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We Review the Best of the Latest Books

ISSN 1934-6557

February 2014, Issue #178

Contents:

Clinical Cases in Anesthesia: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Allan P. Reed MD and Francine S. Yudkowitz MD FAAP (Elsevier Saunders)

Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Douglas P. Zipes MD and Jose Jalife MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Joseph E. Parrillo MD FCCM and R. Phillip Dellinger MD MS (Elsevier Saunders)

Middleton's Allergy 2-Volume Set: Principles and Practice, 8th edition – Expert Consult Premium Edition with Enhanced Online Features and Print by N. Franklin Adkinson Jr. Jr. MD, Bruce S Bochner MD, A Wesley Burks MD and William W Busse MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by John R. Goldblum MD FCAP FASCP FACG, Sharon W. Weiss MD and Andrew L. Folpe MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology, Updated Edition: with Student Consult Access by Maximilian L. Buja MD and Gerhard R. F. Krueger MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Kidney Transplantation – Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 7th edition by Peter Morris MD PhD FRS FRCS and Stuart J. Knechtle MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Cardiac Imaging: Case Review Series – Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Gautham P. Reddy MD MPH, Robert M. Steiner MD and Christopher Walker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Ophthalmology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Myron Yanoff MD and Jay S. Duker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Anti-Inflammation Diet by Christopher P. Cannon and Elizabeth Vierck (Alpha Books)

From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights edited by R. Drew Smith (SUNY Press)

The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution by James Mitchell (Seven Stories)

Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon by David Landau (Alfred A. Knopf)

Beautiful Leather Jewelry: Timeless Techniques for Today's Trends by Melissa Cable (Kalmbach Books)

Exploring Medical Language – Textbook and Flash Cards, 9th edition by Myrna LaFleur Brooks RN BEd and Danielle LaFleur Brooks MEd MA (Elsevier Mosby)

Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach by Deborah M. Stetts PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT and Gray Carpenter PT DPT COMT PWPE (Slack Incorporated)

Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by John M Lasala MD PhD and Jason H. Rogers MD FACC FSCAI (Elsevier Saunders)

Conn's Current Therapy 2014: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward T. Bope MD and Rick D. Kellerman MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Philip B. Clement MD and Robert H. Young MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)

Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics: From the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by John A. Herring MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review, 1st edition by Theodore X. O'Connell, Ryan A. Pedigo and Thomas E. Blair (Elsevier Saunders)

Epidemiology: with Student Consult, Online Access, 5th edition by Leon Gordis MD MPH DrPH (Elsevier Saunders)

Breast MRI: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Virginia M. Molleran MD PhD and Mary C. Mahooney (Elsevier Saunders)

Luke 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 9:51-19:27 (Hermeneia) by François Bovon, translated by Donald S. Deer, edited by Helmut Koester (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible Series: Fortress Press)

Jesus: First-Century Rabbi by Rabbi David Zaslow, with Joseph A. Lieberman (Paraclete Press)

The Three Ages of Atlantis: The Great Floods That Destroyed Civilization by Diego Marin Ph.D., Ivan Minella and Erik Schievenin (Bear & Company)

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman (Pantheon Books)

Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter (Bantam Books)

Swingland: Between the Sheets of the Secretive, Sometimes Messy, but Always Adventurous Swinging Lifestyle by Daniel Stern (Touchstone)

The Land of the Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine by Thomas O. Höllmann, translated by Karen Margolis (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series: Columbia University Press) 

MENTIONS
 
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Anesthesiology / Test Preparation & Study
Clinical Cases in Anesthesia: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Allan P. Reed MD and Francine S. Yudkowitz MD FAAP (Elsevier Saunders)
With the updated Clinical Cases in Anesthesia, 4th edition, students are able to prepare for the oral boards. This anesthesia review tool presents case studies representing today's most commonly encountered clinical situations, equipping students with the latest anesthesia treatment protocols and practice guidelines.
With Clinical Cases in Anesthesia learners are able to:
Learn the most practical solutions to contemporary problems, and understand the relevant scientific and clinical principles, through actual case studies presented in a helpful Q&A format.
Study on the go with the complete contents online at Expert Consult.
Review the most recent knowledge with updated coverage of the cardiovascular, respiratory, and central nervous system; updated abdomen, trauma, and post-anesthesia care sections; and a completely new section on critical care.
Stay abreast of the latest treatment options, practice guidelines, and pharmacology information with updates throughout.
Clinical Cases in Anesthesia, 4th edition is a comprehensive and current anesthesia review tool equipping students to master anesthesia treatment protocols and practice guidelines and to achieve their best score on the oral boards.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology
Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Douglas P. Zipes MD and Jose Jalife MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Cardiac Electrophysiology, 6th edition puts the latest knowledge in this subspecialty at clinicians’ fingertips, giving them an expert grasp of every cardiac electrophysiology issue that affects patient management.
With Cardiac Electrophysiology clinicians are able to:
Get expert views from preeminent authorities in cardiology, physiology, pharmacology, pediatrics, biophysics, pathology, cardiothoracic surgery, and biomedical engineering from around the world.
Visually grasp complex concepts through a full-color design featuring color photos, tables, flow charts, and ECGs.
Integrate the latest scientific understanding of arrhythmias with the newest clinical applications, to select the right treatment and management options for each patient.
Stay current on the latest advancements and developments with sweeping updates and 52 new chapters – written by many new authors – on the hottest cardiology topics, such as new technologies for the study of the molecular structure of ion channels, molecular genetics, and the development of new imaging, mapping and ablation techniques.
Get expert advice from Dr. Douglas P. Zipes – a leading authority in electrophysiology and editor of Braunwald's Heart Disease and the Heart Rhythm Journal – and Dr. Jose Jalife – a world-renowned leader and researcher in basic and translational cardiac electrophysiology.
Access the full text online at Expert Consult, including supplemental text, figures, tables, and video clips.
In Cardiac Electrophysiology Drs. Zipes, Jalife, and a host of other leaders in cardiac electrophysiology use a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to guide them through the most recent cardiac drugs, techniques, and technologies. The result provides a well-rounded perspective on cardiac electrophysiology issues.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Critical Care
Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Joseph E. Parrillo MD FCCM and R. Phillip Dellinger MD MS (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians are able to take the best possible care of adult critical care patients with Critical Care Medicine, 4th edition. Editors Dr. Joseph Parrillo and Dr. Phillip Dellinger, two of the most respected names in critical care medicine, combine their extensive knowledge with that of hundreds of top authorities in the field to bring clinicians state-of-the-art answers to clinical questions they face in the intensive care unit.
With Critical Care Medicine clinicians are able to:
Offer their adult critical care patients the most effective care with practical, evidence-based guidance from trusted experts in critical care medicine.
Learn from the best ICU specialists worldwide with contributions from an increased number of international authorities.
Effectively manage common complications in the ICU with updated coverage of severe sepsis, septic shock, surgical infections, neurogenic and anaphylactic shock, severe heart failure, acute coronary syndromes, and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.
Access the complete contents online at Expert Consult, along with an image bank, instructional videos, and critical care review questions and answers for the boards.
A superb text that will probably become a mainstay for the internal medicine intensivist. This book will make an excellent addition to the library of any intensive care unit. – Annals of Internal Medicine
Critical Care Medicine, 4th edition is clinicians’ comprehensive and practical guide to every adult critical care situation allowing them to stay in the forefront of critical care.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Immunology
Middleton's Allergy 2-Volume Set: Principles and Practice, 8th edition – Expert Consult Premium Edition with Enhanced Online Features and Print by N. Franklin Adkinson Jr. Jr. MD, Bruce S Bochner MD, A Wesley Burks MD and William W Busse MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Boasting a worldwide reputation as the leading text in allergy and immunology, Middleton's Allergy, 8th edition continues its tradition of providing comprehensive coverage of state-of-the-art basic science, as well as authoritative guidance on the clinical concepts of day-to-day diagnosis and management of allergic disorders. Clinicians are able to stay on top of new developments in clinical allergy and immunology through online access to the Expert Consult site, which features regular updates as well as the fully searchable contents.
With Middleton's Allergy clinicians are able to:
Find all of the information they need quickly with a glossary of allergy and immunology terms, highlighted key points for each chapter, hundreds of images with a full-color format, and access to relevant websites.
Apply the latest scientific knowledge and clinical applications with new chapters on innate and adaptive immunity, immune tolerance, immunobiology of IgE and its receptors, resolution of allergic inflammation, and particulate and allergen interactions, plus sweeping updates throughout.
Take advantage of the major advances in asthma pathogenesis and management with significant updates on diagnosis, treatment, and special aspects of asthma.
Obtain the best results from the newest therapeutics for allergic and immunologic diseases through an expanded discussion of immunotherapy that includes new chapters on sublingual immunotherapy, biologics and immunosuppressives in asthma, and alternative and complementary therapies.
Offering timely information suited for clinicians and researchers alike, Middleton's Allergy is a user-friendly and versatile source for the knowledge they need to provide optimal care to patients.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Reference
Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by John R. Goldblum MD FCAP FASCP FACG, Sharon W. Weiss MD and Andrew L. Folpe MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors, 6th edition is clinicians’ essential medical reference on the diagnosis of tumors of the skeletal muscles, connective tissue, fat, and related structures. Microscopic findings are correlated with the latest developments in molecular biology, cytogenetics, and immunohistochemistry, providing clinicians with a comprehensive and integrated approach to the evaluation of soft tissue specimens.
With Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors clinicians are able to:
Compare what they see under the microscope to nearly 2,000 images that capture the appearance of a complete range of pathological entities and help them relate their characteristics to their specific classifications.
Apply the latest knowledge on FNA biopsy, molecular biology, and cytogenetics.
Make rapid and effective decisions with the aid of extensive algorithms, and access information at a glance with abundant tables and graphs.
Take advantage of the essential clinical and prognostic data on soft tissue tumors that are necessary to formulate complete sign-out reports.
Navigate quickly thanks to summary outlines at the beginning of each chapter, a color-coded page design, and a consistent approach to every entity.
Apply the latest advances in surgical pathology thanks to major updates on recently identified pathological entities such as soft tissue angiofibroma and CIC-related sarcomas; coverage of the newest molecular diagnostic techniques and immunohistochemical and molecular genetic features of soft tissue tumors; and new chapters on GIST and soft tissue tumors showing melanocytic differentiation.
Find the information they need with a chapter organization based on the newest surgical pathology concepts and classifications of soft tissue tumors.
Browse the entire text online at Expert Consult.
Comprehensive and integrated, no other source matches Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors' scope and depth of coverage in this complex and challenging area of surgical pathology, and no other text contains as much practical information on differential diagnosis.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology
Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology, Updated Edition: with Student Consult Access by Maximilian L. Buja MD and Gerhard R. F. Krueger MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians gain critical insight into the structure-function relationships and the pathological basis of human disease with Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology, updated edition. Updated throughout, it offers a superb complement to more comprehensive textbooks and presentations of pathology, including course syllabi.
Beginning with a concise summary of the various pathological processes and diseases, each chapter consists of illustrations of pathological processes and diseases accompanied by concise text aimed at clarifying and expanding the information presented in the illustrations.
With Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology clinicians are able to:
Grasp and retain key pathologic concepts and conditions.
Gain a visual understanding through more than 380 classic Netter and new Netter-style images, gross and microscopic photographs and tables.
Reference information effortlessly with numerous tables throughout including 452 figures and 255 slides.
Take their learning farther with Student Consult access.
With a visually vibrant approach, Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology provides clear and succinct representations of common human diseases by relating anatomical changes to the functional and clinical manifestations of disease and their underlying causes and mechanisms. It can also be used as an adjunct for study of gross and microscopic pathology specimens in laboratory exercises, and it makes a great review resource for students, medical residents, physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Surgery
Kidney Transplantation – Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 7th edition by Peter Morris MD PhD FRS FRCS and Stuart J. Knechtle MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)
Kidney Transplantation – Principles and Practice, 7th edition remains clinicians’ definitive medical resource for state-of-the-art answers on every aspect of renal transplantation. A multidisciplinary approach from internationally renowned nephrologists offers practice guidance for all members of the transplant team. With coverage encompassing applied science, surgical techniques, immunosuppressive methods, outcomes, risks, and medical considerations related to kidney transplantation, both in adults and children, clinicians have the balanced information they need.
With Kidney Transplantation clinicians are able to:
Visualize key concepts and discern nuances of renal transplantation techniques through more than 335 illustrations.
Access the fully searchable text online with Expert Consult.
Apply the latest knowledge and techniques with state-of-the-art coverage of all areas of kidney transplantation such as preservation of kidneys, mechanisms of rejection and the induction of tolerance, techniques of laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, and immunosuppression.
Stay current with new chapters on Belatacept, kidney paired donation programs for living donors, and evidence in transplantation.
Hone their knowledge and clinical skills with new video clips at Expert Consult that demonstrate the formation of an immune synapse, 3-D rotational images of immune synapses, an NK cell killing its target, peritoneal dialysis-catheter insertion techniques, and brain death examination.
The layout... makes the material easily accessible, and the quality of the illustrations is superb. It... covers every conceivable aspect of renal transplantation. An excellent reference source.... An inevitable part of the transplantation section in every library. – Archives of Surgery, review of the previous edition
This latest edition of Kidney Transplantation is a magnificent achievement. Transplant physicians, surgeons, and nephrologists who study this book – whether they are fellows, residents, or junior or senior faculty members – will be rewarded. – The New England Journal of Medicine, January 22, 2009
Kidney Transplantation, 7th edition, with its comprehensive updates throughout, provides clinicians the balanced information they need to achieve the best possible outcomes for patients, both adults and children.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Reference
Cardiac Imaging: Case Review Series – Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Gautham P. Reddy MD MPH, Robert M. Steiner MD and Christopher Walker MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Cardiac Imaging, 2nd edition helps clinicians prepare for certification, recertification, and practice in cardiovascular imaging with case studies that test their knowledge of all essential topics.
With Cardiac Imaging clinicians are able to:
Review cases organized by level of difficulty with multiple-choice questions and answers that mimic the new format of cardiovascular radiology certification and recertification exams.
Access in-depth explanations of any aspect of cardiac imaging with handy page references to current works, including Dr. Stephen W. Miller's Cardiac Imaging, 2nd edition.
Stay current with the aid of updated cases covering cardiac radiology, CT, and CT angiography.
Gain an understanding of all the material necessary for the exam through multiple examples of each existing heart disease entity.
Cardiac Imaging is an updated medical reference book allowing clinicians to see how to make confident, final diagnoses through accurate pattern recognition, clinical correlation, and differential diagnosis and be prepared for the certification and recertification exams.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Ophthalmology / Reference
Ophthalmology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Myron Yanoff MD and Jay S. Duker MD (Elsevier Saunders)
The 4th edition of Ophthalmology by Drs. Yanoff and Duker presents practical, expert, concise guidance on nearly every ophthalmic condition and procedure, equipping clinicians to overcome clinical challenges they may face.
With Ophthalmology clinicians are able to:
Make optimal use of the newest drug therapies, including Anti-VEGF treatment for wet ARMD and bevacizumab treatment for complications of diabetes. 
Get authoritative guidance on the newest treatment options for cornea disorders, including evolving ocular surface reconstruction techniques and new cornea procedures such as DSEK. 
Access the full text and video clips at Expert Consult.
Apply the latest advances in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, including new drug therapies for retinal disorders; today's expanded uses of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and high-resolution imaging modalities; new corneal, cataract and refractive surgical approaches; and new developments in molecular biology and genetics, ocular surface disease, glaucoma testing, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, and ocular tumors.
Visualize how to proceed with more than 2200 illustrations (1,900 in full color) depicting the complete range of clinical disorders, imaging methods, and surgical techniques.
Hone and expand their surgical skills by watching 40 new videos demonstrating key techniques in cornea, cataract, refractive, retina and glaucoma surgery.
Spend less time searching thanks to a user-friendly visual format designed for quick reference and an instant understanding on any topic.
With Ophthalmology, 4th edition clinicians can efficiently get the quick answers they need on every aspect of clinical ophthalmology and apply them in their day-to-day practice thanks to a more streamlined format. The practical, expert and concise guidance equips them to efficiently overcome the clinical challenges they face.
 
