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March 2014, Issue #179

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Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Catherine M. Otto MD FACC FAHA (Elsevier Saunders)

Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Mark G. Lebwohl MD, Warren R. Heymann MD, John Berth-Jones FRCP and Ian Coulson FRCP (Elsevier Saunders)

Endocrinology Adult and Pediatric, 6th edition (Elsevier Saunders)

The Parathyroid Gland and Bone Metabolism, 6th edition by John T. Potts Jr. MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

The Thyroid Gland, 6th edition by Leslie J. De Groot MD and J. Larry Jameson MD PhD

Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, 6th edition by Gordon C Weir MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

The Adrenal Gland, 6th edition by Ashley B. Grossman BA BSc MD FRCP FMedSc, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Neuroendocrinology and The Pituitary Gland, 6th edition by Shlomo Melmed MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Reproductive Endocrinology, 6th edition by J. Larry Jameson MD PhD, David M. de Kretser AO FAA FTSE MD FRACP, John C. Marshall and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Craig S. Kitchens MD, Barbara A Konkle MD and Craig M. Kessler MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Giles W Boland MD FACR (Requisites in Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 6th edition by Barbara Young BSc Med Sci (Hons) PhD MB BChir MRCP FRCPA, Geraldine O'Dowd BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) FRCPath and Phillip Woodford MB BS FRCPA (Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

The Intensive Care Unit Manual: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Paul N. Lanken MD, Scott Manaker MD PhD, Benjamin A. Kohl MD FCCM and C. William Hanson III MD (Elsevier Saunders)

McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy with Student Consult Online Access, 7th edition by Peter H. Abrahams MB BS FRCS (Ed) FRCR DO (Hon) FHEA, Jonathan D. Spratt MA (Cantab) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Glasg) FRCR, Marios Loukas MD PhD and Albert-Neels van Schoor BSc MedSci BSc (Hons) MSc PhD (Mosby Elsevier)

Reviews

Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form by Mary Sue Rosen and Paul Peter Rosen (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

The Truth of Our Existence: Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life by Pema Chödrön, audiobook, 4 CDs, running time: 4 hours, 11 minutes (Sounds True)

Bear and Bird by James Skofield, with illustrator Jennifer Thermes (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love by Dan Gutman (Genius Files Series: Harper)

Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India by Chaise Ladousa (Berghahn Books)

The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry by Edward J. Roach (Ohio University Press)

Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon by Michael V. Leggiere (Campaigns and Commanders Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters: Revised, Expanded, and Updated Survival Guide for Every Knitting Emergency by Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore (The Taunton Press)

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – and How to Fight Back, 3rd edition by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor (Berrett Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 4th edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Higher Education/ Prentice Hall)

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany by Yascha Mounk (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Practical Skin Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print by James W Patterson MD, with Series Editors Kevin O. Leslie and Mark R. Wick (Pattern Recognition Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Stephen B. McMahon FMedSci FSB, Martin Koltzenburg MD FRCP, Irene Tracey MA (Oxon.) PhD FRCA and Dennis C. Turk PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Muscle Biopsy: A Practical Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Victor Dubowitz MD PhD FRCP FRCPCH, Caroline A. Sewry BSc PhD FRCPath and Anders Oldfors MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Dermatopathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Dirk Elston MD and Tammie Ferringer MD, with Christine J. Ko MD, Steven Peckham MD, Whitney A. High MD JD David, J. DiCaudo MD and Sunita Bhuta MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Neuropathology: A Reference Text of CNS Pathology, 3rd edition by David Ellison MD PhD MA MSc MBBChir MRCP FRCPath, Seth Love MBBCh PhD FRCP FRCPath, Leila Chimelli MD PhD, Brian N. Harding MD DPhil BM BCh FRCPath, James S. Lowe BMedSci BM BS DM FRCPath, Harry V. Vinters MD FRCPC FCAP FFPath(RCPI), Sebastian Brandner MD FRCPath, and William H. Yong MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging by Charles A. Kelsey, Philip H. Heintz, Daniel J. Sandoval, Gregory D. Chambers, Natalie L. Adolphi, and Kimberly S. Paffett (Wiley Blackwell)

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Therese C. O'Connor MB FFARCSI and Stephen E. Abram MD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease, Second Edition by Richard A. Jonas (CRC Press)

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity by Gordon T. Smith (IVP Academic)

True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions by Leo D. Lefebure (Orbis Books)

The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity by Prof. Pedro G. Ferreira (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Social Sciences in Sport edited by Joseph Maguire (Human Kinetics)

 

MENTIONS
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology / Echocardiography

Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Catherine M. Otto MD FACC FAHA (Elsevier Saunders)

Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography, 5th edition enables clinicians to use echocardiography to its fullest potential in their initial diagnosis, decision making, and clinical management of patients with a wide range of heart diseases. World-renowned cardiologist Dr. Catherine M. Otto helps clinicians master the full range of echo techniques, from basic to advanced.

With Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography clinicians are able to:

  • Get straightforward explanations of ultrasound physics, image acquisition, and major techniques and disease categories.
  • Make the most of this versatile, low-cost, low-risk procedure with expert guidance from one of the foremost teachers and writers in the field of echocardiography.
  • Know what alternative diagnostic approaches to initiate when echocardiography does not provide a definitive answer.
  • Access the entire text online at Expert Consult, as well as echo video recordings that correspond to the still images throughout the book.
  • Acquire a solid foundation in the essentials of advanced echocardiography techniques such as contrast echo, 3D echo, myocardial mechanics, and intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography.
  • Understand the use of echocardiography and its outcomes with key points that identify the must-know elements in every chapter, and state-of-the-art echo images complemented by full-color comparative drawings of heart structures.
  • Familiarize themselves with new ASE recommendations for echocardiographic assessment of the right heart and 3D echocardiography, including updated tables of normal measurements.

With Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography, 5th edition a world-renowned cardiologist, using a practical, problem-based approach, helps clinicians master what they need to know to obtain the detailed anatomic and physiologic information that can be gained from the full range of echo techniques.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Dermatology / Reference

Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Mark G. Lebwohl MD, Warren R. Heymann MD, John Berth-Jones FRCP and Ian Coulson FRCP (Elsevier Saunders)

Treatment of Skin Disease, 4th edition is clinicians’ definitive source for managing the complete range of dermatologic conditions they are likely to encounter in practice. This medical reference book boasts an intuitive and easy-to-use format that covers the full spectrum of options, equipping clinicians with not only standard treatment strategies, but second- and third-line therapies for instances when other alternatives fail.

With Treatment of Skin Disease clinicians are able to:

  • Address their most difficult clinical challenges by having every possible therapy option at their disposal, including third- and fourth-line therapies, as well as standard treatments for dermatologic disorders.
  • Apply the in-depth knowledge of leading dermatologists through a summary of each treatment strategy along with detailed discussions of treatment choices.
  • Gain insight to the essential features which define each dermatologic disease with chapters presented in a tabular format, using checklists of diagnostic and investigative pearls and color-coded boxed text, for quick at-a-glance summaries of key details.
  • Search the full text online at Expert Consult.
  • Make the most informed decisions possible with the inclusion of up-to-date evidence levels throughout the text.
  • Stay abreast of emerging drug treatments and research with the latest options for the 251 most common dermatologic conditions, and take advantage of today's expert knowledge on hot topics in dermatology such as bed bugs, erosive pustular dermatosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Achieve effective visual diagnoses by viewing over 250 full-color clinical images of skin diseases, most of which are new in this edition.

With Treatment of Skin Disease, 4th edition, clinicians are thoroughly prepared to offer their patients the expertly informed medical care they deserve when facing common or complex dermatologic diseases.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Endocrinology

Endocrinology Adult and Pediatric, 6th edition (Elsevier Saunders)

Effectively manage endocrinology disorders with the 6 volumes in Endocrinology Adult and Pediatric, 6th edition. Brought to clinicians by the same leading endocrinologists responsible for the highly acclaimed two-volume textbook, Endocrinology: Adult and Pediatric, this series of 6 derivative books presents a compilation of chapters covering all endocrinology material. Never before available as stand-alone offerings, this content enables clinicians to give their patients the benefit of today's best know-how from the leading resource in endocrinology.

With the volumes in Endocrinology Adult and Pediatric, clinicians stay abreast of the newest knowledge and advances. They can count on all the authority that has made Endocrinology, 6th edition, edited by Drs. Jameson and De Groot, the go-to clinical medical reference for endocrinologists worldwide. Further, they can make the best clinical decisions with an enhanced emphasis on evidence-based practice in conjunction with expert opinion.

