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November 2011, Issue #151

Contents this issue:

Painting with a Lens: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Designing Artistic Images In-Camera by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media, Inc.)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates, Robert Petkoff and Brent Cole, unabridged, 6 CDs, running time approximately 6.5 hours (Simon and Schuster Audio)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates (Simon and Schuster)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading, 2nd edition by Gary Tilkin and Lita Epstein (Alpha)

Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home by Jeff Morgan (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

A Taste of the Philippines: Classic Filipino recipes made easy with 70 authentic traditional dishes shown step-by-step in beautiful photographs by Ghillie Başan and Vilma Laus (Southwater/Anness)

And Nothing but the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak (Thomas Dunne Books)

Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture by Katherine J. Lehman (Culture America Series: University Press of Kansas)

Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics by Marianne LaFrance (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Transforming Self and Others Through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities by Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology: SUNY Press)

Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko by Dmitri Stanchevici, with series editor Charles H. Sides (Technical Communication Series: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.)

The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition by Chris Townsend (McGraw Hill)

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach – with Student Consult Online Access by S. David Hudnall MD FCAP (Mosby Physiology Monograph Series: Elsevier Mosby)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, 2nd edition – 9 volumes (Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System, 2nd edition by Roger P. Smith MD and Paul J. Turek MD FACS (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 1: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System, 2nd edition edited by William F. Young (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 2: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System edited by David Kaminsky MD (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 3: Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Richard B. Berry (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory G. Ginsberg MD, Christopher J. Gostout MD, Michael L. Kochman MD FACP, & Ian D. Norton MB BS(Syd) PhD(NSW) FRACP (Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body MRI: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Christopher G. Roth MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Michael J. Rosen MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases by Eric Esrailian (Slack Incorporated)

Netter's Neurology (Netter Clinical Science), 2nd edition by editor-in-chief H. Royden Jones Jr. MD, with editors Jayashri Srinivasan, Gregory J. Allam and Richard A. Baker (Elsevier Saunders)

Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery: A Step-by-Step Approach to Refining Surgical Skills edited by Amar Agarwal, with associate editor Soosan Jacob (Slack Incorporated)

Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice by Rob Preece (Snow Lion Publications)

Christian Apologetics Past and Present (Volume 2, From 1500): A Primary Source Reader edited by William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint (Crossway)

The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible in Physics, Medicine, and Spirituality by Massimo Citro, with a foreword by Ervin Laszlo (Park Street Press)

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea by Bradford Matsen (Pantheon Books)

Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson (St. Martin’s Press)

Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition edited by Christopher Hart (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture Series: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

 

Arts & Photography / Digital Photography / How-To

Painting with a Lens: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Designing Artistic Images In-Camera by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media, Inc.)

Lower prices, do-everything lenses, and marketing campaigns that promised the moon convinced many that the dSLR held the answers to their picture-taking woes. They were looking for magic, but what they found was the truth: great photographs don't come from great cameras, they come from great people. No matter how much you spend on your camera, it can only capture light, it can't create art. And herein lies the real problem: there are very few books that teach people to be artists with their camera, that start from the very beginning and push to the end. There are plenty of books on the market that show readers how to use their cameras and introduce them to auto features and shooting modes, but they don't teach them how to be visionaries, to think beyond what they see, to use the physics of light to their advantage, to create messages instead of just taking pictures. And not one book shows its readers how to combine the mechanics of photography with their own unique ability to visualize a message, to see outside of the box. We decided to change that. – from the book

Arguing that photography should be about more than gear, shooting modes, and computer programs, Painting with a Lens highlights methods for creating artistic photographs in the moment a picture is taken, rather than later in the editing process. In stark contrast to the ‘fix everything in post production’ approach dominating modern digital photography, this reference demonstrates a more purposeful approach to shooting each frame – carefully considering the subject’s focus and determining the best camera settings, lighting, lens choice, and composition to achieve that objective. Beginning with basic controls that can have a profound effect on readers’ images, such as shutter speed and aperture, it goes on to explore how these settings, along with white balance adjustment, can be used to draw out the artistic value inherent in a scene or subject. In addition, a section on selectively and intentionally adding blur effects explains how to create wild effects that cannot be achieved otherwise.

Authors are Ron Deutschmann, award-winning marine-combat correspondent, managing editor for the Camp Pendleton Scout Rod Deutschmann, and photography instructor in the San Diego public school system, and Robin Deutschmann, professional photographer. They are the cofounders of the San Diego in Focus Learning Center, a photography training center.

Features of Painting with a Lens include:

  • Looking beyond the obvious aspects of a scene or subject to see the hidden potential.
  • Taking manual control of all the camera settings – and thinking critically about their creative application.
  • Dividing a scene into tiers of visual information and making artistic decisions about how these should relate to each other.
  • Creative lighting effects for adding color and enhancing the mood of images.
  • Inventive techniques for multiple exposures, panning, and zooming as well as ‘ripping,’ ‘punching,’ and ‘finger painting’.
  • Experimenting with motion blur and bokeh.
  • Implementing polarizers and neutral density filters as creative tools.
  • Capturing motion with long exposures – and adding controlled camera movement for expressive effects.

Painting with a Lens offers a practical approach to modern photography. It shows photographers that they have choices and that the secret of great images lies in the heart of the artist, not in the gear. It gives readers the knowledge, tools, and confidence to practice, fail, and learn from their mistakes. It explains the physics and mechanics needed but, more importantly, encourages readers to try something different with their cameras and create art. Painting with a Lens explores the differences between simple photographs and heartfelt messages, between true ‘expressionism’ with a camera and simple documentation. Its approach is unique, and its philosophy marks the next stage in the evolution of digital photography – that of creating art rather than simply taking photographs.

Rather than relying on a computer to ‘fix’ images, Painting with a Lens provides the tools essential to becoming an artist with a camera. Readers master the shooting and lighting skills they need to capture more expressive and artistic images or subject that inspired them.

Audio / Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Relationships

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates, Robert Petkoff and Brent Cole, unabridged, 6 CDs, running time approximately 6.5 hours (Simon and Schuster Audio)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates (Simon and Schuster)

The only diploma that hangs in Warren Buffett’s office is his certificate from Dale Carnegie Training. Lee Iacocca credits Carnegie for giving him the courage to speak in public. Dilbert creator Scott Adams called Carnegie’s teachings ‘life-changing.’

Dale Carnegie's time-tested advice has carried millions upon millions of people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives. His advice on how to communicate, lead, and work efficiently remains priceless across the ages.

Now the first and the best has been revisited to tame the complexities of modern times. Celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the original landmark bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936), here is an up-to-the-minute adaptation of Carnegie’s timeless prescriptions rewritten for the digital age. Introducing a new audience to Carnegie’s words of wisdom, How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age is a guide for a new era.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) could never have predicted the trajectory that new media would take, and the ways that the simple television screen would be adapted into computers and handheld communication devices. He didn’t know the term ‘social media’ and Facebook was something not even dreamed of in Buck Rogers cartoons. And yet his lessons remain relevant for everyone who communicates online today. In fact, with problems such as cyber bullying and email etiquette, readers need Carnegie’s help more than ever. Dale Carnegie and Associates, Inc. has reimagined Carnegie’s lasting lessons for this difficult digital age, reframing Carnegie’s insights about communication, self-expression, and leadership.

With the means of communication ever expanding, listeners and readers of How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age learn to leverage the tools of the new landscape to:

  • Find nuance and value in online mediums.
  • Build and capitalize on a solid network.
  • Project their message widely and clearly.
  • Convey a mastery of the WEB 2.0.
  • Optimize the power of digital tools.

The reader of the audio version, Robert Petkoff has starred on Broadway in Ragtime, Spamalot, Fiddler on the Roof and Epic Proportions, played title roles in regional theaters throughout the country, and starred in numerous television productions.

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age is an up-to-the-minute adaptation of Dale Carnegie's commonsense approach to communicating. The book is a must-have guide for anyone who wants to find success on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter.

Business & Investing / Finance / Investing

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading, 2nd edition by Gary Tilkin and Lita Epstein (Alpha)

– Make money trading money –

Every day, goods, services, and other items are traded in world markets, but the most profitable commodity – and the most unpredictable – is currency. Learning about foreign currency trading gives readers the opportunity to participate in the world's largest and most liquid market, known as forex. More than $3.9 trillion U.S. dollars exchange hands daily. The forex market moves rapidly, with currency prices changing by the second. No single event, individual, or institution can rule this market. It is truly uncontrollable by any single entity because of its large liquidity.

Some traders see very large profits from trading in this market, but the market is highly speculative and volatile. While readers can make a lot of money on a trade, they can also lose a lot on a trade. Trading in the foreign currency market is not for everyone, but with the right tools and advice, readers can find success in this dynamic market.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading provides a roadmap for success; the strategies to use and pitfalls to avoid.

This revised and updated guide is loaded with the tools and insights readers need to research, evaluate, and invest in foreign currency. In it, readers get:

  • A look at why money changes value and the key forces that affect its worth.
  • Tips for using technical and fundamental analysis to identify trends and develop trading plans.
  • A realistic breakdown of the risks involved with trading currency – including online fraud – and ways to minimize risk.
  • Advice on placing forex orders, including information on when to get out, plus tips for evaluating their success.
  • Expanded coverage of currency pairs, includ­ing trading times, market movers, trading trends, and other strategies.

Authors are Gary Tilkin, founder and CEO of Global Forex Trading, an online trading company that specializes in providing a platform for nonprofessional traders and finance writer Lita Epstein, MBA.

Readers are advised to take the time to learn how to research their potential trades using both the funda­mental and technical analysis tools Tilkin and Epstein introduce in The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading. Readers learn to develop their own strategies for trading and test those strategies using demonstration accounts before them start trading their own money. The book is organized into five parts:

Part 1, Exploring the World of Money, looks at why they should consider trading forex, then delves into how the forex market got started and introduces readers to the language of money.

Part 2, Deciphering Money Differences, gives readers the opportunity to learn why currency values change and how the foreign exchange markets work. Then The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading takes a closer look at the safest currencies to trade – currencies of the developed world. Tilkin and Epstein also explore the more exotic currencies – emerging nations whose currencies may be worth considering once they understand the foreign currency market, its risks, and how to trade in it.

Part 3, Trading Basics, introduces readers to the basics of technical and fundamental analysis to help them research their potential trades. Then they explore how to develop an investing plan and identify trends and trades. Finally, they explore the various risks readers must take in order to trade in the forex market.

Part 4, Tools for Trading, starts with the basic computer hardware and software readers need to trade, then goes on to explore how they can develop their own money strategies, as well as the basics for actually placing trades.

Part 5, Trading Options, starts with how to avoid money fraud, then explores the various ways readers can trade forex: with mini accounts, standard accounts, managed forex, and trading systems. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading finally describes how to set up a trading business and how to find the resources they need to operate that business.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home by Jeff Morgan (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

In addition to more than 100 recipes that take their inspiration and cues from Ruby Tuesday's brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert menus, Simply Fresh features more than 100 full-color photographs that show readers how to prepare restaurant-quality casual dining at home. It also includes creative beverage recipes for an extensive selection of mixed drinks, along with suggestions for handcrafted boutique beers. There are tips on how to successfully host gatherings of friends and family, as well as direct and useful information about pairing wine with food.

In Simply Fresh, food writer Jeff Morgan showcases easy-to-follow recipes that resonate with consumers who crave colorful, tasty dishes such as Tai Phoon Shrimp, Saffron Tomato Soup, or Curried Chicken with Coconut Rice and Cucumber Raita, not to mention Ruby Tuesday's burgers and Mac 'n Cheese.

The folks behind restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday remind readers that food is about connecting and sharing. It is about being with friends and family, talking about our lives and what's important to us. Simply Fresh brings the restaurant experience home. Ruby Tuesday's founder, Sandy Beall, believes that the success of his restaurants comes from the love of making and sharing full-of-flavor dishes, prepared with the best ingredients, and served with gracious hospitality.

Simply Fresh offers a wide variety of recipes to please a broad audience. The recipes are uncomplicated and budget friendly, featuring a contemporary style of food that honors American culture and diversity without losing sight of its traditions. This easy-to-follow guide to casual dining at home features everything from American standards such as Slow-cooked Baby Back Ribs, and Fried-Chicken with Gravy to gourmet Crab Cakes with Corn and Pineapple Chutney or Cowboy Sirloin with Red Chili Rub, to Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Butter, and Old Fashioned Apple Pie.

Simply Fresh is a fun and entertaining collection of delicious recipes. These easy dishes are even better when made with homegrown ingredients from your garden or local farmers' market. – Joseph Lenn, executive chef, Blackberry Farm

Whether readers are cooking a simple supper with their spouse, a summer lunch on the terrace, or a brunch with their buddies before the big game, Simply Fresh can help them prepare fresh food for any occasion.

Cooking, Food & Wine

A Taste of the Philippines: Classic Filipino recipes made easy with 70 authentic traditional dishes shown step-by-step in beautiful photographs by Ghillie Başan and Vilma Laus (Southwater/Anness)

Distinctive and beautiful, the islands of the Philippines are a paradise of dense tropical jungles, cascading waterfalls, deserted sandy beaches and steep mountains, with a cuisine that is just as exotic and varied. Spanish, Chinese and American influences have been adapted to local ingredients such as galangal, garlic, shrimp paste, peanuts and coconut milk to form a harmony of taste and texture that make it unique among Southeast Asia.

A Taste of the Philippines is filled with a collection of traditional and exotic recipes that captures the essence of the cuisine. The book, written by acclaimed Asian and Mediterranean cookbook author Ghillie Başan and Cordon Bleu trained Filipino chef Vilma Laus, also features a concise introduction about life in the Philippines, with information about the region, the geography, festivals, history and culinary traditions.

A Taste of the Philippines is an introduction to the rich history, diverse culture and ever-changing social traditions of the Filipino people, and their culinary customs, typical foods, and how this has contributed towards the development of their distinctive cooking style. It is also a useful guide to ingredients, ranging from rice and noodles, and fruit and vegetables to fish and shellfish, and herbs and spices, with essential information about each one and useful tips on how to use them.

A Taste of the Philippines features more than 70 authentic recipes that capture the essence of Filipino cooking, from classics such as Chicken with Green Papaya, Hot and Sour Filipino Fish Soup, Prawn Adobo in Coconut Milk, Filipino Pork Satay, Twice-Cooked LaPu, Beef and Chorizo Stew with Plantain, and Rabbit Casserole to more unusual dishes such as Soused Fish with Bitter Melon, Filipino Risotto with Stir-fried Livers, and Squid Stuffed with Breadcrumbs and Serrano Ham. There are also some sweet snacks and drinks to try too, including Coconut Tarts, Rolled Wafer Cookies and Cashew Tarts. Every recipe is accompanied by step-by-step photographs and full nutritional information to help with dietary needs. Each recipe is accompanied by a beautiful picture of the finished dish, and there are cook's tips and variations to encourage experimentation.

A Taste of the Philippines features an informative introduction. With more than 400 stunning photographs, this evocative and inspiring book is the ideal introduction to the fabulous cuisine of the Philippines, and is perfect for cooks of all abilities.

Entertainment / Humor / Television / Biographies & Memoirs

And Nothing but the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak (Thomas Dunne Books)

Will the real Stephen Colbert please stand up?

My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face [that] he doesn’t mean. – Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert has been messing with the truth for years now, both in and out of character. This hugely popular comedian with a biting wit and rapid-fire skill for calling up obscure figures and events in everything from Greek history to light opera has largely built his career on messing with people's minds. And most of the time, they don't even know when he's doing it. No other comedian has so blurred the line between his real character and his on-screen character. And with his appearance at a Congressional hearing, his rally in Washington, D.C., his bestselling book, his creation of the now-accepted word truthiness, and of course his popular TV show, nearly everyone has heard of him.

Who is he really? In And Nothing but the Truthiness, biographer Lisa Rogak examines the man behind the character. She reveals the roots of his humor and charts his early years earning his chops first as a serious acting student and later as a budding impov comic, especially his close connection with Amy Sedaris, which led to the cult TV show Strangers with Candy. And Rogak offers a look inside how The Daily Show works, and the exclusive bond that Colbert and Jon Stewart formed that would lead to Colbert’s own rise to celebrity.