REVIEWS
 
Cooking, Food & Wine / Diet & Exercise
The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Anti-Inflammation Diet by Christopher P. Cannon and Elizabeth Vierck (Alpha Books)
You suspect that inflammation may be behind the condition that ails you. But you're not sure how to calm things down – and turn your health around.
Start by taking a good look at your diet! – from the book
Treating inflammation is crucial to health. The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Anti-Inflammation Diet teaches readers how to get rid of it.
New research shows that abnormal inflammation may be linked to a variety of diseases and conditions. In The Anti-Inflammation Diet, readers find out what diseases and conditions are caused by inflammation, which foods reduce inflammation and which foods contribute to inflammation, and how to tweak today’s diets to make them anti-inflammatory. Author Christopher P. Cannon, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Coauthor Elizabeth Vierck is the author of 16 books. A longtime board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, she has worked for the U.S. Senate, where she is the originator and author of Aging America.
In The Anti-Inflammation Diet, readers get:
A look at the seven building blocks of the anti-inflammation diet.
Recipes that help them incorporate the various food groups into their diet.
Fast facts about the diseases and conditions caused by inflammation – and how to beat them.
An explanation of how fats, grains, omega-3s, fruits, and vegetables fit into the anti-inflammation diet.
Tips on which foods they should avoid – and which ones to fill up on.
Expert advice on using exercise to boost their diet's effectiveness.
Ways in which herbs and supplements can help ease inflammation.
A list of ingredients to look for – and those to avoid – when they are shopping or eating out.
Inflammation is one of the hottest topics in medicine – if not the hottest topic – and with good reason. We now know the menacing role that it plays in a myriad of diseases, including heart disease. As readers will see in The Anti-Inflammation Diet, there are over a hundred diseases that are also caused by or involve inflammation, such as arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and some types of cancer. In fact, inflammation not only plays a dominant role in these diseases, it is a major risk factor itself.
A study Cannon conducted with his colleagues at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School (and other prestigious medical centers) confirmed the key role that diet and lifestyle play in inflammation. The study included 2,885 patients and looked at the connection between risk factors for heart disease and levels of inflammation. They found that even when people take extensive amounts of drugs called statins (which reduce inflammation levels), diet, exercise, keeping weight down, and not smoking reduce levels even further. In fact, it is these lifestyles factors, and not the medications, that determine how low inflammation levels can actually go.
This diet can also help stop these diseases by stopping inflammation.
The Anti-Inflammation Diet is divided into five areas of interest:
Part 1, "All About Inflammation," explains the key role that inflammation plays in over a hundred diseases and the connection between inflammation, diet, and other lifestyle factors. It includes the seven principles of the anti-inflammation diet, the inside scoop on important new medical ‘happenings,’ such as hs-CRP testing to watch inflammation levels, medications that can help reduce inflammation, and the discovery that belly fat actually causes inflammation and some great wholegrain recipes.
Part 2, "Diet and Inflammation," provides details on the seven principles of the anti-inflammation diet. They are:
Eat a well-balanced variety of wholesome foods.
Eat only unsaturated fats.
Eat one good source of omega-3 fatty acids every day.
Eat a lot of whole grains.
Eat healthy sources of protein.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Eliminate refined and processed foods as much as possible.
Part 3, "Anti-Inflammation Guidelines for the Marketplace," helps readers stay on track with the seven principles. It includes how to avoid the empty calories and bad-for-you fats that make up fast food, food-shopping strategies, and the pros and cons of supplements.
Part 4, "Exercise and Stress Reduction," provides important information on getting fit and reducing stress. It explains how to measure the intensity of activity and the importance of strength training and some of the most beneficial methods for reducing stress.
Part 5, "Anti-Inflammatory Cooking," discusses the most popular weight-loss diets and whether they are compatible with the seven principles of the anti-inflammation diet.
With this book, you'll understand inflammation and its consequences, and you'll learn how to reduce inflammation in your body by changing what you put in your mouth. – Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of the bestselling You: The Owner's Manual; Professor and vice chair of surgery; director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine programs, NY Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University
The next best thing to a personal nutritionist, The Anti-Inflammation Diet is a helpful guide giving readers the nutritional tools they need to reverse inflammation – and help ease everything from heart disease to asthma. With this book, readers understand inflammation and its consequences and how to turn knowledge into action – by changing what they put in their mouths.
History / Civil Rights / Religion & Spirituality / African American / Religious Studies
From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights edited by R. Drew Smith (SUNY Press)
It has become popular to confine discussion of the American civil rights movement to the mid-twentieth-century South. From Every Mountainside contains essays that refuse to bracket the quest for civil rights in this manner, treating the subject as an enduring topic yet to be worked out in American politics and society. Individual essays point to the multiple directions the quest for civil rights has taken, into the North and West, and into policy areas left unresolved since the end of the 1960s, including immigrant and gay rights, health care for the uninsured, and the persistent denials of black voting rights and school equality.
According to Editor R. Drew Smith in the introduction to From Every Mountainside, in both popular and academic understandings of the American Civil Rights Movement, the emphasis has generally been on the heroic activism mobilized from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s against the segregationist juggernaut of the American South.
It was on this historical stage that black churches were spotlighted for their substantial role in the black freedom epoch unfolding at the time – and it was a role that shifted perceptions in the minds of many about the potential political significance of black churches. Smith says that this association between black churches, civil rights activism, and the mid-twentieth century South has become mutually reinforcing. When mentioning black churches and civil rights activism, one thinks of the mid-twentieth century South; when mentioning civil rights activism and the mid-twentieth century South, one thinks of black churches. Smith is Scholar-in-Residence in the Leadership Center at Morehouse College.
A related orthodoxy has been that where civil rights activism may have occurred in the North and the West it was ‘secondary to the real struggle taking place in the South.’ Activists who resided in the North and West often felt their connection to ‘the movement’ was established more by whether they were involved in the southern struggle arena and, specifically, whether they marched with Dr. King, than by their activism within their own northern or western home contexts. Moreover, in the same sense that northern and western civil rights activism was deemed less important than that occurring in the South, black churches were viewed as contributing less within northern and western contexts of activism than they did within the southern context.
While the conception of civil rights activism outside the South as less urgent, less central, and less effective has been strongly challenged by recent scholarship, fewer studies exist that counter the view of black church civil rights activism as an almost exclusively mid-twentieth century southern phenomenon. From Every Mountainside adds to existing scholarship in emphasizing sociocultural and ecclesiastical factors specific to local contexts of civil rights activism in the North and West, while also examining ways local and national activism fed off each other within these contexts. With respect to the latter, as shown by an important study of black religion, not enough attention has been paid within scholarship on black churches to intersections between southern and northern black religious life, especially those occurring as a result of early- to mid-twentieth century black migration to northern cities.
From Every Mountainside joins with other studies that have resisted a popular bracketing of the Civil Rights Movement which confines it largely to the South, from the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott to the passing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The chapters do not treat the quest for civil rights in America only as an historical theme, but also as an enduringly relevant framing of social injustices yet to be worked out within American polity and social practice. What the chapters do is point to multiple directions the quest for civil rights has extended beyond the mid-twentieth century southern movement – into the North and West during the Movement, and into policy areas left unresolved by the Movement.
Each section of From Every Mountainside explores ways the struggle for civil rights was broadened and functioned conceptually to mobilize black church activism as it moved geographically and chronologically beyond the Jim Crow South. The first section examines mid-twentieth century civil rights activism in northern and western cities, where black grievances were expressed and heard within contexts somewhat less singularly absorbed with race matters than in the South. Chapters in this section outline challenges black clergy and lay leaders had in adapting civil rights activism to local arenas of struggle in Chicago, New Haven, Philadelphia, New York, and the Bay Area. Several of these chapters emphasize black church concerns over what they perceived to be ideological or methodological radicalism by activist leaders who advocated black power, economic development, socialism, disruptive protest, female leadership, and close collaborations with government.
The second and third sections of From Every Mountainside explore black clergy responses to various public policy concerns within the post-Civil Rights Movement context that extend and broaden conceptions of civil rights prevailing within the Movement. The four chapters within section two explore expectations about the extension and enforcement of rights within a post-movement context marked by expanded black and minority claims on government capital. As these chapters point out, those expectations of government, and of a continuous and systematic pursuit of rights by black churches, have produced achievements along with many frustrations. This mixed assessment comes through in the chapters on educational fairness, on voting rights, and on health reform, while the chapter on reli­gious groups' hiring rights points to tensions in some instances between conceptions of social rights and conceptions of religious freedom.
That ‘civil rights’ is not a completely uncontested idea, even in the wake of the Civil Rights Movement, is at the heart of the analysis in chapters within the final section of From Every Mountainside. The chapter on black church burnings, for example, draws attention to continued racist assaults on civil rights symbolism in the form of black church buildings. The chapters document black church reluctance and sometimes refusal to embrace civil rights causes which they view to be at cross-purposes with their religious convictions or with African Americans' historic race-centered civil rights agenda.
From Every Mountainside’s contributors shed light on distinctive regional dimensions of African American political and church life that bear in significant ways on both the mobilization of civil rights activism and the achievement of its goals. Chapters throughout the book clearly show that there are critical social justice issues where the need exists for persons of all racial groups, faith traditions, and political perspectives to find common cause. Underlying the volume is the hope that pointing out these needs increases prospects for realizing common cause.
History / Culture / Entertainment & Music / Biographies & Memoirs
The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution by James Mitchell (Seven Stories)
In late 1971 John Lennon left London and the trappings of wealth and fame behind for a two-bedroom apartment in New York City, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. Lennon was quickly embraced by radicals and revolutionaries, the hippies and Yippies at odds with the establishment. Settling in Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan's counterculture, the former Beatle was soon on the frontlines of the antiwar movement, and championing a range of causes and issues. Seen as a savior by a generation in need of cultural heroes, Lennon was just as passionately hounded by a government eager to find enemies within. The FBI and White House considered Lennon a threat; a plan was devised to deport the singer prior to the election as a ‘strategic counter-measure’ to preserve Richard Nixon's presidency in 1972.
It was a busy year of making albums, controversial TV appearances and what would be Lennon's last full-length concert at Madison Square Garden; it was a time of great change in America, the confrontations that began brewing in the sixties reaching an end for many movements ... and the beginning of a new era. Lennon fought for peace and was treated with scorn by some, suspicion by others – including a government wishing to silence the singer. The Walrus and the Elephants is a look back by those who fought the fight; he was a dreamer, but he wasn't the only one.
Author James A. Mitchell, a reporter and editor for more than twenty years, was a US Army soldier-journalist, spent a decade in New York working for Firehouse and Video Business magazines, and now serves with a nonprofit organization that supports the Grace Care Center children's home in Sri Lanka.
The Walrus and the Elephants tells the story of Lennon's journey to become the savior of a generation in need of a new kind of leader at the end of the 1960s. Despite his mythical role as a hero of the anti-war movement, Lennon started out cautiously and hesitantly at the frontline of the most important social justice issues of the decade, but soon began rallying for the new era of revolution. "So flower power didn't work," he told the crowd at his famous benefit concert for radical activist John Sinclair in December, 1971, "So what? We start again." And they did.
Told by an unlikely cast of friends and fellow travelers who saw the man behind the Beatle, The Walrus and the Elephants portrays the legendary Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan's counterculture of the 1970s, as a gritty and colorful center of music, art, and radical politics. For Lennon, it was the beginning of an artistic journey, post-Beatlemania, and a time for making music for the revolution with his new politically charged rock and roll band The Elephant's Memory, a down-and-dirty street band perfectly aligned with Lennon's radical values. From controversial television appearances on the Dick Cavett Show and opinionated magazine interviews with Red Mole and Rolling Stone, to benefit concerts and his last full-length concert at Madison Square Garden, Lennon embraced his life in New York City and his newly felt responsibility to give voice to the important issues of the day.
The Walrus and the Elephants is the first book about Lennon to show how his emergence as a solo artist, his embrace of radical politics and feminism, and his love affair with New York City coincided. The book is based entirely on new interviews by the author with the members of Lennon's American band, Elephant's Memory; writer and feminist leader Gloria Steinem; Congressional Black Caucus cofounder Ron Dellums; ‘Chicago Seven’ veteran Rennie Davis; immigration attorney Leon Wildes; counterculture icon Paul Krassner, and legendary poet-activist John Sinclair, whom Lenon sprung from a 10-year sentence for two joints – a feat that demonstrated Lennon’s enormous political and cultural clout and set into motion the story told in The Walrus and the Elephants.
This book serves as a backstage pass to the missing link between Lennon’s music and his activism, ranging from decriminalization of marijuana to termination of undeclared war – both ends of that spectrum fueled by the government’s misuse of power without compassion – revealing how the Nixon administration tried to silence him. – Paul Krassner, author of Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counterculture
James Mitchell carefully and lovingly has reconstructed an inspiring and poignant chapter both in John Lennon's odyssey and in the tangled flow of the American anti-war and other protest movements of the late nineteen sixties and early seventies. The Walrus and the Elephants is an indispensable window into an amazing time in American history and the history of rock and roll. – Danny Goldberg, author of Bumping Into Geniuses
Lennon is one of the most documented individuals in modern culture, yet never before has this early New York period of his history been examined with greater depth and clarity. – Lee Ranaldo, co-founder of Sonic Youth
Including 24 pages of photos, The Walrus and the Elephants gives readers a glimpse into Lennon's fascinating lost but not forgotten New York City sojourn.
History / Middle East / Biographies & Memoirs
Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon by David Landau (Alfred A. Knopf)
From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, Arik is the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years.
The life of Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six-Day War of 1967, and is credited in Arik with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
After leaving the professional army, Sharon became a political leader and served in numerous governments, most prominently as the defense minister during the 1982 Lebanon War in which he bore ‘personal responsibility,’ according to the state’s commission of inquiry, for massacres of Palestinian civilians by Lebanese militia. As a general and as a politician, he championed the construction of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. But as prime minister, he performed a dramatic reversal: orchestrating Israel’s unilateral disengagement from the Gaza Strip.
Arik recounts the life of the man who is considered by many to be Israel’s greatest military leader and political statesman, illustrating how Sharon’s leadership transformed Israel, and how his views were shaped by the changing nature of Israeli society.
Author David Landau immigrated to Israel from the United Kingdom as a young man. His career in journalism began at The Jerusalem Post, and he continued at Haaretz as news editor. He founded Haaretz’s English edition and was its editor from 1997 to 2004 and was editor in chief of Haaretz’s Hebrew edition until 2008. He is the longtime Israel correspondent for The Economist.
Arik shows how Sharon, the hard-line ex-general who had been elected prime minister in 2001 to crush the Palestinians’ intifada, as prime minister proposed to dismantle Jewish settlements and withdraw Israeli troops from parts of the occupied territories. To the settlers and their supporters – his erstwhile political constituency – that was heresy, a denial both of Judaism and of Zionism. To the peace camp at home and to governments and public opinion around the world, Sharon’s dramatic turn-about was a hugely hopeful change. It meant the beginning, at last, of a repartition of Palestine between the two nations vying for it. Sharon found himself suddenly praised where he had previously been loathed and feared. The imminent withdrawal from parts of Palestine would strengthen, not weaken, the future of the Jewish state.
Half a year later, in August 2005, the withdrawal from parts of Palestine took place. Israel evacuated its settlers and its army from the Gaza Strip and from a small area of the northern West Bank. Sharon called it ‘disengagement.’ The settlers called it ‘uprooting’ and ‘expulsion,’ terms taken from the most macabre chapters in Jewish history.
But the settlers’ threats of violent resistance, of massive civil strife, and of rebellion in the army melted away in the face of Sharon’s iron will. He deployed forty thousand soldiers and policemen around the doomed settlements and won the day without a battle. Not a shot was fired. Resistance was almost all passive. It was all over in hardly more than a week, and the country resumed its interrupted summer vacation.
The anticlimactic absence of trauma raised Sharon’s stock even higher both at home and abroad. Israel’s misguided colonization of the Palestinian territories, which Sharon himself had done more than any man to put in place, was neither immutable nor irrevocable, as many had feared. The Palestinians could still have their state. Israel could still save itself from the morally and politically crippling sickness of occupation. It could recover its identity and its cohesion as a Jewish and democratic state.
That destiny had been receding over the long years of occupation and settlement building. Yet the majority of people in both nations still supported the two-state solution, as poll after poll attested. The majority of Israelis supported Sharon’s disengagement from Gaza and believed it would lead to disengagement from the West Bank, too.
That bright moment of hope that Ariel Sharon created in the summer of 2005 still shines, though the powerful forces in both nations who oppose the two-state solution have conspired to obscure it. Sharon’s collapse in January 2006 into a stroke-induced coma has forced Israeli history into the subjunctive mode: Had he survived in power, would he have been able to complete the decolonization process that he boldly began?
What might have been – what could still be, despite the intervening years of setbacks and disappointment – makes him the worthy subject of this effort, Arik, to understand his life and times.
A thorough, extremely candid description and assessment of the military and political lives of the controversial Sharon, who has been in a vegetative state since a massive stroke in 2006. The author ... displays a deep familiarity with the details and contexts of Sharon’s career.... [and] is also adept in the descriptions of the labyrinthine political world of Israel during Sharon’s era. Splendid reporting, comprehensive research and probing analysis inform this unblinking view of a complicated man and a sanguinary geography. – Kirkus (starred review)
[Landau’s] thorough, balanced, and scrupulously fair biography makes clear why Sharon was capable of winning respect and admiration, even from his staunch political opponents…. This is an outstanding, warts-and-all portrait of an arguably great, if not a particularly likable, Israeli leader. – Jay Freeman, Booklist (starred review)
Compiling the life of a man who was a commander, officer, and major general in the Israeli Army in addition to a statesman, party leader, and prime minister in the Israeli government is an intimidating undertaking, particularly when that man, now at age 85, is struggling to stay alive while in the comatose state he’s been in since 2006. However, journalist Landau, who previously collaborated with Israeli president Shimon Peres on his memoir, succeeds dutifully in bringing this multifaceted life to the page. With great research and noticeable interest, Landau depicts Ariel Sharon as a man who is more complex than any one of his multitude of titles and the subsequent criticism he endured as a public servant. – Publishers Weekly
In this comprehensive biography, Arik, Landau brilliantly chronicles Sharon’s surprising about-face, first championing occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, then orchestrating disengagement, combining the immediacy of firsthand reportage with the analysis and independent insight of a historian’s perspective.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Beautiful Leather Jewelry: Timeless Techniques for Today's Trends by Melissa Cable (Kalmbach Books)
Melissa Cable has a knack for taking traditional jewelry-making techniques and applying them to various materials in an upscale, modern way. In Beautiful Leather Jewelry, she shares new methods for altering leather to create unique textures and patterns in a variety of necklaces, bracelets, cuffs, and pendants. Proper finishing techniques, such as snap setting, ensure polished, professional results. Aspiring leather jewelry designers will appreciate learning how to combine familiar materials such as Swarovski crystals, metals, wood, felt, and resin with leather cuffs, and cords.
