Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Bridging the Gap: In This Era of Cancer Immunotherapy

“In this important and thought-provoking book I particularly enjoyed the chapter by S. Y. Tsao about low dose metronomic chemotherapy and the ways in which it can stimulate tumor immunity – making it a seemingly ideal partner for targeted immunotherapy. The discussion on the impact of chemotherapy dosage on immunogenic cell death and use of metronomic chemotherapy as a long term maintenance treatment strategy are especially timely.” – Robert S. Kerbel, Professor, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

“In chapter 2, Dr. Tsao provides a highly relevant summary of our knowledge of current chemotherapy dosing and its implications on potential combinations with both immune checkpoint inhibitors as well as oncolytic viruses. Moreover, he has raised an important point of using metronomic chemotherapy as a potentially more effective and safer alternative to the standard chemotherapy dosing. A point made important by the current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and known deleterious effects of standard chemotherapy on the patients’ outcomes.” – Igor Puzanov, Professor of Oncology & Medicine, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

“Although high-dose vitamin C is controversial, we have solid data and clinical experience that, given upon admission to the ICU, it may well prevent “cytokine storms”: probably the cause of acute respiratory distress of chest infections, especially viral. The known pleiotropic properties of high-dose vitamin C may well facilitate its oncology adjunct role, not the least of which is for chest infections that frequent advanced cancer patients. Dr. Yuen’s very comprehensive chapters on high-dose vitamin C provide an interesting read on its rejection to rekindling.” – Paul E. Marik, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA

“These chapters provide an extensive review of intravenous vitamin C for the treatment of cancer. The long history of vitamin C as a nutritional supplement to combat scurvy to a potential radio-chemotherapeutic agent is discussed.” – Joseph J. Cullen, Professor of Surgery, University of Iowa, USA 

“Although high dose vitamin C is a controversial subject among doctors, Dr. Yuen, author of Chapters 3 and 4, has managed to render this difficult task of providing an interesting, readable, evidence-based account of the issue: it’s worth trying for cancer patients running out of viable options. The case report of its combination with irradiation is also to be congratulated, as I have never seen reversal of vocal cord palsy due to tumor compression lasting 4 weeks, no matter how rigorous the oncology interventions.” – Kian Hian Yeoh, Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, National University of Singapore, Singapore

“Here is a text that surveys biomedical horizons in oncology and is also brave enough to include reflections on a venerable medical tradition. China’s traditional medicine gets a place on the map for its application in clinical oncology due to the significant body of research suggesting this ancient Experience-Based Medicine can work alongside Evidence-Based Medicine to support patient care in the modern world. Notably, the use of acupuncture in oncology has been endorsed by the US National Institutes of Health. Without such modern evidential support the case for TCM would be weak. Contributor Mark Houston is a leading scholarly TCM physician who has worked in a supportive role alongside biomedical oncology teams for twenty-five years and here provides a measured introduction to a subject that perhaps deserves more attention.” – Charles Buck, past Chairman of the British Acupuncture Council and Author of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine – Roots of Modern Practice (2012)

New Studies on Anthropometry

“In this recent book, the editors have collected a diverse range of complimentary information applicable to a wide population related to both competitive sport, health and physical fitness, all written by experts in their area. This book will be of interest to those working in these fields as well as others both experienced and at the start of their careers, wanting to get a taste of the latest findings and points of interest in their area of study.”
Daniel Daly, PhD
Professor Emeritus
Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
KU Leuven, Belgium

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of human movement. It is the product of several well-known scholars with an extensive history of studying human performance across a variety of subdisciplines. The importance of anthropometrics in the analysis of human movement cannot be overstated, and this book provides a relevant and thorough review of several aspects of the field that will be of interest to both the novice and the expert. The topics range in scope from basic theory to highly applied research across such diverse concepts like aging, amputation, podiatry and dentistry. Each chapter is concise, well-written and accessible with several high-quality figures and tables. The combination of historical and recent data, together with perspectives on future trends, make the book an excellent resource for the movement scientist.”
Jeff A. Nessler, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
California State University, San Marcos, USA

Anthropometry: Types, Uses and Applications

“In this recent book, the editors have collected a diverse range of complimentary information applicable to a wide population related to competitive sport, health and physical fitness, all written by experts in their area. This book will be of interest to those working in these fields as well as others, both experienced and at the start of their careers, wanting to get a taste of the latest findings and points of interest in their area of study.”
Daniel Daly, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium

“I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the study of human movement. It is the product of several well-known scholars with an extensive history of studying human performance across a variety of subdisciplines. The importance of anthropometrics in the analysis of human movement cannot be overstated, and this book provides a relevant and thorough review of several aspects of the field that will be of interest to both the novice and the expert. The topics range in scope from basic theory to highly applied research across such diverse concepts like aging, amputation, podiatry and dentistry. Each chapter is concise, well-written and accessible with several high-quality figures and tables. The combination of historical and recent data, together with perspectives on future trends, make the book an excellent resource for the movement scientist.”
Jeff A. Nessler, PhD, Professor of Kinesiology, California State University, San Marcos, USA

