Book Reviews

Book Reviews

The Benign and Malignant Prostate

"This excellent book is a carefully-edited compilation of 15 chapters, six covering benign prostatic hyperplasia, one on prostatitis and nine covering adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Each chapter is written by at least one urologist with contributions from radiologists and an oncologist, most working in the UK. The book reads easily and is well-illustrated. It discusses causes, diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical management of these conditions. The book is up to date, well-referenced (quoting studies to 2013) and clinically-relevant. The chapter covering diagnostic imaging of prostate cancer, for example, focuses on the highly topical development of multi-parametric MRI and fusion targeting of biopsies and is illustrated with 28 figures. The book would be valuable as a reference for urological resident/trainees studying to pass Boards or FRCS (urol.) examinations and for practising urologists." - Dr. Simon Brewster, Urological Surgeon, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

"This book on the benign and malignant prostate forms part of a series entitled “Renal and Urologic Disorders”, published by Nova Science Publishers, New York. It addresses all issues relating to the prostate from its anatomy to the more recent advances in Robotic surgery. The authorship is mainly from the United Kingdom, some of whom, as the Editor mentions in the preface, are experts in these fields, but all of whom contributed on topics well known to them and in which they have a regular and daily clinical exposure." READ MORE... - John M. Fitzpatrick, MCh, FRCSI, FEBU, FCS(Urol)SA, FRCSGlas,FRCS, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society, Professor of Surgery Emeritus, University College Dublin

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The History of Cesarean Section

"The book offers a fascinating medical history on Caesarean Section to both obstetricians and the medical community alike. It begins from the Book of Genesis, from the early days of Babylon and ancient Egypt, and displays in colorful, yet in historical and medical accuracy, the development of the concepts, art, and opinions that have accompanied it from the outset to its expansion into a mainstream general medical practice performed in the West and the world over." READ MORE... - Prof. Shifra Shvarts, Moshe Prywes Center for Medical Education, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

"Professor Samuel Lurie, a member of the International Society for the History of Medicine and a regular contributor to this journal has performed a great service to his colleagues in compiling this short account of the history of cesarean section. As the author notes the procedure has intrigued mankind through recorded time and in many ways the history of this operation reflects the progress of medical practice through the ages." READ MORE... - Kenneth Collins

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Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment

"Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL)is a very common condition and is the most common type of hearing loss, it can affect all age groups from newborns to elderly .Congenital SNHL is considered as neurodevelopmental emergency which mandates early detection and intervention , because hearing is the foundation for spoken language and literacy . Sudden SNHL is a medical emergency which must be treated seriously. Many published articles suggested a link between untreated SNHL and cognitive impairment in elderly. The huge diversity of causes of SNHL, requires appropriate investigations to determine the exact etiology of SNHL in individual cases. Better understanding of the pathophysiology and mechanisms leading to SNHL would greatly help in prevention, control, cure or appropriate rehabilitation of the condition. I am really very pleased to see a great work such as , Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment published and available for clinicians and researchers.

There are many otolaryngology, otology and audiology text books, however very few dedicated for hearing loss, and much less dedicated for Sensorineural hearing loss. I do believe that there were some gaps in the available clinical knowledge needed for optimal management of SNHL, advanced basic and clinical research have bridged many of these gaps, but majority of busy clinicians do not have the luxury of time to dig in thousands of publications to get clinically useful information. This book with its excellent seventeen chapters provides up to date, organized, well presented information supported by the outstanding expertise of the contributors. I do encourage Otolaryngologists, Neurotologists and Audiologists and all medical and health care specialties dealing with SNHL or its consequences to read this book. Finally, I want to congratulate the editors, and all other contributors as well as Nova Publishers, of this phenomenal work. Knowledge is power. " - Alfarghal Mohamad, MD, AuD, Consultant of Audio-vestibular medicine, King Abdul Aziz Medical City-Jeddah, KSA

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Immunological Pathogenesis of Sepsis and Use of Hemosorption for Treatment of Cancer Patients with Sepsis

"Dr. Natalia Anisimova is an outstanding immunologist at the Blockin Russian Cancer Research Center in Moscow, headed by Prof. Kesilievsky. An outstanding author, Dr. Anisimova brings her vast knowledge in chemistry, biology, and clinical application into this text. In this most recent book written by Dr. Anisimova, she deals with the pathological condition of sepsis." READ MORE... - Gianfranco Baronzio, MD, Scientific director of LM Cell Factory, Terni, Italy