Cable, widely published in magazines and books, formerly owner of Beadclub Bead store in Woodinville, has taught at bead stores and shows around the country, such as the Bead&Button Show, Bead Expo, and the Puget Sound Bead Festival.
Beautiful Leather Jewelry presents Cable's inventive methods for:
Altering leather to create unique textures and patterns.
Combining leather with crystals, metal, wood, felt, and faux bone.
Mastering proper finishing techniques for polished results.
Readers work with raw materials and premade pieces to create 25 upscale leather projects. Plus, readers find bonus insider tips for stamping, engraving, knotting, making tassels, and dyeing leather.
Cable's style is honed from years of teaching beginners and listening to how students like to learn. Readers follow her directions and step-by-step photos to make beautiful leather jewelry. Along the way, they find bonus lessons: an overview of leather types and styles; an explanation of tools – those they absolutely must have, alternatives to traditional tools they may already own, and which tools to grow with later; five unique styles of leather beads they can make; technique tutorials that put the basics in action; plus 25 jewelry projects.
Readers use timeless techniques to apply familiar jewelry-making skills in exciting new ways: cutting, piercing, dapping, stamping, lacing and stitching, setting rivets and eyelets, finishing with snaps and other closures for professional results, and painting, dyeing, edging. They use innovative materials to work with a variety of leathers and embellishments for colorful results: crystals and other beads, metal accents, faux bone, felt and wood. Cable says that every material she works with has a lock, and it is her quest as an artist to find the key that unleashes its potential. This pursuit has taken her down many paths, but eventually the journey lead her to a key – an ‘aha’ moment – Water. Understanding how the leather moves once it is wet opens many creative options: one can stamp it, corrugate it, emboss it, and dap it. Projects in Beautiful Leather Jewelry begin with vegetable-tanned tooling leather. Readers learn different ways to inset beads into leather and how to use metal tools like corrugators and dapping punches on leather. Later, they learn about altering ready-to-go leathers, including pre-dyed chrome-tanned leathers, flat leather strap, and cording. Cable teaches readers how to deconstruct finished goods, like leather cording, and give it a new life as it is cut and shaped into new forms. They learn how to use leather to create stunning beads that can be combined to create cutting edge designs. Adding other materials, like wood and felt, increases the opportunity to layer color and texture.
Beautiful Leather Jewelry provides readers with a way to start exploring the versatility leather has to offer. Readers learn to create leather jewelry like they have never seen before by learning Cable's unique approach to leatherworking. They follow her easy directions and clear step-by-step photos to make beautiful leather jewelry.
Professional & Technical / Allied Health / Medical Terminology / Reference
Exploring Medical Language – Textbook and Flash Cards, 9th edition by Myrna LaFleur Brooks RN BEd and Danielle LaFleur Brooks MEd MA (Elsevier Mosby)
Exploring Medical Language, 9th edition is an innovative learning resource that helps allied health students master medical terminology on their terms. At the heart of Exploring Medical Language is the student-friendly worktext, which gradually helps them build an understanding of medical terminology by first introducing them to word parts and then combining the parts into full medical terms that make sense. With print and electronic flashcards, interactive games, on-the-go audio reinforcement, and an arsenal of other student-friendly learning tools, students have everything they need to become fluent in medical terminology.
Authors/editors are Myrna Lafleur Brooks, RN, BEd, Founding President, National Association of Health Unit Coordinators, Faculty Emeritus, Maricopa County Community College District, Phoenix, Study Leader, Institute for Lifelong Education at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire and Danielle Lafleur Brooks, MEd, MATLA, Faculty, Allied Health and Medical Assisting Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, Vermont. Exploring Medical Language has 12 contributors.
The book has many features:
Integrated online learning tools offer a variety of unique ways to master medical terminology:
interactive games and activities
electronic flashcards
anatomy and physiology tutorials
career videos
quizzes
5,000-term English/Spanish glossary
Clinical case studies and medical reports encourage critical thinking and information application.
More than 400 flashcards provide immediate review material.
Systematic book organization gradually builds understanding of medical terminology by first introducing students to word parts and then combining the parts to build the terms.
Margin boxes detail important information such as medical terminology facts and tips, historical information, weblinks, and complementary and alternative medicine terms.
Cornerstone features continue to set Exploring Medical Language apart from others and remain the core of the learning system, specifically:
Term lists categorized by terms built from word parts and those not built from word parts.
Subcategories of terms grouped by topic: disease and disorder terms, surgical terms, diagnostic terms and complementary terms.
Application of terms at the end of the chapters in medical statements and documents.
A variety of learning tools to maximize effectiveness of student learning styles.
New and updated features and content of this 9th edition include:
An expanded section on diagnostic procedures and tests in Chapter 5.
Two new appendices introducing Health Information Technology Terms and Dental Terms.
New and updated diagrams, tables, and sidebar boxes.
New Quick Quizzes offer gradable and email-able assessments to help students quickly gauge students’ understanding of key chapter concepts and terms.
New Pageburst eBook interactive features help them improve their understanding of medical terminology with immediate feedback.
Integration of the Evolve online program with chapter content offers a hybrid of print and electronic materials. Callouts are threaded throughout the text for easy transition from textbook learning to online learning. Students may complete the Spelling and Pronunciation Exercises online, supplement their learning by playing Games or viewing Animations online, and review and assess their progress by completing Activities and Quick Quizzes online.
Electronic Health Records (EHRs) have been added to keep up with the digital world in the healthcare setting. Practice with EHRs while learning medical terminology allows students to gain familiarity with format and function, easing the transition between the educational and working environments.
More electronic health records and sample patient information prepare them for the growing use of EHRs in healthcare settings.
New terms and abbreviations reflect the latest advances in technology and the healthcare delivery system.
New and updated drawings and photos keep students ahead of current technology and healthcare processes.
Chapters 1 through 3 of Exploring Medical Language are introductory chapters, providing a foundation for building medical vocabulary. Chapters 4 through 16 are body systems chapters, presenting related word parts, terms, and abbreviations. The textbook concludes with a series of appendices designed to extend student learning.
Chapter 1 may be the most important chapter in the text because students apply the knowledge learners acquire here in the rest of the chapters to learn terms quickly. They are introduced to the two categories of terms – those built from word parts and those which are not; each category is accompanied by different types of exercises. Also introduced in this chapter are the four word parts – word root, suffix, prefix, and combining vowel, which are the basis of terms built from word parts category.
Chapter 2 introduces body structure and immediately provides practice in recognizing the two categories of terms along with corresponding exercises for each.
Chapter 3 covers directional terms, planes, positions, regions, and quadrants, providing a framework for understanding the body systems and their related terms.
Chapters 4 through 16 introduce specific body systems with related word parts, terms, and abbreviations and follow a consistent format.
An outline of the contents of Exploring Medical Language includes:
PART 1 Introduction to Word Parts and Human Body Structure          
Introduction to Medical Language and Online Learning
Body Structure, Color, and Oncology
Directional Terms, Planes, Positions, Regions, and Quadrants
PART 2 Body Systems
Integumentary System
Respiratory System and Introduction to Diagnostic Procedures and Tests
Urinary System
Male Reproductive System
Female Reproductive System
Obstetrics and Neonatology
Cardiovascular, Immune, Lymphatic Systems and Blood
Digestive System
Eye
Ear
Musculoskeletal System
Nervous System and Behavioral Health
Endocrine System
APPENDICES           
A         Combining Forms, Prefixes, and Suffixes Alphabetized According to Word Part
B          Combining Forms, Prefixes, and Suffixes Alphabetized According to Definition
C         Abbreviations
D         Pharmacology Terms
Medical terminology changes over time. The content of the ninth edition has been updated to reflect current use, ensuring the textbook remains an effective tool for those entering medical professions as well as those in related fields including software development, computer applications and support, insurance, law, equipment supply, pharmaceutical sales, and medical writing.
In the 9th edition of Exploring Medical Language, new content and groundbreaking additions of electronic materials, together with educational features create an optimal balance of hands on and virtual learning tools to support the student's acquisition of medical language. With print and electronic flashcards, engaging interactive games, on-the-go audio reinforcement, and an extensive arsenal of other student-friendly learning tools, students have everything they need to become fluent in medical terminology. Students will likely be surprised at how fast they learn the meaning and spelling of many medical terms.
Professional & Technical / Medical / Allied Health Services / Physical Therapy / Reference
Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach by Deborah M. Stetts PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT and Gray Carpenter PT DPT COMT PWPE (Slack Incorporated)
In this rapidly changing health care environment, a challenge today’s physical therapists face is finding, evaluating, and implementing current best evidence into practice, an integral part of health care professional educational programs. With that goal in mind, Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain provides a comprehensive, research-based overview of the examination and physical therapy interventions of the spine.
In Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain, Drs. Deborah M. Stetts and J. Gray Carpenter evaluate the current evidence related to spinal pain and present it in a format that allows for an easy transition to the clinical environment. By providing effective clinical interventions, rather than relying on habits or tradition, patients benefit from an increased likelihood of improved quality of life with the least potential of personal and financial risk.
The book includes:
Over 650 photographs, images, and tables.
Best practice for evaluating and treating the lumbar spine, thoracic spine, and cervical spine.
Comprehensive coverage of the clinical presentation of spine-related pathologies from evaluation to treatment.
Each chapter outlines the history, physical examination, physical therapy diagnosis, evidence-based management guidelines, and case studies for each topic. Case studies challenge readers’ clinical reasoning skills with the use of current best evidence throughout the initial examination and subsequent treatment sessions. Included with Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain is access to the supplemental Web site containing more than 375 video demonstrations corresponding to the tests and measures, examination, evaluation, and intervention procedures covered within the text.
Authors are Deborah M. Stetts, PT, DPT, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Elon University, NC and J. Gray Carpenter, PT, DPT, COMT, a staff physical therapist at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC and associate faculty at Elon University. Both are board-certified specialists in orthopedics through the American Physical Therapy Association and Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapists.   
Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain provides (1) a supplement for neuromusculoskeletal management courses in academic settings and (2) a reference text for recent graduates and clinicians to aid in translating evidence into practice. The book systematically and eclectically approaches the evaluation and management of spinal pain using a clinical reasoning framework that allows for continual integration of emerging evidence and bio-psychosocial concepts based on patient response, current best practice, and a clinician's knowledge. The goal is to reach an informed decision that balances the best available evidence with what is safe and, most important, for the patient to reach an optimal outcome.
Chapter 1 of Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain discusses the process of making evidence-based physical therapy a reality. Commitment to integrating patient-oriented research into clinical practice involves seeking answers to clinical questions through emerging research, accepting and adopting new clinical practice guidelines, applying research as appropriate by communicating well with patients and colleagues, and assessing performance using standardized outcomes.
Chapter 2 presents a detailed overview of the subjective examination and patient history. The systematic format is adaptable to different body regions and is designed to meet specific goals that aid in differentiating between musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal disorders, planning an appropriate examination, and implementing effective interventions.
Chapter 3 outlines a physical examination process and basic components that are also adaptable to different body regions. The objectives of the physical examination are highlighted to provide an overall strategy for testing procedures and interpretation of a patient's response.
Chapters 4, 5, and 6 present evidenced-based physical therapy practices related to low back pain, thoracic spinal pain, and neck pain, respectively. Each chapter pursues an in-depth focus of the history and physical examination for each region. Key history and exam findings are used to place the patient into either a diagnostic classification and/or an impairment-based category. To inform clinical decision making, each diagnostic classification integrates current best evidence, clinical reasoning, and clinical practice guidelines related to specific low back pain, thoracic spinal pain, and cervical pain subgroups and the importance of characteristics that are likely to respond to initial physical therapy management strategies. Supported by current best evidence, initial management strategies are presented for each diagnostic subgroup as a guide to an informed decision for initial treatment agreed upon by the clinician and patient. Continual assessment and reassessment of the patient's response to treatment guide treatment progression targeting the patient's functional recovery.
Each examination and intervention section has accompanying video demonstrations to assist in learning the procedures on the website. The Appendices provide case studies for each region to illustrate the clinical reasoning framework. Each case study allows for practice taking a history and planning a physical examination. The data from the history and physical examination are then synthesized using current best evidence to determine appropriate diagnostic classification, prognosis, and initial management strategies. The case study process provides an opportunity to practice using clinical reasoning and an evidence-based framework.
Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain, with its systematic approach, is the go-to reference text and accompanying Web site for physical therapy students or clinicians who are reaching for best practice through providing the highest level of evidence-informed care in the evaluation and management of patients with spinal pain.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology / Reference
Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by John M Lasala MD PhD and Jason H. Rogers MD FACC FSCAI (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians grasp the latest percutaneous techniques with the practical, highly illustrated Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease. This new medical reference book presents full-color images, numerous tables, and clinical pearls to help them utilize today's hottest techniques and technologies for each disease, so they can offer their patients the best outcomes possible.
With Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease clinicians are able to:
Apply today's newest percutaneous procedures for structural heart disease as perfected by an international group of experts, including transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), percutaneous paravalvular leak closure, transcatheter mitral valve interventions, and a variety of adult congenital cardiovascular defect interventions.
Find the specific knowledge they need for success in a variety of clinical scenarios, as well as the patient selection criteria for each invasive procedure.
Make informed, evidence-based decisions with the latest clinical trial results and evidence integrated into each chapter.
Visualize the newest techniques and technologies through a full-color design featuring illustrations, tables, clinical pearls, complications, and current evidence boxes.
Seamlessly search the full text online at Expert Consult.
Authors/editors are John M. Lasala, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Interventional Cardiology, Medical Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis and Jason H. Rogers, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, Director, Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinical Research Unit, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento. The book has 62 contributors.
According to Lasala and Rogers in the preface to Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease, interventional cardiology has experienced a renaissance in the past decade with the growth of interventional procedures for adult structural heart disease. Whereas numerous advances continue in the areas of coro­nary and peripheral vascular intervention, arguably the most significant recent innovations have occurred in the arena of structural heart disease. Aortic and mitral balloon valvuloplasty were first popularized in the 1980s. Many developments followed in the 1990s, including the introduction of numerous occluder devices and improved imaging techniques. Since 2000, there has been an explosion of new technologies, including left atrial appendage occlusion, percutaneous treatments for mitral regurgitation, and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. The creative use of these technologies, in combination with improved understanding of structural disease states and marked advances in preprocedural and intraprocedural imaging, have all imparted significant momentum to this new field.
This first edition of Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease includes 23 chapters that cover a large number of topics relevant to the field. Each chapter includes background, clinical presentation, and diagnostic findings, with particular emphasis on patient selection and indications for the procedure. Many figures and supplemental videos are included to illustrate this highly visual and three-dimensional specialty.
Chapters of Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease and their authors include:
The Growing Specialty of Adult Structural Heart Disease – TED E. FELDMAN
Imaging in Structural Heart Disease – STACEY D. CLEGG • ERNESTO E. SALCEDO • ROBERT A. QUAIFE • JOHN D. CARROLL
Vascular Access for Structural Heart Disease – JAMES STEWART • VASILIS BABALIAROS • CHETHAN DEVIREDDY • VINOD THOURANI • SAMEER GAFOOR
Transseptal Heart Catheterization – KHUNG KEONG YEO • JASON H. ROGERS • REGINALD I. LOW
Aortic and Pulmonic Balloon Valvuloplasty – WESLEY R. PEDERSEN • IRVIN F. GOLDENBERG • ITSIK BEN-DOR • TED E. FELDMAN
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement: Edwards SAPIEN Valve – ALAN ZAJARIAS • ALAIN CRIBIER
Self-Expanding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Using the CoreValve Transcatheter Heart Valve – JEFFREY J. POPMA • DAVID A. BURKE
Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation – HARSIMRAN S. SINGH • LEE N. BENSON • MARK OSTEN • ERIC HORLICK
Percutaneous Balloon Valvuloplasty for Patients with Rheumatic Mitral and Tricuspid Stenosis – RONAN MARGEY • SAMMY ELMARIAH • IGOR F. PALACIO
Percutaneous Approaches for Treating Mitral Regurgitation – JASON H. ROGERS • EHRIN J. ARMSTRONG • STEVEN F. BOLLING
The MitraClip Device and Procedural Overview – D. SCOTT LIM
Percutaneous Repair of Paravalvular Leaks – AMAR KRISHNASWAMY • E. MURAT TUZCU • SAMIR R. KAPADIA
Valve-in-Valve Therapy – RONALD K. BINDER • JOHN G. WEBB
Alcohol Septal Ablation for Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – RICHARD G. BACH • GAGAN D. SINGH • JEFFREY A. SOUTHARD
Percutaneous Approach to Pericardial Window – MITUL PATEL • EHTISHAM MAHMUD
Transcatheter Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion – MARK REISMAN • CINDY J. FULLER
Percutaneous Closure of Congenital, Acquired, and Postinfarction Ventricular Septal Defects – NOA HOLOSHITZ • QI-LING CAO • ZIYAD M. HIJAZI
Percutaneous Closure of Aortic, Coronary, and Ventricular Pseudoaneurysms and Coronary Fistulae – STEFAN C. BERTOG • JENNIFER FRANKE • LAURA VASKELYTE • ILONA HOFMANN • HORST SIEVERT
Percutaneous Treatment of Pulmonary Vein Stenosis – OLUSEUN ALLI • DAVID HOLMES, JR
Patent Foramen Ovale – JOHN M. LASALA • SHABANA SHAHANAVAZ
Atrial Septal Defect Creation – JEFFERY MEADOWS • PHILLIP MOORE
Unwanted Vascular Communications: Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Coronary Fistulas, Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations, and Aortopulmonary Collaterals – C. HUIE LIN • NICOLAS T. RAMZI • JOSHUA MURPHY • DAVID T. BALZER
Percutaneous Relief of Vascular Obstruction: Potpourri – DHAVAL PAREKH • FRANK ING
Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease is an indispensable resource for those who take care of patients with structural heart disease, including referring cardiologists, cardiovascular imaging specialists, fellows in training, new interventional cardiologists, as well as structural interventionalists. The book contains information that is not easily retrieved from the published literature, and many of the ‘how to’ components are not found anywhere else. The authors spotlight practical, technical procedural steps, equipment selection, tips and tricks, and important discussion of complications and management.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Diagnosis / Family Practice / Reference
Conn's Current Therapy 2014: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward T. Bope MD and Rick D. Kellerman MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Conn's Current Therapy 2014 is an in-depth guide to the latest advances in therapeutics for common complaints, acute disease and chronic illness. Family medicine experts, Edward T. Bope and Rick D. Kellerman present the expertise and knowledge of hundreds of skilled international leaders on evidence-based clinical management options. With key diagnostic points and treatment recommendation tables, clinicians have access to the information they need to make accurate clinical decisions.
With Conn's Current Therapy 2014 clinicians are able to:
Apply the proven treatment strategies of hundreds of top experts in family and internal medicine.
Get quick access to critical information with "Current Diagnosis" and "Current Therapy" boxes at the beginning of each chapter as well as standardized diagnostic points and clinical recommendation tables.
Put the latest knowledge to work in their practice with updated and rewritten chapters that contain the most accurate therapeutic content. With new chapters on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis, encopresis, nocturnal enuresis, pediatric sleep disorders, and psychocutaneous medicine, they can stay on top of current treatment practices.
