Book Reviews

Translational Research: Recent Progress and Future Directions

"From renowned academic researchers to assiduous healthcare practitioners,this book wonderfully presents their pragmaticapproaches in fields of nursing, dentistry, medicine, bioethics, and public health." READ MORE... - Allen M. Khakshooy, MPH, MD Candidate, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

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Fundamentals of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

"This superb two volume compendium of Fundamentals of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry is comprehensive, thorough,  and extremely well-written. It provides cutting edge clinical and research topics with multiple choice review  questions and detailed answers at the end of each chapter, making it very engrossing , practical and helpful.  The thoughtfully organized lineup of chapters in the Principles and Practice volume, including quality and outcomes, collaborative care , vulnerable populations and telepsychiatry, provide a  very current and relevant blueprint for all psychiatrists and mental health professionals.  Written and edited by an all-star multidisciplinary team of nationally and internationally known experts in consultation liaison psychiatry this book set is among the best in the field. An invaluable text for all clinicians -- trying to bridge the mind-body divide in medicine." - Michelle Riba, MD, MS, Professor, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry; Past President, American Psychiatric Association

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Endometriosis: A Multidisciplinary Approach

"It is a comprehensive book, with an adequate approach to endometriosis and the multidisciplinary focusing that this disease needs. It is written in a simple and understandable language, enabling its use for consultation and learning for medical students, residents and specialists in gynecology." READ MORE... - Pluvio Coronado, Spanish Society Laparoscopic Surgery (SECLA)

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The Crisis in Contemporary Medicine and the Rise of the Reflective Physician

"This book breaks new ground. Will it find an audience? Yes. The book brings together the author’s great love for the conversation between clinical medicine and the humanities to ensure clinical medicine’s continuing relevance." READ MORE... - Donald Campbell, Medical Director General Medicine, Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC

"This book will appeal to many, including those who know and admire Ian McDonald, to reflective physicians of all ages and to those, including students, from various health care and other academic disciplines who are interested in the evolution of intellectual and medical thinking." READ MORE... - Peter Greenberg, MD PhD FRACP, consultant physician in general internal medicine

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Quality Management in Transfusion Medicine

"An informative and well written opening chapter on the history of quality management is followed by equally high-quality chapters covering a variety of topics of practical focus including vein to vein process management, information technology in transfusion management, hemovigilance, event management, patient safety, blood safety, healthcare economics, and knowledge management." READ MORE... - Sunny Dzik, Blood Transfusion Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA , USA

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Oral Cancer: Symptoms, Management and Risk Factors

"The book has a very attractive, colorful, eye catching cover, comprised of very high resolution imaging studies. The book is printed on high quality paper in easily readable font. Dr. Hao has selected an outstanding group of authors, all experts in their respective fields. Fourteen of the eighteen chapters in the book have been written by authors from Asia which is completely understandable given the high incidence of oral cavity cancer in that region." READ MORE... - Eugene N. Myers, MD, FACS, FRCS Edin (Hon), Distinguished Professor and Emeritus Chair, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"The content of the book concentrated on the clinical challenge of oral cavity cancer from aetiology, evaluation and treatment options with discussion of results – this is a very medical book and avoids involvement of the non-medical members of the “multidisciplinary collaboration team” who look after the psychology, rehabilitation and terminal care of the many patients who demand an equal amount of time from the health service as does the diagnosis and therapeutic management." READ MORE... - Professor Patrick J Bradley, MBA FRCS

"The book, although authored by international experts, draws primarily from a vast experience with oral cancer in Taiwan and emphasizes a collaborative approach that members of the editor's multimodality health care team have utilized to improve patient outcomes." READ MORE... - David W. Eisele, M.D., F.A.C.S., Andelot Professor and Director, Department of Otolaryngology, John Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Ureters: Anatomy, Physiology and Disorders