The 6 volumes include:

The Parathyroid Gland and Bone Metabolism, 6th edition by John T. Potts Jr. MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Clinicians can effectively manage parathyroid and bone metabolism disorders with The Parathyroid Gland and Bone Metabolism. This book presents a compilation of chapters covering the endocrinology material related to parathyroid and bone metabolism. Clinicians are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge and advances on parathyroid and bone metabolism, including:

·        Pediatric parathyroid disorders and bone metabolism disorders.

·        Major diseases common to the aging population such as osteoporosis.

·        Advances in the genetics of disorders involving calciotropic hormones.

·        Newer diagnostic approaches and therapies for bone diseases, from osteoporosis to Paget’s disease.

The Thyroid Gland, 6th edition by Leslie J. De Groot MD and J. Larry Jameson MD PhD

Clinicians access the latest advances in thyroid disorder management with The Thyroid Gland. This book presents a compilation of chapters covering the material related to the thyroid gland. Clinicians benefit from authoritative guidance on thyroid testing. They are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge and advances in thyroid endocrinology, including:

·        The use of thyroglobulin assays and ultrasound vs. Isotope scanning in thyroid cancer.

·        The latest understanding of graves' eye disease.

·        The use of i-131 in management of multinodular goiter.

·        T4 transport defects causing thyroid hormone resistance.

·        Best practices in management of thyroid disease during pregnancy.

Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, 6th edition by Gordon C Weir MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Clinicians meet the growing challenges of diabetes and obesity management with Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity. This book enables them to put today's best endocrinology practices in diabetes and obesity management to work for their patients. Clinicians are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge and advances in diabetes and obesity management, including:

·        Today's increased focus on controlling autoimmunity and preserving or replenishing beta-cell mass in the management of type 1 diabetes.

·        Complications of diabetes and their pathogenesis, morbidity, and treatment.

·        New findings and treatments for obesity.

The Adrenal Gland, 6th edition by Ashley B. Grossman BA BSc MD FRCP FMedSc, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Clinicians give their patients the benefit of today's best adrenal endocrinology know-how with The Adrenal Gland. This compilation of chapters covers the material related to the adrenal gland. Clinicians are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge and advances in adrenal endocrinology, including.

·        The molecular genetics of pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas.

·        The newest therapies for adrenocortical carcinoma, written by the organizers of the first major international trials.

·        A survey of adrenal imaging, authored by the world's major diagnostic imaging specialist on cross-sectional CT and MR scanning of the adrenal gland.

·        A comprehensive survey of adrenarche and the adrenopause – topics not adequately covered in most other adrenal endocrinology books.

Neuroendocrinology and The Pituitary Gland, 6th edition by Shlomo Melmed MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Clinicians apply the latest advances in management of neuroendocrine and pituitary disorders with the Neuroendocrinology and The Pituitary Gland. This content enables them to give their patients the benefit of today's best neuroendocrine and pituitary know-how. They can approach any subject either by specific gland or through a discussion of multi-hormonal integration of endocrine function, as led by the ‘master conductor of the endocrine orchestra,’ the pituitary gland. Further, they gain a state-of-the-art understanding of comprehensive descriptors, integrating endocrine cell ontogeny, hormonal control of growth and maturation processes, and childhood and young adult pathophysiology with maturation and aging processes. Clinicians are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge in neuroendocrinology and the pituitary gland, including:

·        The most recent understanding of fundamental cellular and physiologic functions of the neuroendocrine system.

·        Mechanisms underlying clinical disorders.

·        Approaches to managing patients harboring disorders of the hypothalamus and pituitary gland.

Reproductive Endocrinology, 6th edition by J. Larry Jameson MD PhD, David M. de Kretser AO FAA FTSE MD FRACP, John C. Marshall and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Clinicians manage reproductive endocrinology issues with Reproductive Endocrinology. This compilation of chapters enables them to give their patients the benefit of today's best know-how from the leading resource in endocrinology. Clinicians can effectively review the causes and management of precocious or delayed puberty. Clinicians are able to stay abreast of the newest knowledge in reproductive endocrinology, including:

·        Endocrinology of sexual behavior and gender identity.

·        Genetic pathways that control gonadal development and sex differentiation.

·        Management of pcos and hirsutism, male androgen deficiency, and gynecomastia.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Hematology / Oncology

Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Craig S. Kitchens MD, Barbara A Konkle MD and Craig M. Kessler MD (Elsevier Saunders)

A unique clinical focus makes Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis, 3rd edition clinicians’ go-to guide for practical answers on managing the full range of bleeding and clotting disorders. Dr. Craig S. Kitchens, Dr. Barbara A. Konkle, and Dr. Craig M. Kessler provide the guidance clinicians need to solve today’s problems with today’s newest therapies.

With Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis clinicians are able to:

  • Look up concise descriptions of each condition, its associated symptoms, laboratory findings, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Get the latest information on hot topics such as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, Thrombophilia, Clinical and Laboratory Assessment and Management, Thrombotic-Thrombocytopenic Purpura, and Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia.
  • Apply today's newest therapies, including those that are quickly becoming standard in this fast-changing field.
  • Meet the needs of specific patient groups with a new chapter on Bleeding and the Management of Hemorrhagic Disorders in Pregnancy and an extensively updated chapter on Thrombosis and Cancer.
  • Zero in on key information with a new user-friendly design, an all-new full-color format, abundant laboratory protocols, and at-a-glance tables and charts throughout.
  • Access the entire text and illustrations online – fully searchable – at Expert Consult.

Emphasizing real-world problems and solutions, the authors in Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis, 3rd edition provide all the clinical guidance clinicians need to make optimal decisions on behalf of their patients and promote the best possible outcomes.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Gastroenterology / Radiology / Education & training

Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Giles W Boland MD FACR (Requisites in Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Clinicians and trainees get the essential tools they need to make accurate diagnoses with Gastrointestinal Imaging, 4th edition. Edited by Giles W. Boland, MD, this popular volume in The Requisites in Radiology Series delivers the conceptual, factual, and interpretive information they need for effective clinical practice in gastrointestinal imaging. They master core knowledge the easy way with clear, concise text; new, high-quality images, and coverage of the latest modalities.

With Gastrointestinal Imaging clinicians are able to:

  • Prepare for the written board exam and for clinical practice with focused, high-yield, richly illustrated coverage of the most essential concepts in gastrointestinal imaging.
  • Make optimal use of the latest gastrointestinal imaging techniques with a significant new emphasis on CT and MR, including multi-slice CT, MR enterography, diffusion-weighted MRI, hepatobiliary contrast agents for liver lesion detection and characterization, plus many other essential updates.
  • See how gastrointestinal conditions present with a wealth of new multi-modal, high-quality digital images that mirror the findings they are likely to encounter in practice and on exams.
  • Access the complete, fully searchable text and downloadable images online at Expert Consult.

An efficient and affordable way to prepare for the board exam and for clinical practice, Gastrointestinal Imaging, 4th edition provides the practice trainees need. And clinicians gain a deeper knowledge of how and when best to use a specific imaging modality and technique, as well as appreciate the range of imaging findings in gastrointestinal disease.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Basic Sciences / Histology / Education & Training

Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 6th edition by Barbara Young BSc Med Sci (Hons) PhD MB BChir MRCP FRCPA, Geraldine O'Dowd BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) FRCPath and Phillip Woodford MB BS FRCPA (Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

Students take a simple approach to understanding the fundamentals with Wheater's Functional Histology, 6th edition, which offers concise text accompanied by hundreds of captions and images of histology slides.

With Wheater's Functional Histology students are able to:

  • Recognize the microscopic structure of normal human tissues and how it relates to function with the help of over 900 high-quality histology images and illustrations.
  • Master how to apply histology in a clinical context through coverage of common clinical conditions in each chapter.
  • Access the entire contents online at Student Consult, including:
    • All of the images.
    • A virtual histolab.
    • Usmle-style self-assessment questions and rationales.
  • Gain an understanding of histology through simple, concise text and captions that are updated with the most recent research and new discoveries.

The bestselling Wheater's Functional Histology, 6th edition equips students with the must-know histology information they need to complete their courses and ace their exams.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Critical Care

The Intensive Care Unit Manual: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Paul N. Lanken MD, Scott Manaker MD PhD, Benjamin A. Kohl MD FCCM and C. William Hanson III MD (Elsevier Saunders)

The Intensive Care Unit Manual, 2nd edition is a practical, hands-on, how-to manual that covers the full spectrum of conditions encountered in the ICU, guiding clinicians step-by-step from their initial approach to patients through diagnosis and treatment.