Find answers quickly so that they can dedicate more time to treatment with advice by renowned international experts on diagnosis and management, delivered via a templated, at-a-glance approach.
Access the complete contents online at expert consult with searchable text, downloadable images, and four additional online-only chapters.
The editors of Conn's Current Therapy 2014 are Edward T. Bope, MD, Chief of Primary Care, Columbus, VA, Assistant Dean for VA, Medical Students and Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, Faculty, Riverside Family Practice Residency Program, Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, and Rick D. Kellerman, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. The book has 406 contributors.
Chapters of Conn's Current Therapy 2014 and their authors include:
Section 1 Symptomatic Care Pending Diagnosis
Chest Pain – William E. Cayley, Jr., MD, MDiv
Constipation – Anthony Lembo, MD
Cough – Shingo Chihara, MD
Dizziness and Vertigo – Jennifer Wipperman, MD
Fatigue – Janet C. Lindemann, MD, MBA
Fever – Alan R. Roth, DO; and Gina M. Basello, DO
Gaseousness, Indigestion, Nausea, and Vomiting – Justin Bailey, MD
Headache – R. Michael Gallagher, DO
Hiccups – Georg A. Petroianu, MD, PhD
Hoarseness and Laryngitis – Lee Akst, MD
Pain – Steven A. House, MD
Pharyngitis – Ruth Weber, MD, MSEd
Pruritus – Bernard M. Karnath, MD
Rhinitis – Sheryl Beard, MD
Spine Pain – David Borenstein, MD; and Federico Balague, MD
Tinnitus – Richard W. Crummer, MD; and Richard Sadovsky, MD
Section 2 Diseases of Allergy
Allergic Reactions to Drugs – Donald L. McNeil, MD
Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings – Theodore M. Freeman, MD          ,
Anaphylaxis and Serum Sickness – Stephen F. Kemp, MD
Section 3 The Infectious Diseases
Amebiasis – Guenevere V. Burke, MD; and Sean O. Henderson, MD
Anthrax – Jon B. Woods, MD
Bacterial Meningitis – Gary D. Overturf, MD
Brucellosis – Xinghong Yang, PhD
Campylobacter – Gregory Juckett, MD, MPH
Cat Scratch Disease – Ronen Ben-Ami, MD
Cholera – Mark Pietroni, MD
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Stephen J. Gluckman, MD
Foodborne Illnesses – Anita Devi K. Ravindran, MD; and K.N. Viswanathan, MD
Giardiasis – Rodney D. Adam, MD
HIV Disease – Jyoti S. Mathad, MD, MSc; Ryan Westergaard, MD, MPH; and Amita Gupta, MD, MHS
Infectious Mononucleosis and Other Epstein-Barr Virus-Associated Lymphoproliferative Disorders – Ben Z. Katz, MD
Influenza – Jeffrey A. Linder, MD, MPH
Leishmaniasis – Luigi Gradoni, PhD
Leprosy – Gerson O. Penna, MD, PhD; and Maria Lucia Penna, MD, PhD
Lyme Disease – William F. Wright, DO
Malaria – Kimberly E. Mace, PhD; and Michael F. Lynch, MD
Measles (Rubeola) – Claude P. Muller, MD; and Jacques Kremer, PhD
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus – John M. Conly, MD
Mumps – Kristen Rundell, MS, MD
Necrotizing Skin and Soft Tissue Infections – Debra Tristram, MD
Osteomyelitis – Brian K. Albertson, MD; and George D. Harris, MD, MS
Plague – Douglas A. Drevets, MD; and Deeksha Dewan, MD
Pseudomembranous Colitis – Jennie H. Kwon, DO; and Jeffrey D. Semel, MD
Psittacosis – Christopher C. McGuigan, MBChB
Q Fever – Didier Raoult, MD, PhD
Rabies – Alan C. Jackson, MD
Rat-Bite Fever – Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD
Relapsing Fever – Diego Cadavid, MD
Rickettsial and Ehrlichial Infections (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Typhus) – Deverick J. Anderson, MD; and Daniel J. Sexton, MD
Rubella and Congenital Rubella – Judith M. Hubschen, PhD; and Claude P. Muller, MD
Salmonellosis – Arvid E. Underman, MD
Severe Sepsis – Jerome Larkin, MD; and Marisa Holubar, MD
Smallpox – Raul Davaro, MD
Tetanus – Dilip R. Karnad, MD
Toxic Shock Syndrome – Julius Larioza, MD; and Richard B. Brown, MD
Toxoplasmosis – Carlo Contini, MD
Typhoid Fever – Tamilarasu Kadhiravan, MD
Varicella (Chickenpox) – Charles Grose, MD
Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – Michael E. Pichichero, MD
Section 4 Diseases of the Skin
Acne Vulgaris and Rosacea – Daniel J. Van Durme, MD
Atopic Dermatitis – Peck Y. Ong, MD
Bacterial Diseases of the Skin – Dennis L. Stevens, MD, PhD
Bullous Diseases – Diya F. Mutasim, MD
Cancer of the Skin – Bernhard Ortel, MD; and Diana Bolotin, MD, PhD
Contact Dermatitis – James A. Yiannias, MD; and Genevieve L. Egnatios, MD
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphomas, Including Mycosis Fungoides and Sezary Syndrome – Gary S. Wood, MD
Cutaneous Vasculitis – Molly Hinshaw, MD; and Susan Lawrence-Hylland, MD
Diseases of the Hair – Dirk M. Elston, MD
Diseases of the Mouth – Gary C. Coleman, DDS, MS
Diseases of the Nails – David de Berker, MRCP
Erythema Multiforme – Gabriel P. Currie, MD; and Jose A. Plaza, MD
Fungal Diseases of the Skin – Robert Grossberg, MD
Keloids – Leslie A. Greenberg, MD
Melanoma – Vesna Petronic-Rosic, MD, MSc
Nevi – Jane M. Grant-Kels, MD; and Michael Murphy, MD
Papulosquamous Eruptions – Tarn T. Nguyen, MD
Parasitic Diseases of the Skin – Andreas Katsambas, MD, PhD; and Clio Dessinioti, MD, MSc
Pigmentary Disorders – Rebat M. Haider, MD; and Ahmad Reza Hossani-Madani, MD
Premalignant Lesions – Juliet Aylward, MD
Pressure Ulcers – David R. Thomas, MD
Pruritus Ani and Vulvae – Lynne Margesson, MD; and F. William Danby, MD
Psychocutaneous Medicine – Ladan Mostaghimi, MD
Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis – Gabriel P. Currie, MD; and Jose A. Plaza, MD
Sunburn – Warwick L. Morison, MD
Urticaria and Angioedema – Joyce M.C. Teng, MD, PhD
Venous Ulcers – Zuleika L. Bonilla-Martinez, MD; and Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD
Viral Diseases of the Skin – Sylvia L. Brice, MD
Warts (Verrucae) – M. Chantel Long, MD
Section 5 Diseases of the Head and Neck
Glaucoma – Albert P. Lin, MD; and Silvia Orengo-Nania, MD
Meniere's Disease – Terry D. Fife, MD
Otitis Externa – David Larrabee, MD, MPH
Otitis Media – Gretchen M. Dickson, MD, MBA
Red Eye – John Dorsch, MD
Sinusitis – Morten Lindbaek, MD
Temporomandibular Disorders – Jeffrey P. Okeson, DMD
Uvetitis – Petros E. Carvounis, MD
Vision Correction Procedures – Elizabeth Yeu, MD
Section 6 The Respiratory System
Acute Bronchitis – Susan Davids, MD, MPH; and Ralph M. Schapira, MD
Acute Respiratory Failure – Scott K. Epstein, MD
Asthma in Adolescents and Adults – Michael Schatz, MD, MS
Atelectasis – Chistine L. Lau, MD; Alykhan S. Nagji, MD; and Matthew D. Taylor, MD
Bacterial Pneumonia – Edward Septimus, MD
Blastomycosis – John M. Embil, MD; and Donald C. Vinh, MD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS; and Amir Sharafkhaneh, MD, PhD
Coccidioidomycosis – Gregory M. Anstead, MD
Cystic Fibrosis – Robert Giusti, MD
Histoplasmosis – David van Duin, MD, PhD
Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis – David I. Bernstein, MD; and Haejin Kim, MD
Legionellosis (Legionnaires' Disease and Pontiac Fever) – Julio A. Ramirez, MD
Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Melinda V. Davis-Malesevich, MD; and Masayoshi Takashima, MD
Pleural Effusions and Empyema – David Finley, MD; and Raja Flores, MD
Pneumoconiosis: Asbestosis and Silicosis – Richard D. deShazo, MD, MS; and David N. Weissman, MD
Primary Lung Abscess – Dan Schuller, MD
Primary Lung Cancer – Robert A. Kratzke, MD; and Manish R. Patel, DO
Sarcoidosis – Marc A. Judson, MD
Tuberculosis and Other Mycobacterial Diseases – Jotam Pasipanodya, MD; Ronald Hall II, PharmD; and Tawanda Gumbo, MD
Venous Thromboembolism – Clive Kearon, PhD
Viral Respiratory Infections – Robert C. Welliver, Sr, MD
Viral and Mycoplasmal Pheumonias – Burke A. Cunha, MD
Section 7 The Cardiovascular System
Acute Myocardial Infarction – Stephen Boateng, DO; and Timothy Sanborn, MD
Angina Pectoris – Kenneth Tobin, DO; and Kim Eagle, MD
Aortic Disease: Aneurysm and Dissection – David G. Neschis, MD
Atrial Fibrillation – Rahul Wadke, MD
Cardiac Arrest: Sudden Cardiac Death – Roy M. John, MD, PhD
Congenital Heart Disease – Richard A. Lange, MD; and L. David Hillis, MD
Congestive Heart Failure – Elaine Winkel, MD; and Walter Kao, MD
Heart Block – Kelley P. Anderson, MD
Hypertension – Horatio E. Adrogue, MD
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – Sandeep Sangodkar, DO
Infective Endocarditis – Andrew Wang, MD
Mitral Valve Prolapse – Kurt M. Jacobson, MD; and Peter S. Rahko, MD
Pericarditis – Miguel A. Leal, MD
Peripheral Arterial Disease – Wei Zhou, MD; and Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD
Premature Beats – Prakash C. Deedwania, MD; and Enrique V. Carbajal, MD
Tachycardias – Stephen Boateng, DO
Venous Thrombosis – Thomas M. Wakefield, MD
Section 8 The Digestive System
Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis – William E. Fisher, MD
Acute and Chronic Viral Hepatitis – John Garber, MD; and Daniel S. Pratt, MD
Acute Infectious Diarrhea – Matthew T. Oughton, MD; and Andre Dascal, MD
Bleeding Esophageal Varices – Cecilio Azar, MD; and Ala I. Sharara, MD
Calculous Biliary Disease – Zachary L. Smith, DO; and Mick S. Meiselman, MD
Cirrhosis – Harmit Kalia, DO; Priya Grewal, MD; and Paul Martin, MD
Diverticula of the Alimentary Tract – Aaron Sinclair, MD
Dysphagia and Esophageal Obstruction – Kumar Krishnan, MD; and John E. Pandolfino, MD
Gastritis and Peptic Ulcer Disease – Robert C. Lowe, MD; and Michael Wolfe, MD
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – Jason R. Roberts, MD; and Donald O. Castell, MD
Hemorrhoids, Anal Fissure, and Anorectal Abscess and Fistula – Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD
Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis – Pabhakar P. Swaroop, MD; and Daniel K. Podolsky, MD
Intestinal Parasites – Nathan Thielman, MD, MPH; and Elizabeth Reddy, MD
Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Brenda R. Velasco, MD; and Robert S. Fisher, MD
Malabsorption – Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
Tumors of the Colon and Rectum – Pinckney J. Maxwell IV, MD; and Gerald A. Isenberg, MD
Tumors of the Stomach – Scott A. Hundahl, MD
Section 9 Rheumatology and the Musculoskeletal System
Ankylosing Spondylitis – John D. Reveille, MD
Bursitis, Tendinitis, Myofascial Pain, and Fibromyalgia – Keith K. Colburn, MD
Common Sports Injuries – Douglas DiOrio, MD; and Julie Shott, MD
Connective Tissue Disorders – Molly Hinshaw, MD; and Susan Lawrence-Hylland, MD
Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis – James N. Jarvis, MD
Osteoarthritis – David H. Neustadt, MD
Osteoporosis – Alec DeCastro, MD; and Peter J. Carek, MD, MS
Paget's Disease of Bone – Ian R. Reid, MD
Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis – Barn J. Fessler, MD
Rheumatoid Arthritis – Arthur Kavanaugh, MD; and Sriharsha Cherukumili Grevich, MD
Section 10 The Nervous System
Acute Facial Paralysis – Steven Meyers, MD
Alzheimer's Disease – Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA
Brain Tumors – Ryan Merrell, MD
Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome – Steve W. Wu, MD; and Donald L. Gilbert, MD, MS
Head Injuries – Todd W. Vitaz, MD
Intracerebral Hemorrhage – Jonathan Rosand, MD, MSc
Ischemic Cerebrovascular Disease – Alvaro Cervera, MD; and Geoffrey A. Donnan, MD
Migraine Headache – Anne Walling, MB, ChB
Multiple Sclerosis – B. Mark Keegan, MD
Myasthenia Gravis – Bryan Ho, MD
Optic Neuritis – Heather E. Moss, MD, PhD
Parkinsonism – Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA
Peripheral Neuropathies – Kerrie Schoffer, MD
Rehabilitation of the Stroke Patient – Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez, MD, PhD; and Dorianne Feldman, MD
Seizures and Epilepsy in Adolescents and Adults – Sofia Dobrin, MD
Sleep Disorders – Erik K. St. Louis, MD; and Timothy I. Morgenthaler, MD
Trigeminal Neuralgia – Ronald F. Young, MD
Viral Meningitis – Joanna Thomson, MD; and Samir S. Shah, MD
Section 11 Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders
Acromegaly – Moises Mercado, MD
Adrenocortical Insufficiency – Justin Moore, MD
Cushing's Syndrome – Madson Q. Almeida, MD; and Constantine A. Stratakis, MD, PhD
Diabetes Insipidus – Kerem Ozer, MD; and Ashok Balasubramanyam, MD
Diabetes Mellitus in Adults – Anthony L. McCall, MD, PhD; and J. Terry Saunders, PhD
Diabetic Ketoacidosis – Aidar R. Gosmanov, MD, PhD, DMSc; and Barry M. Wall, MD
Gout and Hyperuricemia – Saima Chohan, MD
Hyperaldosteronism – Jongoh Kim, MD; and Lawrence Chan, MD
Hyperlipidemia – Jongoh Kim, MD; and Lawrence Chan, MD
Hyperparathyroidism and Hypoparathyroidism – John P. Bilezikian, MD
Hyperprolactinemia – Janet A. Schlechte, MD
Hyperthyroidism – William J. Hueston, MD
Hyponatremia – Beejal Shah, MD; and Susan L. Samson, MD, PhD
Hypothyroidism – William J. Hueston, MD
Obesity – Nicole Nader, MD; and Seema Kumar, MD
Parenteral Nutrition in Adults – Elaine B. Trujillo, MS, RD; and Malcolm K. Robinson, MD
Pheochromocytoma – Jan Schovanek, MD; and Karel Pacak, MD, PhD, DSc
Thyroid Cancer – Rebecca B. Schechter, MD
Thyroiditis – Nandalal Bagchi, MD, PhD
Section 12 Hematology
Acute Leukemia in Adults – Meir Wetzler, MD
Acute Leukemia in Children – Patrick Brown, MD; and Stephen P. Hunger, MD
Aplastic Anemia – Eva C. Guinan, MD
Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemias – Nidra Rodriguez, MD
Blood Component Therapy – Theresa Nester, MD
Chronic Leukemias – Katarzyna Jamieson, MD
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation – Jaime Morales-Arias, MD
Hemochromatosis – Antonello Pietrangelo, MD, PhD
Hemophilia and Related Conditions – Meera Chitlur, MD; and Roshni Kulkarni, MD
Hodgkin Lymphoma – Jeremy S. Abramson, MD
Iron Deficiency – Paul Paulman, MD
Multiple Myeloma – Robert A. Kyle, MD; and S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD
Myelodysplastic Syndromes – Jamile M. Shammo, MD
Neutropenia – Laurence A. Boxer, MD
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma – Andrew M. Evens, DO, MSc
Nonimmune Hemolytic Anemia – Patricia A. Cornett, MD
Pernicious Anemia and Other MegaloblasticAnemias – Emmanuel Andres, MD, PhD
Platelet-Mediated Bleeding Disorders – Eric H. Kraut, MD
Polycythemia Vera – Peter R. Duggan, MD
Porphyrias – Claus A. Pierach, MD
Sickle Cell Disease – Enrico M. Novelli, MD; Mark T. Gladwin, MD; and Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, MD
Thalassemia – Sarah A. Holstein, MD, PhD; and Raymond J. Hohl, MD, PhD
Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura – Joseph E. Kiss, MD
Section 13 The Urogenital Tract
Acute Renal Failure – Kevin Schroeder, MD
Chronic Kidney Disease – Jeffrey A. Kraut, MD
Malignant Tumors of the Urogenital Tract – Peter E. Clark, MD
Primary Glomerular Diseases – Manuel Praga, MD; and Enrique Morales, MD
Pyelonephritis – Patricia D. Brown, MD
Renal Calculi – Michael E. Karellas, MD
Trauma to the Genitourinary Tract – Sean P. Elliott, MD, MS; and Bahaa S. Malaeb, MD
Urethral Strictures – Brian J. Flynn, MD; and David Hadley, MD
Urinary Incontinence – Toby C. Chai, MD; and Leslie Rickey, MD, MPH
Section 14 The Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Chlamydia trachomatis – Tracy Williams, MD
Condyloma Acuminata – M. Chantel Long, MD
Genital Ulcer Disease: Chancroid, Granuloma Inguinale, and Lymphogranuloma – Todd Stephens, MD
Gonorrhea – Khalil G. Ghanem, MD, PhD
Nongonococcal Urethritis – Robert S. Freelove, MD
Syphilis – Jennifer Frank, MD
Section 15 Psychiatric Disorders
Alcoholism – Richard N. Rosenthal, MD
Anxiety Disorders – Natalie C. Dattilo, MD; and Andrew W. Goddard, MD
Bulimia Nervosa – James Lock, MD, PhD
Delirium – Arna Banerjee, MD; and Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSci
Drug Abuse – William Greene, MD; and Mark S. Gold, MD
Mood Disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disease, and Mood Dysregulation – Andrei Novac, MD
Panic Disorder – Lakshmi Ravindran, MD; and Murray Stein, MD, MPH
Schizophrenia – Brian Miller, MD, PhD, MPH; and Peter Buckley, MD
Section 16 Men's Health
Bacterial Infections of the Male Urinary Tract – John N. Krieger, MD
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia – Judd W. Moul, MD
Epididymitis – Robin A. Walker, MD
Erectile Dysfunction – Maurice Duggins, MD
Prostatitis – Charles R. Powell, MD
Section 17 Women's Health
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding – Sarina Schrager, MD, MS
Amenorrhea – Vicky Martin, MD; and Robert L. Reid, MD
Bacterial Infections of the Urinary Tract in Women – Burke A. Cunha, MD
Breast Disease – Jana Lewis, MD; and Patrick Borgen, MD
Cancer of the Endometrium – Dan-Ann Silas', MD; and Masoud Azodi, MD
Cancer of the Uterine Cervix – Lucybeth Nieves-Arriba, MD; and Peter G. Rose, MD
Contraception – Rachel A. Bonnema, MD, MS; and Abby L. Spencer, MD, MS
Dysmenorrhea – Linda French, MD
Endometriosis – David L. Olive, MD
Infertility – Keith A. Frey, MD
Menopause – Irina Burd, MD, PhD; Stacey A. Scheib, MD; and Krystene I. Boyle, MD
Ovarian Cancer – Michelle A. Roett, MD, MPH
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – Amy E. Curry, MD
Premenstrual Syndrome – Ellen W. Freeman, PhD
Uterine Leiomyomas – Patricia Evans, MD; and Susan C. Brunsell, MD
Vulvar Neoplasia – Susan A. Davidson, MD
Vulvovaginitis – Christine Hudak, MD
Section 18 Pregnancy and Antepartum Care
Antepartum Care – Stoney Abercrombie, MD; and Matthew Cline, MD
Ectopic Pregnancy – Samantha F. Butts, MD; and Kurt T. Barnhart, MD
Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy – Brenda Stokes, MD
Postpartum Care – Tara J. Neil, MD
Vaginal Bleeding Late in Pregnancy – Jennifer Frank, MD
Section 19 Children's Health
Asthma in Children – Susan M. Pollan, MD, MS; and Amanda Kolb, MD
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder – Harris Strokoff, MD; and Craig Donnelly, MD
Care of the High-Risk Neonate – Paul S. Kingma, MD, PhD
Diabetes Mellitus in Children – Lori M.B. Laffel, MD, MPH; and Jamie R.S. Wood, MD
Encopresis – Sarah Houssayni, MD; and Philip Cherven, MD
Epilepsy in Infants and Children – Adam L. Hartman, MD
Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn – Michael A. Posencheg, MD; and Phyllis A. Dennery, MD
Nocturnal Enuresis – Alexander K.C. Leung, MBBS
Normal Newborn Feeding – Amy Seery, MD
Parenteral Fluid Therapy for Infants and Children – Aaron Friedman, MD
Pediatric Sleep Disorders – Julie M. Baughn, MD
Resuscitation of the Newborn – Stacey A. Hinderliter, MD; and David Gregory, MD
Traumatic Brain Injury in Children – Peter D. Patrick, PhDUrinary
Tract Infections in Infants and Children – Ellen R. Wald, MD
Section 20 Preventive Health
Immunization Practices – Beth A. Damitz, MD
Travel Medicine – Edward Dick, MD, MPH
Section 21 Physical and Chemical Injuries
Burn Treatment Guidelines – Barbara A. Latenser, MD
Disturbances due to Cold – Jerrold B. Leikin, MD; Scott M. Leikin, BA; Frederick K. Korley, MD; and Ernest Wang, MD
Disturbances due to Heat – John F. Coyle II, MD
High-Altitude Illness – Adrienne N. Kovalsky, DO
Marine Poisonings, Envenomations, and Trauma – Allen Perkins, MD, MPH
Medical Toxicology – Howard C. Mofenson, MD; Thomas Caraccio, PharmD; Michael McGuigan, MD; and Joseph Greensher, MD
Spider Bites and Scorpion Stings – Anne-Michelle Ruha, MD
Venomous Snakebite – Steven A. Seifert, MD
Section 22 Appendices and Index
Biologic Agents Reference Chart – James J. James, MD; and James M. Lyznicki, MS, MPH
Herbal Products – Miriam M. Chan, BSc Pharm, PharmD
New Drugs – Miriam M. Chan, BSc Pharm, PharmD
Reference Intervals for the Interpretation of Laboratory Tests – Lindsay R. Simon, MD; Douglas F. Stickle, PhD; and Laura J. McCloskey, PhD
Toxic Chemical Agents Reference Chart: Symptoms and Treatment – James J. James, MD; and James M. Lyznicki, MS, MPH
Conn's Current Therapy 2014 is a practical, useful, easy-to-use and clinically valuable resource. Especially valuable is that the book is not static: each year, every chapter is reviewed and updated and the authors are rotated. The online version of the book has a user-friendly search function and several chapters that are not available in print. Call-out boxes, tables and figures highlight important information. Critically important, the accuracy and usefulness of the text is insured through the work of Miriam Chan, PharmD. In addition, and not to be underestimated, Conn's Current Therapy 2014 uses generic as well as brand names to make it easy for busy physicians to apply the information.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Reference
Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Philip B. Clement MD and Robert H. Young MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians can rapidly and accurately identify gynecologic tumors and related lesions with Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology, which has been thoroughly revised and updated with almost 1000 new references added to this 3rd edition. Complete with hundreds of photographs and now available with online access, this visually dynamic medical reference book provides them with the know-how they need to perform state-of-the-art gynecologic diagnoses at their own microscope.
With Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology clinicians are able to:
Quickly find the essential information they need with summary tables, charts, and boxes throughout the text.
Expedite reference with a consistent approach to every entity discussed, including definitions, clinical features, gross features, microscopic features, and differential diagnoses.
Avoid diagnostic errors with comprehensive coverage of commonly encountered pitfalls.
Overcome today's toughest diagnostic challenges with guidance from internationally recognized experts in gynecologic pathology.
Stay current on the newest disease entities and updated classification schemes, and take advantage of nearly 1,000 new references.
Ensure diagnostic accuracy and gain visual clarity with the addition of 100 images.
Remain at the forefront of the most recently developed diagnostic methods, such as immunohistochemical diagnosis for malignant lesions and differential diagnosis of neoplastic and pseudoneoplastic lesions.
Access the complete contents online at Expert Consult.
Authors are Philip B. Clement MD, Consultant Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Vancouver General Hospital, Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Robert H. Young MD, FRCPath, Pathologist, James Homer Wright Pathology Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital, Robert E. Scully Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
The emphasis in Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology is on the diagnosis of neoplastic and pseudoneoplastic lesions, with a broad interpretation of `pseudoneoplastic' to include all lesions that could be misinterpreted as neoplasms on clinical, gross, or microscopic examination. Although the focus is on common lesions, less common and even rare lesions are also discussed.
As in the previous editions, the 20 chapters are organized by site and the text is arranged in concise, point form that highlights the cardinal clinical, gross, and microscopic features and the differential diagnoses. Immunohistochemical findings are also included, with an emphasis on those that are the most diagnostically useful, and in rare cases, even crucial to establish the correct diagnosis. The most recent FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) staging system for tumors in each major site is also included. The histological classifications used are generally those of the well-known World Health Organization classifications of tumors of the female genital tract, and with regard to the ovary, the classification used by Dr. Robert E. Scully in his second AFIP fascicle.
Contents of Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology include:
1.      Non-neoplastic lesions and benign tumors of the vulva
2.      Malignant tumors of the vulva
3.      The vagina 
4.      Tumor-like lesions and benign tumors of the uterine cervix
5.      Invasive squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix and its precursors
6.      Adenocarcinomas of the cervix, related tumors, and their precursors
7.      Non-neoplastic lesions of the uterine corpus
8.      Endometrial hyperplasia and carcinoma
9.      Mesenchymal and mixed epithelial-mesenchymal tumors of the uterine corpus and cervix
10.  Trophoblastic lesions, miscellaneous primary uterine neoplasms, hematopoietic neoplasms, and metastatic neoplasms to the uterus
11.  The fallopian tube and broad ligament
12.  Tumor-like lesions of the ovary      
13.  Surface epithelial – stromal tumors: general features, serous tumors, and mucinous tumors
14.  Surface epithelial – stromal tumors: endometrioid, clear cell, transitional, squamous, rare, undifferentiated, and mixed cell types
15.  Germ cell tumors of the ovary
16.  Sex cord – stromal and steroid cell tumors of the ovary
17.  Miscellaneous primary ovarian tumors        
18.  Metastatic tumors of the ovary (including pseudomyxoma peritonei, hematolymphoid neoplasms, and tumors with functioning stroma)
19.  Endometriosis and lesions of the secondary mullerian system
20.  Tumor-like lesions and tumors of the peritoneum (excluding mullerian lesions)
This book was intended as an easy-to-use practical guide to the diagnosis of female genital tract lesions. In this reviewer's opinion, the book exceeds expectations. This beautiful new edition should be on the bookshelf of every pathologist involved in gynecologic pathology. – American Journal of Surgical Pathology, 32:1591, 2008; Review of the Second Edition
