Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Physiotherapeutic Management of Patellofemoral Pain

"The title of this book is physiotherapeutic management of patellofemoral pain, yet the detailed chapters provide information for a much wider range of health care clinicians such as physicians, students, athletic trainers, podiatrists, academics and physiotherapists who study patellofemoral pain and who are likely to examine and treat those with this condition. This book has been written mainly by a team of academic and clinical based physiotherapists. The eleven chapters provide a comprehensive guide and explanation of the many treatment modalities and programs available for patellofemoral pain."
Professor Michael Callaghan
Manchester Metropolitan University
United Kingdom

"I highly recommend a book, which is titled “Physiotheurapeutic Management of Patellofemoral Pain”. The clinicians refer to Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome as the “the black hole of orthopedics” because treatment approaches that produce successful outcomes for those afflicted continues to elude them. I think that the editors have completed a significant deficiency with this book, which includes the treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. In the present book, not only basic issues such as anatomy, biomechanics, pathophysiology, and assessment but also detailed physiotherapy approaches are discussed in every respect. I sincerely congratulate precious editors and authors of the book who support the book for this careful and wonderful study, which I believe that academics, students, and clinicians will find answers to every question they are looking for."
Defne Kaya, Professor, PT, PhD
Bursa Uludag University

Estimation Methods in the Romanian National Forest Inventory

"The increased recognition of the functions and ecosystem services provided by forests underlines the need for reliable and up-to-date information on forests. Producing quantitative, diversified, and trustable information on forest states and dynamics is the aim of the National Forest Inventories. Their methods are very specific, complex, and deserve a complete presentation as endeavoured in this book for the Romanian Forest Inventory.
This inventory, one of the last implemented in Europe, had to cope with the challenging context of the Carpathian forests. The development of the sampling design and estimation methods is built on the experience accumulated by older inventories and represents a fruitful collaboration coordinated by the European National Forest Inventory Network (ENFIN).
The detailed information on the sampling and the estimation methods provided by this book offers a deep insight on the statistical background of forest inventories and their implementation. It constitutes a solid basis for understanding the principles of forest survey. This book is addressed to a large audience: from inventory specialists to researchers who desire to gain insights on the methods used in forest surveys."
Dr. Klemens Schadauer
Debuty Director of BFW
ENFIN Chair

Positive Psychology and School Leadership

"There is a clear and urgent need to apply principles of positive psychology, positive leadership, and positive organizational practices to educational institutions. Compelling research shows that the performance and well-being of both students and teachers are significantly enhanced by the principles discussed in this book. Jolanta Burke has written a straightforward and clear explanation of how positive leadership can produce this outcome. It is a much-needed contribution."
Professor Kim Cameron
Founder of the Positive Organisational Scholarship
University of Michigan
USA

"Clearly written, accessible and inspiring, Burke delivers a cutting-edge tour of positive psychology theory that celebrates the history and evolution of the field. Burke’s background as a psychologist, researcher and leader shines throughout the book. Readers are treated to a skillfully developed and engaging narrative that signposts strategies leaders can adopt to shape more holistic and caring cultures in their organisations. As we globally struggle to find better ways to support each other during the COVID19 pandemic, provocations to shape how we bounce back and adopt more positive practices in our schools are most welcome. Every once in a while, I buy a book in multiple copies because I know that my students and colleagues will be borrowing them, often. This is one of those books!!"
Dr. Karen Edge
London Centre for Leadership in Learning
University College London
UK

"Dr. Jolanta Burke has written a must-read book. Packed with insightful and expert knowledge, and with a direct writing style, the book offers a right balance between theory and practice. It introduces an original and provocative perspective to apply the latest research in the science of positive psychology in educational contexts and to encourage leaders to use new approaches to confront some of the main issues in school communities. During these challenging times for education, this is an evidence-based inspirational text for those who want to create schools in which everybody can flourish and thrive. As a lecturer in this field, I recommend this book as the perfect choice for every school leader and teacher, and every course in education studies."
Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes
Director of Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology
University of East London
UK

"This is an important text and a very significant contribution to an aspect of school leadership that is growing in importance. Dr Burke has opened a door that has been locked or ignored for many years. Positive psychology offers important perspectives and a range of strategies that have great potential to challenge prevailing orthodoxies and provide a sophisticated conceptual framework that integrates academic rigour with professional relevance. This text will enhance academic programmes, school based professional development and personal reflection and learning."
Professor John West-Burnham
Educational Leadership Expert
University of Worcester
UK

"Dr. Burke has written an important book and I expect Positive Psychology and School Leadership to become essential reading for both practitioners and academics working in the field of educational leadership and management. It is a timely book given the levels of stress and performativity associated with headship today, and a refreshing take on a much-neglected aspect: how to go deep into the minds and motivations of stakeholders to help them get the best out of themselves, and create the positive school culture that we know from educational effectiveness research matters so much to students and teachers alike."
Professor Anthony Kelly
Educational Leadership Expert
University of Southampton
UK

"We have now reached a point in the development of positive psychology that its findings can be applied in a variety of settings to improve well-being and functioning. Nowhere is this more important than in our educational system. In this book, Dr Burke skillfully brings together relevant findings from positive psychology research and leadership theory to provide a wide-ranging guide for school leaders. She blends her own experience as an educational and academic leader with a rigorous assessment of the research literature on positive leadership in schools. Today there is widespread and growing interest in positive education, an approach that blends academic achievement with the development of strengths, resilience and character. This approach has been shown to be effective, not only in increasing children’s well-being, but also in enhancing their academic achievement. Dr. Burke’s work here on positive leadership in schools adds an important dimension to this vital new approach to education."
Professor Ciaran O’Boyle
Founding Director of RCSI Institute of Leadership
Director of RCSI Centre for Positive Psychology and Health