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Reflections: A Dream Quest

"This book was written for the rational, educated reader who is suspicious that ancient wisdom had something important to say. Author George Elder tackles the immense topic of dream interpretation, offering his own dream history to test a view that combines contemporary neurophysiology and dream interpretation schema from cultures around the world."READ MORE... - Dale Cyphert, Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa

"An intriguing look at the nature of dreams via Elder’s examination and interpretation of his own. Elder recounts a number of dreams from various times during his life, and considers the conditions which may have caused the particular stories that played out while asleep." READ MORE... - Sayward Ayre, Ph.D., author of Tribute to Og: Memories of a Future Lifemate

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Short Bowel Syndrome in Children: Current Practice and Future Perspectives

"Short bowel syndrome (SBS) in infants and children continues to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in spite of all the advances that have occurred in the last thirty years in the management of congenital and acquired abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract. This is the case currently in spite of major advances in nutritional support, both enteral and parenteralnutrition, intestinal transplantation and advanced therapies for support of the failing liver. The management of patients with short bowel syndrome is complex, requiring a comprehensive approach that frequently necessitates long-term use of parenteral nutrition." READ MORE... - Hua Yang, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chairman, Department of General Surgery, Xinqiao Hospital, Third Military Medical University

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Commonly Used Biomarkers in Dentistry: A Handbook

"Dr. Anila has comprehensively covered the various lesions in oral pathology with a relevant table on its immunohistochemical assessment in this book. The differential diagnosis at the end of each topic is also very useful." - Dr. Karthikeyan Ramalingam

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Achieving the Quadruple Aim in a Technology-Driven Transformed Health System: Better Care, Improved Health, Lower Costs and Decreased Medical Liability

"This brilliantly written book should become required reading by the directors and staffs of medical liability insurance companies and all residency directors to use some of its main messages to help break the cycle of wasteful defensive medicine practices often perpetuated by senior physician mentors." - Charles Aswad, M.D., President Emeritus, Medical Society of the State of New York, Board Member, Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company (MLMIC)

"Clear; concise; accurate; understandable and optimistic. No quibbles. I like it, a lot!" - George D. Lundberg, M.D., Former Editor in Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association

"In his book, Dr. Couch, who describes himself as a "radical independent pragmatic centrist," describes the face of medical liability in the world of healthcare reform, in particular how health IT like electronic health records (EHRs) can influence care in ways that can drive healthcare costs and quality either up or down." READ MORE... - Paul Anderson, Editor and director of ECRI Institute's risk management and patient safety publications

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Fulfilling Hope: Supporting the Needs of Patients with Advanced Cancers

"Lillie has written a textbook that every health care professional who sees patients with cancer should have on a "must read" list. This book provides one with a comprehensive curriculum, strategies, and tactics for those who need to provide, care, counsel, and communicate with some of the difficult messages one has to give to cancer patients. Her examples in Chapter II alone are a treasure for anyone in a position to give hope to those who are suffering -- patients, family, friends, and loved ones. Like Lillie herself, you will want the gems of information in this book to be at your side to refer to as you care for people with cancer." - Ellen Stovall, 43 year cancer survivor, Senior Health Policy Advisory, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS)

"I hope that…” often is heard from patients with metastatic cancer, but patient hopes are rarely broached by oncology providers with those who receive a terminal cancer diagnosis. Calling for a “real time partnership” between patients and their oncologists where hopes and fears are freely discussed and addressed, Lillie Shockney’s book, Fulfilling Hope: Supporting the Needs of Patients with Advanced Cancers, challenges oncologists to understand and practice a pivotal role with each patient while being realistic about the patient’s prognosis and helping to fulfill each patient’s hopes. Describing research about hope and sharing poignant patient case studies, the author has written a seminal book that should be required reading for all oncologists, fellows, and those attending medical school." - Shirley Mertz, President, Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

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Network Meta-Analysis: Evidence Synthesis with Mixed Treatment Comparison

"Systematic reviews and meta-analyses, being at the intersection of clinical medicine, epidemiology, statistics, and translational research, arekeymethodologies for the practice of evidence-based medicine. Traditional meta-analytical methods, however, pertain to pairwise comparisons between 2 interventions, thus only partially providing evidence that patients, clinicians, and policy-makers need in order to make informed decisions or public health recommendations regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment." READ MORE... - Reviewed by Orestis A. Panagiotou, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology

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