Colbert grew up in a large tight-knit Catholic family, essen­tially as part of a tribe where he was the youngest of eleven children. "His humor is an accumulation of the eccentricities, mannerisms, and jokes of his ten older brothers and sisters, a medley that trickled down," said one Colbert staffer.

Like virtually all comedians, his humor developed in the face of tragedy, and Colbert's great tragedy is that his father and two older brothers were killed in a plane crash when Colbert was just ten years old. His tribe was smashed apart, and he's spent his life trying to recreate it. At first, he found it in high school, then at Second City with his friends Paul Dinello and Amy Sedaris, and again with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. But try as he might, he has never been able to exactly replicate it. He has admitted that he has never completely dealt with their deaths, and he's said that he sometimes expects the three to walk right back through the door.

Unlike many other comedians and celebrities, Stephen Colbert is a genuinely – perhaps shockingly – good person. Time and again during Rogak’s research, friends, colleagues, as well as complete strangers have told of his generosity when it comes to his time, spirit, and money. Above all, he's never been shy about proclaiming his love for his mother, both on camera and off. "She's bright, not just intelligent but bright," said Colbert. "She shines. She's hopeful, indefatigable, and has great faith. And she's tough: she raised eleven kids, and she raised me after my father and two of my brothers died. And she's Irish, so Irish."

Despite his quickness to announce his love of family, Colbert guards his personal views closely, and if readers watch the show carefully they will see subtle digs at everyone across the political map. "I'm not entirely a commie," he says. "I don't mind putting things in that might be perceived as conservative that I actually believe, but I don't know if the audience needs to know which of them I believe."

At the same time, he cheerfully admits that he's biased. "I don't have to pretend to be impartial. I'm partial. I'll make fun of anybody. We're all about falling down and going boom on camera," he said. "I'm not someone with a particular political ax to grind. I'm a comedian. I love hypocrisy."

"Stephen is one of the smartest people I've ever met," says Allison Silverman, the former executive producer and head writer at The Colbert Report. "He's brilliant." In fact, he's eager to share his knowledge with anyone who wanders into range.

Unlike his more acerbic comedic counterparts, Colbert is a happy family man who completely embraces the mundane routine of suburban life. He's not hurtling down the path of swift self-destruction like other Second City alums Chris Farley or John Belushi. On the contrary, he's Everyman in a Brooks Brothers suit.

"His basic decency can't be hidden," said Jon Stewart.

Plus, he's probably the first hugely popular comedian who makes no secret of his deep commitment to Catholicism. "I love my Church," he said. "I'm a Catholic who was raised by intellectuals, who were very devout. I was raised to believe that you could question the Church and still be a Catholic. What is worthy of satire is the misuse of religion for destructive or political gains. That's totally different from the Word, the blood, the body, and the Christ. His kingdom is not of this earth."

"Stephen is a happy man," said Ben Karlin, who served as executive producer on The Colbert Report. "He goes home to a lovely wife in New Jersey, a dog, and three beautiful children, and he knows his way around the kitchen."

Fans are not the only ones who adore him. By and large, the media not only follow him but thoroughly respect him as well, even given his status as a fake newsman. "Colbert is more than an entertainer, he's a force of nature," said Julio Diaz, entertainment editor for the Pensacola News journal. "He's influenced the way we look at the news and even the way we speak. Whenever a major news story breaks, one of my first thoughts is what's Colbert's spin on the story."

As a biographer, say Rogak in And Nothing but the Truthiness, Colbert's constantly shifting chameleon persona – both in character and in real life – created a challenge, because he even does many of his media interviews in character. "I like preserving the mask," he said. "Stepping out from behind it doesn't do me any good."

"There couldn't be a huger difference between the character Stephen and the real Stephen," said Richard Dahm, a head writer at The Colbert Report. "The real Stephen is an amazing guy. The character Stephen – well, I wouldn't want to be working for him."

"He always said he was going to major in mass communications and start his own cult," said Chip Hill.

In this carefully crafted, behind-the-scenes biography, Rogak succeeds in uncovering the ‘truthiness’ about the real Colbert. – Booklist

When The Colbert Report was launched in 2005, the entire premise was based on that character, and enthusiastic fans will delight in Rogak’s lengthy, detailed behind-the-scenes coverage of both the show and Colbert’s controversial keynote speech at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The 40 pages of bibliographic notes indicate her extensive research for this engaging, entertaining biography, which succeeds in capturing Colbert’s anarchic, iconoclastic spirit. – Publishers Weekly

Gives us insight into the man behind the mouth. – Kirkus Reviews

A conversational, multi-perspective account of his life. ... This is the first major biography of Colbert and one fans will appreciate. – Library Journal

A behind-the-scenes look into the world of one of the biggest comedians in America, And Nothing but the Truthiness is funny and personal and a terrific read for any resident of Colbert Nation.

Entertainment / Television / Movies / Women’s Studies / History / Americas

Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture by Katherine J. Lehman (Culture America Series: University Press of Kansas)

Long before Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City, there was Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Every week, as Mary flung her beret into the air while the theme song proclaimed, "You're gonna make it after all," it seemed that young, independent women like herself had finally arrived. But as Katherine J. Lehman reveals in Those Girls, the struggle to create accurate portrayals of successful single women for American TV and cinema during the 1960s and 1970s was not that simple.

Those Girls focuses exclusively on struggles to define the ‘single girl’ character in TV and film during a transformative period in American society. Lehman, assistant professor of communications at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, scours a wide range of source materials – unstudied film and television scripts, magazines, novels, and advertisements – to demonstrate how controversial female characters pitted fears of societal breakdown against the growing momentum of the women's rights movement.

Lehman's book focuses on the ‘single girl’ – an unmarried career woman in her 20s or 30s – to show how this character type symbolized sweeping changes in women's roles. Analyzing films and programs against broader conceptions of women's sexual and social roles, she uncovers deep-seated fears in a nation accustomed to depictions of single women yearning for matrimony. Yet, as television began to reflect public acceptance of career women, series such as Police Woman and Wonder Woman proved that heroines could wield both strength and femininity – while movies like Looking for Mr. Goodbar cautioned viewers against carrying new-found freedom too far.

Lehman in Those Girls takes readers behind the scenes in Hollywood to reveal the production decisions and censorship negotiations that shaped these characters before they even made it to the screen. She includes often-overlooked sources such as the TV series Get Christie Love and Ebony magazine to provide a richer understanding of how women of color negotiated urban singles life. And she reveals how trailblazing characters continue to influence portrayals of single women in shows like Mad Men.

Those Girls, part of the CultureAmerica series, argues that the single woman was a pivotal figure in postwar popular culture who helped viewers negotiate sweeping changes in gender roles and sexual mores. She posed a direct affront to the sexual double standard and defied the dominant trend toward early marriage in the 1960s. Her attitude and ambition marked her as a liberated woman, although her actions and dialogue sometimes contradicted feminist ideals. She opened new ave­nues for female representation in media, particularly as she moved into male-dominated action and dramatic genres. However, producers and censors often tamed the single woman's sexuality and strength to meet industry standards and appeal to diverse audiences.

Those Girls analyzes individual films and programs against broader conceptions of women's sexual and societal roles. For instance, sex comedies of the early 1960s reveal Americans' high estimation of female virginity, while action dramas of the mid-1970s reflect widespread ambivalence about feminism in the workplace. However, the cultural history in the book extends far beyond static screen images of single women, as it draws from published accounts of real-life women's ambitions, desires, and struggles. As Lehman’s research addresses activists as well as women who did not consider themselves feminists, it acknowledges how individuals outside organized social movements have contributed to processes of social change.

Of course, popular-culture texts did not passively reflect society; rather, they were shaped by commercial considerations and censorship standards within media industries. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, critics and consumers complained about the increasing prevalence of sex and violence in TV and film as censorship standards weakened and producers endeavored to reach youthful audiences. Yet scripts and production correspondence reveal that producers often minimized sexual content and violence in narratives featuring single women. Repeatedly, scripts were changed to prevent heroines from having affairs or even voicing desires, and moments of female heroism were rescripted to emphasize characters' dependence on men. These behind-the-scenes negotiations remind readers that, even as media industries evolved with the times, images of female sexuality and power were still carefully controlled and shaped for mass consumption.

Historically, single characters arose in media in response to both com­mercial and ideological trends. Those Girls focuses primarily on the ‘sin­gle girl,’ the most commercially viable character type – that is, a woman generally in her twenties or thirties, never married, heterosexual, and without children. The term ‘single girl’ emerged in the 1960s as an appealing alternative to ‘spinster,’ and it characterized the unmarried woman as youthful and playful well into her thirties. By calling themselves ‘girls,’ single women treated the period between schooling and marriage as an extended adolescence and resisted the adult pressures to marry and have children. However, as many second-wave feminists point out, referring to grown women as ‘girls’ reinforced their dependence and lack of power. Of course, other groups such as unwed mothers, divorcees, and lesbians have been classified as single in American culture, and they occasionally surface in this book. However, Lehman believes the ‘single girl’ is distinct from these groups, given her lack of familial responsibilities and absence of a clearly defined sexual past. By representing single women, popular media tapped into an attractive demographic group but also appealed to youth audiences and working women more broadly. By the early 1970s, these representations assumed a more feminist tone, as networks and advertisers leveraged images of single working women to appease feminist critics and address independent, upwardly mobile, politically conscious consumers.

Ranging across diverse media, genres, and audiences, Lehman artfully maps the motivations, meanings, and contradictions that both liberated and limited the `single girl' in the American imagination. – Bonnie J. Dow, author of Prime-Time Feminists: Television, Media Culture, and the Women's Movement Since 1970

Carefully researched, beautifully written, this is a must-read book for anyone who wants to understand the cultural and social roots of the modern women's movement. – Ruth Rosen, author of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women's Movement Changed America

This is feminist cultural history at its best! – Elana Levine, author of Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television

This entertaining and insightful study examines familiar characters caught between the competing fears and aspirations of a society rethinking its understanding of social and sexual mores. Those Girls reassesses feminine genres that are often marginalized in media scholarship and contributes to a greater valuation of the unmarried, independent woman in American history and popular culture, and to the feminine genres and female audiences that are often marginalized in media scholarship.

Health, Mind & Body / Emotions

Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics by Marianne LaFrance (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

In Lip Service, an expert in nonverbal communication tackles the science of smiles and their extraordinary social impact.

When someone smiles, the effects are often positive: a glum mood lifts; an apology is accepted; a deal is struck; a flirtation begins. But not all smiles are equally benign: a rival grins to get under a person’s skin; a bully's smirk unsettles his mark. Who flashes more fake smiles, popular kids or unpopular kids? Is it good or bad when a bereaved person smiles? These are some of the questions answered in Lip Service.

Much more than cheerful expressions, smiles are social acts with powerful consequences. Drawing on her research conducted at Yale University and Boston College as well as the latest studies in psychology, medicine, anthropology, biology, and computer science, Marianne LaFrance in Lip Service explores the compelling science behind the smile, revealing that this familiar expression is not as simple as it first may seem.

Smiles, which come in many sizes, varieties, and intensities, are ‘social acts’ with powerful functions and consequences. LaFrance, called the world’s expert on smiles, shines a spotlight on this crucial, everyday facial expression. An experimental social psychologist and a professor at Yale University, LaFrance deconstructs and illuminates the smorgasbord of smiles that humans have in their social toolboxes.

Lip Service confirms that "there is no such thing as a simple smile." The subtle movements in our faces affect ourselves and the people around us, and we develop more smile styles as our cognitive and social awareness matures. In her first chapters, LaFrance tracks the growth of smiles in infants, revealing how smiling and other facial expressions are the first things a baby learns to read and then mimic to communicate with their caregivers. Smiling ensures a baby's survival, as it solidifies the parents' emotional attachment. LaFrance also explains, conversely, how the smiling of caregivers is essential for a child to develop healthy social, emotional, and psychological lives. She cites studies that show the adverse effects that depressed mothers, who do not smile as often as psychologically healthy mothers, have on their babies. In short, learning to smile, and to recognize and respond to the smiles of others, is a crucial stage in human development.

After tracing the smile though infancy and childhood, LaFrance follows the smile across gender lines, where men and women are socialized to abide by very different expressive rules. Women generally smile more than men; indeed, studies have shown that men are more attracted to women who smile. Smiling is thus incredibly important to gender identity. As LaFrance explains, "When women don't smile or men smile too much, they risk being booed off the social stage." This fact plays a crucial role in the workplace, particularly in terms of gendered power dynamics. Women are significantly more likely than men to be in service and caregiving sectors – receptionists, nurses, schoolteachers, secretaries, personal assistants, etc. – where smiling is practically a requirement. As a result, smiling is "tightly bound up with notions of femininity."

Of course, there is a wide spectrum of human smiles; smiles are not all created equal. LaFrance differentiates between what have become known as ‘Duchenne’ (genuine) and ‘non-Duchenne’ (social) smiles. Smiles, of course, often do reflect our real emotions. She cites a study that concludes that happily married couples show more Duchenne smiles than unhappily married ones. However, it will come as no surprise that not all smiles are equally felt, and that the relationship between facial expression and real emotion is not always a 1:1 ratio. People often use smiles as a means to an end or to conceal their true emotion.

LaFrance in Lip Service also looks into the motivations that compel us to fake a smile or be ‘strategic’ smilers. Many waiters and waitresses intuitively realize that smiling a lot on the job leads to higher tips. As a means to a greater financial end, they present that they are happy to serve, even if they are exhausted. LaFrance argues that just as smiles differ across genders, they also change across cultural lines. Smiles have ‘accents’ just like people from different countries and regions. People from very individualist countries (mostly Western) tend to believe that showing emotion is normal and encouraged, while people from very collectivist countries (mostly Eastern) prefer to dampen emotional expression so as to be considerate of other people's feelings. Likewise, the Internet emoticon for a smile varies across the world.

Wherever we are from and wherever we live, we all have a closet of smiles for different occasions, emotions, and motives, and in a given day we all go through many outfits. LaFrance melds scientific studies, insights from her lab, and various literary and pop culture references to elucidate the nuances of a facial expression we rarely consciously analyze. Lip Service illustrates how imperative our faces are to understanding our world and our own complex selves.

LaFrance draws on a wide range of psychological and biological factors, as well as culture and literature, in order to delineate the many different kinds of smiles and how to recognize and react to them.... Her extensive research, clear and sometimes humorous writing, and interdisciplinary approach make this a very fine book for anyone who smiles (or doesn't). – Publishers Weekly

By unveiling the complexity of something as simple as a smile, the author provides surprising insights into culture and psychology. – Kirkus Reviews

… Marianne LaFrance is the world's expert on smiles, and in this extraordinary book she explains what they tell us about the human soul. LaFrance is a confident and engaging writer, moving gracefully from novels to the lab to pop culture, from Charles Dickens to Charles Darwin to Charles Manson. Lip Service is a delight and a revelation – you will never look at smiles the same way again. – Pall Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works

Marianne LaFrance is to the psychology and science of smiling as Marie Curie was to radioactivity. – Angus Trumble, author of A Brief History of the Smile

Even though baring of the teeth as a form of appeasement goes back to our primate ancestors, it has gained an incredibly rich palette of meanings in humans. The expression is also highly contagious, so that this engaging and well-researched book is certain to bring a smile to every reader's face. – Frans de Waal, author of The Age of Empathy

LaFrance’s groundbreaking and insightful work shows how the smile says much more than we realize – or care to admit. To read Lip Service is to learn just how much the smile influences our lives and our relationships.

Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Social Sciences

Transforming Self and Others Through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities by Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology: SUNY Press)

RResearch approaches in the field of transpersonal psychology can be transformative for researchers, participants, and the audience of a project. Transforming Self and Others Through Research/a> offers these transformative approaches to those conducting research across the human sciences and the humanities. Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud first described such methods in their book Transpersonal Research Methods for the Social Sciences (1998). Since that time, in hundreds of empirical studies, these methods have been tested and integrated with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method research designs. Anderson, Professor of Transpersonal Psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Braud, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, writing with a contribution from Jennifer Clements, invite scholars to bring multiple ways of knowing and personal resources to their scholarship. While emphasizing established research conventions for rigor, Anderson and Braud encourage researchers to plumb the depths of intuition, imagination, play, mindfulness, compassion, creativity, and embodied writing as research skills. Experiential exercises to help readers develop these skills are provided.