Strabismus: Prevalence, Recognition and Management

“Dr. Zia Chaudhuri has edited and helped author this new text, providing both ophthalmic surgeons and visual scientists help in understanding complex forms of strabismus and corrective surgical methods. She has put her training with the eminent strabismologist Dr. Joseph Demer PhD, MD at the University of California Los Angeles (USA) to great use. Her book allows the reader to digest contributions from an array of leaders in strabismus research from an international range of academic centers: Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, the United Kingdom, as well as Houston and Los Angeles. Both clinicians and scientists seeking new insights into strabismus mechanisms and novel procedures will benefit from this important work.”
Lawrence Tychsen, M.D.
John F. Hardesty Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Neuroscience
St. Louis Children’s Hospital at Washington University Medical Center
St. Louis, Missouri
USA

Pulmonary Vascular Disorders

“It is my pleasure to write these lines in support of the publication of this book addressing the vascular disorders of the pulmonary system. The editors have been able to convene the best specialists to address issues that range from the genetics, through the primary diseases of the vessels and ending with advanced pulmonary diseases. It is a field that has evolved very rapidly, where an authoritative review can help place together the incremental information accrued over the last decades. I commend the editors for their effort and hope this book will make the impact it deserves.”
Bartolome Celli, M.D. Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

“As knowledge of pulmonary vascular disease rapidly evolves, current summaries of this information from recognized experts in the field become increasingly necessary. This book brings together leaders from around the world to provide a unique resource. They have synthesized previous and current research addressing key areas of the disease state, in manner that will move the field forward. The authors and editors should be commended for this work in a period of exceptional challenge for everyone involved in healthcare.”
David B. Badesch, MD Professor of Medicine, Divisions of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, and Cardiology, Clinical Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Center, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, USA

“There have been enormous advances in the understanding and management of pulmonary vascular disorders; pulmonary hypertension has been transformed from a fatal disease to a treatable condition with the introduction of effective new treatments. This book, edited by Roberto Carbone, Francesco Puppo, and Victor Tapson, brings together some of the world experts in pulmonary vascular disease to give a comprehensive overview and update of these important diseases, with discussions on their genetics, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment. As well as comprehensively discussing pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary thromboembolism, the book covers the involvement of the pulmonary vasculature in other lung diseases, such as interstitial lung diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sleep apnoea, as well as the involvement of the pulmonary vasculature in systemic disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis and other immunological diseases, cardiovascular diseases and in pregnancy. This seminal book will be invaluable to physicians from several specialities and to researchers.”
Peter Barnes FRS, FMedSci, Imperial College London

Combating Elder Abuse in Australia and India

“This thought-provoking book brings together perspectives on elder abuse from two very different settings – India and Australia. This is a neglected, but critical issue for the wellbeing of older people and there are important lessons that can be learnt from both countries. And it is great to see the emphasis on concrete strategies to reduce the burden of this pervasive scourge.”
Professor John Beard, ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia;
Adjunct Professor, Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

“As President of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), I strongly recommend Dr. Shankardass’ edited book on elder abuse to professionals, policymakers, academics and students alike. It provides a comprehensive and cutting edge overview of elder abuse prevention and intervention services as well as legal rights and policies from an international human rights perspective. Dr. Shankardass, a foremost expert in elder abuse, has brought together a world-class group of scholars who contribute their insights and expertise to further knowledge and understanding of this issue.”
Susan B. Somers, JD, President, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, New York, USA

“The response to elder abuse and neglect is unique to each jurisdiction (country, region). This book provides a nuanced understanding of the political, social, public health, community and legal responses to this problem in India and Australia. It presents an overview from different disciplines and raises important issues that need to be considered to develop adequate practices such as gender, capacity (or cognitive health), role of families, rights of older persons, … It deserves to be read widely.”
Professor Marie Beaulieu, Ph. D., MSRC/FRSC, Co-Director, WHO Collaborative Centre, Age Friendly Communities/Elder Abuse, Sherbrooke, Canada;
Chairholder, Research Chair on Mistreatment of Older Adults

Craniospinal Vascular Diseases and Endovascular Neurosurgery

“Completing the book, Craniospinal Vascular Diseases and Endovascular Neurosurgery, was a major task and the editors did remarkably well. I am well aware of the difficulties involved in editing a multi-author book. The book is well organized and would be an important addition to literature and very useful for specialists in the field. In my personal capacity as well as in the capacity of 1st Vice President of WFNS, President of the World Federation of Skull Base Surgery Societies and Honorary President, AASNS, I recommend this book.”
Basant Misra, Professor of Neurosurgery Department of Neurosurgery and Gamma Knife Radiosurgery
P. D. Hinduja National Hospital & MRC, Mumbai, India