The Essential Anatomy of the Doctor – Patient Relationship

The Essential Anatomy of the Doctor – Patient Relationship fuses the mix of art and science that is at the core of medicine. Using stories culled from his long career as an internist, he demonstrates how listening to patient stories is the portal to diagnosis and the establishment of trust. It is as though William Osler joined William Carlos Williams at the bedside.”
Thomas Duffy, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine/Hematology
Yale University

“The doctor-patient relationship is at the heart of medicine. Dr. Keating clearly articulates the essential elements – the anatomy – that forge this relationship, and using patient stories drawn from his many years of clinical practice makes it real and understandable. This is a must read for aspiring physicians, seasoned physicians in practice and, of course, their patients. It is a book that every physician will want on their bookshelf so they can reread it multiple times.”
Bruce M. Koeppen, MD, PhD
Dean
Frank H. Netter, School of Medicine
Quinnipiac University

The Last Farewell Embrace: Spirituality, Near-Death Experiences, and Other Extraordinary Events among Nurses
Nation and Mankind

"The original and consistent opinion of Mikheil (Mkhako) Tsereteli about the nation as a hyper organism, about the state and homeland on the example of every nation, state and ethnos is not known apart from the narrow circle of specialists. In this perspective, his book Nation and Mankind is a masterpiece which should have been initially attainable both to the international scientific world and the broader audience interested in the creation, viability, functions and changes of the national and social organisms. The book is a sociological analysis written in the beginning of the XX century about sociological phenomena of different cultures, religions, and languages gaining the national color within each nation. It can be boldly said that the sociological science worldwide is flawed without considering this analysis. His aim was to protect the nation’s rights. The right of existence and immunity, universal and just equality, the right to establish a state of some form, the right of finding justice before the society of societies and equal and fair obligations before it these are the rights of a nation (Chapter 10, p.188). At the same time, the book gives the full picture of social creativity of humankind at the beginning of the XX century and the contribution of the Georgian nation as a national-social organism to the fund of mankind. If Nation and Mankind had been translated into different languages at the time of its creation, it would have become a deskbook for academic circles as well as for politicians and literate world."
Inga Ghutidze
PhD in Philology, Professor

Exemplars of Conducting Archival Data Analyses: A Collection of K-12 and Higher Education Studies
200 Years and Beyond: The Changing Social, Economics and the Politics of Britain and America since the Industrial Revolution

This book is a concise historical insight into how the British economy developed and expanded from the Industrial revolution to date. Maurice also manages to portray the important political decisions mentioned in his book and illustrate the importance of such decisions on British society and the economy. It is an exquisite joy to read, and provides the reader with so much knowledge.
Mark Attard Montalto B.A. LL.D., M.Jur (Eur.Law)

There is a tendency among historians to downplay the role that economics play in historical events and their evolution. Yet, economic factors have been the catalyst sustaining revolutions. This study by Professor Mullard is, therefore, of huge importance because it demonstrates the interlink between economics and politics as it traces British and American history since the Industrial Revolution.
Godfrey A. Pirotta
Professor of Government and Policy Studies
Chairperson Mediterranean Diplomatic Academy
University of Malta
Malta

I have now had a chance to read through a couple of the chapters, Chapter 2 The Industrial Revolution in Britain and Chapter 3 Economics and Politics in 19th Century America. There is some really interesting material here, great breadth and the individual stories are compelling. The material in the chapters is very broad…covering a huge range which is very impressive

Professor Andrew Gamble
Professor of Politics University of Sheffield
Professor Emeritus University of Cambridge

Leeway: Reaching Beyond Expectations. Dr. K.J. Lee’s Journey from the Hideouts of Penang to Harvard and Beyond

"KJ Lee had an inauspicious start as a young child growing up in war-torn Malaya. Despite this he rose to the heights of great esteem and acclaim that he earned along the path to manhood and sage-status in the United States of America. One almost immediately senses in the book an elusive and driven quality in him as a very young man who was destined to change the imperfect world that was handed to him. He did this not for him alone, but for all he would meet along the way. His physical and emotional journey takes him beyond the security and comforts of family and familiarity. It takes him across the world while a mere teenager alone on a ship; not to seek his fortune but to create it. Despite now being world renowned as a scholar, a writer, a professor, an innovator and inventor, as well as an acclaimed surgeon, he is a humble, unassuming, kind and gracious man."READ MORE...- Dr. Stephanie Paulmeno, President: Connecticut Nurses Association, President: Communities 4 Action, Chairman of the Board: The Patient is U Foundation, Inc.

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Adolescent Dating Violence: Outcomes, Challenges and Digital Tools

"The book Adolescent Dating Violence, with recourse to current scientific contributions, invites us to reflect on the new challenges of the 21st century, which have perpetuated a violence without temporal or geographical limits among adolescents. Dating violence, as an important predictor of domestic violence, requires urgent preventive measures, which are developed in this important editorial initiative..."READ MORE...- Mauro Paulino, Coordinator of Mind – Institute of Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Lisbon, Portugal

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