really unique and useful." -Professor Francesco Orio, MD, PhD, Professor of Endocrinology “Parthenope” University of Naples, Italy

"Accumulating evidence suggests that Inositols play a pivotal role in several biological processes, which are fundamental for endocrine and metabolic regulation as well as human reproduction. In this scenario, Inositols have paramount importance as potent and cost-effective compounds to counteract the underlying causes of different pathological conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovary syndrome, gestational diabetes and infertility. Although these insulin-sensitizer molecules have pleiotropic actions in different body microenvironments, the book provides a complete and updated summary for an evidence-based therapeutic approach with Inositols in the whole field of obstetrics and gynecology." - Antonio Simone Laganà, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Filippo Del Ponte” Hospital, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy.

"This exhaustive and very updated book guides us through the different therapeutic approaches to the obstetrics and gynecological disorders, from PCOS and GDM to infertility. A book of great scientific value written by the main worldwide experts on Inositol. It provides an overview of the critical role played by this natural molecule, from the early discovery up to nowadays researches. I recommend this publication to health professionals and researchers who want to explore in detail this area and bring the information displayed here to their everyday practice." - Giusy Porcaro, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecological, Hospital Santa Maria della Stella Orvieto USL Umbria 2, Orvieto, Umbria

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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