Book Reviews

Book Reviews

The Thin Pink Line: Regulating Reproduction

"Women’s health has been regulated and politicized for much longer than we like to admit. When we look back through our own history, the truth is both alarming and eye opening. The use of women’s health and reproduction as a political tool has simplified the issue down to abortion access and care. And despite the importance of this topic, and the relevance to modern life, the history of women’s care is so much more than one single political issue. Many of us don’t know the roots of racism and misogyny in medicine and reproductive care. Many of us don’t want to acknowledge the past. As a fertility physician, I see first-hand how the history of women’s health plays a role in our everyday life. This is because reproduction is not talked about. From menstrual cycles, to infertility and miscarriage. The culture of silence and ignorance, which was a part of society long before women started leading conversations, is so ingrained in human behavior that an active movement is needed to discuss the past and change the future. As technology advances faster than research, we must understand the ethical principles that guide us as a field. Honestly, there are parts of this book that are hard for me to read as a gynecologist. Things I know are true, and things I know that I wish were in the past, but sadly are not completely. I have seen women die from lack of medical care, I have taken care of patients who have been victims of female genital mutilation, I have seen the discrimination and hate laid at the feet of a trans person, I’ve watched how we treat our incarcerated, and I’ve had patients sterilized by the government who had no idea the procedure was done. I am a woman who believes in education and empowerment. But this is not just our history, it is also our present. Dr. Curchoe Burton, a reproductive physiologist and senior clinical embryologist, has watched the first stages of life unfold in a dish in the lab. She has seen the ethical debate that exists in the reproductive world when it comes to research, legality of embryos, personhood, and the advancement of technology. If you ever sit in a lab and watch the first cells of human life divide, then you know – there is art in this science. But the responsibility to protect this beauty becomes your burden. We must not let ignorance be the guiding light regulating female reproduction by politicians and those with other motives. In The Thin Pink Line, Dr. Curchoe Burton has given life to something more – a telling of the past, present, and future with precision and an absolute attention to detail, as I know reflects her role overseeing life in the embryology lab. The reproductive world is undergoing an evolution. There is high interest from tech companies and money being funneled into an industry of patient care. The largest network of fertility clinics in the US is led not by physicians, scientists, or embryologists, but by businessmen, and the people who are behind the industry advancing the science in our own IVF labs are all coming from outside medicine. At face value, advancement is always good. More money will be put into development and acquisition and new technology. But respecting research and upholding ethical principles is essential for our own society’s growth. In order to do this, we must collectively understand the history of how we came to be as a field, the origins of women’s health, and how reproduction has been, and continues to be, regulated."
Dr. Natalie M. Crawford, MD, MSCR, FACOG

Critical Thoughts on Oral Lichen Planus

This book is an important contribution to current scientific literature on the subject of oral lichen planus. This common oral condition is addressed in a comprehensive way, focusing on aspects not often included in similar textbooks, such as the extra oral manifestations. In addition, the authors provide several original points of views on the disease based on their personal clinical experience and a deep analysis of available literature. The language is suitable for the expert and the non-specialist as well.”
Giovanni Lodi, Associate Professor, Università degli Studi di Milano
Steering Group Member, World Workshop in Oral Medicine
Clinical Editor, Cochrane Oral Health Group
Editor in Chief, Oral Diseases, Wiley
Editor in Chief, Dental Cadmos, EDRA

Chronic Desquamative Gingivitis

The compilation of the work in the monograph entitled “Chronic Desquamative Gingivitis” presents to the reader a very clear view of evolution of this disease entity through various dermatological diseases. The sequential depiction of individual dermatoses along with its basic etiopathogenesis of epithelial desquamation, its severity, and different updated methods of investigation for its accurate diagnosis upholds the discretion of the clinician to successfully treat this disease entity. The individual approach of each dermatologic basis of this disease is unique, as it is a more targeted treatment approach. The simple and lucid picturesque presentation clears various doubts in the mind of the clinician to be more accurate in diagnosis and treatment modality. This monograph may prove extremely useful for the aspirants pursuing undergraduate and post-graduate education in the field of dentistry, medicine, especially dermatology and public health. It is noteworthy that the information compiled in this monograph will continue to provide interesting and new information for teachers and faculty members in the fields of dentistry and medicine.