Transformation – in the form of important, meaningful, and sometimes profound changes in one's attitudes and views of oneself and of the world at large – can occur while conducting research in the researcher or scholar; other participants, including colleagues and research participants; the readers or audience of the report; and even in the society or culture in which the researcher or scholar is situated. In the forms in which research typically is conducted, transformative changes sometimes may occur as spontaneous, unintended side effects or aftereffects of a research project. However, it is possible to deliberately increase the likelihood of transformative changes in all research personnel by choosing inquiry approaches and emphasizing research skills that involve the researcher to a much greater degree than usually is the case and that allow the researcher to actualize aspects of herself or himself that typically are ignored and remain untapped during the course of a research project. The purpose of Transforming Self and Others Through Research is to describe some of these transformation-fostering approaches and skills and to suggest ways of using them in research and scholarly endeavors throughout the human sciences and humanities.

Since the authors themselves are human science researchers, this book primarily addresses scientific research in the human sciences. Nevertheless, the transformative methods and skills described in this book are equally applicable to scholarly inquiry in the humanities. More generally, the humanities and human sciences would also be enriched by more collaborative, multidisciplinary efforts on related topics, a theme detailed in the final section of Chapter 2 and in Chapter 9, A Transformative Vision for Research and Scholarship.
Transforming Self and Others Through Research provides detailed descriptions of ways in which self and others may be transformed through research. Personal transformation involves a qualitative shift in one's life view and/or worldview. Such a shift may occur rapidly or gradually, dramatically or subtly. Transformation may manifest as changes in one's perspective, understandings, attitudes, ways of knowing and doing, and way of being in the world. It may be recognized by changes in one's body, feelings and emotions, ways of thinking, forms of expression, and relationships with others and with the world.

Transforming Self and Others Through Research suggests that personal and communal transformation can be an accompaniment or outcome of research if (a) the research project has great personal meaning and is one in which the researcher can become intimately involved, (b) the chosen research approach is an expansive and inclusive one that allows the researcher to engage in a greater variety of ways of knowing than usually is the case, and (c) the researcher more fully prepares herself or himself (and prepares the research participants and even the expected audiences of the work) for the project at hand by identifying and improving a set of additional research skills that ordinarily are neglected. These three conditions allow the researcher to be personally and more fully engaged in all phases of a research project, thereby actualizing many of the researcher's latent potentials. The researcher may further activate these potentials by approaching a research project with explicit intentions for enhanced self-awareness and transformative changes in all research personnel, by reviving and holding those intentions throughout the project, and by explicitly reflecting, at the conclusion of the project, on whether and how those aims were realized.

The chapters in Transforming Self and Others Through Research describe techniques that can complement already familiar methods and procedures for planning a study, collecting and analyzing data, and reporting findings. Part 1 describes three recently developed research approaches – each informed by principles and practices from the growing field of transpersonal psychology – that emphasize personal involvement and transformative possibilities. Part 2 provides detailed instructions for identifying, practicing, and enhancing a variety of specific skills and applying these in any research context. Although these specific skills are commonly used in contexts of personal life, professional applications (counseling and clinical work, health care, educational and training contexts), and individual psycho-spiritual growth and development, their research relevance and actual use in research projects have rarely been treated. The most distinctive feature of Part 2 – and of the entire book – is the recognition that these personal skills and practices can be applied in the service of more effective research and in the service of transformative changes in self and others.

The book includes step-by-step instructions, practical information, many experiential exercises, and many examples based on the authors' extensive research experience and their experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate research courses and supervising master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

Anderson and Braud add an exciting and significant dimension to current developments in qualitative inquiry. This is bold, creative, and inspiring work, and with both clarity and passion, puts forth a vital challenge to traditional assumptions about the nature of both research and knowledge. – Kenneth J. Gergen, author of Relational Being: Beyond Self and Community
In recent decades, transpersonal psychology has begun to influence kindred fields, including clinical research. Transforming Self and Others Through Research is a splendid example of this enrichment. This book transcends the conventional concept of researcher and subject as separate entities, as self and other. It reveals how the research process can be a path of personal development and psycho-spiritual maturity for everyone involved. How I wish this book had been available when I studied research in graduate school. I hope it finds its way into every graduate nursing program in the nation. – Barbara Montgomery Dossey, author of Florence Nightingale: Mystic, Visionary, Healer
This excellent book deepens the authors' previous work on transpersonal modes of research. It works well as a source book, and in its comprehensive structure and scholarly content will be a model for quite some time. To my knowledge, there is simply no current work out there that brings so much material together in one place. – Robert D. Romanyshyn, author of The Wounded Researcher: Research with Soul in Mind
… This book builds on this perspective and provides an original, insightful, and honest way of inquiry. Their multi-methodological approach, emphasizing skills and exercises that intersect with the lives of the researchers, is refreshing and useful. Thanks for offering this approach to the world. – John W. Creswell, author of Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

Transforming Self and Others Through Research focuses on distinctive approaches and techniques that complement and supplement these more familiar methods and that will be of interest to those who value the transformative possibilities of research projects as much as their informational yields. Throughout the book, the transpersonal research approaches and skills are presented in a detailed, student-friendly manner.

Transforming Self and Others Through Research is part of the ongoing development of collaborative and engaged research praxis in the human sciences. Besides its emphasis on transformation, another distinctive feature of this book is its inclusion of much more content-related information and resources than is typical for research methods books. The book can be used as a textbook in advanced undergraduate and graduate research courses in humanistic and transpersonal psychology and applied human science programs, such as professional schools of psychology, education, counseling, nursing, allied health, and public health. The book is also useful as a secondary text in conventional quantitative and qualitative research courses.

Literature & Fiction / Science / History & Philosophy

Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko by Dmitri Stanchevici, with series editor Charles H. Sides (Technical Communication Series: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.)

Stalinist Genetics focuses on the rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko, the founder of an agrobiological doctrine (Lysenkoism) in the Stalinist Soviet Union. Using not only scientific but also political and ideological arguments, Lysenko achieved an official ban on Soviet Mendelian genetics. Though the ban was brief and Lysenkoism, as a leading biological doctrine, was eventually deposed in favor of Mendelism, Lysenkoism remains a paradigmatic example of pernicious political interference in science.

In Stalinist Genetics, the critical orientation for reading Lysenko's major speeches is constitutional rhetoric. It combines Kenneth Burke's dialectic of constitutions and rhetoric of the subject. Painting a nuanced picture of intellectual, economic, ideological, and political life in the Soviet Union of the 1930s and 1940s, the book demonstrates how the rhetorics of Lysenkoism and Mendelism interacted with Stalinist culture in the fight for dominating Soviet science.

Readers will learn how Lysenko's constitutional rhetoric created a space where scientific terms transformed into political and ideological ones, and vice versa. Stalinist Genetics also shows how, in a dialectical flip, the Lysenkoist rhetoric eventually turned from tool to master. Contrary to Lysenko's intentions, his language gave his opponents, Soviet Mendelians, grounds on which to defend their science and criticize Lysenkoism. Dmitri Stanchevici, assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Memphis, reasserts the blurriness of the boundaries between science and politics, and argues that scientific language reveals more plasticity and adaptability to the political situation than has hitherto been assumed.

Dmitri Stanchevici's work synthesizes history, global politics, mythos, science, cultural studies, and rhetoric in a way that is unique and prescient for technical communicators today, as they help society negotiate the unstable intersection of science, politics, and communication. Stanchevici's prose is full of insights that are always eloquently presented, while semantically precise. – Ken Baake, author, Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science

Stalinist Genetics will be of interest to scholars in rhetoric, history, and philosophy of science and graduate or upper-division undergraduate courses in the rhetoric of science or technical communication.

Outdoors & Nature / Camping / Travel

The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition by Chris Townsend (McGraw Hill)

Capturing the essence of backpacking in words – the joy of walking through the ever-changing, ever-constant natural world, the magic of waking to sunlight glinting on a mist-wreathed lake, the excitement of striding through a mountain storm – is difficult…. Why backpack?... Only by living in the wilderness twenty-four hours a day, day after day, do you gain that indefinable feeling of rightness, of being with instead of against the earth, that gives the deepest contentment I have found. – from the book

Now in its fourth edition, the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook covers everything from essential techniques such as map and compass work to the skills needed for more remote wilderness journeys – such as how to ford rivers safely and how to choose a route through untracked terrain.

Backpacking expert Chris Townsend, internationally recognized rough-terrain hiker, shares his seasoned advice for:

  • Planning the trip using online topo maps before setting foot on the trails.
  • Lightening their backpack by using new materials such as Tyvek and cuben fiber.
  • Dressing and sleeping comfortably with the latest in footwear and sleeping bag options.
  • Packing new safety technology such as the SPOT device, which sends their position to computers and can be used by friends back home to track their route as well as for emergencies.
  • Navigating with a GPS unit or even a smartphone.
  • Cooking with the latest and best new stove technology, including alcohol stoves, heat-exchanger stoves, and stoves that use an inverted canister to defy cold weather.
  • Capturing breathtaking outdoor pictures with a digital camera.

The Backpacker's Handbook has the latest and the trusted on boots, packs, stoves, shelter, and gear; all terrains and hiking styles; safety and systems for all seasons; ultra light backpacking and low-impact methods; pre-trip planning with online tools; and wilderness navigation – traditional and with GPS.

Since the last edition of The Backpacker's Handbook, seven years have gone by. In terms of equipment, there have been many changes, especially in the electronics field with mapping GPS, signaling devices, smartphones, e-book readers, digital cameras, and other devices becoming popular for backpacking. The lightweight-backpacking movement has spread into the mainstream to some extent, and lighter loads are now more possible than ever. New materials like Cuben Fiber have appeared, while titanium, merino wool, and silnylon have become more standard. Heat-exchanger and wood-burning stoves – old and new technology – have increased in number and popularity.

Backpacking as an activity hasn't changed, of course. Going out into the wilderness to experience nature, whether on a quiet walk in the summer woods, an exciting scramble high in the mountains, a long-distance trail hike, or a journey in the snow and cold of winter, doesn't change because of new fabrics or means of communication.

The Backpacker's Handbook is a how-to book, an instructional manual on how to hike and camp in wild country safely and in comfort. Much of the book concerns techniques and equipment – factual stuff leavened with a little bias and opinion, but down to earth and functional nonetheless. The scope, theoretically, is worldwide, though readers won't find much about tropical travel; Townsend’s own experience has been mostly in the wild areas of North America and Western Europe, ranging from the hot deserts of the Southwest to the Arctic wastes of Greenland.

The most up-to-date and comprehensive guide to equipment and technique available anywhere. – Backpack (UK)
A clear and comprehensive primer on backpacking gear. Townsend's knowledge is immense. – Sierra
Belongs in every bookcase dealing with outdoor topics. . . . Chockablock full of useful, practical, commonsense info. . . . If you tramp the outdoors, get this book. – Maine Sportsman
For those thinking of taking a backpack journey, The Backpacker's Handbook is required reading. – Daily Local News (West Chester, PA)

The Backpacker's Handbook contains what readers need to know before they hit the trails – this trusted reference will prepare them for the challenges and excitement of backpacking in the wilderness. Indeed, there is little about backpacking Townsend does not cover.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Basic Sciences / Physiology

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach – with Student Consult Online Access by S. David Hudnall MD FCAP (Mosby Physiology Monograph Series: Elsevier Mosby)

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach, by S. David Hudnall, MD, FCAP, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of Hematopathology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, delivers an accessible understanding of hematolymphoid physiology and pathophysiology. This new title in the Mosby Physiology Monograph Series offers readers masterful explanations of hematopoiesis, immunology, hemostasis, hemoglobinopathy, metabolic disorders, genetics, and neoplasia from an authority who has 26 years of practical experience in laboratory hematology and has taught thousands of medical and undergraduate students.

With Hematology clinicians will be able to:

  • Understand the interrelationships between the diverse factors that can give rise to disease.
  • See how hematologic disorders are evaluated through blood counting, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, cytogenetics, and coagulation testing.
  • Visualize a wide spectrum of hematologic pathology by viewing 150 full-color photomicrographs.
  • Access the complete contents online.
  • Gain a quick and easy understanding of hematologic pathophysiology.

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach is an introductory hematology text for all students and trainees, including medical students, biomedical grad­uate students, pathology residents, and fellows in hematology/oncology and hematopathology.

It is important to state what Hematology is not. It is not a comprehensive textbook of clinical hematology. Clinical hematology is a vast, complex field that, to be thoroughly and expertly covered, requires many authors, many pages, and tracts of up-to-date references. To meet this demand, several excellent and generously referenced textbooks written by multiple expert contributors are available. However, these textbooks are not appropriate as introductory texts. They are far too detailed, often presuming prior knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology of the hematologic system.

The text is radically different. It is written by a single author and contains no references. Although some expert advice was sought, Hudnall has for the most part drawn on his own experience as a course designer/director and teacher of hematology to present a single unified overview of the field.

Hematology is a book that first and foremost approaches hematology from a pathophysiologic perspective, with mechanistic explanations of normal and abnormal function. Hematopoiesis, blood physiology, immunology, neoplasia, transplantation, and hemostasis are presented as interrelated subjects. Because the practice of hematology is highly dependent upon a relatively large number of diagnostic lab tests, fairly detailed descriptions of blood counting, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, cytogenetics, and coagulation testing are provided. Numerous color photomicrographs of both normal and abnormal histology are also provided in full color.

Contents of Hematology include:

Brief Overview of the Hematolymphoid System      

  1. Hematopoiesis
  2. Herythropoiesis and Oxygen Transport
  3. Iron, Heme, and Hemoglobin   
  4. Hemoglobinopathy       
  5. Red Blood Cell Metabolism and Enzyme Defects         
  6. Hemolytic Anemia         
  7. Aplastic Anemia and Related Disorders            
  8. Megaloblastic Anemia  
  9. Myeloid Cells  
  10. Immune System and Related Disorders            
  11. Genetic Basis of Hematopoietic Neoplasia       
  12. Leukemia and Related Disorders
  13. Lymphoma and Related Disorders
  14. Blood Coagulation
  15. Platelets           
  16. Benign Conditions of Lymphoid Organs           
  17. Blood Transfusion and Stem Cell Transplantation         
  18. Cancer Chemotherapy

Hematology delivers an accessible yet thorough understanding of hematolymphoid physiology and pathophysiology. In print and online, this is the ideal for integrated and problem-based physiology courses.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Basic Sciences / Anatomy / Reference

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, 2nd edition – 9 volumes (Elsevier Saunders)

The long-awaited update of The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, also known as the ‘green books,’ is now a reality. Master artist-physician, Carlos Machado, and other top medical illustrators have teamed-up with medical experts to make the classic Netter ‘green books’ a reliable and effective current-day reference.

Celebrated as the foremost medical illustrator of the human body and how it works, Frank H. Netter, MD (1906-1991) began his career as a medical illustrator in the 1930s when the CIBA Pharmaceutical Company commissioned him to prepare illustrations of the major organs and their pathology. Netter's incredibly detailed, lifelike renderings were so well received by the medical community that CIBA published them in a book. This first successful publication in 1948 was followed by the series of volumes that now carry the Netter name –The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations. Even many years after his death, Netter is still acknowledged as the foremost master of medical illustration. His anatomical drawings are the benchmark by which all other medical art is measured and judged.

Self-taught in medical illustration, cardiologist Carlos Machado has contributed meticulous updates to some of Netter's original plates and has created many paintings of his own in the style of Netter as an extension of the Netter collection. Machado's photorealistic expertise and his keen insight into the physician/patient relationship inform his vivid and unforgettable visual style. His dedication to researching each topic and subject he paints places him among the premier medical illustrators at work today. Before coming to the United States, Machado was in private cardiology practice in Rio de Janeiro. Machado was chosen to be Netter's successor, and he continues to be the primary artist contributing to the Netter family of products. Machado says, "For 16 years, in my updating of the illustrations in the Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, as well as many other Netter publications, I have faced the challenging mission of continuing  Netter's legacy, of following and understanding his concepts, and of reproducing his style by using his favorite techniques."