With The Intensive Care Unit Manual clinicians are able to:

  • Stay at the forefront of critical care with a practice-oriented, relevant, and well-illustrated account of the pathophysiology of critical disease, presented in a highly readable format.
  • Gain insight into the recognition, evaluation, and management of critical conditions such as respiratory, hemodynamic, and infectious diseases; management of ICU patients with special clinical conditions; cardiovascular, hematologic, and neurological disorders; poisoning and overdoses; and trauma and burns.
  • Grasp the latest developments in critical care with extensive updates and revisions to several key chapters, as well as brand-new chapters on Alcohol Withdrawal Syndromes; Acute Heart Failure Syndromes; Noninvasive Ventilation; and more ICU conditions.
  • Apply the most important ICU practices, including management of acute respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, and the care of patients with special needs, AIDS, end-stage renal disease, or end-stage liver disease.
  • Get access to the full text and image library online at Expert Consult, in addition to online-only text, figures, and tables from the Alcohol Withdrawal Syndromes and Acute Heart Failure Syndromes chapters.

Compact, affordable, and comprehensive, The Intensive Care Unit Manual, 2nd edition puts the critical care information clinicians need at their fingertips.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Anatomy / Reference / Education & Training

McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy with Student Consult Online Access, 7th edition by Peter H. Abrahams MB BS FRCS (Ed) FRCR DO (Hon) FHEA, Jonathan D. Spratt MA (Cantab) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Glasg) FRCR, Marios Loukas MD PhD and Albert-Neels van Schoor BSc MedSci BSc (Hons) MSc PhD (Mosby Elsevier)

McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy, 7th edition delivers the straightforward visual guidance students need to confidently perform the dissections required during their medical training while acquiring the practical anatomical knowledge needed in their future clinical practice. Respected authority Prof. Peter H. Abrahams and a team of leading anatomists use a vast collection of clinical images to help learners master the essential concepts.

With McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy students are able to:

  • See what to look for and how to proceed thanks to a vast array of dissection photographs with radiological correlation and color diagrams.
  • Access the complete contents online at Student Consult, plus an abundance of supplemental online-only content to enhance their study.
  • Learn from leading international anatomist Prof. Peter H. Abrahams through 200+ 3D animations, angiograms, and more on Student Consult, which help them to view the body in a more dynamic way to aid their understanding of anatomical relationships.
  • Correlate anatomy to clinical practice with a wealth of MR, CT, DSA, radiographic, endoscopic, and operative images that demonstrate how structures are viewed in the clinical setting.
  • Master the 500 clinical conditions every physician should know by reviewing clinical vignettes online, featuring over 2000 additional clinical photos, radiological images, and case presentations not found in the textbook.

With McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy, 7th edition, students use an outstanding collection of clinical images and authoritative guidance to help them master the essential concepts and perform the dissections required in their medical training.

 

REVIEWS

Arts & Photography / African / Collections

Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form by Mary Sue Rosen and Paul Peter Rosen (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

In West and Central Africa, ceremonial masks are viewed as manifestations of the spirits, and the dramatic effect and visibility of masks is enhanced by the use of vivid color. Accompanied by color photographs of 266 masks, the largest representation of traditional polychrome masks from the Temne people of Sierra Leone and the Anang (Ibibio) people of Nigeria are documented in Masks from West and Central Africa, as well as one of the largest published collections of articulated masks from the Ogoni people of Nigeria. Also illustrated is a wide range of traditional masks used by other peoples from West and Central Africa, including masks from the nations of Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Angola. Mask styles are discussed in relation to size, shape, materials, degree of abstraction, distinguishing characteristics, and context of usage. Other topics considered in this presentation are the changing forms of masks in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the aesthetics of masks from the African perspective, and issues of authenticity as it relates to collecting African masks.

Authors Mary Sue and Paul Peter Rosen have collaborated for many years on collecting African art in Africa and in the United States, exhibiting portions of their extensive collection, and writing catalogs to accompany exhibitions.

Masks illustrated in Masks from West and Central Africa are part of the authors' collection that also includes substantial holdings of African puppets, statues, textiles, pre-coin currency, furniture, and various personal objects. The selection of material in this volume reflects their interests as well as the vagaries of availability and affordability. The book is not a comprehensive presentation of all of the known forms of masking to be found in West and Central Africa. Having examined a large number of the published books on African masking, many illustrating fine examples from collections held by various individuals and museums, it is apparent that it would be a prodigious task to reach this yet to be accomplished goal.

All previous books on this subject have also been selective presentations based on material from one or more private collections, museums, or both. These books either provide a general review of African masking traditions or focus on masking in a particular region or a specific ethnic group. In the context of a broad overview of West and Central Africa, Masks from West and Central Africa emphasizes the masks of certain regions and ethnic groups, particularly the Temne people in Sierra Leone and the Anang (Ibibio) people in Nigeria, whose masking traditions have received relatively little attention in past volumes. The focus on the polychrome masks of these two groups stems from the authors' overall interest in the use of color in African art. Readers will find that a substantial number of the masks included in Masks from West and Central Africa are activated through the use of natural pigments, paint, beads, cloth and other colorful decorative material.

Abundant color photographs make Masks from West and Central Africa, with its focus on regions rarely covered, a fascinating collection.

Audio / Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism / Self-Help

The Truth of Our Existence: Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life by Pema Chödrön, audiobook, 4 CDs, running time: 4 hours, 11 minutes (Sounds True)

What would happen if we looked with fresh eyes at the struggles and ‘impossible situations’ that we face every day – and found four truths that change everything?

For decades, Pema Chödrön has brought clarity and heart to the core teachings of the Buddha, helping to make them relevant and useful in everyday life. With The Truth of Our Existence, she immerses listeners in one of Buddhism's essential distillations of written wisdom known as The Four Marks of Existence.

These marks that shape everyone, teaches Chödrön, are like forgotten gifts waiting to be found. And while they may ring familiar to some, they hold vast layers of often-unrealized understanding to both new and seasoned ears alike.

Chödrön is an American-born Buddhist nun and the author of many spiritual classics, including When Things Fall Apart, Taking the Leap, and more recently How to Meditate. She serves as resident teacher at Gampo Abbey Monastery in Nova Scotia and is a student of Dzigar Kongtrul, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and the late Chogyam Trungpa.

In this six-session, 4 CD, 4-hour learning program, The Truth of Our Existence, Chödrön illuminates for listeners:

  • The truth of the impermanence of all phenomena.
  • The truth of egolessness – the insight that people do not exist as separate, individual beings.
  • The truth of the existence of suffering – how they create it, and what to do when it seems unbearable.
  • The truth of peace – that liberation or nirvana is available when they shed the veils of misunderstanding created by the first three marks.
  • How to use the wisdom of this profound sutra to touch the open and abundant expanse in which they truly dwell.

Chödrön's voice is gently humorous, always kind, and seemingly infinitely wise. – Los Angeles Times
... Chödrön demonstrates that people can stop their suffering and access their natural intelligence, warmth, and openness. – Publishers Weekly

With The Truth of Our Existence, Chödrön invites listeners to see that there is, in reality, ‘no score to settle,’ and that they can step out of confusion, frustration, and fear – and into in the open space of heartful awareness.

Children’s Books / Ages 6-8 / Life Cycle

Bear and Bird by James Skofield, with illustrator Jennifer Thermes (Sleeping Bear Press)

One spring evening in Bear and Bird an old bear while walking through a meadow on her way to the woods is stopped by a sound. A small voice is calling out.

Still learning to fly, a bird has fallen to the ground.

When the bear lifts the bird to safety, a friendship begins. Bear and Bird soon become constant companions, spending their days together, searching out berries and watching out for one another. They are only separated during the winter months when Bear hibernates and Bird flies south.

As the years pass, their friendship grows stronger.

Then one spring day, when Bird returns from his winter trip, Bear is not there to greet him. Days and then weeks pass and still no Bear. When Bird finally learns why his dear friend is absent, memories of their time together bring comfort and acceptance.

In Bear and Bird, the tale of an unlikely but loving friendship, the cycle of life, including its joys and its sorrows, is gently explored.

Author James Skofield's many books for children include the Detective Dinosaur books. He has translated several books from the German, two of which have won the Mildred L. Batchelder award from the American Library Association. He also has worked as a lyricist and librettist.