The Ovarian Reserve: Current Trends and Applications

An excellent book on ovarian reserve, concisely written, well referenced, with balanced views and containing many practical tips. It is a must read for clinicians practising reproductive medicine.”
Professor Tin Chiu Li, PhD
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine
Director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

"The concept of ovarian reserve is central to reproductive medicine and management of infertility. This concise yet comprehensive monograph offers the reader an up to date and readable summary of our knowledge of ovarian reserve and its measurement in 2021. As couples increasingly defer their decisions to start a family, assessment of ovarian reserve has become a mainstay of clinicians ability to advise on topics such as oocyte or embryo freezing, when to try for pregnancy naturally and when to discontinue IVF treatment. Modern approaches using serum AMH and ultrasound assessment of AFC require detailed clinical knowledge to facilitate accurate interpretation of test results, making the contents of this book invaluable to both primary care physicians and those specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology and reproductive medicine. In addition, the more specialised content focussing on clinical implications of diminished ovarian reserve will be of use to those involved in management of early onset of menopause in addition to reproductive medicine specialists. It is also pleasing to see clear advice on what tests not to use. Having read this monograph, the reader will be confident to approach these common and often mismanaged clinical conundrums."
William Ledger
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of New South Wales, Sydney

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

"Dr. Sin Hang Lee, former associate professor at Yale University and ex-resident at Cornell University’s Cornell Medical Center, is one of the most excellent virologists in the contemporary global medical community. I recommend his book, titled “From Pap Smear to HPV Vaccine -- the Cervical Cancer Prevention Industry,” 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-anging types of adverse reactions that also show up at recipients of HPV vaccines...READ MORE..."
Dr. Harumi Kuno-Sakai
M.D. Former Pediatrics Professor at Tokai University’s School of Medicine

Communication and Mental Health Promotion in Early Childhood Education

This book makes a significant contribution to international literature on communication and mental health promotion in an early childhood education context. More specifically, this book presents in-depth insights into the dynamics of communication and the capacity of developing mental health promotion within the context of preschool and early childhood education. The book, although not a teacher’s guide, provides useful information that will help teachers, parents, caregivers, professionals of psychology and sociology fields as well as student teachers to better understand such issues as communication problems and mental health promotion, which, unfortunately are quite prevalent in schools, even in the early grades. The chapters offer theoretical originality along with practical ideas that help inform the careful reader. Thus, from theory to practice and back again, this book will reward readers, who will better understand the centrality of interpersonal relationships and communication through mental health promotion. Such an understanding is quite crucial in improving teaching and parenting quality in most, if not all, of their issues.

Biochemistry and Biochemists: Who Were They and What Did They Discover?

"The authors have created an interesting blend of life stories, science and history that shape Biochemistry today. The series of questions and answers keeps the text and figures fun and accessible for all to enjoy and teaches us that the road to discovery is an exciting adventure that never ceases to amaze. Recommended to anyone who is curious about how these important pioneers over their lifetime helped uncover the molecular basis of life itself."
Elliott Stollar
University of Liverpool
Great Britain

"Due to pressures at work, I only had time to dip into a selection of the chapters, but I found that I was hard pressed to put this book down. Apart from the obvious relevance of these amazing researchers’ work, what I also found totally absorbing were the little personal details that the authors have uncovered. I hope others get as much pleasure as I did reading this book!"
Nick Wright, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Wingate University
Wingate
USA