"The ureters remain unnoticed in the field of urology. Richard Santucci and Mang Chen, helped by more than 20 contributors, wrote an original textbook dedicated to ureteral pathology and its treatment. The conceptualization and publication of such a textbook was long overdue, and the final product is worth the wait. This book is appropriately targeted to urologists who are familiar with trauma and reconstructions." READ MORE... - Miroslav L. Djordjevic, , MD, PhD, School of Medicine, University of Belgrade

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Sensory Integration: Development, Disorders and Treatment

"The book is intended for teachers, parents and sensory integration therapists. In an accessible, professional way, the author explains what the disturbances of sensory integration involve, what they relate to and how they manifest themselves. In the book we find a description of not only sensory integration methods, a description of sensory integration dysfunctions in selected disease entities, but also selected methods supporting the child's development, because their knowledge is essential not only for good cooperation between therapists, but also for programming therapy and optimizing support activities child development. It also presents research conducted among parents of children with learning difficulties and behavior, in whom sensory integration disorders occur." - Professor Beata Pituła, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice

"The book is a compendium of theoretical, empirical and methodological knowledge in the field of supporting the development of a child with impaired sensory integration. The work has been divided into four perfectly complementary parts, in which the author clearly, legibly and transparently discusses the basic issues that fit into the issue of special educational needs of a child with SI disorders. The first part contains analyses and reflections on the child's development up to the age of ten. The author refers here, among others, to the social-emotional, physical-motoric and cognitive functioning of the child. It also analyzes the educational environment, which has an unprecedented impact on the child's development. Part two of the monograph is devoted to a detailed analysis of sensory integration. The author discusses in it the causes of disorders, their characteristics and classification, as well as SI diagnosis and therapy. A very rich list of descriptions of methods supporting the development of a child, including a child with various types of disorders appears to be an excellent supplement here. Part four is a description of the results of the tests. The author selected a quantitative-qualitative research approach, with evident lead given to the quantitative one. The qualitative approach (three individual cases) complements the surveys. The entire work is closed with a chapter containing the author's own conclusions and self-reflection. This book is an excellent material in the field of supporting the development of a child with special educational needs, which will not only fill the gap on the publishing market, but will certainly help teachers working with children with sensory integration disorders. The book could also be used by students of pedagogical studies, serving them as a methodical guide in future professional work." - Professor Małgorzata Przybysz-Zaremba, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw

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Manual Sign Acquisition in Children with Developmental Disabilities

"For far too long, the role of manual signs in the language and communication development of children with developmental disabilities has been relegated to a position of 'not quite sign' and 'not quite language', veering between being seen as a 'sub-type of augmentative and alternative communication, and an occasional position as a footnote in discussions of sign linguistics. The unique context of children with developmental disabilities who are acquiring language using manual signs has received little recognition. This textbook breaks the mold. Bringing together expert researchers and clinicians from a diverse range of backgrounds, it highlights not only the challenges faced by children with developmental disabilities, but also their communication achievements. It richly illustrates the theoretical insights and practice implications that can be gained when close attention is paid to the developmental process of language and communication development in this very special context. The active role of the language learner is celebrated and uniquely, the reader has an opportunity to hear the personal story of someone who has walked this path. For all those interested in language and language development, this text will provide much food for thought. It sets down a marker for future research and enriches our understanding of the importance of the individual and of the developmental process." - Martine Smith, Associate Professor, Clinical Speech & Language Studies , Trinity College Dublin; Former president of the International Association of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

"It is indeed time to bring signing out of the margins and to shed light on this rich medium of communication and learning. Nicola Grove and Kaisa Launonen have accomplished this through a comprehensive text with wide appeal - from scholars of language and languages to interventionists working with people who stand to benefit from a comprehensive appreciation of the role and benefits of signing." - Teresa Iacono, Ph.D. Professor of Rural and Regional Allied Health, La Trobe Rural Health School, College of Science, Health and Engineering, Melbourne Australia