Illustrator Jennifer Thermes is both a children's book author and illustrator, and her books include Helen Keller's Best Friend Belle, There are No Moose on this Island!, and The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever! In addition to her work in children's books, Jennifer creates fun, illustrated maps for book and magazine clients.

Children’s Books / Teen / Mystery / Adventure / Pre-teen

The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love by Dan Gutman (Genius Files Series: Harper)

There were thirteen items on Coke McDonald's To Do list in the middle of July. But getting shoved into a spinning clothes dryer was not one of them.

Yee-haw! The wackiest road trip in history is headed to Texas, y'all.

After their explosive escape at Graceland in The Genius Files #3, twins Coke and Pepsi are ready to resume their trip across America – only now in a convertible instead of the RV. But the twins aren't out of danger yet. In The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love they are about to be shoved into a spinning clothes dryer, locked in a vapor cabinet, almost flattened by a falling cow, and poisoned with toxic bowling shoes. And oh yeah, no one believes them.

Author Dan Gutman is the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 6.5 million copies. He has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations.

In The Genius Files #4 the wacky road trip follows the twins as they dodge villains and visit weird-but-true landmarks from Texas all the way to Roswell, New Mexico. They travel through Arkansas and Oklahoma, visiting weird-but-true tourist stops along the way, and finally end up in Texas, home of the Weird Capital of the Country, Austin. The twins' many enemies – the bowler dudes, Mrs. Higgins, and Dr. Warsaw – all swear that they're done chasing Coke and Pepsi for good. But when the twins start receiving more codes and ciphers from a mysterious robotic voice, they know someone's after them. They just have to figure out who before the mystery villain finds them first.

Will they make it out of Texas alive?

Other books in the Genius Files Series include:

1.      Mission Unstoppable

2.      Never Say Genius

3.      You Only Die Twice

Wildly exciting, explosively energetic, hysterically hilarious, and contagiously fun. I'm already looking forward to the sequel. – Kidsreads.com

A quirky look at Americana that will engage curious minds. Those looking for a fun and suspenseful read similar to those from Pseudonymous Bosch will not be disappointed. – ALA Booklist
There is no shortage of humor or action. Gutman continues to do what he does best: entertain readers. – Publishers Weekly

Readers will have to hold on to their hats – The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love is one wild ride. With the real-kid humor that has earned Gutman millions of readers around the world, and featuring all new weird-but-true locations around America, this fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series is absolutely batty. Preteen readers will want to catch all the action-packed books in the Genius Files series.

Education / Anthropology

Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India by Chaise Ladousa (Berghahn Books)

As a teacher in an Indian university, my life has significantly changed over the recent years. Usually a third, but quite often half, of my teaching time goes into translating. I say something in either Hindi or English, then translate it into the other language. The wasteful chore involves reconciling myself to a relatively new social reality. Hindi and English form two intellectual orbits comprising my class; they cohabit, and casually overlap, but unmistakably signify two distinct sections of society. The students who represent these two sections have been socialized differently, in two types of schools.…

Is it surprising that the apartheid I witness daily in my class has received no recognition in the growing body of India studies? Chaise LaDousa's work shows why scholars, even sociolinguists, avoid mapping the boundary that divides the worlds that Hindi and English co-habit separately. The reason is that the boundary is fluid. Surveying it implies measuring aspirations and constraints, recognizing ideologies and symbols that characterize a moving social panorama. This is what LaDousa has accomplished in this volume. – Krishna Kumar in the foreword

A sea change has occurred in the Indian economy in the last three decades, spurring the desire to learn English. Most scholars and media venues have focused on English exclusively for its ties to processes of globalization and the rise of new employment opportunities. The pursuit of class mobility, however, involves Hindi as much as English in the vast Hindi-Belt of northern India. Schools are institutions on which class mobility depends, and they are divided by Hindi and English in the rubric of ‘medium,’ the primary language of pedagogy. Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky, authored by Chaise LaDousa, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, demonstrates that the school division allows for different visions of what it means to belong to the nation and what is central and peripheral in the nation. It also shows how the language-medium division reverberates unevenly and unequally through the nation, and that schools illustrate the tensions brought on by economic liberalization and middle-class status.

LaDousa studies India's vertical language divide in the small North In­dian city of Varanasi. Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky takes readers well beyond the shibboleths proffered about India's linguistic plurality. The key word that enables LaDousa to enter the separate yet interwoven milieus of Varanasi is ‘medium.’ The term is so omnipresent in the Indian urban environment that no one marvels at the versatile service it renders to India's society and state. It resides securely in the phrase ‘medium of instruction’ that is used across India as a public code to identify two types of schools and the opportunity markets to which they promise access. LaDousa helps readers delve into ‘medium’ as code by taking readers along into school offices, classrooms, and homes, and by helping decipher billboards that schools use to sell the experience they offer. He shows how important cultural archeology is in understanding education as a system and an everyday experience.

LaDousa says that in many nations' school systems, languages are not just options or possibilities in school. They also define schools. When one type of school corresponds to a former colonial language that has gained a reputation for international communication and commerce, reflections on the educational pursuits of the self and others can become especially complicated – and often contradictory.

Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky illustrates some of the institutional and communicative structures that people in Varanasi struggled with as they engaged with schools and made sense of their school experiences. Especially important is that when people made sense of their school experiences, the intricacies of language difference were always relevant. Schools rested on and helped people to recreate language difference. In the same way, they entangled people in the contradictions of living in a postcolonial polity in which political-economic forces had offered a certain kind of education in a certain kind of language as an avenue for a livelihood marking something new. Indeed, language difference and inequality inform the very possibilities of schooling in a postcolonial polity, and people's use of school to make sense of their past, present, and future implicates those people in cultural production.

This book conveys a highly nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the relationships among language, language ideology, schooling, and globalization in India… The author draws creatively on fieldwork experiences that stretch across considerable time and space. – Peter Demerath, University of Minnesota

… The chapter LaDousa devotes to the denial of Bhoj­puri reminds us that the construction of Indian modernity involves, apart from an ineluctable engagement with the West, an unspoken negotiation with India's own vernacular core. It is a major academic achievement to capture and delineate these vast cultural consultations in a book that could equally well be described as a nuanced and insightful treatise on India's system – or rather, systems – of school education. – Krishna Kumar, University of Delhi

This book provides an excellent discussion of education, language, and social class in contemporary India... Informed by research in linguistic anthropology, sociolinguistics, and applied linguistics, it attempts to unravel the sociolinguistic complexity of language and class in India by examining the realities and ideologies surrounding one of the most profound divisions in Indian social life today: English-medium vs. Hindi-medium education. [It] will make a significant contribution to diverse disciplines engaged in the study of language and society… The writing, both engaging and accessible, is sure to capture the attention of students and scholars across academic levels. – Kira Hall, University of Colorado, Boulder

The painstaking, thorough study presented in Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky com­fortably straddles disciplinary boundaries. Judicious and imaginative selection of material and methods drawn from social anthropology and linguistics enables LaDousa to take readers to the intersection of ideology, status, and education. They stay long enough at this intersection to get over the emotive illusion of the term ‘mother tongue.’

History / Business & Economics / Biographies & Memoirs / Technology / Aviation

The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry by Edward J. Roach (Ohio University Press)

Fresh from successful flights before royalty in Europe, and soon after thrilling hundreds of thousands of people by flying around the Statue of Liberty, in the fall of 1909 Wilbur and Orville Wright decided the time was right to begin manufacturing their airplanes for sale. Backed by Wall Street tycoons, including August Belmont, Cornelius Vanderbilt III, and Andrew Freedman, the brothers formed the Wright Company. As told in The Wright Company by Edward J. Roach, historian at Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park, the Wright Company trained hundreds of early aviators at its flight schools, including Roy Brown, the Canadian pilot credited with shooting down Manfred von Richtofen – the ‘Red Baron’ – during the First World War and Hap Arnold, the commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces during the Second World War. Pilots with the company’s exhibition department thrilled crowds at events from Winnipeg to Boston, Corpus Christi to Colorado Springs. Cal Rodgers flew a Wright Company airplane in pursuit of the $50,000 Hearst Aviation Prize in 1911.
But all was not well in Dayton, a city that hummed with industry, producing cash registers, railroad cars, and many other products. The brothers found it hard to transition from running their own bicycle business to being corporate executives responsible for other people’s money. Their dogged pursuit of enforcement of their 1906 patent – especially against Glenn Curtiss and his company – helped hold back the development of the U.S. aviation industry. When Orville Wright sold the company in 1915, more than three years after his brother’s death, he was a comfortable man – but his company had built only 120 airplanes at its Dayton factory and Wright Company products were not in the U.S. arsenal as war continued in Europe.