This second edition of the legendary series offer Netter's timeless work, now arranged and informed by modern text and radiologic imaging contributed by field-leading doctors and teachers from world-renowned medical institutions and supplemented with new illustrations created by artists working in the Netter tradition. Inside the classic green covers, students and practitioners will find hundreds of original works of art – the human body in pictures – paired with the latest in expert medical knowledge and innovation, and anchored in the sublime style of Frank Netter.

The first three volumes in the series are reviewed below. Nine volumes in all are being revised and updated.

… / Obstetrics-Gynecology / Urology

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System, 2nd edition by Roger P. Smith MD and Paul J. Turek MD FACS (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 1: Elsevier Saunders)

The challenge, therefore, was to absorb and assimilate the new learning and to exhibit it in a form easily understandable, attractive and so instructive that the essential points could be readily visualized and the more important details grasped without need for search in specific or original publications. – Frank H. Netter MD, Introduction, The Netter Collection of Illustrations, Reproductive System, 1954

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System, 2nd Edition provides a concise and highly visual approach to the basic sciences and clinical pathology of this body system. This first volume in The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations has been expanded and revised to cover novel and important topics like sex determination, fertility medicine, genetics, contraception, and sexual dysfunction.

With The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System clinicians are able to:

  • Master knowledge of the development, function, and pathology of the male and female reproductive tracts through elegant and informed side-by-side discussions of these systems.
  • View the artistic mastery and beauty of Netter's finest images, presented in one of the most complete and best organized series of illustrations of reproductive system in health and disease.
  • Be inspired by the wondrously complex and highly-evolved human reproductive tract through integrated discussions of primary and subspecialty concepts in clinical care.
  • Gain an understanding of complex topics in reproductive medicine through the brilliant text-atlas format that Netter has brought to new and richly artistic heights.
  • Access today's clinical knowledge on all aspects of the reproductive system – including sexual development and dysfunction, genetics, fertility medicine, prostate health, contraception, and treatable problems in pregnancy.
  • Benefit from the expertise of two world-class editors, Roger Smith, MD, a gynecologist, and Paul Turek, MD, a urologist and microsurgeon, both talented minds and clear thinkers in the field of reproductive biology and medicine.
  • See the connection between basic and clinical sciences as only Netter can help clinicians do through the visual integration of normal and pathologic structure and function in the reproductive tract.
  • Learn and review the fundamentals of reproductive medicine – with classic Netter art, beautiful new and updated illustrations, and modern imaging.
  • Apply the perspective of an experienced, international advisory board to many controversies and timely topics in clinical medicine.

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System is edited by Roger P. Smith, MD, Robert Munsick Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Medical Student Education, Director, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, and Paul J. Turek, MD, Director, The Turek Clinic, Former Professor and Endowed Chair University of California, San Francisco. Contributing illustrators include John A. Craig, MD, James A. Perkins, MS, MFA, Kristen Wienandt Marzejon, MS, MFA, and Tiffany S. DaVanzo, MA, CMI.

Sections of The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System include:

Section 1 Development of the Genital Tracts and Functional Relationships of the Gonads

Section 2 The Penis and Male Perineum

Section 3 The Scrotum and Testis

Section 4 The Seminal Vesicles and Prostate

Section 5 Sperm and Ejaculation

Section 6 The Vulva

Section 7 The Vagina

Section 8 The Uterus and Cervix

Section 9 The Fallopian Tubes

Section 10 The Ovaries

Section 11 The Ovum and Reproduction

Section 12 Pregnancy

Section 13 The Breast

The Netter series of illustrations underwent 19 printings over 56 years but has never undergone a substantive revision until now. The privilege of editing this monumental tome has been both daunting and revealing. Dr. Netter's art is utterly timeless, highly exact and informed to the point of being prescient. How do you improve on a masterpiece? On the other hand, medicine has change dramatically over the past five decades since this volume first appeared and demands that entirely new and previously unimagined medical knowledge be brought to the readership. Similar to restoring a da Vinci painting or translating a Nabokov novel, editing this volume has highlighted for us both the magnitude of change in medicine and the timelessness of Dr. Netter's art. Consistent with Dr. Netter's philosophy, we have chosen to let the art do most of the speaking and have limited the text to providing context, clarification, and clinical application. – Roger P. Smith, MD, Kansas City, Missouri and Paul J. Turek, MD, San Francisco

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System provides a reliable and effective reference on the reproductive system with the visual support of Netter. Classic Netter art, updated and new illustrations, and modern imaging make this timeless work essential to the clinical library. Clinicians view the beauty of Netter's finest images, presented in one of the most complete and best organized series of illustrations of the reproductive system in health and disease.

… / Endocrinology

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System, 2nd edition edited by William F. Young (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 2: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System, 2nd Edition provides a concise and highly visual guide to the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the endocrine glands. This second volume in The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations has been expanded and revised by William F. Young, Jr. to reflect the many exciting advances that have been made in the field. Classic Netter art, updated illustrations, and modern imaging make this timeless work essential to clinicians’ libraries.

With The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System, clinicians will be able to:

  • Access rare illustrations in one convenient source from the only Netter work devoted specifically to the endocrine system.
  • Get a complete overview of the endocrine system through multidisciplinary coverage of endocrinology as a whole.
  • Gain a quick understanding of complex topics from a concise text-atlas format that provides a context bridge between primary and specialized medicine.
  • Apply a visual approach – with the classic Netter art, updated illustrations, new artwork and modern imaging – to normal and abnormal endocrine gland function and the clinical presentation patients with endocrine disorders.
  • See the connection between basic and clinical sciences with an integrated overview of normal structure and function as it relates to pathologic conditions.
  • Delve into the updated text of new author and editor, William F. Young, Jr., MD., that illuminates and expands on the illustrated concepts.
  • Benefit from the perspectives of an international advisory board for content that reflects the current global consensus.

Editor William F. Young, Jr., MD, MSc is Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Illustrations are by Frank H. Netter, MD, and Carlos A. G. Machado, MD. Contributing illustrators are James A. Perkins, MS, MFA, John A. Craig, MD, and Kristen Wienandt Marzejon, MS, MFA.

The second edition of The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System is designed to provide physicians at all stages of training and practice with a visual guide to the anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the endocrine glands. The first edition was published in 1965. In the intervening five decades, there have been remarkable developments in our understanding of endocrine disorders. The text has been entirely rewritten, but most of the anatomic and clinical artwork of Netter has stood the test of time. Since new endocrine disorders and treatment approaches have been recognized over the past 50 years, new artwork has been added in every section, including the following: current surgical approaches to remove pituitary tumors, tests used in the diagnosis of Cushing syndrome, adrenal venous sampling for primary aldosteronism, Cushing syndrome caused by primary pigmented nodular adrenocortical disease, treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus, multiple endocrine neoplasia types 1 and 2, and von Hippel-Lindau syndrome.

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System is organized in 8 sections, which correspond to the glands and components of the endocrine system. In some cases, the Netter drawings are supplemented with modern diagnostic images (e.g., computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging). The original Netter edition and the new illustrations focus on embryology, gross anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology, clinical manifestations of disease, diagnostic modalities, and surgical and therapeutic techniques.

This work is not a complete textbook of endocrinology, but rather a visual tour of the highlights of this medical discipline. Sections of The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System include:

Section 1 Pituitary and Hypothalmus

Section 2 Thyroid

Section 3 Adrenal

Section 4 Reproduction

Section 5 Pancreas

Section 6 Bone and Calcium

Section 7 Lipids and Nutrition

Section 8 Genetics and Endocrine Neoplasia

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System is a reliable and effective reference on the endocrine system with the visual support of Netter’s art.

Machado, Perkins, Marzejon, and Craig have contributed outstanding new plates to this edition, as well as adapted and updated existing artwork. The accompanying text serves to illuminate and expand on the concepts demonstrated in the images. This new edition will serve to preserve and provide context for the original Netter illustrations well into the twenty-first century.

… / Pulmonary/Respiratory

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System edited by David Kaminsky MD (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 3: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System, 2nd Edition provides a concise and highly visual approach to the basic sciences and clinical pathology of this body system. This third volume in The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations has been expanded and revised by David Kaminsky, MD to cover important topics like pulmonary hypertension, COPD, asthma, drug-resistant TB, modern endoscopic and surgical techniques. Classic Netter art, updated illustrations, and modern imaging make this timeless work essential to the clinical library.

With The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System, clinicians are able to:

  • Access rare illustrations in one convenient source from the only Netter work devoted specifically to the respiratory system.
  • Get a complete overview of the respiratory system through multidisciplinary coverage from physiology and biochemistry to adult and pediatric medicine and surgery.
  • Gain a quick understanding of complex topics from a concise text-atlas format that provides a context bridge between primary and specialized medicine.
  • Grasp the nuances of the pathophysiology of today's major respiratory conditions – including pulmonary hypertension, COPD, asthma, environmental lung disease, sleep disorders, infections of the immunocompromised, neonatal breathing disorders, and drug-resistant TB, and modern endoscopic and surgical techniques – through advances in molecular biology and radiologic imaging.
  • Benefit from the expertise of the new editor, who contributes significant experience in asthma and general pulmonary and critical care medicine, and his team of world class contributors.
  • See the connection between basic and clinical sciences with an integrated overview of normal structure and function as it relates to pathologic conditions.
  • Apply a visual approach – with the classic Netter art, updated illustrations, and modern imaging – to normal and abnormal body function and the clinical presentation of the patient.
  • Tap into the perspectives of an international advisory board for content that reflects the current global consensus.

Editor David A. Kaminsky, MD, is Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Vermont, Burlington. Illustrations are by Frank H. Netter, MD, and Carlos AG. Machado, MD. Contributing illustrators include John A. Craig, MD, James A. Perkins, MS, MFA, Kristen Wienandt Marzejon, MS, MFA, Tiffany S. DaVanzo, MA, CMI, and Anita Impagliazzo, MA, CMI.

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System is the first major revision in 30 years of Netter's Respiratory System. The changes that have occurred over the past 3 decades in pulmonary medicine have been profound. The challenge of editing this edition was to include these updates while at the same time preserving the unique nature and artistic beauty of Netter's classic depiction of human health and disease. In addition to ensuring the accuracy and relevance of the timeless topics of anatomy and physiology, the editors have significantly revised the sections on airways, parenchymal and pleural diseases, lung cancer, infectious diseases, thromboembolic disease, inhalational diseases, acute respiratory distress syndrome, pharmacotherapy, radiology, mechanical ventilation, and trauma and surgery. New sections have been created on pulmonary immunology, pulmonary hypertension, lung manifestations of systemic disease, sleep medicine, exhaled breath analysis, endobronchial ultrasound, video-assisted thoracoscopic ultrasound, lung volume reduction surgery, and lung transplantation.

Contents of The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System include:

Section 1 Anatomy and Embryology

·        Development of the Lower Respiratory System

Section 2 Physiology

·        Pulmonary Mechanics and Gas Exchange

·        Lung Metabolism

·        Control and Disorders of Respiration

Section 3 Diagnostic Procedures

·        Radiologic Examination of the Lungs

·        Endoscopic Procedures

Section 4 Diseases and Pathology

·        Congenital Lung Disease

·        Laryngeal Disorders

·        Bronchial Asthma

·        Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

·        Bronchiectasis

·        Cystic Fibrosis

·        Lung Cancer Overview

·        Paraneoplastic Manifestations of Lung Cancer

·        Pneumonia

·        Atypical Pathogen Pneumonia

·        Viral Community-Acquired Pneumonia

·        Tuberculosis

·        Lung Diseases Caused by the Inhalation of Particles and Fumes

·        Pulmonary Embolism and Venous Thromboembolism

·        Pulmonary Hypertension

·        Pulmonary Edema

·        Pleural Effusion

·        Thoracic Trauma

·        Pneumothorax

·        Respiratory Distress Syndrome

·        Interstitial Lung Diseases

Section 5 Therapies and Therapeutic Procedures

·        Pulmonary Pharmacology

·        Oxygen Therapy

·        Airway Management

·        Lung Surgery

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System is a reliable and effective reference on the respiratory system with the visual support of Netter’s art. This new edition provides the most up-to-date, accurate information to bring Netter's Respiratory Disease into the 21st century.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Pulmonary Medicine / Neurology / Reference

Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Richard B. Berry (Elsevier Saunders)

Written by Richard Berry, MD, Professor of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, Medical Director, University of Florida and Shands Sleep Disorder Center, Gainesville, Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine is a multimedia resource that provides a concise, clinically focused alternative to larger sleep medicine references. Clinicians get everything they need to know about the evaluation and management of sleep disorders, including the interpretation of sleep scans and the use of the newly overhauled AASM scoring criteria. Coverage of physiology is limited to what is necessary for clinical decision making. The book's logical, user-friendly format and online features which include the full text and illustrations, numerous video clips, and selected case studies.

With Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine, clinicians are able to:

  • Spend less time searching thanks to a more clinically focused, user-friendly format that concentrates on the ‘fundamentals’ of sleep medicine.
  • Zero in on the practical, ‘hands-on’ information they need, including how to interpret sleep scans.
  • Access the full contents online plus additional illustrations, numerous video clips (for example, parasomnias, leg kicks), case studies, and enhanced sleep tracings (showing detailed sleep pattern alterations).
  • Benefit from the author's 25 years of clinical experience taking care of patients with sleep disorders.
  • Get visual guidance on the new AASM scoring criteria, for which Berry served on the committee and provided all illustrations used.

The goal of Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine is to provide readers with a core of fundamental knowledge about sleep medicine and polysomnography. Berry covers the topic so that a person without training in sleep medicine can start reading chapter one and progress until the end of the book.

Contents of Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine include:

  1. Sleep Stages and Basic Sleep Monitoring
  2. The Technology of Sleep Monitoring: Differential Amplifiers, Digital Polysomnography, and Filters
  3. Sleep Staging in Adults
  4. Biocalibration, Artifacts, and Common Variants of Sleep          
  5. Sleep Staging in Infants and Children    
  6. Sleep Architecture Parameters, Normal Sleep, and Sleep Loss
  7. Neurobiology of Sleep
  8. Monitoring Respiration Technology and Techniques      
  9. Monitoring Respiration-Event Definitions and Examples            
  10.  Sleep and Respiratory Physiology       
  11. Cardiac Monitoring during Polysomnography   
  12. Monitoring of Limb Movements and Other Movements during Sleep    
  13. Polysomnography, Portable Monitoring, and Actigraphy           
  14. Subjective and Objective Measures of Daytime Sleepiness       
  15. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndromes: Definitions, Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Variants          
  16. Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea   
  17. Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the Benefits of Treatment         
  18. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment Overview and Medical Treatments            
  19. Positive Airway Pressure Treatment     
  20. Oral Appliance and Surgical Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea    
  21. Central Sleep Apnea and Hypoventilation Syndromes
  22. Sleep and Obstructive Lung Disease
  23. The Restless Leg Syndrome, Periodic Limb Movements in Sleep, and the Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  24. Hypersomnias of Central Origin
  25. Insomnia
  26. Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders (CRSD)
  27. Clinical EEG and Nocturnal Epilepsy    
  28. Parasomnias    
  29. Psychiatry and Sleep    
  30. Sleep and Non-Respiratory Physiology
  31. Sleep and Neurological Disorders        

With the publication of the International Classification of Sleep Disorders, Second Edition, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine scoring manual, there is a need for an up-to-date text using current terminology and diagnostic criteria. Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine provides the essentials needed to deliver accurate treatment. The book serves as an introductory text and also assists those physicians actively taking care of sleep patients.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Gastroenterology

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory G. Ginsberg MD, Christopher J. Gostout MD, Michael L. Kochman MD FACP, & Ian D. Norton MB BS(Syd) PhD(NSW) FRACP (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2nd Edition, edited by Gregory G. Ginsberg, Michael L. Kochman, Ian D. Norton, and Christopher J. Gostout, helps clinicians master the latest endoscopic techniques and achieve optimal outcomes. Readers see how to perform key nuances with procedural videos in addition to 1,000 photographs, upgraded endoscopic images, and anatomical drawings both in print and online. Written by some of today's most prestigious specialists and with new and fully updated chapters Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy equips clinicians to diagnose and treat the full range of GI disorders with state-of-the-art coverage of bariatric surgery, therapeutic EUS, device-assisted enteroscopy, image-guided therapy, and intramural endotherapy.

With Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy clinicians can:

1.      Get comprehensive details on a wide breadth of topics including anatomy, pathophysiology, and therapeutic management options in addition to the latest GI procedures and technologies.

