Book Reviews

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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Journey through the World of Malaria

"The book, Journey through the World of Malaria, is passionately written, and one of the few publications rooted in a disease endemic country. The book is comprehensively covering all aspects of malariology from history to future prospects (control and elimination) and pathogenesis to epidemiology. It is trying to address recent developments in the field of malaria and includes sections on emerging drug resistance and vaccine development. The section on diagnosis is a bit limited and does not include novel approaches such a molecularly biology. The nicely illustrated book has an extensive bibliography for further reading and reference. It is well designed for MSc and PhD students (Biology/Medicine) and all those who are interested in Malaria. It is a great resource for those who are teaching in the field of infectious diseases, and malaria in particular. Be a curious traveler and go on this exciting trip in the World of Malaria.” - Dr. Henk Schallig, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Neuro-Immune Interactions in the Adult Central Nervous System

"Recent studies indicate that inflammatory cells and immunological cytokines modulate brain functions and diseases. This is a very useful book for not only students, but also post-docs and even professors, to learn recent progress in this research field. Readers will find various information about neuro-immune interactions in the adult central nervous system, from basic biology to clinical application. Chapters of this book have been written by the experts in neuroscience and/or immunology. As a researcher working on adult neurogenesis, I was particularly interested in Chapter 5 "Neuro-Immune Interactions in Neural Stem Cells of the Postnatal Subventricular Zone," which has been contributed by Dr. Oscar Gonzalez-Perez, the Editor of this book, and his colleagues. They have carefully and clearly summarized recent studies on immunological molecules that control the function of neural stem cells under physiological and pathological conditions. Hopefully this book will give readers some new ideas and contribute to the advancement of interdisciplinary research involving neuroscience and immunology." - Kazunobu Sawamoto, Ph.D., Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Institute of Molecular Medicine

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Regulating Biobanks in Humans: The Use of Adult and Children Biomaterials for Clinical and Research Purposes

"Salvaterra et al provide an educational foundation on Ethical and legal and social (ELSI) and other regulatory issues in cord blood, stem cell, neonatal biobanking. Aggregated teachings from key collaborators in the field contribute historical perspective, detailed insight and analyses into ELSI issues germane to adult and pediatric biospecimen and clinical research." READ MORE... - Lisa B Miranda, President and Chief Executive Officer, Biobusiness Consulting Incorporated

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The Quest for Health Equity

"Many of us yearn for a future in which health is seen more as a basic human right to be protected than as an earned commodity to be marketed. “The Quest for Health Equity” lights the pathway between here and there. Science is needed to move us forward on that path over time, but passion is needed to get us onto that path in the first place. Much like its author, Angela Sauaia, this book is a blend of science and passion. “The Quest for Health Equity” will therefore probably become a very popular textbook for students who want to learn about this topic. For those of us who are more seasoned, this book will be a useful reminder to get back onto the path toward equity, and a useful guide for how we might move forward toward a better future." - Tim Byers, MD, MPH; Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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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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