"I am honored to write this endorsement for “Manual Sign Acquisition by Children with Developmental Disabilities.” This book is an indispensable addition to the growing body of work on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The book not only provides an in depth overview of research and practice in the use of manual signs with individuals who present with a wide range of language learning disabilities. The book also courageously and innovatively presents a description of the synergies between two fields that have been traditionally antagonistic and seen as separate: Deaf studies and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Too often professionals have had to choose between communication options that are artificially pitched against each other, e.g., manual signs versus aided communications. When in fact, manual signs, gestures and other unaided means of representation are an essential element of a full range of semiotic tools available to us, humans, in our constant search for connection and shared representation." - Professor Gloria Soto Department of Special Education, and Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, San Francisco State University

"The editors, Grove and Launonen, and their contributors offer an important, alternative perspective to language and communication development in deaf and hearing children with additional disabilities. In particular, they emphasize the need for disabled children who use sign-based interventions to be placed in language-rich environments, using holistic and multimodal approaches to enable them to achieve their full communication potential. This book is a valuable tool for both parents and practitioners making decisions on how to maximize their children’s opportunities to become effective communicators." - Dr. Katherine Rowley, Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL) Research Centre at University, College London and City, University of London

"I am delighted to see the publication of this book on such an important topic. Those who work with deaf children are noting that signers with additional needs present demands for a different range of skills in their teachers. This volume will be of great assistance to them." - Rachel Sutton Spence PhD., Sign Language Studies department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

"Bursting with evidence-based argument and scholarly debate, this is an exceptional volume of work. Nicola Grove and Klaus Launonen have brought together an international authorship of leading academics, researchers and practitioners in a shared enterprise to ‘lift the lid’ on manual signing across the spectrum of childhood disability. The logical organisation of subject matter, the rigorous examination of underlying theories, the critical review of research evidence and the numerous worked examples combine to bring this important text to life. The book cleverly separates sign language acquisition from intervention through sign, which ensures the distinctive address of each area. Divided into five parts, the book starts with ‘Language, sign & gesture’ before focusing on ‘Sign development in children with disabilities, which is followed by “Assessment and intervention’, ‘Home & school’ and finally ‘Working across cultures”. An early reference to a conversation between Socrates and his friend highlights the intrinsic value of gestural communication from the word go, which is maintained throughout. Psycholinguistic theory provides the foundations for later address of sign acquisition associated with various disability groups in a series of chapters dedicated to disability-type. The authors have managed to capture every angle of signing and gesture in the lives of children with disabilities and the result is an impressive text. As the reader navigates the narrative, through intervention processes, communication contexts, and diverse cultural influences, the reasons firing the authors’ pre-occupation is crystal clear – sign and gesture matter!" - Karen Bunning, Ph.D. Reader in Developmental Disabilities, School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

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The Benign and Malignant Prostate

"This excellent book is a carefully-edited compilation of 15 chapters, six covering benign prostatic hyperplasia, one on prostatitis and nine covering adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Each chapter is written by at least one urologist with contributions from radiologists and an oncologist, most working in the UK. The book reads easily and is well-illustrated. It discusses causes, diagnosis and surgical and non-surgical management of these conditions. The book is up to date, well-referenced (quoting studies to 2013) and clinically-relevant. The chapter covering diagnostic imaging of prostate cancer, for example, focuses on the highly topical development of multi-parametric MRI and fusion targeting of biopsies and is illustrated with 28 figures. The book would be valuable as a reference for urological resident/trainees studying to pass Boards or FRCS (urol.) examinations and for practising urologists." - Dr. Simon Brewster, Urological Surgeon, Churchill Hospital, Oxford

"This book on the benign and malignant prostate forms part of a series entitled “Renal and Urologic Disorders”, published by Nova Science Publishers, New York. It addresses all issues relating to the prostate from its anatomy to the more recent advances in Robotic surgery. The authorship is mainly from the United Kingdom, some of whom, as the Editor mentions in the preface, are experts in these fields, but all of whom contributed on topics well known to them and in which they have a regular and daily clinical exposure." READ MORE... - John M. Fitzpatrick, MCh, FRCSI, FEBU, FCS(Urol)SA, FRCSGlas,FRCS, Head of Research, Irish Cancer Society, Professor of Surgery Emeritus, University College Dublin

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