2.      Advance their knowledge on the rapidly evolving state of clinical gastrointestinal endoscopy with expert multimedia guidance.

3.      Master new procedures with updates on the endoscopic management of bariatric surgery; EUS as a tool to direct endoscopic therapies; device-assisted enteroscopy for deep exploration of the small intestine; image-guided therapy to help detect cancer earlier; and intramural endotherapy including the new POEM procedure.

4.      Keep current with new and emerging technologies including the management of upper gastrointestinal familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome and ampullary tumors; post-bariatric endoscopy and endoscopic therapy; endoluminal bariatric techniques, and intramural/transmural endoscopy.

5.      See how to perform key procedures step by step with endoscopic videos and access the complete text, online-only references, and all the illustrations.

6.      View techniques more clearly with upgraded endoscopic images and step-by-step illustrations in most chapters.

Editors are Gregory G. Ginsberg, M.D., Professor of Medicine Gastroenterology Division, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Director of Endoscopic Services, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Christopher J. Gostout, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Director of Endoscopic Research and Development Mayo Clinic, Rochester; Michael L. Kochman, M.D., F.A.C.P., Professor of Medicine, Co-Director, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Endoscopy Training Director, Gastroenterology Division, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; and Ian D. Norton, M.B.B.S., PhD, F.R.A.C.P., Director of Endoscopy, Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Concord Hospital, Sydney. Contributors are renowned leaders in their respective fields.

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2nd edition, is divided into four main sections covering Equipment and General Principles of Endoscopy, Luminal Gastrointestinal Disorders, Pancreaticobiliary Disorders, and Emerging Endoscopy (a glimpse into the future). The first section describes the history of gastrointestinal endoscopy and then provides primers on how endoscopes, endoscopic devices, and endoscopy units function. Section II: Luminal Gastrointestinal Disorders is divided into benign and malignant disorders. The benign disorders subsection devotes five chapters to endoscopic diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal bleeding followed by detailed coverage of endoscopic approaches to strictures, enteral access, ingested foreign objects, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. The chapters on malignant disorders give complete coverage of endoscopic approaches to management of inflammatory, infectious, and functional disorders of the luminal digestive tract. The chapters on neoplastic disorders are divided into esophageal, gastroduodenal, and colorectal subsections. Within each subsection, endoscopic diagnosis, staging, palliation, and curative therapies are comprehensively covered. The pancreaticobiliary section details simple and advanced techniques in ERCP and EUS for the diagnosis and management of benign and malignant disorders of the pancreaticobiliary It is a comprehensive account of the catastrophe, from the origins of the fires on the rig to the investigation into the causes of its demise to the pain it continues to cause the survivors and the families of the dead systems.

Chapters of Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy include:

Section I Equipment and General Principles of Endoscopy – Ian D. Norton

1.      The History of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy – James L. Achord

2.      Setting Up an Endoscopy Facility – James T. Frakes and Klaus Mergener

3.      How Endoscopes Work – David E. Barlow

4.      Cleaning and Disinfecting Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Equipment – Douglas B. Nelson

5.      Tissue Sampling, Specimen Handling, and Chromoendoscopy – Wilfred M. Weinstein

6.      Electrosurgery in Therapeutic Endoscopy – Marcia L. Morris and Ian D. Norton

7.      Sedation and Monitoring in Endoscopy – Matthew R. Banks, George J. M. Webster, and Liang H. Wee

8.      Patient Preparation and Pharmacotherapeutic Considerations – Mark Schoeman and Nam Q. Nguyen

9.      Reporting, Documentation, and Risk Management – Ian D. Norton and Kenneth Schroeder

10.  Small-Caliber Endoscopy – Christopher J. Gostout

11.  Postsurgical Endoscopic Anatomy – Arnaldo B. Feitoza

Section II Luminal Gastrointestinal Disorders – Christopher J. Gostout and Michael L. Kochman

Part I Benign Disorders

12                Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding –Yakub I. Khan and Naresh T. Gunaratnam

13                Portal Hypertensive Bleeding – Charanjit Virk, Nayantara Coelho-Prabhu, and Navtej S. Buttar

14                Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding – Thomas J. Savides

15                Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding – Itay Maza and Ian M. Gralnek

16                Chronic Gastrointestinal Bleeding – Miguel Munoz-Navas and Maite Bettis Ibanez

17                Benign Strictures – Jason R. Taylor and Grace H. Elta

18                Achalasia – David A. Katzka and David C. Metz

19                Ingested Foreign Objects and Food Bolus Impactions – Ian Grimes and Patrick R. Pfau

20                Zenker's Diverticula – Kiyoshi Hashiba

21                Inflammatory Bowel Disease – Jesse K. Liu and Gary R. Lichtenstein

Part II Neoplastic Disorders

22                Infections of the Luminal Digestive Tract – C. Mel Wilcox

23                Techniques in Enteral Access – Stephen A. McClave and Wei-Kuo Chang

24                Acute Colonic Pseudo-obstruction – Robert J. Ponec and Michael B. Kimmey

25                Diagnosis and Staging of Esophageal Carcinoma – Ian D. Penman and Nicholas I. Church

26                Diagnosis and Surveillance of Barrett's Esophagus – Gary W. Falk

27                Endoscopic Treatment of Superficial Esophageal Cancers – Kenneth K. Wang

28                Endoscopic Palliation of Malignant Dysphagia and Esophageal Fistulas –Marjolein Y. V. Horns and Peter D. Siersema

29                Nonepithelial Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach – Nicholas Nicks

30                Screening for Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Its Precursor Lesions – Sanford M. Dawsey and David E. Fleischer

31                Extraintestinal Endosonography (including Celiac Block) – Adam J. Goodman and Frank G. Gress

32                Evaluation of Gastric Polyps and Thickened Gastric Folds – Alberto Herreros de Tejada and Irving Waxman

33                Endoscopic Therapy for Gastric Neoplasms – Chang Beom Ryu and Yang K. Chen

34                Endoscopic Management of Upper Gastrointestinal Familial Adenomatous Polyposis Syndrome and Ampullary Tumors – Roy D. Yen and Raj I. Shah

35                Colorectal Cancer Screening and Surveillance – David Lieberman

36                Colonoscopic Polypectomy, Mucosal Resection, and Submucosal Dissection – Roy Soetikno, Tonya Kaltenbach, Shai Friedland, and Takahisa Matsuda

Section III Pancreaticobiliary Disorder – Gregory G. Ginsberg

Part I Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography Techniques

37                Diagnostic Cholangiography – Evan L. Fogel, Lee McHenry, Jr., James L. Watkins, Stuart Sherman, Kyo-Sang Yoo, and Glen A. Lehman

38                Diagnostic Pancreatography – Bret T. Petersen

39                Difficult Cannulation and Sphincterotomy – Juergen Hochberger, Johannes Maubach, and Detlev Menke

40                Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography Tissue Sampling Techniques – Douglas Howell

Part II Endoscopic Ultrasound Techniques

41                Endoscopic Ultrasound of Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases – Mark D. Topazian

42                Endoscopic Ultrasound-Guided Fine Needle Aspiration of Pancreaticobiliary Lesions – V. Ramen Muthusamy and Kenneth I. Chang

Part III Benign Biliary Tract Disorders

43                Choledocholithiasis – James A. DiSario

44                Benign Biliary Strictures and Leaks – Guido Costamagna

45                Infections of the Biliary Tract – Jennifer I. Telford and David L. Carr-Locke

46                Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction – Stuart Sherman, Evan L. Fogel, James L. Watkins, Lee McHenry, Jr., and Glen A. Lehman

Part IV Benign Pancreatic Disorders

47                Acute Pancreatitis and Peripancreatic Fluid Collections – Todd H. Baron, Sr.

48                Acute Relapsing Pancreatitis – Michael K. Sanders and Adam Slivka

49                Chronic Pancreatitis, Stones, and Strictures – Shyam Varadarajulu and Robert H. Hawes

50                Pancreatic Duct Leaks and Pseudocysts – Richard A. Kozarek

12.  Part V Malignant Pancreaticobiliary Tract Disorders

51                Palliation of Malignant Pancreaticobiliary Obstruction – Marco J. Bruno

Section IV Emerging Endoscopy – Gregory G. Ginsberg

52                Endoscopic Management of Post-Bariatric Complications – Elizabeth Rajan

53                Emerging Endoluminal Bariatric Techniques – Jacques Deviere

54                Gastroenterologic Perspectives on Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery – Marvin Ryou and Christopher C. Thompson

55                Surgical Perspectives on Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery – Juliane Bingener and Erica A. Moran

56                Emerging Intramural and Transmural Endoscopy – Kazuki Sumiyama, Christopher J. Gostout, and Hisao Tajiri

57                Gastroduodenal and Colonic Endoprostheses – Gregory A. Cote and Steven A. Edmundowicz

58                Electronically Enhanced Endoscopic Imaging – Anna M. Buchner

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2nd edition, provides a comprehensive treatment of general and advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and is prepared by leading authorities from around the globe. The authors have taken the opportunity to design countless original diagrams, algorithms, and tables to easily display complex information. Each of the diagrams has been redrawn to a consistent and attractive style. The authors have also lavished their exceptional collections of endoscopic photographs, EUS images, radiographs, and histomicrographs upon the book. Each of these illustrations can be downloaded from the book's website so that clinicians can use them in their presentations. Each of the world's leading contributors to this book has been asked to supply digital video demonstrating the diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures they cover. Each video clip, available on the accompanying website, has been meticulously edited to make the viewing experience efficiently educational.

The editors draw on their collective decades of clinical endoscopic experience to clearly represent the core of proven practice while energizing it with cutting edge innovations. They are themselves the products of some of the powerhouses of gastrointestinal endoscopic training and practice: Georgetown University, Indiana University, Mayo Clinic, University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. They have worked painstakingly to develop a user-friendly and, at the same time, authoritative product. The publishers are to be congratulated on thumbing their noses at convention, developing a creative and richly illustrated volume, further improved by the video demonstrations. The timelessness of most of the content will make this a ‘current’ resource for many years. – Gregory G. Ginsberg, M.D.

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy is the comprehensive and multimedia resource for staying up to date with the latest technology and techniques in GI endoscopy. There are many real practice-changing pearls of wisdom in these pages. Authors were selected because of their personal contributions to the development of their assigned topics, acknowledged clinical prowess in the field, and proven track record as effective scientific writers, which results in a collection of the most authoritative and easily absorbed chapters available in endoscopy. No other textbook offers real-time demonstrations of so many procedures from the world's experts. These features make Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy essential reading for fellows who are serious about endoscopy. This volume is also a vehicle for acquisition of new skills and an indispensable resource for practicing clinicians in both community and academic settings.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine

Fundamentals of Body MRI: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Christopher G. Roth MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body MRI is a new title in the Fundamentals of Radiology series explaining and defining key concepts in body MRI so clinicians can confidently make radiologic diagnoses. Christopher G. Roth, Vice Chairman, Methodist Division, Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, presents comprehensive guidance on body imaging – from the liver to the female pelvis – and discusses how physics, techniques, hardware, and artifacts affect results.

With Fundamentals of Body MRI clinicians are able to:

  • Access the fully searchable contents of the text online.
  • Master MRI techniques for the entirety of body imaging, including liver, breast, male and female pelvis, and cardiovascular MRI.
  • Avoid artifacts thanks to extensive discussions of considerations such as physics and parameter tradeoffs.
  • Grasp visual nuances through numerous images and correlating anatomic illustrations.

Roth says he wrote Fundamentals of Body MRI rebelling against a number of trends in medical literature – a tendency to write exclusively in the passive tense, a predi­lection for the encyclopedic method, a distaste for visual aids (e.g., diagrams, tables), and an aversion to the basic science behind the scenes of our clinical practice. Roth intentionally sacrifices comprehensiveness in basic MRI physics for a concise, common sense approach to MRI physics and introductory concepts in Chapter 1 with the liberal use of visual aids and sparing use of abstract concepts and equations.

In the clinical chapters (Chapters 2 to 5), he resists the encyclopedic style in favor of a reader-oriented approach. Most of the text is arranged by the imaging appearance, which is more in sync with readers’ perspective than the encyclopedic style of organizing by disease entity. This format more closely mirrors readers’ experience at the workstation, providing a useful reference for a problematic case or imaging pattern and facilitating differential diagnoses.

Roth in Fundamentals of Body MRI provides a ‘fundamentals’ text, a stepping stone to a comfort level with body MRI – both technically and clinically. Roth provides in-depth useful information and commentary on the bread-and-butter material accounting for most of what is seen in clinical practice, deferring on the more advanced applications and exotic diseases. Advanced body MRI applications, such as pros­tate, breast, and cardiovascular MRI, were intentionally excluded.

Chapters of Fundamentals of Body MRI include:

1.      Introduction to Body MRI

2.      MRI of the Liver

3.      MRI of the Pancreaticobiliary System – Sandeep Deshmukh and Christopher G. Roth

4.      MRI of the Kidneys and Adrenal Glands

5.      Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Female Pelvis

Fundamentals of Body MRI has been long overdue – as one of the most complex fields in radiology, body MRI needs a ‘fundamentals’ text. The volume fulfills that need, giving readers authoritative coverage of key concepts in body MRI. In print and online, this detailed and heavily illustrated reference will help readers effectively master the complexities of interpreting findings from this imaging modality. Abstention from the passive tense further enhances the readability of this text.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Surgery

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Michael J. Rosen MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, edited by Michael J. Rosen, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of GI and General Surgery, Case Western Reserve University, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, together with 25 contributors, offers comprehensive coverage on the full range of abdominal wall reconstruction and hernia repair. Master laparoscopic repairs, open flank surgery, and mesh choices for surgical repair with high-quality, full-color anatomic illustrations and clinical intra-operative photographs and videos of procedures performed by masters. In print and online, this detailed atlas provides the guidance clinicians need to make the most effective use of both commonly performed and new and emerging surgical techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction.

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction allows clinicians to:

  • Tap into the experience of masters from videos demonstrating key moments and techniques in abdominal wall surgery.
  • Manage the full range of treatments for abdominal wall disorders with coverage of congenital as well as acquired problems.
  • Get a clear picture of internal structures thanks to high-quality, full-color anatomic illustrations and clinical intra-operative photographs.
  • Make optimal choices of surgical meshes with the best current information on the range of materials available for surgical repair.
  • Access the fully searchable contents and videos online.

Abdominal wall reconstruction represents a broad spectrum of patients, defect characteristics and surgical op­tions. Several innovative minimally invasive reconstructive techniques and the exponential growth of bioprosthetics have revolutionized abdominal wall reconstruction. The surgical approaches to these problems have evolved from simply patching the defect to reconstructing functional dynamic abdominal walls. It is important to point out that the reconstructive surgeon must individualize his or her approach to abdominal wall reconstruction. It is likely no single technique or prosthetic will accomplish the goals for all repairs. As this field has continued to expand, it now represents a collaborative effort among general sur­geons, plastic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and herniologists. Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction represents the compilation of these efforts and, like reconstructive surgery, would not be possible without each of their respective contributions.

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction focuses on many of the technical aspects of ventral hernia repair. The book pays particular attention to key anatomic planes in each of these procedures, as well as preserving the neurovascular anatomy when reconstructing the abdominal wall. Each of these procedures is described in detail, with particular attention to avoiding common surgical pitfalls and employing strategies to deal with technical challenges once they are encountered. In addition, each chapter is accompanied by a representative video of the reconstructive approach to guide the surgeon in the technical nuances of the procedure. Three approaches are described: laparoscopic, open, and hybrid. The atlas provides surgeons with the skills necessary to repair not only straightforward defects but also some of the most complex reconstructive challenges, including loss of domain, contaminated ventral hernia repair, and dealing with reconstruction in the setting of major tissue loss.

While there are often many ways to repair an abdominal wall defect, this atlas describes a multitude of safe and effective strategies to deal with these challenging problems across the entire spectrum of ventral hernia repair as described by experts in the field. In addition, a clinically relevant summary of the available synthetic and biologic grafts will aid surgeons in appropriate pros­thetic selection.