Highly recommend this purchase of this book, not only by pathologists in general practice, but also by busy gynecologists who need to understand the clinical significance of the pathology reported by their colleagues, and by residents in both pathology and gynecology who need a quick reference and rapid introduction to the literature. When time is short and communication between gynecologists and pathologists less frequent, this book can help bring both to a common ground of understanding. – The Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists, 7:9, 2000; Review of the First Edition
Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology, 3rd edition is a visually dynamic, easy-to-use practical guide to the diagnosis of lesions of the female reproductive system and peritoneum, which helps readers quickly assimilate the essential information about the numerous lesions discussed and illustrated. The book accurately and fairly reflects recent developments in the field. The text is extensive, so readers find in this volume an amount of information exceeding that in most atlases. Pathologists, both in academic practice and in community practice, will find Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology helpful in evaluating the numerous, often challenging specimens and perplexing microscopic patterns that may be seen in female genital tract specimens. Additionally, clinicians with a particular interest in this area will find this work a useful source of helpful information and reference material.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Pediatrics / Orthopaedics
Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics: From the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by John A. Herring MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Continuing the tradition of excellence, begun in 1972, this 5th edition of Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics offers clinicians the visual guidance and expertise they need to diagnose and treat pediatric musculoskeletal disorders. Extensive updates offer clinicians the latest knowledge on etiology, imaging, differential diagnosis, and non-operative and surgical techniques for a wide range of pediatric orthopaedic conditions.
With Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics clinicians are able to:
Access expert guidance on difficult diagnostic and clinical management issues for their most challenging cases.
Perfect their technique with the visual guidance of nearly 2,500 full-color illustrations and 60 videos of pediatric surgical procedures, including a number that highlight clinical examination and unusual clinical findings.
Produce the best possible outcomes using today's most effective approaches for management of severe spinal deformities, hip impingement, early-onset scoliosis, and other pediatric musculoskeletal conditions.
See exactly how to proceed step-by-step with instructional videos demonstrating repair of bilateral dislocated hips, triple arthrodesis for planovalgus foot, patellofemoral ligament reconstruction, and elbow arthroscopy.
Access the full contents online at Expert Consult.
The author/editor is John A. Herring, MD, Chief of Staff Emeritus, Texas Scottiesh Rite Hospital for Children, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. With 2 volumes and a 3rd volume on the web only; the book has 27 contributors.
This 5th edition of Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics is the third to be written and edited by the staff of Texas Scot­tish Rite Hospital for Children. The staff are committed to the concept that this text should be the most comprehensive source for pediatric orthopaedic knowledge. With each edition, all relevant literature is reviewed as the text is updated. Because Level I and Level II evidence are infrequently available, content must also be augmented by expert opinion. Our authors, who are leaders in many fields, base their opinions and recommendations on a very broad clinical experience in an academic environment.
The two print volumes in Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics contain the most frequently sought information. The digital, or online, version contains all three volumes and presents comprehensive information in a variety of forms. There are 58 surgical videos, each a live procedure narrated by one of the true surgical experts in the field.
This edition adds something new: a collection of narrated videos of patient examinations, demonstrating usual and unusual physical findings. These enhance clinicians’ ability to recognize various orthopaedic conditions. These may also be used to educate office staff, students, and co-workers about the pediatric orthopaedic physical examination.
Overview of the contents of Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics includes:
VOLUME 1
SECTION I DISCIPLINES
1 Growth and Development
Normal Growth and Development, Disorders of Normal Growth and Development, Evolution of Proportionate Body Size, Physical Growth, Developmental Milestones
2 The Orthopaedic History
Chief Complaint, History of Present Illness, Family History, Birth History, Growth and Development: Key Questions
3 The Orthopaedic Examination: A Comprehensive Overview
Recognizing Deformities, Joint Range of Motion, Muscle Strength, Neurologic Assessment
Appendix 3-1: Initial History and Physical Examination Form
Appendix 3-2: Manual Muscle Tests of the Lower and Upper Extremities
4 The Orthopaedic Examination: Clinical Application
Screening Examinations, The Focused Examination, The Art of Examining the Pediatric Patient
5 Gait Analysis
Phases of Gait, Temporal Parameters, Neurologic Control of Gait, Function of Gait, Gait Energy, Kinematics, Muscle Activity
6 The Limping Child
Abnormal Gait Patterns in Children, Special Considerations Based on Age Group, Differential Diagnosis of Limping in Children
7 Back Pain
History, Physical Examination, Diagnostic Studies, Differential Diagnosis
8 Anesthesiology
Preoperative Evaluation of Children, Sedation of the Pediatric Patient by Nonanesthesiologists, Acute Pain Management, Regional Analgesia, Strategies to Reduce Blood Transfusions in Scoliosis Surgery, Latex Allergy, Malignant Hyperthermia
9 Management of the Child with Developmental Disabilities
Overview of Preoperative Issues, Specific Developmental Disabilities, Systematic Approach to Identification and Planning for Perioperative Issues, Intervention by the Inpatient Interdisciplinary Team, Pain Management: An Example for Interdisciplinary Perioperative Planning, Family Culture and Supports: Partners in Care, Prescribing Therapies: Transition to Prior Home and School Programs
Appendix 9-1: Preoperative Orthopaedic Surgery Checklist for CSHCN
Appendix 9-2: Therapy Recommendations for School Accommodations and Supports
10 Imaging
Conventional Radiographic Procedures, Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Ultrasonography, Nuclear Imaging
SECTION II ANATOMIC DISORDERS
11 Disorders of the Neck
Overview, Developmental Anatomy, Unique Characteristics, Cervical Deformity: Torticollis, Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Lordosis, Cervical Instability
12 Scoliosis
Definition, Classification of Scoliotic Curves, Idiopathic Scoliosis, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, Juvenile Idiopathic Scoliosis, Congenital Spinal Deformities, Early-Onset Scoliosis, Other Causes of Scoliosis
13 Kyphosis
Posture, Causes of Hyperkyphosis, Progressive Noninfectious Anterior Fusion, Postlaminectomy or Postirradiation Kyphosis, Postlaminectomy Kyphosis, Postirradiation, Kyphosis, Miscellaneous Causes of Kyphosis
14 Other Anatomic Disorders of the Spine
Spondylolisthesis, Lumbar Disk Herniation, Slipped Vertebral Apophysis, Transitional Vertebra (Bertolotti) Syndrome
15 Disorders of the Upper Extremity
Introduction, Principles of Dressings and Splinting, Principles of Acute Care, Principles of Reconstruction, Congenital Anomalies, Juvenile Arthritis and Other Noninfectious Inflammatory Conditions, Infections, Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy, Tumors of the Upper Limb, Microsurgery
16 Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
Definition, Incidence, Etiology, Associated Conditions, Pathophysiology, Natural History, Clinical Features, Radiographic Findings, Screening Criteria, Treatment, Complications and Pitfalls, Reconstructive Procedures for Dysplasia
17 Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Definition, Incidence, History, Etiology, Pathology, Clinical Features, Radiographic Findings, Classification Systems Based on Radiographic Findings, Differential Diagnosis, Treatment
18 Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
Incidence and Epidemiology, Classification, Pathology, Clinical Features, Radiographic Findings, Treatment, Complications, Prognosis
19 Congenital Coxa Vara
Incidence, Etiology, Clinical Features, Radiographic Findings, Pathophysiology, Biomechanics, Treatment
20 Disorders of the Femur
Femoral Anteversion, Snapping Iliotibial Band Syndrome
21 Disorders of the Knee
Disorders Presenting in Infancy, Hyperextension Deformity, Flexion Deformity, Disorders Presenting in Childhood and Adolescence
22 Disorders of the Leg
Genu Varum (Bowlegs), Genu Valgum (Knock-Knees), Bowing of the Tibia, Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Fibula, Treatment
VOLUME 2
23 Disorders of the Foot
Introduction, Normal Variations, Osteochondroses, Neurogenic Abnormalities, Toe Deformities
24 Limb Length Discrepancy
Leg Length Inequality, Angular Deformity
SECTION III COMMON ORTHOPAEDIC DISORDERS
25 Limb Deficiencies
Embryology and Genetics of Limb Development, Classifying Limb Deficiencies, General Treatment Concepts, Congenital Absence of Limbs, Congenital Lower Limb Deficiencies, Congenital Upper Limb Deficiencies, Acquired Limb Absences, Multilimb Deficiencies, Prosthetic Management
26 Arthritis
Joints, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Formerly Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis), Spondyloarthropathies, Acute Transient Synovitis of the Hip, Neuropathic Arthropathies, Tuberculous Arthritis, Tuberculosis of the Spine, Gonococcal Arthritis
27 Infections of the Musculoskeletal System
Radiology, Laboratory Studies, Local Tissue and Blood Cultures (Microbiology), Disease Manifestations, Infection in Challenging Locations
SECTION IV MUSCULOSKELETAL TUMORS
28 General Principles of Tumor Management
Tumors of the Musculoskeletal System
29 Benign Musculoskeletal Tumors
Simple Bone Cysts (Solitary Bone Cyst, Unicameral Bone Cyst), Aneurysmal Bone Cyst, Fibrous Dysplasia, Osteofibrous Dysplasia of the Tibia and Fibula (Campanacci Disease), Solitary Osteochondroma, Hereditary Multiple Exostoses, Solitary Enchondroma, Multiple Enchondromatosis (Oilier Disease) and Maffucci Syndrome, Chondroblastoma, Chondromyxoid Fibroma, Osteoid Osteoma, Osteoblastoma, Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (Histiocytosis X), Nonossifying Fibroma and Fibrous Cortical Defect, Primary Synovial Chondromatosis, Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis and Giant Cell Tumor of the Tendon Sheath, Dysplasia Epiphysealis Hemimelica (Trevor Disease)
30 Malignant Bone Tumors
Osteosarcoma, Ewing Sarcoma and Peripheral Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor, Chondrosarcoma, Soft Tissue Sarcomas
SECTION V INJURIES
31 General Principles of Managing Orthopaedic Injuries
Care of the Multiply Injured Child, Open Fractures, Compartment Syndrome, Vascular Injuries, Casts, Child Abuse Incidence, Summary
32 Spinal Injuries
Traumatic Injuries of the Cervical Spine, Traumatic Injuries of the Thoracic and Lumbar Spine, Pharmacologic Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury, Spinal Cord Injury without Radiographic Abnormality, Complications after Spinal Cord Injury
33 Upper Extremity Injuries
Injuries to the Clavicle, Fractures of the Scapula, Fractures Involving the Proximal Humeral Physis, Traumatic Dislocation of the Glenohumeral Joint, Fractures of the Proximal Metaphysis and Shaft of the Humerus, Fractures about the Elbow, Fractures of the Forearm, Fractures and Dislocations of the Wrist and Hand, Fractures of the Scaphoid, Dislocation and Fracture-Dislocation of the Immature Wrist, Fractures and Dislocations of the Hand
34 Lower Extremity Injuries
Pelvis and Acetabulum, Hip, Femur, Knee, Ankle, Foot
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VI Neuromuscular Disorders
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Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics, 5th edition, with its extensive updates, is the most comprehensive source for pediatric orthopaedic knowledge. The new surgical videos, which show live procedures narrated by one of the surgical experts in the field, will be of great value to surgeons and their patients.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Education & Training / Test Preparation & Study Guides
Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review, 1st edition by Theodore X. O'Connell, Ryan A. Pedigo and Thomas E. Blair (Elsevier Saunders)
If students know all of the concepts in Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review, they should do much better than pass USMLE Step 1: They should Crush it! Led by Theodore X. O'Connell, MD, the author of the best-selling USMLE Step 2 Secrets and Brochert's Crush Step 2, this focused, high-yield review of core content and test prep strategies is the most effective USMLE Step 1 preparation available for this high-stakes exam.
With Crush Step 1 students are able to:
Focus on essential concepts and master them with up-to-date, easy-to-read coverage of all of the material tested on the exam.
Ensure their comprehension with USMLE Step 1 practice questions following key sections as well as rapid-review boxes.
Learn how to study for USMLE Step 1 with a more strategic approach through a unique focus on identifying and understanding question stems instead of memorizing buzz words.
Spend less time searching thanks to the accessible approach, with helpful lists and tables to highlight high-yield data.
Depend on the relevance and accuracy of the content thanks to oversight by authors who scored within the 99th percentile on the USMLE Step 1 exam and Review Boards comprised of students, residents, and faculty.
Authors/editors are Theodore X. Connell, M.D., Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program, Kaiser Permanente, Napa-Solano, California, Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles; Ryan A. Pedigo, M.D. Resident-Physician, Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles; and Thomas E. Blair, M.D., Resident Physician, Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. The book has 13 contributors.
Crush Step 1 was conceptualized, designed, and created by medical students, then edited by experts in their fields, with the goal of being the best resource on the market for the USMLE Step 1. The idea for Crush Step 1 came from the common frustration from medical students that either review books are subject specific and too detailed for the USMLE Step 1 or they are the opposite: too short and require memorization of facts rather than understanding of concepts. The book allows students to gain a deeper understanding of concepts that are tested in the first 2 years of medical school and on the USMLE Step 1 exam. Most important, Crush Step 1 is a book that students can use on their first day of medical school. When they understand the concepts of how anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology interact with one another, medicine becomes less about memorization and more about learning how the body works – and doesn't work.
To write Crush Step 1, first, medical students from multiple medical schools were questioned regarding their satisfaction with current review books, what they did and did not like about other review books, and what characteristics their ideal review book would have. The response was resounding and almost unanimous: medical students wanted a text that allows the actual understanding of subjects, includes review questions, and contains full-color figures. This was the framework for what Crush Step 1 set out to accomplish. After many of the chapters were written, they were ‘beta-tested’ to make sure that students liked the format and understood the concepts. Each chapter underwent multiple rounds of editing and refining until they were happy with the end result. Finally, high-yield boxes were added for rapid review and questions at the end of key sections to facilitate review of critical concepts and ensure comprehension. At the end, faculty editors lent their expertise on key chapters and helped guide the refinement of each chapter.
Chapter of Crush Step 1 and their authors include:
Biostatistics – Thomas E. Blair
Biochemistry – Gwen Owens
Dermatology – Thomas E. Blair
Embryology – Thomas E. Blair and Ryan A. Pedigo
Microbiology – Lauren Sanchez, Will Babbitt, and John Baird
Immunology – Brenton Bauer
Pharmacology and Toxicology – Ryan A. Pedigo
Cardiology – Ryan A. Pedigo
Endocrinology – Ryan A. Pedigo
Gastroenterology – Thomas E. Blair
Hematology and Oncology – Manuel Celedon
Musculoskeletal/Rheumatology – Thomas E. Blair
Neurology – Manpreet Singh
Psychiatry – Tiffany Prugpichailers
Nephrology – Ryan A. Pedigo
Reproductive System – Tina Roosta
Pulmonology – Masood Memarzadeh
This is the best resource on the market – written and reviewed by students, residents, and experts, Crush Step 1 is the book readers need to score high. Crush Step 1 allows students to gain a deeper understanding of concepts that are tested in the first 2 years of medical school and on the USMLE Step 1 exam.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Public Health / Epidemiology / Reference
Epidemiology: with Student Consult, Online Access, 5th edition by Leon Gordis MD MPH DrPH (Elsevier Saunders)
Epidemiology, by award-winning educator and epidemiologist Leon Gordis, is a best-selling introduction to this complex science. Gordis, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, leverages his vast experience teaching this subject in the classroom to introduce the basic principles and concepts of epidemiology in a clear, uniquely memorable way. He guides readers from an explanation of the epidemiologic approach to disease and intervention, through the use of epidemiologic principles to identify the causes of disease, to a discussion of how epidemiology should be used to improve evaluation and public policy.
With Epidemiology, readers are able to:
Gain a solid foundation of basic epidemiologic principles as well as practical applications in public health and clinical practice.
Visualize concepts through abundant full-color figures, graphs, and charts.
Check their understanding of essential information with 320 multiple-choice epidemiology self-assessment questions – 120 in the book.
Access the complete contents online at Student Consult, including over 200 additional multiple-choice epidemiology self-assessment questions not found in the book, with answers to all questions as well as full rationales explaining why every answer is correct or incorrect.
Master the latest nuances in epidemiology thanks to new and updated illustrations, examples, and epidemiologic data.
Gordis has 30 years of experience teaching introductory epidemiology to thousands of students, An award-winning educator with decades of teaching experience, his honors include the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, which he received six times from the students in the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health; the Professors' Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Preclinical Sciences from the JHU School of Medicine; and the Lilienfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Teaching of Epidemiology from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association. He has served as President of the American Epidemiological Society and of the Society for Epidemiologic Research.
In each edition of Epidemiology, illustrations and graphics have been used extensively to help readers understand the principles and methods of epidemiology and to enhance presentation of the examples described in the text. This approach continues in the fifth edition.
A major change in the fourth edition was publication of the book in color. The use of color has made new approaches possible for illustrating important principles and methods. The fifth edition provides many new color figures, while many previously used figures have been revised to enhance their clarity and quality. The colors in many of these figures have also been modified to maximize readers’ understanding.
The data cited and the examples used in this edition have been updated whenever possible, and new examples have been added to further clarify epidemiologic principles and methods. Some sections have been expanded, and others added, and numerous revisions and additions have been made throughout Epidemiology. Two new issues are addressed in the first chapter. The first is some aspects of the integration of prevention and therapy and the second is the question of who deserves the credit when the frequency of a disease declines over time. Among other new or expanded sections in the fifth edition are several relating to randomized trials including the main purpose of randomization, applying the results of such trials to individual patients, recruitment and retention of participants, and comparative effectiveness research. Expanded discussions include the history of causal inferences and recent developments in genetic research and their links of epidemiologic approaches for studying disease. Discussion of test validity and of the steps involved in the calculation of kappa has also been expanded. Review questions are included at the end of most chapters or topics.
The sequence of the three sections of Epidemiology is designed to provide readers with a basic understanding of epidemiologic methods and study design and of the place of epidemiology in preventive and clinical medicine and in disease investigation. After finishing this book, readers should be able to assess the adequacy of the design and conduct of reported studies and the validity of the conclusions reached in published articles.
The outline of the contents of Epidemiology includes:
SECTION 1 The Epidemiologic Approach to Disease and Intervention
Introduction
The Dynamics of Disease Transmission
The Occurrence of Disease: I. Disease Surveillance and Measures of Morbidity
The Occurrence of Disease: II. Mortality and Other Measures of Disease Impact
Assessing the Validity and Reliability of Diagnostic and Screening Tests
The Natural History of Disease: Ways of Expressing Prognosis
Assessing Preventive and Therapeutic Measures: Randomized Trials
Randomized Trials: Some Further Issues
SECTION 2 Using Epidemiology to Identify the Causes of Disease
Cohort Studies
Case-Control and Other Study Designs
Estimating Risk: Is There an Association?
More on Risk: Estimating the Potential for Prevention
A Pause for Review: Comparing Cohort and Case-Control Studies
From Association to Causation: Deriving Inferences from Epidemiologic Studies
More on Causal Inferences: Bias, Confounding, and Interaction
Identifying the Roles of Genetic and Environmental Factors in Disease Causation
SECTION 3 Applying Epidemiology to Evaluation
Using Epidemiology to Evaluate Health Services
The Epidemiologic Approach to Evaluating Screening Programs
Epidemiology and Public Policy
Ethical and Professional Issues in Epidemiology
Epidemiology is an introduction to epidemiology and to the epidemiologic approach to problems of health and disease. The basic principles and methods of epidemiology are presented together with many examples of the applications of epidemiology to public health and clinical practice.
The fifth edition of this book retains the general organization and structure of the previous editions. In this edition, a list of learning objectives has been added at the beginning of most chapters to help direct readers’ attention to the major issues to be found in that chapter, and a number of new review questions have been added at the end of certain chapters.
The fifth edition consists of three sections. As Gordis explains in the preface to Epidemiology, Section 1 focuses on the epidemiologic approach to understanding disease and to developing the basis for interventions designed to modify and improve its natural history. Chapter 1 provides a broad context and perspective for the discipline, and Chapter 2 of discusses how disease is transmitted and acquired. Chapters 3 and 4 present the measures used to assess the frequency and importance of disease and demonstrate how these measures are used in disease surveillance – one of the major roles of epidemiology in public health. Chapter 3 discusses measures of morbidity, and Chapter 4, measures of mortality. Chapter 5 addresses the critical issue of how to distinguish people who have a disease from those who do not, and how to assess the quality of the diagnostic and screening tests used for this purpose.