Fluency and Its’ Bases

"The comprehensive information contained in this book is a result of a collaboration of esteemed students and colleagues sharing years of clinical and research experience for the purpose of expanding knowledge and understanding of different facets related to speech fluency in children and adults. Culminating decades of innovative teaching and research by an acknowledged master of the profession, Dr. S.R. Savitri’s book crystallizes into a unified whole, a multidisciplinary subject of broad scope, great richness, and enormous practical importance. Each chapter in this book provides the necessary foundations for students, clinicians and researchers. Must-read primer for anyone who is interested in carrying out evidence-based practice with their clients with fluency disorders should have a copy of this book and refer to it frequently."
Teralandur K. Parthasarathy, Ph.D.
Former Professor and Chair
Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL
USA

"Fluency and Its' Bases is written by Dr. S. R. Savithri, a highly accomplished and multi award winning researcher, clinician and educator in the area of Speech sciences and Speech pathology. Stuttering is a complex speech disorder, and, to appreciate the complexities of this disorder, one must have a good understanding of fluency. In this book, Fluency and Its Bases, Dr. Savithri has done an excellent job in analyzing fluency from a multidimensional perspective. This is the first comprehensive book to analyze and summarize the body of work done on fluency both nationally (within India) and internationally. This comprehensive book on fluency and its disorders is an essential reading for students, teachers and researchers in the field of communication disorders. This book, organized into eight main chapters and a summary in chapter nine, provides a comprehensive coverage of fluency. Starting with a clear explanation of fluency and its development, the reader is then guided through various bases of fluency including relevant theories and literature. These chapters elucidate bases of fluency including anatomical and physiological, acoustic, genetic, linguistic, psychological, and prosodic bases. Readers will appreciate the history of research as well as the current state of the art research regarding the various dimensions of fluency."
Sreedevi Aithal, PhD, MSc., MPH., M(Aud)SA
Consultant Audiologist
Adjunct lecturer- James Cook University
Adjunct lecturer – University of Queensland
Department of Audiology
Townsville University Hospital
Australia

Chalcones and Their Synthetic Analogs

Chalcones is a collective name of natural and synthetic compounds with a 1,3-diaryl-2-propen-1-one moiety. Natural chalcones are biogenetic precursors of the flavonoids in higher plants. They belong to one of the major classes of naturally occurring compounds with widespread distribution in different plant families. Natural and synthetic chalcones display a wide variety of pharmacological effects, including antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory activities, cytotoxicity towards cancer cell-lines, antitumor, and antitumor-promoting, activities. The chalcone scaffold is one of the natural privileged structures, which possess geometry suitable for decoration with side chains, such that the resulting products bind to different target proteins. The present contribution summarizes an up-to-date summary of their synthetic methods, UV, IR and MS characterization, covalent and noncovalent interactions under cellular conditions, as well as antimalarial and anti-inflammatory actions of natural and synthetic derivatives. Synthesis and spectroscopic properties of not only chalcones but their conformationally restricted analogs are also discussed. Furthermore, synthetic methods and biological activities of C5-curcuminoids, a class of compounds with the related 3-aryl-2-propen-1-one moiety, are summarized. The respective chapters discuss the known structure-to-spectroscopic characteristic and structure-to-biological activity relationships as well.

Children and Young Adult Headache Disorders: A Clinical Guide

"FULL STORY OF HEADACHE: Drs. Qaiser and Lightner have written a thorough, but easily readable text that covers the full story of headaches. Starting from a historical perspective to the latest treatments that have been developed, the topics are sure to provide the answers needed to evaluate and manage children, adolescents and young adults with headaches. For the general clinician, this reference will provide you with the answers needed while your patient is there in the room, while also giving you the foundation for your decisions. This book will provide you and your patients with the answers to make sure that they are in control of their headaches and not the other way around."
Andrew Hershey, MD
World Leading Pediatric Headache Expert

"PHILOSOPHY OF THIS BOOK: This book's philosophy is to inform with a narrative, our current understanding of headache disorders. The book equips the reader with the necessary knowledge to discuss headache disorders in children. This book is a pleasurable read for busy clinicians and parents who like to be well informed."
Siddharth Kapoor, MD
The Headache Specialist