Chapters of Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction include:

Section I Anatomy

1 Abdominal Wall Anatomy and Vascular Supply – Harvey Chim, Karen Kim Evans, Christopher J. Salgado and Samir Mardini

Section II Laparoscopic Repairs

2 Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair – Standard – William S. Cobb IV

3 Laparoscopic Repair of Atypical Hernias: Suprapubic, Subxiphoid, and Lumbar – Benjamin K. Poulose

4 Laparoscopic Repair of Parastomal Hernias – Alan A. Saber

Section III Open Repairs

5 Open Retromuscular Ventral Hernia Repair – Yuri W. Novitsky

6 Open Flank Hernia Repair – Melissa S. Phillips and Michael J. Rosen

7 Open Repair of Parastomal Hernias – Harry L. Reynolds, Jr.

Section IV Component Separation

8 Open Component Separation – Ronald P. Silverman

9 Periumbilical Perforator Sparing Components Separation – George Denoto III and Ron Israeli

10 Modified Minimally Invasive Component Separation – Charles E. Butler

11 Endoscopic Component Separation – Michael Rosen

Section V Other Abdominal Wall Procedures

12 Panniculectomy and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction – Maurice Y. Nahabedian

13 Tissue and Fascial Expansion of the Abdominal Wall – Daniel A. Medalie

14 Progressive Preoperative Pneumoperitoneum for Hernias with Loss of Abdominal Domain – Alfredo M. Carbonell

15 Rotational and Free Flap Closure of the Abdominal Wall – Christopher G. Zochowski and Hooman Soltanian

16 Managing the Open Abdomen – Daniel Vargo

17 Managing Pediatric and Neonatal Abdominal Wall Defects – Arjun Khosla and Todd A. Ponsky

Section VI Mesh Choices

18 Biologic Mesh Choices for Surgical Repair – Michael G. Franz

19 Synthetic Mesh Choices for Surgical Repair – Sean B. Orenstein and Yuri W. Novitsku

This atlas provides practicing surgeons with a useful guide to optimize outcomes for their patients. With Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction clinicians master commonly performed as well as new and emerging surgical techniques for abdominal wall reconstruction.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Gastroenterology

Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases by Eric Esrailian (Slack Incorporated)

Gut Instincts is a practical handbook that focuses on the diagnosis and management of the most commonly encountered digestive diseases. Written and edited by

Eric Esrailian, MD, MPH, Vice-Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles and over 50 contributing experts, the language throughout is clear and concise enough for application at the office or at the bedside.

Gut Instincts is portable enough to keep in a lab coat or briefcase, yet informative enough for day-to-day patient care. It combines knowledge, experience, and evidence, helping providers of all levels deliver quality patient care. However, the chapters are concise and designed to be used as quick reference even during patient visits.

Features include:

  • A gut instincts sidebar in each chapter with clinical pearls for patient care.
  • The most frequently encountered clinical problems in digestive diseases.
  • A focus primarily on diagnosis and management.
  • More than 50 algorithms, tables, and figures.
  • A coherent format distributing high-yield information.

Gut Instincts is carefully designed to meet an important need for practicing clinicians, health care providers, and trainees – a handbook that answers the "what should I know?" and "what should I do?" questions that clinicians face while treating patients. An impressive collection of expert clinicians and academic-thought leaders come together to impart their knowledge of evidence-based medicine and clinical pearls in a concise format.

Gut Instincts covers the most frequently encountered digestive and liver disease problems seen in clinical practice, and the focus of each chapter is diagnosis and management, with a few key references are provided for further study and review. Each chapter of the book contains a ‘gut instincts’ section with 5 key pearls for readers to remember. Instructors often teach students with ‘take-home points,’ and the gut instincts sections summarize these points. Every chapter also has an important table, figure, or algorithm that helps readers learn and remember important concepts for patient care.

The study of digestive diseases in the 21st century emanates from an explosion of knowledge as a result of dramatic advances in the basic sciences coupled with an enormous array of translational studies yielding clinical guidelines based on outcomes assessment. The modern management of digestive diseases, in large part, is now based on the results of well-designed prospective controlled trials. Nevertheless, in practice, the accumulated wisdom of experts with judgment, which comes from experience, remains essential to the art of the practice of clinical gastroenterology. This book is a practical compendium of modern accumulated knowledge, coupled with wisdom and judgment based on the experience of experts. The dramatic growth and accumulated knowledge has resulted in extensive modifications of established practices requiring that practitioners of the management of digestive diseases regularly revise and review their management of patients in light of new information and new insights. Gut Instincts has been prepared by leaders in the practical application of modern concepts of the management of digestive diseases. The volume of new information challenges contributors to be succinct while still providing a practical approach to modern clinical management.

Contents of Gut Instincts include:

Section I Upper Gastrointestinal Tract

    1. Nausea and Vomiting
    2. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
    3. Dysphagia
    4. Motility Disorders of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract
    5. Barrett's Esophagus
    6. Upper Gastrointestinal Tract Malignancies
    7. Nutrition
    8. Feeding Tubes: Placement and Management for the Clinician
    9. Nonvariceal Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    10. Acid-Peptic Disorders
    11. Functional Dyspepsia
    12. Pancreatic Diseases
    13. Biliary Diseases
    14. Celiac Disease
    15. Bariatric Surgery Patients

Section II Lower Gastrointestinal Tract

    1. Ulcerative Colitis
    2. Crohn's Disease
    3. Pouchitis
    4. Diarrhea
    5. Constipation
    6. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    7. Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
    8. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding
    9. Colorectal Cancer and Screening
    10. Colon Polyps
    11. Clostridium difficile
    12. Other Common Gastrointestinal Infections
    13. Ileus and Bowel Obstruction
    14. Hemorrhoids
    15. Fissures, Fistulae, and Condyloma
    16. Diverticular Disease

Section III Hepatology

    1. Abnormal Liver Function Tests
    2. Hepatitis B
    3. Hepatitis C
    4. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
    5. Alcoholic Liver Disease
    6. Hereditary Liver Diseases
    7. Cholestatic Liver Diseases
    8. Autoimmune Hepatitis
    9. Complications of Portal Hypertension
    10. Abnormal Liver Tests in Pregnancy
    11. Fulminant Liver Failure and Transplantation

Section IV Endoscopy Chip

    1. Sedation
    2. Anticoagulation and Antibiotics in Endoscopy
    3. Bowel Preparations for Colonoscopy

Gut Instincts bridges the gap between large encyclopedic textbooks and multiple reviews of diverse areas of digestive diseases, and it is practical, user-friendly, and convenient for the busy clinician. Although the emphasis is on therapy rather than on theory, the book appropriately provides guidelines based on established pathophysiology, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, and differential diagnosis. This practical handbook is enriched with the contributions of younger authors, as well as established clinicians, all being experts in their special fields. Readers will hopefully be able to avoid unnecessary and costly tests but still provide patients with the benefits of modern diagnosis. The practice of clinical gastroenterology is an art as well as a science. Much remains based on instinct and experience as well as modern outcomes assessment. Gut Instincts combines elements of all of the above to guide the clinician to provide the highest level of excellence in delivery of care to patients with digestive diseases. – Gary Gitnick, MD, FACG, Chief, Division of Digestive Diseases Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Los Angeles

Gut Instincts helps clinicians make the best decisions for patients in a practical and efficient manner. It combines knowledge, experience, and evidence and is the ideal resource for practicing gastroenterologists and fellows, residents and medical students, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and all primary-care providers and trainees on the ‘front line’ of patient care. This book organizes and incorporates biomedical information in digestive diseases and presents it in a compact, thoroughly practical, and readable format. It is a relatively short, but authoritative, source for consultation for the busy clinician, and it provides the essential basis upon which a true consultation in gastroenterology can emanate. Esrailian with over 50 contributing experts provide clear and concise language. Although it will not replace a comprehensive textbook on the bookshelf, Gut Instincts will be a valued complement for anyone who treats or studies digestive and liver diseases.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Neurology

Netter's Neurology (Netter Clinical Science), 2nd edition by editor-in-chief H. Royden Jones Jr. MD, with editors Jayashri Srinivasan, Gregory J. Allam and Richard A. Baker (Elsevier Saunders)

Neurologic problems are among the most frequent encountered in medicine. Trainees in neurology, whether medical students or residents, often have difficulty in fully grasping the subject, in part because of the complexities of the anatomy and physiology involved and in part also because of the mystery that still enshrouds the brain. The amazing advances made in the neurosciences over the past quarter century have, on the one hand, helped clinicians in the management of individual patients and, on the other hand, increased wonder about the elegance of cerebral function.

Netter's Neurology was first published in 2005 and met with immediate acceptance. Edited by H. Royden Jones, Jr., a clinical professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, holder of the Jaime Ortiz-Patino chair in neurology at the Lahey Clinic, and one of the outstanding clinical neurologists of his generation, Netter's Neurology presents a concise account of the subject, illustrated by the renowned medical artwork of Frank Netter and others. Rapid advances in the field have underscored the need for a second edition of Netter's Neurology.

The volume uses visually rich Netter artwork to provide clinicians with a concise overview of general neurology and its intersection with internal medicine, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, psychiatry, and orthopedics. Clinicians can rapidly access complete introductions to clinical details, complex concepts, and correlations between anatomical, pathological, physiological, and pharmacological aspects in the clinical settings.

With Netter's Neurology clinicians are able to:

  • Master general neurology through comprehensive topic coverage.
  • Get a quick and memorable overview of anatomy, pathophysiology, and clinical presentation from the precision and beauty of Netter and Netter-style plates that highlight key neuroanatomical and neurologic concepts.
  • Explore specific clinical applications with vignettes included throughout Netter's Neurology that bring each topic to life.
  • Find the information they need quickly and easily with the short text and concise topic overviews.
  • See the latest developments in the field in detail with new artwork and new entries on ALS, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and African Sleeping Sickness.
  • Visualize the underlying anatomy in living patients through upgraded neuroimaging coverage, including MR, CT, and PET.
  • Tap into additional treatment information with clinical vignettes that provide ‘real-life’ illustrative case evaluations.
  • Apply a visual approach – with the classic Netter art, updated illustrations, and modern imaging – to normal and abnormal body function and the clinical presentation of the patient.
  • See the connection between basic and clinical sciences with an integrated overview of each body system.
  • Gain an understanding of complex topics through a concise text-atlas format that provides a context bridge between general and specialized medicine.

The new edition of Netter's Neurology is broader in scope than the earlier one, but improved design and an alteration in trim size have reduced the overall number of pages. Every chapter has been updated and many have been rewritten to incorporate the accumulated wisdom of recent years and provide more details on treatment. They contain numerous clinical vignettes exemplifying important points, such as clues to the site of the lesion, the features characterizing the typical course of a particular disorder, the investigative approach to clarify the likely diagnosis, and the optimal management plan. These vignettes focus attention on details that might otherwise be overlooked and help to make the volume clinically relevant. The artwork, too, has been updated, benefiting from the advances in neuroimaging in recent years. The illustrations, and particularly the color plates that made Frank Netter the premier medical artist of his time, help to convey to readers an understanding of clinical neurology and its scientific underpinnings that it is hard to obtain with such facility elsewhere.

Editor-in-chief H. Royden Jones is joined by three co-editors for this new edition. In addition to Editor-In-Chief, H. Royden Jones, Jr., MD, Department of Neurology, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts; Children's Hospital, Boston, editors include Jayashri Srinivasan, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Lahey Clinic; Gregory J. Allam, MD, Department of Neurology, Lahey Clinic; and Richard A. Baker, MD, Department of Radiology, Lahey Clinic. The authors of the individual chapters are drawn from the current or former staff of the Lahey Clinic, and many are former trainees of the senior editor.

Every chapter in this second edition of Netter's Neurology has been carefully reviewed and in most instances significantly rewritten. The total number of chapters was reduced, as the editors combined some subjects into one broader area. Many new vignettes have been added, and in a number of instances they replaced some of those in the first edition. The plates have a number of new MR images, and some are reedited in their entirety. New plates have also been added.

Sections of Netter's Neurology include:

Section I Initial Clinical Evaluation

Section II Cranial Nerves

Section III Headache and Pain

Section IV Attention and Consciousness

Section V Cognitive and Behavioral Disorders

Section VI Psychiatric Disorders

·        Substance Dependence

·        Mood Disorders

·        Psychotic Disorders

Section VII Gait and Movement Disorders

·        Gait Disorders

·        Hyperkinetic Movement Disorders

·        Miscellaneous Movement Disorders and Therapy

Section VIII Spinal Cord Disorders

Section IX Multiple Sclerosis and Other Demyelinating Disorders

Section X Infectious Disease

Section XI Neuro-Oncology

Section XII Cerebrovascular Diseases

Section XIII Trauma

Section XV Radiculopathies and Plexopathies

Section XV Mononeuropathies

Section XVI Motor Neuron Disorders

Section XVII Neuromuscular Hyperactivity Disorders

Section XVIII Polyneuropathies

Section XIX Neuromuscular Transmission Disorders

Section XX Myopathies

The illustrations, beautiful in themselves, help to clarify difficult concepts and to correlate the anatomical, pathological, physiological, pharmacological, and clinical aspects of different disorders. Established neurologists will admire them, but students and residents will find them most useful as they grapple with the complexities of the subject matter. – Muscle & Nerve, review of previous edition

Overall, this is an excellent addition to the literature and the text is right up to date. – Brain, review of previous edition

Here is Netter's timeless work, now arranged and informed by modern text and radiologic imaging. From stroke and epilepsy to dementia and neuromuscular disorders, Netter's Neurology is a thorough synopsis of the state of the art in most areas of adult neurology. The second edition of Netter's Neurology speaks to the perpetuity of Netter's incomparable artistic genius and educational vision. Readers will benefit from this account of clinical neurology with its clear, flowing prose, amplified by the remarkably beautiful artwork contained within the volume. The vignettes focus attention on important details that might otherwise be overlooked, a feature that medical students will find particularly appealing. Together, the text and artwork will give students a firm grasp of the fundamentals of neurology and help clinicians keep up with advances in the field.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Surgery / Ophthalmology / Reference

Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery: A Step-by-Step Approach to Refining Surgical Skills edited by Amar Agarwal, with associate editor Soosan Jacob (Slack Incorporated)

In the present age when one is being bombarded from all sides with hi-tech information, it becomes only too easy to lose sight of the basics. Residents, learning cataract surgeons, and surgeons who want to refresh their basics are often faced with the problem of having too much information available, much of which is not what they are looking for. Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery is written for the surgeon who desires a step-by-step approach to cataract surgery without having to search through voluminous material.

Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery edited by Dr. Amar Agarwal, MA, DEXA, FRCOphth, Agarwal’s Group of Eye Hospitals & Eye Research Centre, Chennai, India and Associate Editor, Soosan Jacob, MS, FRCS, DNB, MNAMS, of the same group, is a unique book that includes matching step-by-step clinical photographs, medical illustrations, and videos to explain the most common techniques and steps in cataract surgery. With more than 650 illustrations, ophthalmologists and residents will visually learn the most essential procedures in cataract surgery, step by step.

The content, comprised from leading ophthalmic surgeons, is structured into systematically divided sections such as phaco surgery, microincision cataract surgery, challenging cases, and complications. It allows for quick reference. Each image is supplemented with concise, informative text that helps further explain the techniques. In addition, video instruction is offered through a companion website.

Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery is user-friendly. A unique combination of surgical photographs, accompanying illustrations, and explanatory text material is used throughout each chapter to explain each surgical step. Readers can therefore understand each step by reading about it as well as visualizing the images. The steps of cataract surgery have been broken down into individual chapters, such as incision construction, capsulorrhexis and hydroprocedures, vertical chop, horizontal chop, divide and conquer, and so on in order to allow clear and detailed understanding. An accompanying online video for each chapter allows readers to see the surgery for better understanding. Different techniques have been discussed so that surgeons can learn all and choose the one they are most comfortable with.