Once people who have a certain disease have been identified, how do we characterize the natural history of their disease in quantitative terms? Will they die from their disease or develop some other serious outcome? Or will their disease be successfully managed? Such characterization is essential if we are to identify any changes in survival and severity that take place over time, or changes that result from preventive or therapeutic interventions (Chapter 6). Because the ultimate objective is to improve human health by modifying the natural history of disease, the next step is to select an appropriate and effective intervention – a selection that ideally is made using the results of randomized trials of prevention and of treatment (Chapters 7 and 8).
Section 2 of Epidemiology deals with the use of epidemiology to identify the causes of disease. Chapter 9 discusses the design of cohort studies and Chapter 10 introduces case-control, nested case-control, case-cohort, case-crossover, and cross-sectional studies. Chapters 11 and 12 discuss how the results of these studies are used to estimate risk, by determining whether there is an association of an exposure and a disease as reflected by an increase in risk in exposed people compared to the risk in nonexposed people. After a brief review and a comparison of the main types of study designs used in epidemiology (Chapter 13), Chapter 14 discusses how to move from epidemiologic evidence of an association to answering the important question: Does the observed association reflect a causal relationship? In so doing, it is critical to take into account issues of bias, confounding, and interaction, which are discussed in Chapter 15. Chapter 16 describes the use of epidemiology, often in conjunction with molecular biology, for assessing the relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors to disease causation. The exciting advances that have been made in recent years in the Human Genome Project and their interrelationships with epidemiologic thinking and approaches are also presented in this chapter.
Section 3 discusses several important applications of epidemiology to major health issues. Chapter 17 addresses one of the major uses of epidemiology, which is to evaluate the effectiveness of different types of health services and different ways of providing them. Chapter 18 reviews the use of epidemiology in evaluating the quality and effectiveness of screening programs. Chapter 19 considers the place of epidemiology in formulating and evaluating public policy. These diverse applications have enhanced the importance of epidemiology, but at the same time have given rise to an array of new problems, both ethical and professional, in the conduct of epidemiologic studies and in the use of the results of such studies. A number of these issues are discussed in the final chapter (Chapter 20).
Epidemiology is readers’ best choice for an accessible yet rich understanding of epidemiology. Gordis, using his award-winning teaching skills, familiarizes readers with the complex science of epidemiology in a clear and memorable way. This fifth edition continues to convey to its readers the excitement of epidemiology, its basic conceptual and methodologic underpinnings, and an appreciation of its increasingly vital and expanding roles in enhancing health policy both for individuals and for communities.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging / Reference
Breast MRI: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Virginia M. Molleran MD PhD and Mary C. Mahooney (Elsevier Saunders)
MRI has emerged as an important component of breast care. The care of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer is no longer complete without breast MRI, nor can a breast radiology practice adequately care for high-risk patients without offering breast MRI. Furthermore, a prerequisite to performing breast MRI is the capability of performing an MRI-guided breast biopsy. Today's radiologists need to be proficient in interpreting breast MRI and performing MRI-guided breast biopsies. They also need to accurately communicate with patients and their physicians regarding breast MRI indications, results, and limitations.
Breast MRI is a resource entirely devoted to this state-of-the-art technique. This medical reference book utilizes an atlas-type format that showcases numerous examples of each aspect of breast MRI, equipping clinicians with the latest knowledge on effective breast image interpretation.
With Breast MRI clinicians are able to:
Compare breast imaging findings to a wealth of breast MRI examples that capture the characteristic clinical presentation of both normal and diseased patients.
Apply the most up-to-date information available on all aspects of breast MRI, including MRI-guided biopsy, breast cancer screening with MRI, MRI features of benign and malignant lesions, and MRI in the evaluation of newly diagnosed breast cancer.
Take advantage of an image-rich, atlas-type format that offers the visual clarity clinicians need for accurate interpretation.
Access the full text and images online at Expert Consult.
Editors are Virginia M. Molleran, MD, Assistant Professor of Radiology, UC Health/University Hospital Breast Imaging Department, Cincinnati and Mary C. Mahoney, Professor of Radiology and Vice Chair of Research, Eugene L. and Sue R. Saenger Chair of Radiological Sciences, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Director of Breast Imaging, Barrett Cancer Center, Cincinnati. The book has 14 contributors.
The authors describe imaging features of both benign and malignant breast disease, as well as the role of breast MRI in determining the extent of disease in patients with newly diagnosed cancers. Breast MRI also discusses MRI features of the postoperative breast, including a chapter on implant evaluation. For those who are new to breast MRI, the book includes chapters on setting up a breast MRI practice, breast MRI physics, and breast MRI CAD.
Chapters in Breast MRI and their authors include:
Setting Up and Optimizing a Breast MRI Practice – Stamatia Destounis
Optimizing the Breast MRI Protocol – Robert A. Pooley
Computer-Aided Detection for Breast MRI – Christopher E. Comstock, Janice S. Sung
Screening for Breast Cancer with MRI – Samantha L. Heller, Linda Moy
MRI Features of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ – Virginia M. Molleran
MRI Features of Invasive Disease – Virginia M. Molleran
Benign Findings in Breast MRI – Su-Ju Lee, Mary C. Mahoney
MRI of High-Risk Breast Lesions – Su-Ju Lee, Mary C. Mahoney
MRI Evaluation of the Patient with Breast Cancer – Amy Argus, Mary C. Mahoney
MRI of the Postoperative Breast – Patricia Poole, Haydee Ojeda-Fournier
MRI for Breast Implant Evaluation – Anne E. Kleimeyer, Mary C. Mahoney
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy – Carol H. Lee
There is a need in the lives of busy clinicians for concise, easy-to-use educational material entirely devoted to breast MRI and Breast MRI fills that need. The text is a clear, readable reference. It is comprehensive in coverage of all aspects of breast MRI, from breast cancer screening to tips and techniques for MRI-guided breast biopsy. It is easy to use, a go-to source when there is a clinical question. The chapters are image-rich in the style of an atlas.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / New Testament
Luke 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 9:51-19:27 (Hermeneia) by François Bovon, translated by Donald S. Deer, edited by Helmut Koester (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible Series: Fortress Press)
Luke 2 is the second volume of François Bovon's three-volume commentary on the Gospel of Luke, covering the narration of Jesus travel on the road to Jerusalem, the occasion in Luke of most of Jesus teachings to the disciples regarding faithfulness, perseverance, and the practice of justice and mercy. Bovon's theological interest in Luke is at the forefront in Luke 2: as he declares in the preface, "I wish to examine his Gospel with the sober reserve of a scholar and with the confidence of a believer. For I hope in this manner to arrive at genuine understanding." Also distinctive is Bovon's attention to the history of interpretation of this Gospel through time.
Bovon is Frothingham Professor of the History of Religion at Harvard Divinity School. His publications have appeared in French, German, and English; his English-language books include Luke the Theologian: Fifty-Five Years of Research and New Testament Traditions and Apocryphal Narratives.
Volumes two and three of the French edition (1996 and 2001), and the German (1996 and 2001) and Spanish (2002 and 2004) translations of Bovon’s commentary on Luke are published in Luke 2 in English in one volume, as they are in the Italian translation. The content, however, of these volumes remains the same in all editions and translations. The advantage of merging these two volumes into one is to insist, even typographically, on the unity of Luke 9:51-19:27, the central section of the Third Gospel, the so-called travel narrative.
The very existence of the Lukan travel narrative, that is, the redactional intention to create a long and decisive turn from Galilee to Judea, more precisely to Jerusalem and in Jerusalem to the Temple, has been doubted recently by some scholars, particularly Reinhard von Bendemann (Zwischen AOZA und ETATPOE: Eine exegetische Untersuchung der Texte der sogenannten Reiseberichts im Lukasevangelium). But while Jesus' teaching is of prime importance in these chapters, the redactional clues underscoring Jesus' movement toward Jerusalem are also evident and meaningful. They bear witness to the ineluctable manifestation of Jesus not only as a generous healer and a powerful messiah, as he appears in the Galilean period (Luke 3:1-9:50), but also as servant messiah ready to suffer and to die (Luke 9:51-19:27). This particular emphasis of the travel narrative goes hand in hand with another Lukan conviction: during the travel from Galilee to Jerusalem, Jesus insists on the formation of his disciples as future leaders of the Church. Luke 9:51-19:27 offers key elements of Luke's Christology and his ecclesiology. That the evangelist was not the only one – nor the first one – to insist on the travel narrative is evident in Mark's gospel.
The structure of volume two, Luke 2, of this commentary remains the same as volume one. After the bibliography and the translation of the biblical passage, the first part, called "Analysis," examines carefully the way the evangelist rewrites his sources: Mark, Q, and the Special material. The second part, the "Commentary," underscores Luke's literary talent and his theological orientation. The third part, called "History of Interpretation," is expanded in Luke 2 beyond that in volume one. The same will be true of volume three. It is Bovon’s opinion that interpreters in the period prior to the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, even if they did not have at their disposal the scholarly methods of the modern age, knew how to practice a religious reading of the text that was in harmony with the original intention of the Gospel writers.
In terms of its immense and wide learning, fullness of comment, and depth of insight, I reckon that this commentary is without rivals. – I. Howard Marshall, Journal of Theological Studies
Bovon has provided a very reliable and helpful reference commentary that must be consulted by scholars and has pastoral sensitivity as well. – William S. Kurz, SJ, Catholic Biblical Quarterly
The research is extensive, the arguments judicious, the conclusions cautious. It is a research commentary to consult regularly. – Charles H. Talbert, Biblica
Bovon lays claim to his theological commitments and ecclesial location, not as hindrances to but as partners in the interpretive enterprise.... Here is critical scholarship in the service of those communities of faith who turn to the Gospel of Luke as Scripture. – Joe B. Green, Asbury Theological Seminary, Review of Biblical Literature
Francois Bovon is well equipped to write this kind of commentary because of his long years of study of Luke and Lukan scholarship. [Luke 1] ... shows mature judgment in dealing with ... many issues. – Robert C Tannehill, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Extremely well researched, Bovon in Luke 2, by balancing objectivity and faith, achieves a deep understanding of the Gospel.
Religion & Spirituality / History / Judaism / Christianity
Jesus: First-Century Rabbi by Rabbi David Zaslow, with Joseph A. Lieberman (Paraclete Press)
Our contemporary, commodity-based mindset does not hold onto subtleties and contradictions very well. We don't have much room in our minds for mystery, riddle, and paradox as we once did. We want answers. We pose our questions in black and white, either/or. An evangelical pastor once said to me, "Either Jesus is the Savior or he is a fraud." I asked, "Why? Where did you come up with such a clear either/or choice? Maybe he is Savior to you and great rabbi to me, and we're both right." – from the book
We could all do better by eliminating old prejudices and misunderstandings.
Jesus: First-Century Rabbi takes a fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity, challenging both Jews and Christians to re-examine their understanding of Jesus’ commitment to his Jewish faith. Instead of emphasizing the differences between the two religions, this text explains how the concepts of vicarious atonement, mediation, incarnation, and Trinity are actually rooted in classical Judaism. Using the cutting edge of scholarly research, Rabbi Zaslow dispels the myths of disparity between Christianity and Judaism without diluting the unique features of each faith. Zaslow is the spiritual leader of Havurah Shir Hadash, a synagogue in Ashland, Oregon. He travels the country leading workshops with churches and synagogues on the Jewish roots of Christianity.
According to Zaslow in Jesus, the time seems to have arrived when Christians and Jews are beginning to have a new understanding of each other. Old notions and prejudices are rapidly being discarded, making room for what the Holy One might have had us understand all along. After the Holocaust, it's time to ask, as the great first-century sage Hillel did, "If not now, when?" In March 2008, Time magazine cited ‘Re-Judaizing Jesus’ as one of ‘10 Ideas That Are Changing the World.” Zaslow in the introduction says he thinks he knows why.
What we need are more passionate, joy-filled discussions and dialogues with an underlying celebration of what we have in common. A good ground rule for interfaith encounters would be for members of each faith tradition to self-define their own beliefs. Members of each respective faith can then agree to discontinue relying upon what they think the other believes, and to rely on the new definitions. Zaslow says he has compiled Jesus for his Christian friends who wish to learn and study the Jewish roots of their faith, and for his Jewish brothers and sisters who often lack accurate information about first-century Jewish beliefs and religious practices.
Can Christians and Jews actually celebrate the mystery and shake their heads in wonderment at the infinite wisdom of the Creator? Zaslow doesn't propose to minimize Jewish and Christian differences in Jesus. On the contrary, Judaism needs the broad spectrum of its various movements. Christianity needs its broad spectrum of denominations and movements. And both faiths in a most profound and mysterious way, need each other. Jews and Christians have theologies that differ when it comes to the nature of Jesus. But they also have an identical moral passion for justice and equality based on the prophets. They have parallel problems and challenges that face them both. And they love and serve the same God.
Zaslow hopes Jesus helps imprint a Jewish face on a Joshua whose name and identity was Hellenized and changed to Jesus, whose title is often changed to Lord instead of Rabbi so that he would appeal to the non-Jewish world, whose native country was called Palestine by the Romans in order to remove the identification with Judaism that Judea implied. He hopes that this book helps place the martyrdom of Rabbi Joshua in context to the tens of thousands of other rabbis and lay people who also died on the cross at the hands of the Romans.
Zaslow says he wrote the book with a focus on his Christian friends, but it is also for Jews who want to learn about the Jewish roots of Christianity. Jesus will clarify aspects of the life of the historical Jesus, the Jewish Jesus, the first-century Rabbi Jesus. Zaslow’s goal is simply to put his words and teachings into their proper cultural and religious context. The subject of this book has to do with the teachings within Judaism that were most likely studied and believed by the historical Jesus. The book does not focus on the Christian's faith in the theological Jesus – the Jesus worshiped by the church is the province of Christians. To a Christian he is seen as both Messiah and Savior. To a Jew, the messiah is an anointed person, and God is the Savior. The historical Jesus – Jesus the man, the Jewish man, the rabbi – he belongs to both of Christians and Jews. The focus of this book is on the notions, ideas, theology, scriptural passages, and eschatology that Jesus the Jew, Jesus the rabbi, the historical Jesus believed. What writings by other rabbis did Rabbi Joshua study during the first thirty years of his life? Who did he study with? Who were his favorite teachers? What prayers did he chant each morning and evening? What parts of the Jewish oral tradition did he quote or refer to that are recorded in the Gospels?
Zaslow in Jesus says that the time is ripe for Christians to delve into the powerful teachings that grew out of the pre-Rabbinic Judaism that Jesus was a part of, and that brought the world such great wisdom in the past two thousand years. Simultaneously, it seems to be the right time for Jews to reclaim Jesus as an authentic Jewish teacher and native son.
Rabbi Zaslow has done a tremendous service to Christians and Jews alike – this book is wonderful! An important contribution to the continuing dialogue and relationship building between these two faith communities. We need to hear more of what brings us together, what we share, not just what sets us apart. Thank you both Rabbi Zaslow and Paraclete for bringing this work to fruition and for creating greater light in our world! – Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, President, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Today our faith traditions are in need of healing – both within themselves and with each other. Rabbi Zaslow's book is a dose of sacred medicine for both Christianity and Judaism. He challenges us to face our prejudices, while affirming and celebrating our unique traditions. While Jesus has a different meaning for a Christian and a Jew, reflecting on that can takes us on a deeper and yet more universal journey into our own faith. Based on solid scholarship and a luminous open heart, Zaslow makes a powerful and much needed contribution to the interfaith dialogue. – Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. Author of A Woman's Journey to God, and co-author of Your Soul's Compass
This an important book, for Christians and Jews alike. Rabbi Zaslow has tried to stimulate a conversation and build bridges between the two faiths. This is a critically important task, and this book makes that attempt with broad scholarship and great clarity. – Rev. John M. Salmon, Ph. D., Princeton Theological Seminary
Christian readers will find their faith stirred by reading this book on their own, or as shared reading with Jewish friends. Renewal is coming to faith by learning in the presence of the other... Add to this the restorative power the world has awaited to heal centuries of religious enmity and mistrust and hatred and bloodshed. Jews are discovering ways to love being Jewish in the same room with Christians who are discovering ways to love being Christian. It is as if Jesus has been holding his breath, waiting for this time. – Rev. Dr. Joseph Ward, D.Min., Presbyterian Church USA
Christians professing faith in Jesus will surely learn and be enriched immensely by studying Rabbi David Zaslow's great new book. The book is a must read for everyone exploring the relationship between Christianity and Judaism. The book fosters conversation and cooperation through mutual respect… fresh and insightful approaches to historic issues that have driven a wedge between two faiths that ironically share so many common values. Rabbi Zaslow encourages the orchestra to play the music that the world needs to hear and enjoy. – Dr. Brad H. Young, Ph.D. Oral Roberts University, author of Parables: The Jewish Tradition and Christian Interpretation
Theology books are rarely real page-turners but if you yearn to know Rabbi Jesus better, and to understand his parables and sayings, you won't be able to put this book down! Rabbi Zaslow has put the pieces back together for us. Learning more about the roots and branches that Jews and Christians share will bring us closer to the center of God's new community and create a way to peace for people of every faith. – The Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Campbell. Pastor, St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Rabbi Jesus seen in his native setting was a heartful teacher of Jewish lore and morals. Rabbi Zaslow has brought him home to us so that we may hear him among his own contemporaries whom we honor and learn from. – Rabbi Dr. Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, author of Jewish with Feeling and Davening
A groundbreaking text, Jesus: First Century Rabbi is a breath of fresh air for Christians and Jews who want to strengthen and deepen their own faith traditions. This bold, fresh look at the historical Jesus and the Jewish roots of Christianity challenges both Jews and Christians to reexamine their understanding of Jesus' commitment to his Jewish faith.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Archaeology / Geology
The Three Ages of Atlantis: The Great Floods That Destroyed Civilization by Diego Marin Ph.D., Ivan Minella and Erik Schievenin (Bear & Company)
15,000 years ago the Earth’s axis tilted, shifting the geographic poles. Volcanoes erupted, the icecaps melted, and the seas rose dramatically. Antarctica was enveloped in ice, destroying the high civilization of prehistory: Atlantis. But before the survivors could reestablish what they had lost, catastrophe struck again – twice.
The Three Ages of Atlantis discusses the scientific and anthropological evidence for multiple Atlantean empires and the global catastrophes that destroyed them. Uniting scientific findings with theories on the location of Atlantis, the authors of The Three Ages of Atlantis reveal that there was not one but three Atlantises – the first in Antarctica, the second in South America, and the third in the Mediterranean. Examining paleoclimatology data, they show that Antarctica was temperate 15,000 years ago and home to the original Atlantis. They explore geological evidence of three worldwide superfloods 15,000, 11,600, and 8,700 years ago and show how these dates directly parallel the freezing of Antarctica, the arrival of Cro-Magnon man in Europe, and the destruction of Atlantis according to Plato. Uncovering the influence of the Atlanteans in Proto-Indo-European languages and in massive ancient monuments aligned with the stars, they show how the civilization founders in all early myths – the Pelasgians, Danaans, Viracocha, Aryans, and others – were part of the Atlantean diaspora and how this migration split into two major movements, one to Latin America and the other to Europe and Asia. Following the Atlanteans from a warm Antarctica up to Peru, Mexico, and the Mediterranean, the authors in The Three Ages of Atlantis reveal that Cro-Magnon men are the people of Atlantis.
Authors are Diego Marin, Ph.D., who has a doctorate in theoretical physics and studies the comparative mythology, esoteric traditions, and history of the Near and Middle East; Ivan Minella, an archaeologist specializing in European protohistory, archaeometallurgy, and remote sensing who has made excavations in Burkina Faso, Festos in Crete, and Sardinia; and Erik Schievenin, a geologist specializing in erosions and fracture lines whose research has led to a controversial re-dating of the Sphinx and several megalithic temples. The three authors are the founders of the Pangea Cultural Association based in Padua, Italy.
The Three Ages of Atlantis pieces together the story of the first civilization that human memory recalls. Although enriched throughout centuries of fantastic and esoteric elements, its body of real events has been preserved and reveals what happened on Earth in the years following the last ice age, when civilizations were destroyed.
The oldest civilizations tell of survivors from an earlier era who arrived in their territories in order to teach arts and sciences. Soon they were worshiped as gods. They were exiles who had escaped on their ships from the grip that had tightened Antarctica. They had many names including: Pelasgians, Danaes, Oceanides, Kindred, Vampires, Titans, Giants, Tyrrhenians, Cyclops, Shekelesh, Atlanteans, Italanteans, Arii, and Viracochas. They are called ‘Cro-Magnon’: light-skinned, with light-colored eyes and blond or red hair; they worshiped a single deity. They were masters in navigation, geography, astronomy, and architecture; they mapped the whole planet and built huge monuments throughout. Researchers still come across their maps today, replicated by medieval copyists and exhibited in beautiful Renaissance villas and museum windows. Their temples run along the river banks and ocean coastlines, built with polished boulders weighing up to a thousand tons, brought from quarries that were hundreds of miles away, raised and aligned with systems that we fail to understand.