The Wright brothers were engineers and inventors with no experience in running a large company. Based in Dayton, they found investors who were based in New York (like August Belmont and Cornelius Vanderbilt III) – and these investors sent a manager to Dayton. There were issues of pride and mistrust, issues related to the business's location, and, importantly, issues of patent litigation. All of these things and more managed to stymie the growth of the Wright Company.

Roach in The Wright Company says that more than a century after his untimely death from typhoid fever, Wilbur Wright remains a famous man. His younger brother Orville, who died an elderly man in 1948, is also internationally famous. Still, their lives and achievements after they returned from Kill Devil Hills to their hometown of Dayton, Ohio, are not well known. Indeed, their invention of the airplane in Dayton is less well known than their first flights with it on the Outer Banks. Dayton, though, was where they designed and fabricated the gliders and airplanes they took to North Carolina, and through hundreds of test flights at Huffman Prairie Flying Field, outside the city, they turned their curiosity of 1903 into the practical aircraft of 1905.

The brothers have been well studied. The early aviation industry as a whole has received some scholarly attention, of varying quality, in the past few decades. Curiously, Dayton – the City of a Thousand Factories and, during the Wrights' era, the home of such major companies as Barney and Smith and National Cash Register – has received almost no scholarly attention. Even studies of period business and labor history, while providing regional and national context for the Wright Company era, generally ignore Dayton. Little of this work about Dayton and the Miami Valley has focused on the company established by the inventors of the airplane, its short and difficult existence in Dayton, and its effects on aviation.

Roach in The Wright Company begins a conversation – rooted in the extant papers of the Wrights, the Wright Company and its leaders, period trade journals and newspapers, and the existing scholarly literature – to start to fill in this gap. Roach notes that the Wright Company is not a particularly easy company to research. Its extant papers are incomplete (their quality declines markedly after 1913) and spread among different institutions, with the Museum of Flight in Seattle and the Library of Congress having the largest collections. Its financial records are spotty, and no good records of just who worked for the company exist. Dayton's industrial history, of which the Wright Company was only a small part, and the work of the Wrights between 1903 and 1909 to make their airplane a commercial product and to obtain and enforce patents on their work, deserve careful study.

The book explores the one area of the career of the Wrights that remains least well known. It casts new light on the business career of the Wright brothers, and on the history of the Wright Company and the men who led it.... Taken as a whole, The Wright Company offers a concise and readable history of an important topic that has received all too little attention. – Tom D. Crouch, Senior Curator, Aeronautics, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and author of The Bishop's Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright

The Wright Company covers a little-studied area of the Wright brothers – the ‘short and difficult existence’ of the business that they created in 1909 to capitalize on their famous invention and patents. Roach provides a fascinating window into the legendary Wright Company, its place in Dayton, its management struggles, and its effects on early U.S. aviation. It is a story that is certainly a familiar one in the annals of business start-ups, but with its own unique details.

History / Europe / Military / Biographies & Memoirs

Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon by Michael V. Leggiere (Campaigns and Commanders Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

One of the most colorful characters in the Napoleonic pantheon, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher (1742–1819) is best known as the Prussian general who, along with the Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Throughout his long career, Blücher distinguished himself as a bold commander, but his actions at times appeared erratic and reckless. Blücher by Michael V. Leggiere, an award-winning historian of the Napoleonic Wars, is the first scholarly biography in English to explore Blücher’s life and military career – and his impact on Napoleon.

Drawing on exhaustive research in European archives, Leggiere, Associate Professor of History at the University of North Texas, Denton, eschews the melodrama of earlier biographies and offers instead a nuanced portrait of a talented leader who, contrary to popular perception, had a strong grasp of military strategy. Nicknamed ‘Marshal Forward’ by his soldiers, he in fact retreated more often than he attacked. Focusing on the campaigns of 1813, 1814, and 1815, Leggiere evaluates the full effects of Blücher’s operations on his archenemy. In the end, the conflict that had started as a war to liberate Prussia from Napoleon's control succeeded in liberating all of Germany from French hegemony.

According to Leggiere, Blücher harbored absolutely no fear of Napoleon. The Prussian's impressive martial figure, handsome features, fiery eyes, and silver-white hair inspired his troops. Blücher understood the common soldier and pulled his troops through critical moments with his uncommon oratorical skills. While highlighting these positive aspects of his generalship, Leggiere also reveals the general's operational missteps.

In addition to providing military analysis, Leggiere in Blücher draws extensively from Blücher’s own writings to reveal the man behind the legend. Though tough as nails on the outside, Blücher was a loving family man who deplored the casualties of war. This biography, enhanced by detailed maps and other illustrations, fills a gap in our understanding of a complex man who, for all his flaws and eccentricities, is justly credited with releasing Europe from the yoke of Napoleon’s tyranny.

Leggiere notes in the preface to Blücher that the images we have of Blücher are that of the brash hussar who was cashiered by Frederick the Great, the gambler who loved the bottle, the reckless general who squandered his cavalry in futile attacks against the French at Auerstedt, the conquered Prussian who passionately hated Napoleon, and the half-crazed co-victor of Waterloo who claimed to be pregnant with an elephant.

According to Leggiere, thanks in part to Blücher, the conflict that started in 1813 expanded from a war for Prussia's liberation from Napoleon's control to a war for the liberation of all of Germany. His operations ensured that a battle of epic proportions – the Battle of Nations – took place at Leipzig on 15-19 October 1813. This victory after four brutal days of combat broke Napoleon's control of central Europe, ended French rule in Germany, and sent the French army retreating across the Rhine River. Having rid his people of the French, Blücher received universal acclaim as Germany's savior. Nineteenth-century nationalist and romantic writers eulogized his feats. The Prussian and later German General Staffs examined every aspect of his operations, concluding that Blücher devised a new way of warfare that eclipsed Napoleon's. ‘Marshal Forward’ came to symbolize Prussia's modern way of war: an ominous portent for the brave men who marched to war in 1914.

Criticism of Blücher is generally eclipsed by the positive aspects of his generalship. We know that his coolness, steadfastness, and leadership could not be replaced. Like Napoleon, he too realized that his mere presence served as a force multiplier. We know that he provided the unity that held his army together. His profound service to the internal cohesion of the army he commanded started with his staff. Despite the differences and egos of the numerous members of his entourage, Blücher possessed the uncanny knack of maintaining harmony. All accounts attest to the cheerful nightly gatherings for dinner at his quarters. Whether through a timely joke or thoughtful inquiry about a loved one back at home, he managed his people well.

The Russians grew to love and adore Blücher. They appreciated that he led from the front and that he displayed a fatherly care for them as well as his own troops. It was the Russians who bestowed upon him the nickname ‘Marshal Forward’; wherever he appeared, they greeted him with a hurrah. The Cossacks especially venerated him. They claimed he had been born on their Steppes as part of their clan but as a child had been snatched from their midst.

Although we have much information on Blucher's private life and know much about his generalship, his influence on Napoleon has yet to be analyzed satisfactorily. Thus, Blücher evaluates the effect of Blücher's operations on Napoleon. This book explains how the Prussian played the most decisive role in the campaigns of 1813, 1814, and 1815. Not a rash, overemotional hatred of Napoleon or an irrational desire to reach Paris earned Blücher this distinction. Instead, the bold, unorthodox, and unexpected moves he made bewildered and frustrated the emperor, who found himself reacting to his enemy rather than seizing the initiative. He chased shadows, exhausting his men through back-and-forth marches between Saxony, Silesia, and Bohemia in 1813, then fruitless chases in France and Belgium in 1814 and 1815. Blücher, often the butt of Napoleon's jokes, outwitted and outran him in 1813, 1814, and 1815. Consistently hoodwinking his adversary by abandoning his own line of communication, Blücher appears more like the General Bonaparte of the First Italian Campaign (1796–97) than does Emperor Napoleon in the later stages of his career.

In addition to this operational analysis, Blücher also uses Blücher's own words to reveal the true man. While tough as nails on the outside, Blücher was actually a thoughtful, loving family man. As a commander he hated war, comparing it to committing murder. The gruesome side of the soldier's trade weighed heavily on him. In his conversations he often referred to the horrors of war. In all of his major campaigns as a commander, he looked forward to the day he could return home to his wife and family. Blücher's love for his children burned just as fiercely as his hatred of Napoleon. His heart broke after his eldest son, Franz, lost his sanity after receiving several head wounds. In the circle of friends and the members of his staff, Blücher alternately served as the kind grandfatherly type and the stern father figure. Always a friend of women, alcohol, and gambling, he never freed himself of the wild habits of camp life. Yet, while on campaign, he demonstrated his energy and determination, never losing control of himself or neglecting his duties.

