Book Reviews

Book Reviews

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

The Future of Long-Term Care

“In the time of COVID-19, when many countries are realizing the particular vulnerability of the older population, this book puts the problem of caring for this group in a broad context across a spectrum of low, middle and high-income countries. It presents a variety of approaches to long-term care and shows the need for more information in order to find appropriate ways to address the health and economic needs of both the people with needs and those who care for them. This book is a must-read for policymakers and academics interested in how to approach long-term care policies but it is also useful for those who will benefit from better ways to provide care.”
Thomas J. Bossert
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

“This book is an important step in understanding and demystifying one of the most pressing issues in contemporary society ­ the provision of long-term care in societies facing demographic changes…This book presents challenges, good practices, and solutions in diverse settings, providing important lessons for not just countries with similar conditions, but also in helping low and middle-income countries in finding their own way in dealing with the increase in long-term care needs.”
Enrique Vega
Pan American Health Organization

Care of the Older African Adult

This book provides a welcome clinical resource for clinicians caring for aging adults of African descent. It focuses on unique cultural features and common health concerns as well as the health care delivery challenges facing caring physicians. It is a valuable new clinical guide that provides the necessary details to give African adults over the age of 65 holistic care to maintain physical, cognitive and psychosocial functions.”
Mark E. Williams, MD, FACP
Ward K. Ensminger Distinguished Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Emeritus, UVA School of Medicine

Clinical Training in Undergraduate Medical Education

“Well worth reading; an excellent resource recommended to medical and health educators and those novices to teaching. It is an absolute must-read.”
Samy Azer, Professor of Medical Education, King Saud University, Riyadh, S.Arabia

“When I read the different chapters, I immediately realized how well structured the book is and how much it can bring to clinical training. Whether you decide to read the text systematically as proposed in the book or read the chapters more relevant to your specific needs, you will find the book extremely useful to improve your practice.”
Madalena Patrício, PhD, University of Lisbon, School of Medicine, Portugal; Former President of AMEE

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

A thought provoking read on a broad range of topics related to women’s health told through the lens of patient advocacy and social justice. The Thin Pink Line is fascinating and covers a wide range of controversial topics.”
Eve C. Feinberg, MD., Associate Professor Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, REI Fellowship Program Director, Past-President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

“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. 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.”
Dr. Natalie M. Crawford, MD. Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Director of Patient Experience and Education and Co-Founder of Fora Fertility, Host and Creator of “As A Woman” podcast

“Dr. Carol Lynn (Curchoe) Burton’s The Thin Pink Line: Regulating Reproduction is a brave and honest look at where we have been, so we can figure out where we want to go. You will be thinking about these topics long after you have finished the last page.”
Allison K. Rodgers, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Medical Contributor for Beat Infertility Podcast, Women’s Health Advocate

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