According to The Three Ages of Atlantis, after the flood in 13,000 BCE their diaspora split in two directions, Latin America and Europe/Asia. They colonized the western Mediterranean – the Italian Tyrrhenian coast up to Sicily, Malta, and Algeria, and Egypt in the eastern Mediterranean. Their knowledge easily made them ‘masters’ of the primitive peoples inhabiting those places. The mythical ruler of the eastern Mediterranean, known by such names as Minos and Osiris, signaled the advent of a Second Empire for the Atlanteans. Later this empire stretched even further, to India. A region of this vast empire went down in history as ‘Hyperborea.’ The Po River, then known as Eridanus, ran through it, extending from the Alps to Tuscany.
The empire lasted almost three thousand years, until 9,600 BCE. During this long period some huge lakes had been trapped in thin ice dams. When these broke – with incredibly perfect timing – a catastrophe took place just as it had in 13,000 BCE. Once again, both Europe and the Americas were hit by floods and earthquakes. Everything was lost.
The Earth shook again in 6,700 BCE. The last dams collapsed and the last lakes emptied. Humankind regressed to the state of hunter/gatherer and millennia passed before man was able to regain functioning farming and breeding, the techniques for building houses and cities, and organization of public life.
The chapters of The Three Ages of Atlantis trace a map of the monuments and traditions – arts, myths, religions – that the ancient peoples inherited from the Atlantians, revealing connections that show a common cultural origin. The footsteps of the Cro-Magnons lead from the Mediterranean to the Indus River Valley: here their community lived ‘displaced,’ carried so far by migration disguised as the Eastern military campaign in the myth of Osiris or Minos. The book follows this god’s footsteps, his long march that was the inspiration for the dreams of conquest of Alexander the Great. With the passing of the years, the language and ethnicity of the ‘Asian colony’ takes on the traits known as Indo-European. Readers see the Indo-Europeans returning to Europe 4,000 and 5,000 years before Christ, approaching the Middle East in 2,600 BCE at the head of the nomadic people of Gutei, causing the collapse of the Akkadian empire. And they meet them again when, fleeing from the guerrillas of a Sumerian king, they cross the sea and establish themselves on the Mediterranean coast that once belonged to their ancestors. They are called the Peoples of the Sea.
Diego Marin is a physicist who has spent many years in his quest for ‘Atlantis.’ His book is a well-researched and stimulating piece of detective work as well as a great read for all the devotees of this intriguing topic. – Robert Bauval, author of The Orion Mystery, Black Genesis, and Breaking the Mirror of Heaven
Many think it is just a fairy tale, but one only needs to re-read history without prejudices, as The Three Ages of Atlantis helps readers do, to see the solid reality hidden in the myth.
Science / Physics
The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman (Pantheon Books)
In The Accidental Universe, theoretical physicist and novelist Alan Lightman introduces readers to physicists' latest grapplings with the vastness of space, the ineluctable march of time, and the origin of mass. Lightman presents seven provocative ‘universe’ essays that elucidate complex scientific thought in the context of everyday experiences and concerns. He asks readers to consider immortality, multiple universes, the possibility of a cyborg world and those who might resist its seductions.
To heavy questions, Lightman brings a light touch. The Accidental Universe is a book about nesting ospreys, multiple universes, atheism, spiritualism, and the arrow of time. Throughout, Lightman takes readers back and forth between ordinary occurrences – old shoes and entropy, sailing far out at sea and the infinite expanse of space.
Lightman is the author of six novels, including the international best seller Einstein’s Dreams and The Diagnosis, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of two collections of essays and several books on science. A theoretical physicist as well as a writer, he has served on the faculties of Harvard and MIT, where he was the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in science and the humanities.
According to Lightman, in the preface to The Accidental Universe, modern science has certainly revealed a hidden cosmos not visible to our senses. For example, we now know that the universe is awash in ‘colors’ of light that cannot be seen with the eye: radio waves and X-rays and more. When the first X-ray telescopes pointed skyward in the early 1970s, we were astonished to discover a whole zoo of astronomical objects previously invisible and unknown. We now know that time is not absolute, that the ticking rate of clocks varies with their relative speed. Such incongruities in the passage of time are unnoticeable to us at the ordinary speeds of our lives but have been confirmed by sensitive instruments. We now know that the instructions for making a human being, or any form of life, are encoded in a helix-shaped molecule found in each microscopic cell of our bodies. Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.
In his first essay, “The Accidental Universe,” Lightman discusses the possibility that there may exist multiple universes, multiple space-time continuums, some with more than three dimensions. But even if there is only a single space-time continuum, a single ‘universe,’ there are many universes within our one universe, some visible and some not. Certainly there are many different vantage points. The essays in The Accidental Universe explore some of the views, both the known and the unknown.
The essays in The Accidental Universe include:
The Accidental Universe
The Temporary Universe
The Spiritual Universe
The Symmetrical Universe
The Gargantuan Universe
The Lawful Universe
The Disembodied Universe
Lightman is one of the few physicists who can name-check the Dalai Lama, astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, Dostoevsky, and dark energy in the same work, while deftly guiding readers through discussions of modern physics and philosophy. Here he has composed a thoughtful, straightforward collection of essays that invite readers to think deeply about the world around them. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Science is changing the way we think, especially about ourselves. As a guide to the multiple identities that science now offers, you'll want this beautiful book – poetic, humanistic, personal, inspiring. As a physicist, novelist, observer of coastal birds and the stars, Alan Lightman covers a lot of ground…. I couldn't put it down; a thrilling read. – Sherry Turkle, professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT, and author of Alone Together
A Walden for our digital, cosmological, and quantum age from a modern-day Thoreau. Not since Fred Hoyle in another era (and universe) has anyone dared to cover such a sweeping domain, and no one so elegantly, so parsimoniously, and so personally. – Jon Kabat Zinn, professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts, author of Full Catastrophe Living
Alan Lightman is one of the all-too-few scientists whose writings achieve genuine literary quality. Anyone, with or without a scientific background, will be stimulated and inspired by these essays. – Martin Rees, Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, Cambridge University, and Astronomer Royal of England, author of Our Final Hour
Is our universe merely a statistical fluke, a rare accident that we happen to be able to observe?… Vivid, personal, and often moving, Lightman's reflections illuminate scientists' zeal for lawfulness, symmetry, and order, as well as their arresting sense of wonder. – David Kaiser, author of How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival
Alan Lightman deftly weaves the contradictions and mystery of our experience with the awe of exploring the vast physical universe. His graceful book inspires conversation about the wonder of our existence. It invites us to look up at the sky and see a grander, more comprehensible universe. – Margaret Geller, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
This collection of essays could have only been penned by Lightman, that rare hybrid of physicist and storyteller. The Accidental Universe is a meditation, a book worth reading by anyone entranced by big ideas grounded in the physical world, regardless of scientific background.
Science / Physics / Biographies & Memoirs
Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter (Bantam Books)
At a Chinese restaurant outside of Philadelphia, a father asks his fifteen-year-old daughter a deceptively simple question: “How would you define nothing?” With that, the girl who once tried to fail geometry as a conscientious objector starts reading up on general relativity and quantum mechanics, as she and her dad embark on a life-altering quest for the answers to the universe’s greatest mysteries.
As told in Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn, before Amanda Gefter became an accomplished science writer, she was a twenty-one-year-old magazine assistant willing to sneak her and her father, Warren, into a conference devoted to their physics hero, John Wheeler. Posing as journalists, Amanda and Warren Gefter met Wheeler, who offered them cryptic clues to the nature of reality: The universe is a self-excited circuit, he said. And, The boundary of a boundary is zero. Baffled, they vowed to decode the phrases – and with them, the enigmas of existence. When we solve all that, they agreed, we’ll write a book.
Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn is that book, a memoir of the impassioned hunt that takes Amanda and her father from New York to London to Los Alamos. Along the way, they bump up against quirky science and even quirkier personalities, including Leonard Susskind, the former Bronx plumber who invented string theory; Ed Witten, the soft-spoken genius who coined the enigmatic M-theory; even Stephen Hawking.
What they discover is extraordinary: the beginnings of a monumental paradigm shift in cosmology, from a single universe we all share to a splintered reality in which each observer has her own. Reality, the Gefters learn, is radically observer-dependent, far beyond anything of which Einstein or the founders of quantum mechanics ever dreamed – with shattering consequences for our understanding of the universe’s origin. And somehow it all ties back to that conversation, to that Chinese restaurant, and to the true meaning of nothing.
Throughout their journey, Gefter struggles to make sense of her own life – as her journalism career transforms from illusion to reality, as she searches for her voice as a writer, as she steps from a universe shared with her father to at last carve out one of her own. It’s a paradigm shift you might call growing up.
Gefter is a physics and cosmology writer and a consultant for New Scientist magazine, where she formerly served as books and arts editor and founded CultureLab. Her writing has been featured in New Scientist, Scientific American, Sky and Telescope, Astronomy.com, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. This is her first book.
This is the most charming book ever written about the fundamental nature of reality. Amanda Gefter sounds like your best friend telling you a captivating story, but really she’s teaching you about some of the deepest ideas in modern physics and cosmology. Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn is a delight from start to finish. – Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and author of The Particle at the End of the Universe
Amanda Gefter is a remarkable explorer, and Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn takes the reader on a journey into the unexpected. Follow this beautifully written quest as it leads you through the terrain of physics, of family, of history, and you will find yourself pondering all the roads that lead to a richer understanding of ourselves and our place in this endlessly strange and beautiful universe. – Deborah Blum, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
I devoured Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn in a weekend, marveling at how the author went from being a coat-check girl at a Manhattan nightclub to going up against some of the greatest physicists alive and explaining their wild and deep ideas often better than they could – and wittily, too. – Jim Holt, New York Times bestselling author of Why Does the World Exist?
In a memoir of family bonding and cutting-edge physics for readers of Brian Greene’s The Hidden Reality and Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist?, Gefter tells the story of how she conned her way into a career as a science journalist – and wound up hanging out, talking shop, and butting heads with the world’s most brilliant minds. By turns hilarious, moving, irreverent, and profound, Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn weaves together story and science in remarkable ways. By the end, readers will never look at the universe the same way again.
Social Science / Biographies & Memoirs
Swingland: Between the Sheets of the Secretive, Sometimes Messy, but Always Adventurous Swinging Lifestyle by Daniel Stern (Touchstone)
An estimated fifteen million strong worldwide, swingers are everywhere – a huge community hiding in plain sight whose erotic pastime remains a complete mystery to the rest of us. In Swingland, Daniel Stern outs himself and the secretive society he loves, recounting his transformation from a bumbling neophyte terrified of all things carnal into a veteran sexual adventurer. In this debut book, Stern reveals his journey into the swinger lifestyle, pushing back the curtain on one of the most secretive and fascinating communities in the nation. Stern is director of operations at an entrepreneurial company and a screenwriter who placed in the top four in Project Greenlight and was a Sundance Lab screenwriting finalist.
Once confined to suburban key parties and private clubs, ‘swinging’ has transformed, via the Internet, into a free for all. Today only a few mouse clicks locates the perfect couple (or couples), far easier and less riskily than ever before (no worrying about running into them at PTA meetings). There are plenty of bumps and bruises along the way for Stern, including countless rejections, missed opportunities, and one particular AARP orgy. But slowly and surely, through an impressive series of threesomes, foursomes, and moresomes, this ‘Vanilla’ newbie becomes a much sought-after partner for couples looking to spice up their relationships. During his exploits, he learns a whole new lexicon (there aren’t many single women swingers, or ‘Unicorns,’ but plenty of MFMs, FMFs, MFMFs, and GBs).
Welcome to Swingland, where Stern gives readers an inside look within the lifestyle that is estimated to be a solid 15 million worldwide. Senior citizen all-night sex parties? Check. A Wednesday night foursome to satisfy a housewife's fantasy? Double check. Plus all readers need to know about sex clubs, hosting, hotel orgy edict, the probability of finding an unattached female in the lifestyle (less than zero), how to deal with the mountain of rejections they are going to receive, and what it's like for a single male in a world of suspicious couples (not easy, but as Stern demonstrates, it can be done). As they travel with Stern on his exploits, readers are introduced to a whole new lexicon as well as invaluable advice should readers dare take the plunge (be honest, sensitive, open, know your limits, and be hygienic!).
But what makes Swingland so dynamite aren't just the deliciously scandalous accounts of Daniel's sexual exploits, but the wit and openness with which he tells them. Stern handles the squishy subject with warmth, humor, and honesty, crafting an erotic, but improbably innocent narrative that is eye opening in every sense of the word.
The wryly amusing and revealing story of one man's journey into the swinger lifestyle pulls back the curtain on a fascinating – and little understood – subculture. – Publishers Weekly
Aimed at Malcolm Gladwell and Chuck Klosterman fans – this book seems destined to be the rare sociological analysis that gets adapted into a movie. – The Hollywood Reporter
Brave, funny, eye-opening, entertaining, and well-written ... everything one could ask, really, of a book about sex. But for all its titillations, Swingland is also something more rare: it is humane and vulnerable. A genuine delight. – Matthew Specktor, author of American Dream Machine
Daniel Stern navigates the naked frontier of consensual, casual group sex with a firm, polite grip. Never pedantic, Swingland shimmies like the mingling souls of James Brown (The Los Angeles Diaries) and Augusten Burroughs to the Boogie Nights soundtrack. – Antonia Crane, author of Spent
This book is a must-read. Swingland is everything you need to know about swinging, whether it's your thing or it isn't. Stern isn't trying to pull punches here. He's the real deal, and it shows. Especially in chapters like `Synthesis,' bedded down in a lovely little section called Intercourse. I also thought it was really funny that he says `Don’t be creepy' in a guidebook to swingers. Brilliant. – Oriana Small aka Ashley Blue, author of Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
If you want to know your MFM from your MMF, your NSA from your GB, and so much more, here's a man who's been there and done everything! Swingland is the erotic equivalent of a travelogue. Stern is an excellent X-rated tour guide through the often misunderstood world of swinging. – Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor, The Big Book of Orgasms
Delightfully self-deprecating and unrelentingly honest. Swingland offers an insightful glimpse into a strange sexual world. – Sam Benjamin, author of American Gangbang
This is a wry and revealing story of one man’s journey into the swinger lifestyle that pulls back the curtain on one of the most fascinating – and private – subcultures. The book may surprise and even occasionally shock, but one thing is for certain – readers won't be able to stop reading it. Whether they are bored with their desk salad and are ready to try a threesome on their lunch break, or are just curious to read Stern's decade worth of steamy stories, Swingland truly has something to titillate everyone's interests. But Swingland is much more than a titillating exposé. Stern’s wit and infectious enthusiasm make the book as improbably safe as it is fun – and impossible to put down. All are welcome, but bring flip-flops (it can get messy).
Social Sciences / Ethnology / Chinese Studies / Cooking, Food & Wine / History
The Land of the Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine by Thomas O. Höllmann, translated by Karen Margolis (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series: Columbia University Press)
“To the people, food is heaven." This is the meaning of the calligraphy by He Lin that forms the frontispiece of this book. The proverb originates from a historical work compiled in the second century (Hanshu, chapter 4-3). Today it is usually associated with epicurean pleasure, but this is not exactly what the saying originally meant. The ‘heaven’ referred to here was not seen as a kind of ideal paradise but as a supreme force. In other words, for the majority of people living in China at that time, nothing was more important than having enough to eat. – from the book
Renowned sinologist Thomas O. Höllmann in The Land of the Five Flavors tracks the growth of food culture in China from its earliest burial rituals to today's Western fast food restaurants, mapping Chinese cuisine's geographical variations and local customs, indigenous factors and foreign influences, trade routes, and ethnic associations. Höllmann details the food practices of major Chinese religions and the significance of eating and drinking in rites of passage and popular culture. He enriches his narrative with thirty of his favorite recipes and a selection of photographs, posters, paintings, sketches, and images of clay figurines and other objects excavated from tombs. Höllmann is a professor of Chinese studies and ethnology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and a former vice president of the Bavarian Academy of Science. Translator Karen Margolis is a writer and translator living in Berlin.
Höllmann's award-winning history, The Land of the Five Flavors, revisits the invention of noodles, the role of butchers and cooks in Chinese politics, debates over the origin of grape wines, and the causes of modern-day food contamination. He discusses local crop production, the use of herbs and spices, the relationship between Chinese food and economics, the influence of Chinese philosophy, and traditional dietary concepts and superstitions.
According to the preface to The Land of the Five Flavors, a serious history of food culture should offer more than a chronicle of epicurean indulgence and should go beyond examining the social framework of nutrition. It should focus both on extravagance and the impact of hunger and austerity. It should also retrace traditions dating back several thousand years and indicate trends that have only recently come to light.
From a long-term perspective it seems quite clear that at least until the globalization thrust that swept China around the dawn of the third millennium, continuity was stronger than change. Höllmann chooses to explore the different topics systematically instead of using a chronological structure; he gives examples rather than following a continuous narrative thread; and tells stories rather than simply presenting facts.
Although The Land of the Five Flavors includes recipes to give readers a genuine flavor of Chinese cooking, it is not designed as a cookbook. Keeping the balance between authenticity and feasibility requires all kinds of compromises. Whereas beginners may sometimes feel overwhelmed, experienced cooks will find some of the instructions superfluous and may frown on certain simplifications. It is difficult to avoid concessions, even in the choice of terms. To give just one example, ‘rice wine’ is repeatedly mentioned as an ingredient, although from a scientific perspective it is clearly a type of beer because it is a grain product. But correct terminology is one thing, and successful shopping quite another.
China is a culinary cosmos that requires a classifying structure. For around the past two thousand years, the five flavors (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty) have been accepted as a general framework. This classification derives from the five phases (wood, fire, earth, metal, water), a schema that may seem quite rigid but that actually bears far more relation to reality than similar ancient notions such as the five points of the compass or the five seasons.
Over the centuries the culinary arts and banqueting have given rise to a rich literary tradition. To convey something of the atmosphere of these writings Höllmann in The Land of the Five Flavors intersperses the narrative with citations, mostly originating from primary Chinese sources. Readers looking for farther inspiration will surely find something to their taste in the comprehensive bibliography.
Photos, posters, paintings and sketches alternate with recipes in this fascinating book, which takes ingredients from several types of available sources in English: part cookbook, part cultural history of China through its kitchen. – William H. Nienhauser, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Höllmann deftly blends descriptive text and illustrations together with dozens of brief, amusing tidbits from an amazing spectrum of Chinese historical sources. The book's great attraction is the presentation of many complex, extremely disparate materials in nimbly condensed, accessible form. Höllmann makes it look easy. – Anne Mendelson, author of Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages
Anyone interested in China or in food history needs this book, an insightful introduction to China's food traditions that is anchored in an understanding and appreciation of centuries of Chinese history and culinary culture, from the earliest empires to the present day. – Naomi Duguid, author of Burma: Rivers of Flavor; co-author of Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the other China
This engaging look at China's culinary history will appeal to readers interested in China and those who enjoy books on cooking. – Library Journal
The Land of the Five Flavors succeeds in showing how the paradigm of nutrition in China opens a window on wider historical relationships and offers an attractive approach to Chinese history for readers who may have had little interest in East Asia so far. Citing original Chinese sources, Höllmann uncovers fascinating aspects of daily Chinese life, constructing a multifaceted compendium that inspires a rich appreciation of Chinese arts and culture.