In this excellent biography, Michael V. Leggiere reveals Marshall Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher in all his various facets – his recklessness, his cunning, his abilities as a commander, and his relationships with his own family as well as with the Prussian nobility and royal family – to provide fresh insight into Blücher's tactical and strategic abilities. Drawing on archival documents from throughout Europe, as well as Blücher’s personal papers, Leggiere portrays a man dominated by his passion to defeat Napoleon and preserve his native Prussia – a commander who ultimately succeeded in doing both at Waterloo. – Donald D. Horward, author of Napoleon and Iberia: The Twin Sieges of Ciudad Rodrigo and Almeida, 1810

A steadfast, inspirational general, Gebhard von Blücher won the affection and admiration of the men he led, Prussians and Russians alike. He understood how to use Prussia's emerging general staff system. And in the decisive campaigns of 1813-1814, Blücher’s unorthodox, unexpected moves consistently outwitted Napoleon himself. Blücher was that rare combination: a great soldier and a great captain. In Leggiere's magisterial biography, Blücher emerges as far more than the colorful warrior of legend. – Dennis Showalter, author of The Wars of German Unification and Frederick the Great: A Military History

Richly nuanced, Blücher is a meticulously written biography filling a gap in our understanding of a complex man. Based on German, Russian, and French sources, this book combines these to provide a total picture of Blücher. The early and final chapters of the book go to great lengths to uncover Blücher the man, the Junker (member of the Prussian landed aristocracy), the husband, and the father. Sandwiched in between is the story of Blücher the warrior, the hero, the general, and the victorious field marshal and prince.

Blücher is Volume 41 in The Campaigns & Commanders Series.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters: Revised, Expanded, and Updated Survival Guide for Every Knitting Emergency by Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore (The Taunton Press)

Knitters know how it goes.

You settle into your favorite chair and take up your needles. And then you see it: a stitch that has fallen off one needle and is rapidly unraveling. You watch with fascinated horror as it slips down, row after row. What do you do? You don't know how to fix this disaster and, until you do, you can't continue. It's much too late to call a fellow knitter or expect your friendly neighborhood yarn store to be open. Where to look for an answer? – from the book

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is knitters white ‘knit’ in shining armor, here to rescue them, to gently guide them through exactly how to fix any knitting problem, and get their project back on track. This newly expanded and updated edition offers more good advice, more tips, and more knitting solutions, particularly for more adventurous elements like color, lace, and cables. And for the first time, there are six patterns, from mosaic mitts to a streamer scarf, lace sampler wrap, and an updated cable beanie.

Authors Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore have been knitting and teaching together for more than a decade. They are partners in KnittingTogether NYC and ABQ. They give private knitting lessons at many yarn stores and lead workshops in specific knitting techniques around the country, including an exhibition at the American Craft Museum.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters is for both the beginning and the more advanced knitter. It is written in plain English in case readers are not yet fluent in the language of knitting. Edmonds and Moore made the headings clear so that readers can easily match their emergency with a solution. They also explain when mistakes can successfully be fudged and when they can't.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters begins with "Emergency Prevention, or A Stitch in Time," which helps readers assemble their Knitter's Tool Kit and choose yarns and needles that will make their knitting pleasurable. Then come suggestions for good knitting, habits knitters can adopt to help keep the crises to the barest minimum. Chapter 2, "The Secret Language of Knitting Patterns," helps them choose the pattern and provides guidance on how to read and follow it. They also include a section on altering patterns for different sizes and different gauge. Chapter 3, "Good Knitting Gone Wrong," includes the most common emergencies they have encountered in their years of knitting and teaching and gives knitters the skills needed to fix them. In Chapter 4, "Don't Let Finishing Finish You Off," they guide readers through the finishing process, including how to fix a piece that doesn't fit right. They even have a few ideas for what to do if knitters end up absolutely hating the fiber fruit of their labors.

Chapters 5 and 6 are new to this edition. In Chapter 5, Further Adventures in Knitting, they introduce knitters to color, lace, and cables. Here are beneficial techniques (such as knitting backward and knitting with yarn in either hand) that will make knitting intarsia, Fair Isle, and mosaic patterns easier and way more fun. They go on to explain the basics of lace knitting, and to rip away the Veil of Mystery that surrounds cabling. Along with each new technique come their favorite methods and, as always, how to address the new emergencies that knitters may face. Finally there is Chapter 6: Apply Yourself, which contains six patterns they created to explore the specific techniques that knitters learned in the previous chapter.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters helps knitters out of a jam – it is the only knitting survival guide they will need – bigger and better than ever.

Philosophy / Culture

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – and How to Fight Back, 3rd edition by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor (Berrett Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

A psychologist called in as an expert defense witness recently said that Ethan Couch, a 16-year old who drove under the influence and killed four people and injured two, suffered from a case of ‘affluenza’ due to an overly lenient mother and an uncaring father, which supposedly made the young man 'incapable' of understanding the consequences of his choices.

After the case turned out successfully for the wealthy North Texan family, a stunned public had to ask: where does a term like ‘affluenza’ come from, and what kind of weight and meaning does the term really have?

In this third edition of Affluenza, a book which in its first edition sold over 150,000 copies, the authors outline what affluenza truly is: a metaphorical term for the serious damage done – to health, families, communities, and the environment – by the fanatical quest for material gain. The authors examine the origins, evolution, and symptoms of affluenza while simultaneously exploring potential cures and strategies for dealing with the wealth-obsessed epidemic.

Authors are John de Graaf, an independent documentary producer who is the recipient of more than 100 awards for filmmaking, including three Emmy awards and an advisor to the prime minister of Bhutan; David Wann, author of ten books on sustainable lifestyles and designs and the producer of twenty-five documentaries, several of them award winners; and Thomas H. Naylor, professor emeritus of economics at Duke University and the author of over thirty books.

The updated Affluenza explores the role overconsumption had in the disastrous 2008 economic collapse, and the ways society itself has changed since then. The new edition also discusses the Gross Domestic Happiness index, a new measurement for societal success and health, and provides new policy recommendations to help society become more simplicity-friendly.

According to Annie Leonard in the foreword, when Affluenza was first published in 2001, its diagnosis of the sickness in consumer society and its prescriptions for the cure stood in marked contrast to the nation's prevailing optimism. The American economy was at a postwar peak. The stock market had tripled in the previous decade, topping the once-unimaginable 10,000 level. Soaring housing values were making ordinary homeowners rich, on paper, at least. The first dot-com boom was minting young millionaires and billionaires in the high-tech entrepreneurial class.

Then the World Trade Center attacks sent the stock market plunging, triggering a recession and exposing the hollowness of a system whose leaders advised citizens that the patriotic response to terrorism was to go shopping. In the years following, the dot-com boom went bust, and the near-collapse of corrupt financial institutions plunged millions of homeowners into debt and foreclosure.

The third edition of Affluenza is in many ways a new book. The first edition was an outgrowth of a PBS TV special of the same name; this revision goes deeper in its analysis, providing a somewhat more serious discussion of the issues. The data and references cited in the text and footnotes have been extensively updated to reflect the many changes that have rocked the world in the past thirteen years. Leonard says the authors want this book to contribute to the rich and exciting discussions that are taking place everywhere about community, citizenship, and voluntary simplicity.

Affluenza contains little truly new information, yet the issue in this ‘information age’ isn't more information. It's how to make sense of what we already know and how to use values, not just information, as a lever for getting healthy again. The authors offer a way of understanding seemingly disconnected personal, social, and environmental problems that makes sense – as symptoms of a perilous epidemic that threatens our future and that of generations to come.

