Book Reviews

Book Reviews

The Development of Organic Phosphorus Chemistry: Discoveries of the Nineteenth Century

“This treatise is an excellent review of the birth of organophosphorus chemistry with respect to the generation of C-P bonds. Dr. Quin has done a superb job in ferreting out the facts concerning the early work in this field in the 19th century. Four chapters compose the book with each chapter focusing mainly on work done by specific chemists.” READ MORE…K. Darrell Berlin, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University.

“The book by Louis DuBose Quin is a first of its kind in presenting the early development of phosphorus chemistry. It does so by considering the discoveries of the three chemists that introduced the world to organic phosphorus chemistry. These are the French chemist , Paul Thenard, who discovered the first organic phosphorus compound in 1845, trimethylphosphine.” READ MORE…Dr. Robert Holmes, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Phosphorus, Sulfur and Silicon and the Related Elements, University of Massachusetts

“In this book Professor Quin engagingly summarizes the many seminal discoveries made by pioneers of phosphorus chemistry in the 19th century who established the foundations of this important field. His coverage is thorough and orderly, and includes not only the chemistry that worked (despite the limits of laboratory apparatus, analytical techniques and bonding concepts of the period) but he also includes a number of informative synthetic attempts that failed. The author’s very careful analysis of the relevant literature enabled him to make a convincing case for choosing August Wilhelm Hoffman as the founder of phosphorus chemistry; a choice that at first surprised me, as I am sure it will other phosphorus-oriented chemists as well. Professor Quin has provided a wide spectrum of chemists with a delightful review of a field of great importance in academic as well as a variety industrial laboratories.” – John G. Verkade, Ph.D., Iowa State University

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Optical Spectroscopy: Technology, Properties and Performance

“The book is an excellent one in the field of optical spectroscopy of materials, including both science and technology. It is written by outstanding specialista in optical spectroscopy. The book includes 2 chapters written by Dr. Nicolae Tomozeiu and 2 chapters written by Hideo Takeuchi. The book treat at a high level both the science and technology of measurement and interpretation of the results.” READ MORE…Professor Mihai Popescu, National Institute of Materials Physics, Bucharest, Magurele, Romania

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Exultant Forces of Translation and the Philosophy of Travel of Alphonso Lingis

“This is a fascinating study of an extraordinary man’s engagement with language and translation in today’s multifaceted world of intertwining cultures.” – Susan Bassnett, FRSL, Professor of Comparative Literature, Special Advisor in Translation Studies, Sub-Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Warwick

“Dalia Staponkutė interweaves literature, philosophy, and anthropology to make connections between the theory, practice and poetics of cultural translation. Particularly brilliant is the way she applies Bakhtin’s notion of the “chronotope of the road,” to unpack relationships of the body, travel, and translation in the writing of Alphonso Lingis.” – Stephanos Stephanides, FEA OSSI, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Cyprus

“While translators traverse numerous sources, such as dictionaries, metaphoric variations that never result in a copy of the original, this text is a way of telling the “traveler” that there is an intertwining of sense forming a mutual “transcreation.” The latter allows the traveler to form relationships with the other that neither has suspected. According to Staponkutė, Lingis adds another dimension to encounters by travelers across texts and cultures of different continents and peoples: body comportment. It is at this level that the author points to the ways that bodies “speak” and the ways they find some immediate sense and its linguistic inadequacies. There is a “transcreational intercorporeity” that spontaneously discloses and obscures our own self understanding and the understanding of the other – leaving us with a continuous wonder and fascination to learn more of what was still “unsaid” and what can never be fully said.” – Algis Mickunas, Professor of Philosophy, Ohio University

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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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Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective

“Fay Patel’s edited Online Learning: An Educational Development Perspective is an impassioned and convincing argument for the integration of pedagogy with technology, and the partnering of educators, educational developers and instructional designers, to ensure optimal, innovative online learning for students. Drawing on existing research and their own experiences, Patel and her fellow contributors are positing that technology should not be considered a simple panacea for all that currently ails higher education.” READ MORE…Suzanne Le-May Sheffield, Ph.D., Director, Centre for Learning and Teaching, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