 

 

 

Contents this Issue:

Clinical Cases in Anesthesia: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Allan P. Reed MD and Francine S. Yudkowitz MD FAAP (Elsevier Saunders)

Cardiac Electrophysiology: From Cell to Bedside: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Douglas P. Zipes MD and Jose Jalife MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Critical Care Medicine: Principles of Diagnosis and Management in the Adult: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Joseph E. Parrillo MD FCCM and R. Phillip Dellinger MD MS (Elsevier Saunders)

Middleton's Allergy 2-Volume Set: Principles and Practice, 8th edition – Expert Consult Premium Edition with Enhanced Online Features and Print by N. Franklin Adkinson Jr. Jr. MD, Bruce S Bochner MD, A Wesley Burks MD and William W Busse MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Enzinger and Weiss's Soft Tissue Tumors: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by John R. Goldblum MD FCAP FASCP FACG, Sharon W. Weiss MD and Andrew L. Folpe MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Netter's Illustrated Human Pathology, Updated Edition: with Student Consult Access by Maximilian L. Buja MD and Gerhard R. F. Krueger MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Kidney Transplantation – Principles and Practice: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 7th edition by Peter Morris MD PhD FRS FRCS and Stuart J. Knechtle MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Cardiac Imaging: Case Review Series – Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Gautham P. Reddy MD MPH, Robert M. Steiner MD and Christopher Walker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Ophthalmology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Myron Yanoff MD and Jay S. Duker MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Anti-Inflammation Diet by Christopher P. Cannon and Elizabeth Vierck (Alpha Books)

From Every Mountainside: Black Churches and the Broad Terrain of Civil Rights edited by R. Drew Smith (SUNY Press)

The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution by James Mitchell (Seven Stories)

Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon by David Landau (Alfred A. Knopf)

Beautiful Leather Jewelry: Timeless Techniques for Today's Trends by Melissa Cable (Kalmbach Books)

Exploring Medical Language – Textbook and Flash Cards, 9th edition by Myrna LaFleur Brooks RN BEd and Danielle LaFleur Brooks MEd MA (Elsevier Mosby)

Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Spinal Pain: An Evidence-Based Approach by Deborah M. Stetts PT DPT OCS FAAOMPT and Gray Carpenter PT DPT COMT PWPE (Slack Incorporated)

Interventional Procedures for Adult Structural Heart Disease: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by John M Lasala MD PhD and Jason H. Rogers MD FACC FSCAI (Elsevier Saunders)

Conn's Current Therapy 2014: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward T. Bope MD and Rick D. Kellerman MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Philip B. Clement MD and Robert H. Young MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)

Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics: From the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by John A. Herring MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Crush Step 1: The Ultimate USMLE Step 1 Review, 1st edition by Theodore X. O'Connell, Ryan A. Pedigo and Thomas E. Blair (Elsevier Saunders)

Epidemiology: with Student Consult, Online Access, 5th edition by Leon Gordis MD MPH DrPH (Elsevier Saunders)

Breast MRI: Expert Consult: Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Virginia M. Molleran MD PhD and Mary C. Mahooney (Elsevier Saunders)

Luke 2: A Commentary on the Gospel of Luke 9:51-19:27 (Hermeneia) by François Bovon, translated by Donald S. Deer, edited by Helmut Koester (Hermeneia: a Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible Series: Fortress Press)

Jesus: First-Century Rabbi by Rabbi David Zaslow, with Joseph A. Lieberman (Paraclete Press)

The Three Ages of Atlantis: The Great Floods That Destroyed Civilization by Diego Marin Ph.D., Ivan Minella and Erik Schievenin (Bear & Company)

The Accidental Universe: The World You Thought You Knew by Alan Lightman (Pantheon Books)

Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything by Amanda Gefter (Bantam Books)

Swingland: Between the Sheets of the Secretive, Sometimes Messy, but Always Adventurous Swinging Lifestyle by Daniel Stern (Touchstone)

The Land of the Five Flavors: A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine by Thomas O. Höllmann, translated by Karen Margolis (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series: Columbia University Press)