Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Desertification: Past, Current and Future Trends

Desertification, which is generally regarded as a special case of land degradation, has been an issue of global concern for decades…It is clearly a highly topical issue and this contribution, edited by Victor Squires and Ali Ariapour, is both timeous and relevant to the debate. The book is comprised of 10 chapters, six of which are either authored or co-authored by the editors. Because of their background and experience, case studies from Iran and China have a stronger emphasis in this volume than is usually the case. However, the first chapter by John Oswald and Sarah Harris provides a very useful and balanced global overview of the desertification debate, which I would recommend as necessary reading for anyone wishing to undertake research in this field…READ MORE
M Timm Hoffman
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cape Town
Cape Town
South Africa

From Pap Smear to HPV Vaccine: The Cervical Cancer Prevention Industry

This book is for those who have eyes to see and the moral constitution to know.”
James Lyons-Weiler, PhD
The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge

This book summarizes different approaches to cervical cancer prevention currently used or proposed to be used in the United States. The author claims that the purpose of this book is to uncover the flaws of some of these approaches so that the readers as informed healthcare consumers can maintain the personal dignity, respect and autonomy they deserve in order to protect their own health and lives and those of their loved ones. After reading through the chapters of the book, this reviewer finds the author has accomplished his mission with ample factual and science-based evidence. Since these approaches to cervical cancer prevention are also widely used around the world, this book is also recommended for readers in other English-speaking countries."
Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD, FRCP, MaACR
Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases Sheba Medical Center (Affiliated to Tel-Aviv University), Israel
Past Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases, Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Editor-in-chief, Autoimmunity Reviews

“I recommend his book wholeheartedly. This book should be studied by all university medical professors and students across the world as a sort of the most authoritative “Bible” in the HPV vaccine-associated adverse reaction field because its author, backed by his deep knowledge of molecular biology and vital functions of codons and consequences of its translation and transcription, elucidates reasons and causes of ultra-wide-ranging types of adverse reactions that also show up at recipients of HPV vaccines. The adverse reactions of HPV vaccines sometimes manifest themselves as extremely serious and painful side-effects affecting recipient girls’ and young women’s central nerve system to the point of devastating and crippling such recipient girls. Some of such girls ended up committing suicide in my country and in other countries too amidst their intense sufferings resulting from HPV vaccine injections and their consequences at their brains and other key portions of the central nerve system.”
Professor Harumi Kuno-Sakai, MD
Former President of the Japanese Society of Clinical Virology
Former Executive Editor-in-Chief, The Clinical Virology
Former pediatrics and public health professor at Tokai University School of Medicine
Ex-immunology researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

“This book should be required reading for every person on the planet. The eminent Dr. Sin Hang Lee takes his readers on a well-documented look inside the creation of a cervical cancer prevention industry. How did physicians mutate from providing patients with a proven safe and effective means of controlling cervical cancer to using methods based on promises from pharmaceutical manufacturers? Are these promises scientifically proven? How did the general public come to trust promises from the medical industrial complex as scientifically proven facts? Who are the real beneficiaries of these transitions? Learning the answers to these questions could save you or someone you love from becoming the next victim of prescriptions for profit.”
Norma Erickson
Founder and President of SaneVax, Inc.

Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education

"Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education is the result of more than 40 years of experience as a pedagogue and a teacher; the result of his visits abroad, of his interactions with other teachers and researchers. This is not just another book on globalization and education. This is the knowledge and the experience of learning by sharing at its best. Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin, whom I had the chance and pleasure to meet in person in Russia and then to work with on some research activities, takes us in a journey of reflection, not only about his thoughts but also about how we see ourselves in this world both as citizens and teachers. I dare the reader to accept his invitation and 'embark on a deeper probe'. I wish you all a good reading."
Anabela Mesquita, PhD
Polytechnic of Porto & Algoritmi RC
Portugal

"In Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education, Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin challenges us to reinvent education in a way that accounts for the enormous complexity of globalization today. This timely and highly erudite book leads readers through a sweep of history, geography, and social thought in order to question old assumptions and prompt creative thinking about how next generations ought to be prepared."
Christine Sleeter, PhD
Professor Emerita
California State University Monterey Bay
USA

"Ilghiz M. Sinagatullin’s timely work, Globalization Unchained: Seven Major Challenges Facing Education, examines seven key issues facing educators throughout the globe in the third decade of the 21st century. In examining various issues associated with globalization, Sinagatullin provides his thought-provoking take on essential topics such as neoliberalism, the digitalization of education, and English as a global language. Easy to read and laded with insightful comments on the status of global education, the book is destined a must read for educational leaders at all levels, policymakers, lawmakers, and all interested in education."
Charles J. Russo, J.D., EdD
Panzer Chair in Education and Research
Professor of Law
University of Dayton
Ohio, USA

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