Affluenza has easily passed the test of time and become an American classic, the book that raised our crisis of consumption to national awareness. – Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and founder, 350.org
The authors have packed their book with stunning facts, searing insights – and they point out a path forward. – Fast Company
Clear, witty and heartfelt. – Sojourners
It is not a book that shakes a finger in our faces and reprimands hardworking Americans for wanting a little more comfort, elegance, and enjoyment ... it creates something of real value – a new way of accounting for true happiness in our lives. – Scott Simon, Weekend Edition host, National Public Radio
Affluenza is a sober indictment of the excesses and sheer waste in our increasingly consumer-oriented society. We would all be well served to read the book and pass it on to relatives, friends, and neighbors in the hopes of creating a great public conversation around how to eradicate the affluenza pandemic. – Jeremy Rifkin, author of The Third Industrial Revolution
This witty yet hard-hitting book provides evidence of the social problems caused by the American obsession with acquiring ‘stuff’ and proposes solutions for living more sustainably. Highly recommended. – Library Journal
Now here is a good reason to go shopping! The wonderful book that made consumerism the issue it should be, Affluenza, is here in a third, fully updated edition. The story of the Joneses, of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ fame, is itself worth the very modest price you will have to pay to enjoy this classic, now new and improved. – James Gustave Speth, author of America the Possible and former director, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
If ever there was a right book at the right time, Affluenza is it. This country needs this book. – Lester R. Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, author of Plan B 4.0 and Full Planet, Empty Plates
Affluenza makes us take a hard look at how the drive to excessive consumerism is personally, socially, and environmentally disastrous and then takes us on an exciting path to deeper happiness and satisfaction. It is a must-read for all who strive to create more healthy, just, and secure communities. – Anthony D. Cortese, former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and founder, American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
De Graaf, Wann, and Naylor have achieved something special with Affluenza. They take an unflinching look at the train wreck of America’s consumer culture and then extricate us from the wreckage by providing practical policies and achievable actions for building a healthier society. Affluenza is also a great read; it contains the hopeful ideas we need to reach a livable future. – Rob Dietz, coauthor of Enough Is Enough
The programs offered at the end of the book work on many levels, from making personal choices to changing the rules of the game to reward all actions moving us toward a thriving, just, and sustainable future. So enjoy! This is a great book about a tough-to-face set of problems. – Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and author of Blessing the Hands That Feed Us
If you sometimes suspect that American life has become a nightmare but you dare not admit the truth to yourself or talk about it to others, take a peek inside Affluenza. The way to end a nightmare is to wake up, and this book is an alarm clock. We have created a world that dishonors all that is honorable, good, and meaningful. There is another possibility. – Paul Hawken, author of The Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism
 The material basis for the American way of life is not sustainable here and is not replicable elsewhere. Our feverish mindset is burning up the natural systems that support us. Affluenza provides a witty, informed road map out of this unfulfilling dead end and describes sustainable alternatives that are stimulating, healthy, diverse, and fun. – Denis Hayes, Chair, Earth Day Network
Affluenza lays out the symptoms, the causes, and (gratefully) the cure. With wit, intelligence, and pizzazz, this trio of authors has brought together a complete guide to the disease that most ails America. Proof of having read the book should be a requirement for opening a charge account, applying for a boat loan, or running a large corporation. – Yes! Magazine

This new edition of the classic book, Affluenza, gives an update on the problem of overconsumption. The book presents a fresh cautionary take on the widespread – and disturbing – results produced by materialism. Most importantly, it offers a crucial reminder that the best things in life aren't things. And it encourages a national dialogue about the American consumer dream so that whatever choices readers make about consumption – and the choices we make as a society through policy change – are made with a clearer understanding of their possible consequences.

Politics & Government / Public Policy / Social Service & Welfare / Law

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 4th edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Higher Education/ Prentice Hall)

The primary goal of the victims' rights movement needs to be to elevate victims' rights to the same status as the rights of the accused. – Harvey Wallace, 2005

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 4th edition is a student-friendly text that covers the field of victimology. Updated with the latest trends, it reflects the field’s growing focus on the entire victim-offender relationship, while taking a global perspective on the study of victimology. Harvey Wallace, now deceased, was the only author of the first edition. Cliff Roberson, now working on the volume alone, is the former Director of Programs for the National College of District Attorneys, Director of the Justice Center, California State University, Fresno, and a faculty member at Washburn University.

Victimology is divided into four major areas. The authors first introduce traditional victimology theories, the measurement of crime, and both civil and criminal processes. Civil process is included because it is an important aspect of the victim-offender interaction. Second, they discuss responses to victimization, including techniques for empowering victims. They next turn to special types of victims, including the elderly, the disabled, and gay and lesbian victims. Finally, they review the civil remedies available to crime victims. A brief discussion of the juvenile system is also included because more attention is being focused on youth violence. Throughout Victimology, key concepts are supported with a comprehensive package of pedagogical material and teaching/learning aids.

New features in this fourth edition include:

  • Victimology as a discipline
  • The birth of criminology
  • The different approaches to victimization
  • The Violence Against Women Act of 2013
  • Expanded discussion on restorative justice
  • Expanded discussion on the National Incident-Based Reporting System
  • The consequences of grief
  • Differences between ASD and PTSD
  • Homeless victims
  • Social media and victim services
  • Vicarious/Secondary Trauma to Services Providers
  • History of Amber Alerts
  • How to develop a victim impact statement
  • Significant partner homicides
  • Sexual assault classifications
  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Sandusky child sex abuse and mandatory reporting
  • Elder Justice Act of 2010

According to Roberson in Victimology, the study of victimology is in its infancy. However, the plight of victims of crime has been discussed for centuries. In our early history, victims were an integral part of the criminal process. We then moved away from that model, and the state became the representative of the victim. Finally, we are again moving toward acknowledging the rights of victims of crime. This shift has caused scholars to reexamine the victim-offender relationship.

Victimology as a discipline is an outgrowth of law, sociology, psychology, and criminology and as such has its distracters as well as its advocates. According to Roberson, it will continue to grow and take on more substance with the passage of years. Any attempt to list those topics that are critical to the study of victimology is bound to generate controversy. Most textbooks on the market today include sections dealing with family violence issues. That may be because there is more information regarding the victim-offender interaction in these areas or because many scholars believe these are critical issues in the study of victimology. Roberson includes a number of these topics in Victimology, drawing upon Wallace's previous textbook, Family Violence: Legal, Medical, and Social Perspectives, currently in its fifth edition, as a source of information. Applying comments from professors using this textbook, Roberson updates the material when appropriate to reflect the victim's perspective and adds a global perspective on the study of victimology.

Chapter 1 introduces readers to the discipline of victimology, a brief history of it and victimological theories. Chapter 2 presents an overview of the Justice System. Chapter 3 discusses the measurement of crime and its effects. The consequences of victimization are discussed in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 examines the empowerment of victims. Next, homicide victims are discussed in Chapter 6, followed by a discussion in Chapter 7 on Sexual Victimization. Intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse are discussed in Chapters 8, 9, and 10. Chapter 11 looks at hate crimes, and in Chapter 12, special victim populations are discussed.

Chapter 13 explores tort actions. The constitutional and civil rights of victims are discussed in Chapter 14. Chapter 15 explores compensation and restitution for victims. The legal issues involved with victim impact statements are covered in Chapter 16. The final chapter examines the international aspects of victimology, and the textbook concludes with discussions of the discipline itself.

Victimology presents an overview of complex and controversial subjects and supplies readers with resources in the form of references and readings that allow for more in-depth study and research of these areas. Omission of some topics, such as robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and others, does not mean that they are unimportant, but space limitations preclude discussion of every crime and its implications for victims. The crimes that are discussed, along with the broader topics such as the consequences of victimization and victims' rights, can be generalized to varying degrees to apply to all victims.

Victimology, 4th edition is a student-friendly, easy-to-read text. It provides a thorough review of key concepts, supported with a comprehensive package of pedagogical material and teaching/learning aids.

Politics & Social Sciences / Biographies & Memoirs

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany by Yascha Mounk (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

My family’s Jewish identity … has never been strong. While the fact that they are Jews shaped the lives of my grandparents, and even those of my parents, in deeply tragic ways, they are neither religious nor traditional. As for me, I never celebrated my bar mitzvah, and feel far more comfortable on a soccer field or at the library than in a synagogue.
Even so, as I grew up, I came to feel more and more Jewish – and less and less German. – from the book

As a Jew in postwar Germany, Yascha Mounk felt like a foreigner in his own country. When he mentioned that he is Jewish, some made anti-Semitic jokes or talked about the superiority of the Aryan race. Others, sincerely hoping to atone for the country’s past, fawned over him with a forced friendliness he found just as alienating.
Stranger in My Own Country traces the contours of Jewish life in a country still struggling with the legacy of the Third Reich and portrays those who, inevitably, continue to live in its shadow. Marshaling an extraordinary range of material into a lively narrative, Mounk surveys his countrymen’s responses to ‘the Jewish question.’ Examining history, the story of his family, and his own childhood, he shows that anti-Semitism and far-right extremism have long coexisted with self-conscious philo-Semitism in postwar Germany. Mounk is a PhD candidate in political thought in the Department of Government at Harvard University and is the founding editor of The Utopian.