“This book contains a rich mixture of new and innovative ideas relevant to the burgeoning field of Online Learning and Teaching. In this regard, both the novice as well as the experienced educator, particularly those interested in the value and benefits of technology enabled learning and teaching, will find the discussions and information presented both helpful and informative.” READ MORE…Karen Roland, Karen Roland, PhD, Dean, Faculty of Education and Academic Development, University of Windsor

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Beyond Money: The Social Roots of Health and Well-Being

“Scholars concerned with cultural post-modernization tend to agree upon several basic assertions. At least one is relevant for the debates around wellbeing and quality of life. With the social and economic change, people focus on better life expressed in non-material way.” READ MORE…Reviewed by Bogdan Voicu, Senior Researcher I, Romanian Academy, Research Institute for Quality of Life

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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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Analysis of Kinetic Models of Chemical Reaction Systems. Value Approach

“This subject of this book is the systematic analysis of kinetic models of complex reactions, with emphasis on chain reactions. The intent of the authors is to provide the conceptual background for the use of numerical models to evaluate molecular kinetic data in terms of mechanistic schemes. The book concludes with an explanation of the kinetics software package, VALKIN.” READ MORE…Frederick T. Greenaway, Professor of Chemistry at Clark University

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Psychiatry on the Edge

“Dr. Ronald Pies latest book, Psychiatry on the Edge, is a masterful collection of his writings. In addition to having been editor of Psychiatric Times, Dr. Pies is a prolific scholar who has written about topics ranging from psychopharmacology, medical causes of psychiatric illnesses, ethics, Judaism, Buddhism, Stoicism, cognitive-behavior therapy, and poetry. In this volume, he explores how we can begin to understand what psychiatry is and what it is not. At a time when our field is under attack from many quarters, it is critically important to be able to discuss what it is that we do as psychiatrists in a non-defensive and intellectually rigorous manner. In order to do so it is helpful to critically view our field from different vantage points and prisms.

Dr. Pies engages the reader in a thoughtful review of relevant philosophy, drawing upon original source material. On a process level, we are taught about philosophic principles salient to our field. For those of us who never took philosophy (or who are a little rusty), we are treated to a highly educational and enjoyable overview. How best to learn about philosophy than to relate it to our own field and what better way to learn about psychiatry than to draw upon philosophy as a field of thought that is different than our usual intellectual framework! This book offers the reader an intellectual opportunity to learn (or relearn) philosophic principles and, by applying the basics of rational philosophic thought, be able to critically explore the very nature of psychiatry, including the many misunderstandings and negative polemic offered about our field in the popular press or when we are asked existential questions by our patients and others.

Dr. Pies is an exceptional author and scholar, able to draw upon many different topic areas and write in an enjoyable manner, which exemplifies such fantastic “synthetic thought.” This volume helps focus our attention on the central vexing issue our field faces: how do we embrace an evidence based, scientifically driven mindset while simultaneously maintaining the art of medicine, and the critical empathic connection with our patients, both of which are necessary for treating the hallmarks of disease – suffering and incapacity. Pies offers the concept of “polythetic pluralism,” which embraces the world of both medical science and the healing arts.

The essay “Can Psychiatry be Both a Medical Science and a Healing Art? The case for Polythetic Pluralism” should be read by all psychiatric providers. The book also goes a long way in debunking the belief that psychiatry is not scientifically based, reminding us that mental health signs and symptoms are as real as the headaches that a neurologist treats. The fact that mental phenomena are subjectively experienced does not detract from the validity of symptoms representing disease. As an example, affect and mood can be assessed in a reliable manner and can reflect valid distress and illness despite being subjectively experienced. Logical positivism is put in a safe perspective that does not allow it to crowd out the very meaning of psychiatric illness.

Dr. Pies is a very wise physician who shares his knowledge and insights with true generosity. In addition to learning about philosophic thinking, he shares insights into many topics including health care as a basic human right, psychiatrist participation in executions and interrogations, gun control, and internet ethics, to name a few. Each section left me with many new ideas and I was often awe inspired.

This is a thinking person’s collection, with much to learn, enjoy, and share with each other. Psychiatry on the Edge develops a dialog which helps us define who we are and what we do as psychiatrists, critical in understanding our field and sharing it with others. I highly recommend this contribution as the reader will be rewarded with much knowledge and many deep insights.”
Jeffrey S. Barkin MD, DFAPA, Portland, Maine, US

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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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