Book Reviews

Spinal Cord and Spinal Column Tumors

"Management of spinal cord and spinal column tumors has extended the reach of the neurosurgeon. This book reviews the main tumors of this area of the nervous system and gives an overview on the main approaches in a step-by-step fashion. The goal of this book is, therefore, to assist neurosurgeons and spinal surgeons to better understand the main neoplastic pathologies of this area, and limits and possibilities of spinal approaches. I am pretty sure that this volume will lead to improve the knowledge on spinal cord and spinal column tumors and their management for better care of patients." - Giovanni Grasso, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Neurosurgical Clinic, Department of Experimental Biomedicine & Clinical Neurosciences, Deputy Rector for Relationships with Medical & Scientific Associations and Charities, University of Palermo, Italy

"Dr. Landi and Dr. Defini have edited a most comprehensive text on spinal cord and spinal column tumors. By starting with the basic anatomy and biochemistry, they lay the groundwork for a better understanding of all the following chapters. This approach is laudable. The topic is one of the most important in the field of neurosurgery. Spinal cord tumors are poorly understood, and often overlooked. Not since the book from Johns Hopkins Hospital "Surgery for Skull Base Tumors (Contemporary Issues in Neurological Surgery)" edited by Donlin Long, MD, PhD, has there been such a comprehensive text on these issues. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, primary tumors arising from the spinal cord, spinal nerve roots and dura are rare compared to CNS tumors that arise in the brain. Overall prevalence is estimated at one spinal tumor for every four intracranial lesions. About 10,000 Americans develop primary (30%) or metastatic (70%) spinal cord tumors each year. This book, edited by Dr Landi and Dr. Defini brings new clarity of understanding of this rare, but potentially devastating clinical process. Any neurosurgeons will greatly benefit from this volume." - Nelson Hendler, MD, MS, Former assistant professor of neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Former associate professor of physiology University of Maryland School of Dental Surgery

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Advances in Medicinal Chemistry Research

“This book covers hot current topics in medicinal chemistry, using a molecular-based approach, providing us with knowledge on new and valuable targets, on corresponding active synthetic and natural products, and deserves to be read by a broad audience, providing a rich food for thought." - Dr. Marilia O. Fonseca Goulart, Professor, Federal University of Alagoas – Brazil

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Type I Interferon in Autoimmune Diseases and its Clinical Applications

"This is an important and timely resource of type I interferons and their relationship to autoimmune disease. The book fist addresses the basic biology of interferon signaling and gives the reader a firm grasp of the molecular machinery operating both upstream and downstream of the interferons." READ MORE... - Dr. David Fiorentino, an Associate Professor of Dermatology at Stanford University School of Medicine

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Gamma Knife Radiosurgery

"A very helpful and comprehensive book. Full of invaluable practical help that is well evidenced and full of common sense. It will be my "go to" in the GK control room and clinic." - Dr. Nicholas I. Phillips - Neurosurgeon from Leeds, UK

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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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