Contents include:

Section I Phaco Surgery

1.      Incision, Rhexis, and Hydrodissection

2.      Divide and Conquer

3.      Stop and Chop Phacoemulsification

4.      Tilt and Tumble Technique of Nucleus Removal

5.      Horizontal Chopping

6.      Vertical Chopping

7.      Cortical Aspiration Techniques and Difficulties

8.      Intraocular Lens Implantation

Section II Microincision Cataract Surgery

9.      Coaxial Microincision Cataract Surgery

10.  Biaxial Microincision Cataract Surgery

Section III Challenging Cases

11.  Phaco in Mature Cataracts

12.  Iris Hooks in Small Pupil Phaco

13.  Use of Malyugin Ring for Small Pupil Phacoemulsification

14.  Phacoemulsification in Posterior Polar Cataracts

15.  Subluxated Cataracts

Section IV Complications

16.  Torn Rhexis

17.  Management of Iridodialysis

18.  Posterior Capsular Rupture

In their guide, the authors have included excellent video footage, enhanced by illustrations demonstrating basic and advanced surgical techniques. Each chapter begins with step-by-step illustrations and video of the fundamental aspects of key steps in cataract surgery, including incision, capsulorrhexis, hydrodissection, nuclear dissection, phacoemulsification, irrigation and aspiration, and IOL insertion.

Professor Agarwal and Dr. Jacob have presented a comprehensive review of the standard form of cataract surgery, as well as how to address complications. The management of small pupil by iris retractors or the Malyugin ring is covered thoroughly.

I also highly recommend the authors' description of the management of subluxed cataracts, as well as the sections on torn capsulorrhexis, manage­ment of iridodialysis, and posterior capsular rupture.

The guide contains an outstanding section that will be of interest to those who manage weak zonule cases and IOL complications, such as dislocated IOLs. Specifically, Professor Agarwal has developed a technique for scleral fixation of subluxed IOLs by fixing the IOL haptics in a scleral tunnel and securing this fixation by the use of fibrin glue.

This excellent guide to cataract surgery is a must-read for doctors-in-training, but it will also be quite useful for surgeons who are considered experts in the field. – Walter J. Stark, MD, Distinguished Professor of Ophthalmology, The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore

With a combination of matching photos and illustrations alongside brief text and companion website, Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery stands apart from traditional books as a pictorial pathway to cataract surgery. Agarwal and Jacob have produced a masterful guide to cataract surgery, a step-by-step approach to refining surgical skills. Their well-balanced presentation covers not only routine cataract surgery, but also the management of problematic cataracts and IOL complica­tions.

Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism

Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice by Rob Preece (Snow Lion Publications)

The preliminary practices of Tantra are not a hurdle to be gotten through in order to get somewhere else; they are an extraordinarily rich collection of practices which have much to offer as a means of cultivating and maturing the practitioner's psychological ground. They can enable experiences to unfold, and they can clear the way when there seem to be problems or hindrances practitioners are struggling with.

Preparing for Tantra presents a psychological understanding of ngöndro, or Tibetan Buddhist preliminary practices. The author, Rob Preece, is a psychotherapist and student of the late Gelukpa master Lama Thubten Yeshe. Emphasizing the need for a psychological ground for tantric practice, the author reflects on anecdotes from his own experience and makes frequent reference to the insights of the psychologist Carl Jung. For instance, Preece elaborates on Jung's symbolism of medieval alchemy to make use of the metaphor of an ‘alchemical vessel,’ a secure space in which the transformative practice of the preliminaries takes place. Divided into three parts, the book discusses preparing the body and mind, the traditional preliminary practices that include bodhicitta, prostrations, and guru yoga, and a conclusion on the importance of psychotherapy alongside Buddhist practice.

Buddhist tantric practices are examined from a psychological perspective by a long-time meditation teacher and psychotherapist. The foundational practices Preece presents are for the purpose of transforming and healing psychological wounds in order to gain the grounding and well-being necessary for advanced tantric practices.

In Preparing for Tantra Preece draws on his experience as a Tantric Buddhist practitioner, meditation teacher, and psychotherapist to explain how to make the preliminary practices psychologically meaningful and spiritually transformative. He examines each of the practices with an eye to revealing how they may be used to heal and transform psychological trauma, and offers practical suggestions for integrating them into daily life – as well as ensuring that practitioners are prepared psychologically, emotionally, and energetically to start out safely on the tantric path.

Western students of Buddhism – particularly those attempting to master the meditative techniques of Highest Yoga Tantra – face the daunting challenge of weaving these profound transformative practices into the fabric of their busy daily lives. In Preparing for Tantra, Rob Preece draws on his many years of experience as both a meditator and psychotherapist to demonstrate most eloquently how one's daily life and work, far from being a hindrance to one's spiritual practices, can serve as its ongoing foundation, fully integrated with the ngondro, or traditional tantric preliminaries. Inspiring and highly recommended. – Jonathan Landaw, author of Images of Enlightenment: Tibetan Art in Practice

An accessible guidebook for engaging in ngondro, the preliminary practices that are done before engaging in a long tantric retreat. These practices are also powerful tools for purifying negativities and alleviating guilt, healing difficult experiences, and enriching our minds with goodness so that we will be able to progress in our Dharma practice and gain realizations of the path. As a Dharma practitioner and a psychotherapist with many years of experience in both fields, Rob addresses many of the psychological issues that arise for Westerners practicing the Dharma and explains how to use the preliminary practices to clear and heal these. It is a great manual to have at your side while doing the preliminary practices. – Thubten Chodron, author of Buddhism for Beginners

Preparing for Tantra presents practical and helpful advice for inserting the practices into daily life in order to heal psychological wounds and to be grounded for tantra.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology

Christian Apologetics Past and Present (Volume 2, From 1500): A Primary Source Reader edited by William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint (Crossway)

Amid a revival of apologetics, “few things could be more useful than an acquaintance with how Christian faith was defended down through the ages,” say the editors in their introduction to this two-part anthology. “Access to both historical and contemporary texts gives us fresh insight into how our fathers in the faith responded to the questions facing them.” 

Rich with primary sources, Volume 2 of Christian Apologetics Past and Present covers Christian apologetics from the Reformation (AD 1500) through the present. Volume 2 in this one-of-a-kind resource takes a sweeping look at apologetics. Readings from twenty-six apologists, including Martin Luther, John Calvin, Blaise Pascal, Jonathan Edwards, Søren Kierkegaard, Francis Schaeffer, Alvin Plantinga, and William Lane Craig are included.

The book was written by William Edgar, professor of apologetics and chairman of the faculty at Westminster Theological Seminary and K. Scott Oliphint, professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. 

In the first volume of Christian Apologetics Past and Present Edgar and Oliphint presented primary texts from the close of the apostolic age until the eve of the Reformation. In Volume 2 they move from the Reformation to the present age. Because of the limitations of space and the cost of obtaining permission for the many publications not yet in the public domain, they selected only a handful of texts from among the vast numbers available. However, they added to the fuller texts a series of ‘follow-up’ sections, briefly describing some of the significant apologists they had to omit, with a list of their major writings for further study.

As in Volume 1, Edgar and Oliphint in Volume 2 provide an introduction to each major historical section, and then each chapter introduces its featured author, highlighting any significant fact bearing on the person and the text. The texts themselves are virtually untouched, including now-unconventional punctuation. Headings in readings are modified in form for greater uniformity, but not in content. Diagnostic questions follow each text, to prompt reflection or discussion.

The texts here assembled are ‘classics’ – not in the sense that they answer all legitimate questions about Christianity, but that, when they were written, they made their readers think hard about the faith, and that they continue to do so today. This is a most worthy collection. – Mark A. Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

Understanding apologetics as explicating, affirming, and vindicating Christianity in the face of uncertainty and skepticism, Edgar and Oliphint have skillfully selected the best primary sources to introduce us to this ongoing task. Their work fills a gap in scholarly resources and highlights the strength, wisdom, and solidity of the prominent defenders of our faith. – J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College; author, Knowing God

This series on the classical traditions of Christian apologetics is, to my knowledge, unmatched in basic compendia. It will equip and encourage thoughtful Christians to develop equally compelling defenses of the faith in our post-Enlightenment, post-Romantic, post-Postmodern era where global interdependencies plunge many into new varieties of suspicion, contempt, and hostility that demand reasonable and faith-filled encounter, dialogue, and debate. – Max L. Stackhouse, De Vries Professor of Theology and Public Life Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

In an age of historical amnesia such as ours, nothing could be more helpful than to know how the church, in its long march through time, has addressed the opponents of Christian faith. This collection is superbly done and will bring much needed wisdom to our own times. – David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Bill Edgar, one of evangelicalism’s most valued scholars and apologists, has given us in this work with Scott Oliphint; a classic destined to be used for generations. I highly recommend it to all who are called to defend the faith. – Charles Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship

For years I have wanted a collection of primary sources in apologetics to use in my classes. Now we have an excellent one. Editors Edgar and Oliphint have made good choices in the selections used. A number of them are fascinating pieces rarely considered today, but very timely. – John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

With editorial commentary and questions for reflection, Christian Apologetics Past and Present, Volumes 1 and 2, will prove a valuable text for students as well as a unique resource for those interested in defending the faith. The books can be used in a variety of ways; it is ideal for classes on the history of apologetics. They can also work well for discussion groups as well by individuals who need resources for their own work.

Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Occult

The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible in Physics, Medicine, and Spirituality by Massimo Citro, with a foreword by Ervin Laszlo (Park Street Press)
DNA dictates the physical features of an organism. But what dictates how something grows – from the division of cells in a human being to the fractal patterns of a crystal?
Massimo Citro, a medical doctor specializing in psychotherapy and the discoverer of pharmacological frequency transfer, founder and director of the Alberto Sorti Research Institute (IDRAS), in The Basic Code of the Universe reveals that behind the complex world of Nature lies a basic code, a universal information field – also known as the Akashic field, which records all that was, is, and will be – that directs not only physical development and behavior but also energetic communication and interactions among all living and non-living things. Citro in The Basic Code of the Universe examines research on consciousness, quantum physics, animal and plant intelligence, the power of intention, emotional fields, Kirlian photography, and the effects of thoughts, emotions, and music on water. Linking the work of Ervin Laszlo on the Akashic field, Rupert Sheldrake on morphogenetic fields, Richard Gerber on vibrational medicine, and Masaru Emoto on the memory of water, Citro shows how the universal information field connects every person, plant, animal, and mineral – a concept long known by shamans and expounded by perennial wisdom. Putting this science of the invisible to practical use, he explains his revolutionary system of vibrational medicine, known as TFF, which uses the information field to obtain the benefits of natural substances and medications in their ‘pure’ informational form, offering side-effect-free remedies for health and well-being.

According to Ervin Laszlo in the foreword, The Basic Code of the Universe is actually two books in one. It is the presentation of an original piece of research of great practical interest, and it is at the same time the outline of a new scientific para­digm. The fundamental premise of both these presentations is the same, and it is that, which enables Citro to present them as organic parts of a single book: it is information. It is information not just in the mind but also in nature, information that is omnipresent and ever determinant, yet invisible to the bodily senses.

According to Citro, information is the ‘other side’ of things. The manifest, sensible reality is but the result of the action of information on what Citro, following Newton, calls material pura (pure matter). The universe as a field of information is the new concept of reality, more exactly, the newly rediscovered perennial concept that has been ignored and even denied in the mainstream of modern science. As Citro points out in The Basic Code of the Universe, the reason that things conserve their characteristics and identity in space and time is due in the final analysis to the consistency and persistence of the information that defines how they act, interact, and evolve – and thus, in a realistic (if epistemologically naive) context, what they are.

Information, evidently, does not exist without a physical basis: that basis is what endows information with eminent reality. Information is pres­ent in nature in the form of a basic code and a physically real field: Citro's ‘informed field’. This is not an ad hoc postulate, a field suspended in the limbo of mysterious phenomena, but a fundamental element of the universe. It is not the zero-point field of the quantum vacuum, but a cosmic plenum. In view of its paramount reality as both the origin of the energies that bundle into the packets we know as matter (at the presumed beginnings of this universe) and their ultimate destination (in the final ‘evaporation’ of black holes), and in view of its capacity to conserve and convey information, the cosmic plenum recalls the ancient concept of Akasha. It is properly called ‘Akashic field’.

The Basic Code of the Universe contains important and in some respects essential knowledge. On the one hand it demonstrates that the neglected ‘submerged’ side of things can be experimentally verified in ways that can make a significant contribution to our health and well-being. And on other it provides a cogent exposition of the new scientific paradigm that can account for the observed facts, a paradigm that changes our most basic understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe and of all things in it.

By crystallizing the theories of such thinkers as Aristotle, Newton, Einstein, and Böhm and covering such diverse topics as homeopathy, DNA, and information theory, the fundamental structure of matter and energy, the curious properties of water, and holographic paradigms, Dr. Citro has penned a profound work that teaches the reader about both the limits of perception and its vast possibilities. This is the kind of book that gets the mental wheels to spin – a fine accomplishment, indeed! – Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D., author of Transcending the Speed of Light: Consciousness & Quantum Physics and Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla
The Basic Code of the Universe is ‘two books in one’ and contains important and in some respects essential knowledge. On the one hand it demonstrates that the neglected ‘submerged’ side of things can be experimentally verified in ways that can make a significant contribution to our health and well-being. And on the other hand it provides a cogent exposition of the new scientific paradigm that can account for the observed facts, a paradigm that changes our most basic understanding of the fundamental nature of the universe, and of all things in it. In both respects the book is detailed and remarkably complete; hardly anything remains to be added. Recommendation: read this book, read it carefully, and note the key assertions. – Ervin Laszlo, author of Science and the Akashic Field and Quantum Shift in the Global Brain: How the New Scientific Reality Can Change Us and Our World

The Basic Code of the Universe is detailed and complete, and regarded by the currently dominant scientific paradigm as being of questionable relevance and reality. Some would say that this dominant scientific paradigm is in need of updating. Nevertheless, how is one to evaluate such creative or fanciful thinking? Is this science or religion? Readers, especially fringe thinkers, are left to judge for themselves.

Science / Nature & Ecology / Oceans & Seas /Business & Investing / Oil & Energy

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea by Bradford Matsen (Pantheon Books)

Death and Oil is the first full account of the most tragic oil rig disaster in history, the human story behind it, and the true nature of its legacy. It is a comprehensive account of the catastrophe, from the origins of the fires on the rig to the investigation into the causes of its demise to the pain it continues to cause the survivors and the families of the dead.
July 6, 1988, began as a normal day on Piper Alpha, the biggest offshore oil rig on the North Sea. But just after 10:00 p.m., a series of explosions rocked the platform, and the inferno continued to burn for weeks. Of the 226 men working on the platform, 162 died, along with two of their would-be rescuers. Science writer and creative producer Brad Matsen talked to the survivors and their families; to the rescue teams, firefighters, and hospital workers; and to other witnesses. Now he brings together the story of the human error and corporate malfeasance behind this tragedy.
Matsen says he began his research into the Piper Alpha tragedy in the autumn of 2008. For the first few weeks, he told friends who asked that he was writing the story of 162 men who died when an oil rig exploded on the North Sea. After many hours of reading the history of the Oil Age, he started saying that Death and Oil was also about the true cost of humanity's incredibly ill-advised addiction to petroleum. In just 150 years, our enchantment with oil has bloomed into a dependency on petrochemicals that frightens us all. Not everyone agreed with his logic. Some people insisted that the oil companies and governments are more culpable than consumers because for a century and a half they promoted the use of petroleum for fuel, light, plastics, and fertilizer. They got rich doing it. The oil industry has also been notorious for trading off the safety of its workers and the health of the environment for profit.

By the time Matsen finished a draft of Death and Oil in the autumn of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon had blown up, killing eleven men and releasing the biggest oil spill in history into the Gulf of Mexico. The rig was on charter to British Petroleum, drilling in five thousand feet of water to reach a pool of oil another twenty thousand feet down. When the news broke, most people outside the oil business were shocked by the extremes to which we now go to satisfy our demand for oil. They were further stunned when British Petroleum and Halliburton and the other contractors who helped BP drill the well blamed each other rather than accepting their own responsibility for the deaths of those men and the fouling of the Gulf.