The Knotted Cord: An Update on Transgenerational Alcohol

This book will be of great interest to a range of practitioners and students working with children, adolescents and their families. This includes those working in medical, psychology, social work and educational settings. It addresses a much under recognised condition: Neurodevelopmental Disorder Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (NDPAE), that is only now being given the attention it deserves. NDPAE may impact on the lives of so many young people who have learning difficulties, behaviour issues and problems in school and residential settings, yet it is often not thought about or considered. Dr. O’Malley has updated his earlier work to include the latest thinking and research on NDPAE. He has vast experience internationally in diagnosing and treating the condition. He is one of the foremost practitioners and thinkers in the field. He promotes a “systems of care” approach which involves parents and a multidisciplinary range of professionals which is very practical and helpful. As a forensic psychologist specialising in working with children and adolescents in the child care systems of Ireland and the UK I have found his work most illuminating and his advice invaluable. I warmly recommend this up-dated edition and believe it is a “must read” for anyone who wishes to learn about NDPAE.”
Dr. Bill Lockhart, Forensic Psychologist

COVID-19 by Cases: A Pandemic Review

“When COVID-19 related hospital admissions rise in many states throughout the nation it presents an extraordinary ongoing challenge to the healthcare system. It is in this setting, as heroes at the frontlines of critical care, that Dr. Sujanthy Rajaram with her co-editors and authors created COVID by Cases: A Pandemic Review. Written over the last 6 months, this multidisciplinary and multi-institutional effort contains contemporary pragmatic advice derived from the firsthand experiences of its authors and the available literature. The book begins with a historical and pathophysiological review of COVID-19 infection followed by 26 more chapters covering the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, neurological, cytopathological, coagulopathic and thrombotic manifestations of COVID-19 infection. Included are chapters on the unique clinical aspects of COVID infection in airway management, oxygen therapy, ventilation, sedation and analgesia, pharmacotherapy, CPR, pregnancy, and ECMO. Additional chapters discuss personal protective equipment, vaccines, comorbidities, morbidity and mortality, and COVID in children. Nursing perspectives are given in the chapter “Reflections and Experiences” and international perspectives in “The Global Response to COVID-19”. Topics in rehabilitation and long-term care, and difficult issues in ethics and palliative care are discussed. Although the book is comprehensive in scope, the chapters use cases as platforms for discussion and are concise and easy to read. COVID by Cases is a worthwhile resource for practitioners and students caring for COVID patients in acute care settings including the emergency department and hospital wards, in addition to the ICU.”
John M. Oropello, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM, Professor of Surgery & Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Director, Transplant ICU, Program Director, Critical Care Medicine, Institute for Critical Care Medicine, New York City, NY USA

“The editors and co-authors have written a very relevant book at this time and place. Since they are themselves health care providers treating COVID-19 patients, they are in a unique position to provide us with this important information. The book is well written and an excellent case-based review of the pandemic with 27 chapters. Congratulations for writing such a book during the pandemic while at the same time caring for patients!”
Arthur S. Walters, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Division of Sleep Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

“The authors in compiling, organizing, and dissecting the existing medical knowledge have provided a wonderful service to the medical community. Having up-to-date, state-of-the-art information that can be trusted about COVID-19 is critical to our patient care. The book traverses a broad array of topics from critical care management and palliation to vaccination and pharmacotherapy with a balanced and even-handed approach. It delves into issues that impact all clinicians and simultaneously appeals to the specialists. While universally appealing topics like treatment are well-presented, other important areas such as quality and safety are not given short shrift. There are even discussions of things I have never considered such as how to prone an intubated pregnant patient. Such practical, evidence-based guidance is exactly what clinicians need in this moment. In a structured, easily readable text that covers a wide range of COVID-related issues, the book serves as a comprehensive resource to review and digest the many faceted and ever evolving COVID story.”
Elizabeth Cerceo, MD, FACP, FHM, Associate Professor Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Associate Program Director and Hospitalist, Cooper University Hospital, Advocacy Chair, American College of Physicians, New Jersey, USA

Perspectives on Consciousness

Perspectives on Consciousness is an excellent set of essays on the nature of consciousness in relationship to profound questions regarding its spiritual presence, and also on education. This is a resource book for all universities and especially graduate libraries, as well as anyone deeply interested in these topics. It is a valuable contribution to the field of consciousness studies.”
Professor Allan Combs, Ph.D.;
Author of Consciousness Explained Better; The Radiance of Being; The Postconventional Personality

“A valuable and sophisticated contribution to interdisciplinary consciousness studies. It is intellectually challenging…”
David Livingstone Smith, Professor of Philosophy, University of New England;
Author of Less than Human, and The Most Dangerous Animal

“Poetic, profound and insightful, and replete with many jewels! Really made me think, stretching my own boundaries. That makes it dangerously good.”
Harris L. Friedman, PhD, Visiting Scholar, History of Science, Harvard University;
Author of Transcultural Competence and A Fractal Epistomology for a Scientific Psychology