With the same meticulous research employed in books on sea explorer Jacques Cousteau and the mysteries of the oceans, Matsen (Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King) takes on the devastating 1988 Piper Alpha oil rig tragedy. . . . When he details the unfortunate history of fires, explosions, even collapses, of rigs, the Piper Alpha disaster is put into context, making rig work one of the most hazardous jobs on the planet. In the end, Matsen’s remarkable book is a stunning tribute to the survivors and their families. – Publishers Weekly
Death and Oil masterfully reveals the terrible human toll of our petroleum dependency. By taking us aboard the Piper Alpha oil rig and into the lives of its doomed men, its heroes and its haunted survivors, Brad Matsen has given us narrative history at its best and a cautionary tale for our time. – Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestselling author of Lost in Shangri-La
A searing indictment of human greed mixed with memorable sagas of death and survival. – Kirkus Reviews
Matsen’s extraordinary and captivating account of the Piper Alpha catastrophe makes visible the terrible price we pay for oil. It offers a compelling look into the embattled lives of men who spend their lives on the verge of an emergency, and shows us what happens when a place of work – in truth a war zone – becomes an inferno in an instant. – Rikki Ducornet, author of the novels Netsuke and Gazelle

Matsen's horrifyingly readable account of the 1988 oil rig explosion that killed more than 160 people is a terrible reminder that the activity of extracting oil – and coal, and gas – has always included death as just a cost of doing business. – Carl Safina, A Sea In Flames and The View From Lazy Point

Death and Oil is intensely personal. Written with a novelist’s sense of pace and eye for detail, it is a riveting, gut-wrenching saga, made even more timely and important in light of recent disasters.

Travel / Europe / Biographies & Memoirs

Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson (St. Martin’s Press)

Running Away to Home is the autobiographical story of a middle class, Midwestern family in search of meaning in which they uproot themselves and move to their ancestral village in Croatia.

“We can look at this in two ways,” Jim wrote, always the pragmatist. “We can panic and scrap the whole idea. Or we can take this as a sign. They’re saying the economy is going to get worse before it gets better. Maybe this is the kick in the pants we needed to do something completely different. There will always be an excuse not to go…”

So begins the author’s journey in Running Away to Home. Award-winning travel writer Jennifer Wilson, her architect husband, Jim, and their two children had been living the typical soccer- and ballet-practice life in the most Middle American of places: Des Moines, Iowa. They overindulged themselves and their kids, and as a family they were losing one another in the rush of work, school, and activities. One day, Jen and her husband looked at each other – both holding their Starbucks coffee as they headed out to their SUV in the mall parking lot, while the kids complained about the inferiority of the toys they just got – and asked themselves: "Is this the American dream? Because if it is, it sort of sucks."

In Running Away to Home, high on wanderlust, they left the troubled landscape of contemporary America for the Croatian mountain village of Mrkopalj, the land of Jennifer's ancestors. Wilson and family arrived in the village speaking little Croatian but soon became part of the community. It was a village that seemed hermetically sealed for the last one hundred years, with a population of eight hundred (mostly drunken) residents and a herd of sheep milling around the post office. She relates how they explored the area, tracked down distant relatives, and became immersed in the traditions of daily life.

For several months they lived like locals, from milking the neighbor's cows to eating roasted pig on a spit to desperately seeking the village recipe for bootleg liquor. In this village, people grow a year's worth of potatoes, survive on sausage and alcohol, and work together to chop wood, roast sheep, celebrate, and survive.

As the Wilson-Hoff family struggled to stay sane (and warm), what they found was much deeper and bigger than themselves.

… To refocus her family and connect with ancestors, she uproots her Iowa household and relocates to the mountainous, two-road village of Mrkopalj, Croatia. For the next four months, they adjust to the Balkan speed of life, in which rooms scheduled for completion in four days remain unfinished for weeks, meals of meat come with a side of meat, a language of consonants is marked with guttural accents, and they discover what they’d lost in the melee of their breakneck American lives: family. Wilson’s memoir isn’t so much about assimilating to Croatian culture as it is about finding family and, therefore, acceptance in unlikely places. A fun-filled, revealing peek into the Croatian countryside nevertheless, it will be enjoyed by travelogue lovers and admirers of Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence (1989) and Frances Maye’s Under the Tuscan Sun (1996). – Katharine Frank, Booklist
Many Americans long for a family trip around the world or a stint abroad. Travel writer Wilson, her architect husband, and their two small children spent a family sabbatical in Mrkopalj, Croatia, an unlikely destination for most folks but the birthplace of Wilson's great-grandparents…. The scars of hardship and wars are ever present in Mrkopalj, and Wilson reflects on how different her life has been thanks to her relatives who came to America. What she finds in Mrkopalj is a firm connection to family: her own, those who left, and those who remained. VERDICT: This thoughtful, amusing tale reads like a novel and will have wide appeal. – Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH, Library Journal
The author’s voice is consistently infused with an energetic spunkiness, complimented with passages of sage introspection … [an] appealing travelogue of discovery and renewal. – Kirkus Book Reviews
In her funny and heartfelt memoir, she packs up her husband and two young children from Des Moines, Iowa, with the plan to live a simpler, more connected life in the ancestral home in Croatia and to learn about her immigrant story. – Publisher's Weekly
Running Away to Home is a sweet journey of reconnection. Wilson and her family move from Big Box America to her ancestral home in Croatia, and in the process become that most precious of things, the truly connected family. – Janine Latus, New York Times bestselling author of If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister’s Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation
Jennifer Wilson travels and writes with heart and pluck. With her husband and kids in tow, she pushes past all her comfort zone and shows us that adventure is a worthy and rewarding family pursuit. Filled with memorable characters and lovely epiphanies, her tale inspires us to rethink how we define `family’ and `home. – Jeannie Ralston, author of The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming
I like the heart and good humor of Jennifer Wilson: she has given us a book about the ways sense of place is heightened by displacement and the most enlightening scraps of history must be coaxed from the darkest corners. – Michael Perry, author of Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time

Travel-lovers, foodies, genealogists and anyone searching for meaning will enjoy the funny and touching family adventure in Running Away to Home.

Words & Language / Critical Discourse Analysis

Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition edited by Christopher Hart (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture Series: John Benjamins Publishing Company)

Critical Discourse Studies (CDS), under the general editors of Ruth Wodak and Greg Myers and associate editor Johann Unger, University of Lancaster, is an exciting research enterprise in which scholars are concerned with the discursive reproduction of power and inequality. However, researchers in CDS are increasingly recognizing the need to investigate the cognitive dimensions of discourse and context if they want to fully account for any connection between language, legitimization and social action. Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition, edited by Christopher Hart, Northumbria University, presents a collection of papers in CDS concerned with various ideological discourses. Analyses are firmly rooted in linguistics and cognition constitutes a major focus of attention. The chapters, which are written by prominent researchers in CDS, come from a broad range of theoretical perspectives spanning pragmatics, cognitive psychology and cognitive linguistics.

It is a key claim of pragmatics and discourse analysis that discourse is always produced and processed in context. It is always `situated' socially, spatially, temporally and intertextually, for example. This context, however, is not the context that exists out there in objective reality, but is rather the set of cognitive representations that discourse participants have of the world. Context in this sense is subjective knowledge. It contributes to meaning construction in discourse but it is also managed and maintained through discourse. Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) is principally concerned with the communication and discursive construction of social, including political, knowledge, as well as with linguistic persuasion and manipulation. These processes, however, must ultimately be grounded in the cognitive systems of interacting social agents.

Therefore, to fully account for any links between language, legitimization and knowledge, CDS needs to address the cognitive processes involved in text-production and text-interpretation. This requires paying attention to both meaning and mind.

Van Dijk has for a long time endorsed a socio-cognitive approach in CDS and continues to develop this position in Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition. However, specifically cognitive theories of language, such as Relevance Theory in pragmatics and various semantic theories in Cognitive Linguistics, including Langacker's Cognitive Grammar, are not widely represented. One exception, from Cognitive Linguistics, is Lakoff and Johnson's Conceptual Metaphor Theory, which has been applied extensively in critical metaphor research. Recently, too, several publications have appeared in which a broader base of cognitive-pragmatic and cognitive-semantic theories are applied.

No single model is presented. Rather, with the exception of Reisigl, who opens Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition with a scientific history of pragmatics and discourse analysis and attempts to show, systematically, the relationship between the two disciplines within linguistics, what the chapters in this volume have in common is that they each offer novel and innovative, interdisciplinary frameworks in which to carry out critical discourse research from a broad but coherent cognitive perspective. Specifically, the authors explore contemporary directions in CDS starting from the various theoretical/methodological intersections between discourse, social cognition, cognitive pragmatics and cognitive semantics.

In the opening chapter, Martin Reisigl offers a much needed survey of the landscape of sociolinguistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis and tries to show their differences and commonalities, as well as the various ways in which they have been located with respect to one another in relations of subordination and inclusion across the literature. He concludes that what is needed is a more informed, interdisciplinary dialogue within a unified framework.

In chapter two, Teun van Dijk continues to develop his socio-cognitive approach to CDS by advancing a `critical epistemic discourse analysis'. Van Dijk begins with an overview of the science of knowledge before proposing a sociology of politics and knowledge as an integral part of critical epistemic discourse analysis. Crucial to Van Dijk's argument is that knowledge, which may be expressed, constituted, obfuscated and abused in political discourse, as well as the discourse itself, is a function of cognitive `context models'. Van Dijk then conducts a critical epistemic discourse analysis of a parliamentary speech from Tony Blair in which he is seeking sanction for the Iraq war.

In chapter three of Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition, Didier Maillat and Steve Oswald investigate manipulation from the perspective of Relevance Theory. They suggest that constraining context selection can force audiences to accept fallacious arguments as valid by preventing them from accessing conflicting contextual information. Manipulation is possible within the Relevance Theory model, they argue, because of the sometimes fallible cognitive heuristics involved in the pursuit of relevance. Maillat and Oswald demonstrate this function of context selection constraint, and how context can be constrained in the first place, with examples of fallacies from politics which are well-known in Argumentation Theory, including the ad verecundum and ad populum fallacies.

In chapter four, Piotr Cap develops the axiological dimension of a tripartite model of `proximization' which he has explicated elsewhere. Proximization, for Cap, is a cognitive-affective strategy deployed in service of legitimization. Like Van Dijk in chapter two, Cap investigates the premises for the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. Based on a corpus of American presiden­tial speeches, Cap argues that the initial premises given for the war moved from strategies of spatial proximization to axiological proximization when Iraq was found not to possess weapons of mass destruction.

In chapter five, Begona Nunez-Perucha combines Cognitive Linguistics and the socio-cognitive framework for CDS in a model which she applies in a diachronic analysis of ideologies of resistance in feminist discourse. Her analysis focuses in particular on the role of image schemas in metaphorical conceptualizations of identity, membership and inequality.

Veronika Koller, in chapter six of Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition, is similarly concerned with issues of identity in resistance discourse. And as in the previous chapter, her analysis incorporates a diachronic dimension. The specific object of her analysis, however, is collective identity in lesbian discourses. Collective identity, she argues, is grounded in men­tal models made up of cognitive and affective components. She therefore offers a model for analysis which combines insights from the discourse-historical and socio-cognitive approaches in CDS, drawing especially on notions of representa­tion, appraisal and genre.

In chapter seven, Christine Sing builds on the growing body of work promoting a methodological synergy between Conceptual Metaphor Theory specifically and the socio-cognitive approach in CDS. Further adding a corpus linguistic dimension, Sing uses KWIC (keyword in context) indices from a corpus of reports in The Guardian to analyze metaphorical constructions of European identity built around the now infamous `old' versus `new' Europe dichotomy.

In chapter eight, editor Hart starts by discussing the compatibility of Cognitive Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis before going on to show how Cognitive Linguistics can usefully be incorporated in CDS to analyze more than metaphor. From the theoretical perspectives of Cognitive Grammar as well as Cognitive Semantics, he highlights several construal operations which, like metaphor, encode ideological conceptualizations of socio-political phenomena. He argues that these construal operations, which are grounded in general cognitive processes and include profiling within an action chain, categorization and metonymy, serve to realize certain fundamental discursive strategies. The focus of his analysis is conceptualizations of immigration in news media discourse.

Finally, in chapter nine, Juana Marin Arrese continues to expand the scope of Cognitive Linguistics in CDS through a comparative, Langackerian analysis of three political speeches concerning Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction. In an analysis of speaker subjectivity and intersubjectivity, Arrese, attempts to characterize the style of three political leaders, Tony Blair, George Bush and Jose Maria Aznar, in terms of epistemic and effective stance. This analysis takes in various `stancetaking acts' expressed, for example, in evidentials, modals and other attitudinals. Intersubjectivity allows speakers to mystify their own responsibility for assertions.

The chapters in this volume each promote new, interdisciplinary modes of analysis for CDS, all of which attend to the fundamental, cognitive dimension of discourse. This is a necessary move for CDS but one which some researchers have been reluctant to make. Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition represents a new theoretical and methodological paradigm in CDS and thus makes a major contribution to the growing field. The objects of inquiry, however, will be familiar, where a number of typical leitmotifs can be identified, including issues of identity, membership, responsibility and legitimacy in social and political dis­courses and genres. The book is essential reading for anyone working at the cutting edge of CDS and especially for those wishing to explore the central place that cognition must surely hold in the relationship between discourse and society.

 

 

Contents this Issue:

Painting with a Lens: The Digital Photographer's Guide to Designing Artistic Images In-Camera by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media, Inc.)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates, Robert Petkoff and Brent Cole, unabridged, 6 CDs, running time approximately 6.5 hours (Simon and Schuster Audio)

How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie & Associates (Simon and Schuster)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Foreign Currency Trading, 2nd edition by Gary Tilkin and Lita Epstein (Alpha)

Simply Fresh: Casual Dining at Home by Jeff Morgan (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

A Taste of the Philippines: Classic Filipino recipes made easy with 70 authentic traditional dishes shown step-by-step in beautiful photographs by Ghillie Başan and Vilma Laus (Southwater/Anness)

And Nothing but the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak (Thomas Dunne Books)

Those Girls: Single Women in Sixties and Seventies Popular Culture by Katherine J. Lehman (Culture America Series: University Press of Kansas)

Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics by Marianne LaFrance (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Transforming Self and Others Through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities by Rosemarie Anderson and William Braud (SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology: SUNY Press)

Stalinist Genetics: The Constitutional Rhetoric of T. D. Lysenko by Dmitri Stanchevici, with series editor Charles H. Sides (Technical Communication Series: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.)

The Backpacker's Handbook, 4th Edition by Chris Townsend (McGraw Hill)

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach – with Student Consult Online Access by S. David Hudnall MD FCAP (Mosby Physiology Monograph Series: Elsevier Mosby)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, 2nd edition – 9 volumes (Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Reproductive System, 2nd edition by Roger P. Smith MD and Paul J. Turek MD FACS (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 1: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: The Endocrine System, 2nd edition edited by William F. Young (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 2: Elsevier Saunders)

The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Respiratory System edited by David Kaminsky MD (Netter Green Book Collection, Volume 3: Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Sleep Medicine: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Richard B. Berry (Elsevier Saunders)

Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition edited by Gregory G. Ginsberg MD, Christopher J. Gostout MD, Michael L. Kochman MD FACP, & Ian D. Norton MB BS(Syd) PhD(NSW) FRACP (Elsevier Saunders)

Fundamentals of Body MRI: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Christopher G. Roth MD (Fundamentals of Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Michael J. Rosen MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gut Instincts: A Clinician's Handbook of Digestive and Liver Diseases by Eric Esrailian (Slack Incorporated)

Netter's Neurology (Netter Clinical Science), 2nd edition by editor-in-chief H. Royden Jones Jr. MD, with editors Jayashri Srinivasan, Gregory J. Allam and Richard A. Baker (Elsevier Saunders)

Illustrative Guide to Cataract Surgery: A Step-by-Step Approach to Refining Surgical Skills edited by Amar Agarwal, with associate editor Soosan Jacob (Slack Incorporated)

Preparing for Tantra: Creating the Psychological Ground for Practice by Rob Preece (Snow Lion Publications)

Christian Apologetics Past and Present (Volume 2, From 1500): A Primary Source Reader edited by William Edgar and K. Scott Oliphint (Crossway)

The Basic Code of the Universe: The Science of the Invisible in Physics, Medicine, and Spirituality by Massimo Citro, with a foreword by Ervin Laszlo (Park Street Press)

Death and Oil: A True Story of the Piper Alpha Disaster on the North Sea by Bradford Matsen (Pantheon Books)

Running Away to Home: Our Family's Journey to Croatia in Search of Who We Are, Where We Came From, and What Really Matters by Jennifer Wilson (St. Martin’s Press)

Critical Discourse Studies in Context and Cognition edited by Christopher Hart (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture Series: John Benjamins Publishing Company)