Growing up in postwar Germany, Mounk’s revelation to friends and acquaintances of his Jewish identity elicited a variety of responses, some predictable and some surprising. Some people were openly hostile, spouting blatantly racist screeds. Others reacted with what is best termed sullen silence, while others felt compelled to overreact with a stance of exaggerated philo-Semitism.

Mounk in Stranger in My Own Country says that of late, a new kind of resentment against Jews has come out in the open. Unnoticed by much of the outside world, the desire for a ‘finish line’ that would spell a definitive end to the country’s obsession with the past is feeding an emphasis on German victimhood. He shows how, from the government’s pursuit of a less ‘apologetic’ foreign policy to the way the country’s idea of the Volk makes life difficult for its immigrant communities, a troubled nationalism is shaping Germany’s future.

A solid combination of moving personal saga and thought-provoking research. – Kirkus Reviews

A child of Polish Holocaust survivors, Mounk writes of growing up as a Jew in Germany – a `strange and slightly mysterious outsider'.... Mounk provides some fascinating personal anecdotes of being a young Jew in Germany and telling sketches of the German Jewish community and German attitudes toward Jews. – Publishers Weekly

[Mounk] is a gifted raconteur and aphorist, and if you want to learn about Germany's perverse, absurd love for its Jews – the flip side, or the bastard child, of its historical anti-Semitism – this book is a fine place to start ... Mr. Mounk skillfully puts Germans and Jews on his analyst's couch ... There is an adage, usually attributed to an Israeli psychoanalyst, that the Germans will never forgive the Jews for Auschwitz. If you want to understand how that can be, read this book. – Mark Oppenheimer, The New York Times

Mounk’s account, one of the first on this subject addressed to a general English-speaking readership, is an intriguing and sometimes disturbing glimpse into an aspect of Jewish life of which most American Jews may not be aware. – Martin Green, Jewish Book Council

[A] rich and remarkable memoir ... Mounk’s engaging and provocative book amounts to a kind of intellectual and emotional self-portrait of the author himself and, at the same time, a historical and cultural profile of post-war Germany. – Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal

Informative and entertaining ... What is it like to be a Jew in Germany in the postwar era? What would lead even a handful of Jews to choose to make their lives in the country that was responsible for the Holocaust? And how did the descendants of the perpetrators treat the descendants of the victims? These are the questions at the heart of Mounk’s book, which starts out as a memoir but evolves into something more like a history and a polemic. Accessibly written and full of humor, Stranger in My Own Country uses Mounk’s own experiences to shed light on postwar German history and current German politics. – Adam Kirsch, Tablet

… Deftly interweaving political history and personal experience, Mounk argues convincingly that excessive guilt can be no less toxic than disavowal when it comes to reckoning honestly with the past. His book offers no easy answers to those seeking liberation from the burdens of history, and indeed shows how dangerous and misguided this impulse can be. – Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times

Clear, unpretentious, wide-ranging, and touching, Stranger in My Own Country is a story about the patience and the courage necessary for reconciliation. As perspicacious in its argument as it is moving in its anecdote, it's the one book that ought to be read by everybody who suspects there's nothing left to say about the Jews and the Germans. It marks the debut of a writer we'll be likely – and lucky – to count among the most useful of our public intellectuals. – Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and Hopeful

Stranger in My Own Country is a moving and unsettling exploration of a young man’s formative years in a country still struggling with its past.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Dermatology / Pathology / Diagnosis

Practical Skin Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print by James W Patterson MD, with Series Editors Kevin O. Leslie and Mark R. Wick (Pattern Recognition Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Practical Skin Pathology is the only dermatopathology reference that uses a systematic pattern recognition approach to help clinicians achieve more accurate diagnoses of both neoplastic and non-neoplastic skin diseases. This volume in the Pattern Recognition Series helps clinicians efficiently evaluate even the most challenging skin diseases and lesions.

With Practical Skin Pathology, clinicians are able to:

  • Identify challenging types of skin cancer, including cutaneous lymphomas and melanocytic lesions, as well as non-neoplastic skin diseases such as panniculitis; drug eruptions, including reactions to newer chemotherapeutic agents, and infectious diseases.
  • Progress logically from the histologic pattern, through the appropriate workup, around the pitfalls, to the best diagnosis.
  • Compare their clinical findings to more than 1,400 full-color, high-quality photos that capture the characteristic presentation of a full range of dermatopathology specimens.
  • Access the fully searchable text and downloadable images online at Expert Consult.

The author is James W. Patterson, MD, Professor of Pathology and Dermatology, Director of Dermatopathology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia. The book has 3 contributors.

Practical Skin Pathology is a volume in the Pattern Recognition Series, following Practical Pulmonary Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach authored by series editors Kevin O. Leslie and Mark R. Wick. According to Patterson, cutaneous pathology occupies an important place within the surgical pathology firmament, and it is certainly a field that lends itself to the type of pattern analysis for which this series has become famous.

There are a number of pattern recognition approaches to dermatopathology, the most notable being the groundbreaking work of the late Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman. Patterson says that it has been a challenge to produce a pattern analysis that is somewhat novel while at the same time considerably more condensed than previous efforts. He proposes in Practical Skin Pathology eight different patterns: five of them based on anatomic location (epidermocentric, adnexocentric, dermocentric-noninflammatory, dermocentric-inflammatory, and panniculocentric) and three representing special categories of histopathologic abnormality (nearly normal skin, cystic change, and bullous/pustular dermatosis). As in other volumes in this series, a list of examples of each pattern is provided, including both specific entities and broad categories of disease. The tables that follow the list give additional findings in each pattern, the diagnoses associated with each additional finding, and the chapter and page in the text where these diagnoses are discussed.

Practical Skin Pathology is divided into more traditional chapter groupings, variably defined by morphology and etiology. The discussion of most disease entities is organized according to Clinical Features, Microscopic Findings, and Differential Diagnosis. Patterson emphasizes differential diagnosis throughout the book, with the hope that these discussions, together with pattern analysis, will enable readers to gain facility first in accurately categorizing the disease process and then in distinguishing among disorders within a category. All chapters include many illustrations – critical to such a visual specialty.

Practical Skin Pathology represents a compendium of conditions that Patterson has seen in practice over a period of 36 years, and all of these are ‘fair game’ for a dermato-pathologist during the course of his or her career.

Chapters in Practical Skin Pathology include:

Pattern-Based Approach to Diagnosis

  1. Spongiotic Dermatitis
  2. Erythemas with Perivascular Inflammation
  3. Psoriasiform and Lichenoid Dermatitis
  4. Vesiculobullous and Selected Pustular Disorders
  5. Vascular Disorders
  6. Nutritional Deficiency and Gastrointestinal Disease
  7. Panniculitis
  8. Connective Tissue Disorders
  9. Metabolic Diseases
  10. Degenerative Diseases
  11. Mucinoses
  12. Drugs and Physical Agents
  13. Noninfectious Granulomas
  14. Non-neoplastic Diseases of Appendages
  15. Pigmentation Disorders – James W. Patterson, MD, with Smitha Kuppalli, MD
  16. Disorders of Epidermal Maturation, Keratinization, and Connective Tissues
  17. Infectious Diseases, Including Infestations and Parasitic Diseases
  18. Epidermal Cysts and Tumors
  19. Cutaneous Appendageal Tumors
  20. Metastatic Tumors in the Skin – Mark R. Wick, MD, and James W. Patterson, MD
  21. Fibrous Tissue Tumors
  22. Vascular and Perivascular Proliferations of the Skin – Mark R. Wick, MD, and James W. Patterson, MD
  23. Tumors and Tumor-like Conditions Showing Neural, Nerve Sheath, and Adipocytic Differentiation – Mark R. Wick, MD, and James W. Patterson, MD
  24. Tumors of Muscle, Cartilage, and Bone
  25. Histiocytic Proliferations
  26. Disorders of Mast Cells and Plasma Cells
  27. Lymphoid Infiltrates, Lymphoma, and Hematopoietic Proliferations Involving the Skin
  28. Melanocytic Tumors – James W. Patterson, MD, with Michael Marchetti, MD

Practical Skin Pathology is the only dermatopathology reference that uses a pattern recognition approach. It is a practical guide that can be kept by the microscope and relied upon to make the challenging process of dermato­pathologic diagnosis a bit easier. The expertise of the authors and the high quality of morphologic images will be beneficial to many clinicians.

Patterson does not include introductory chapters on basic cutaneous microanatomy and histopathology. A review of a reference on this information is an important first step for senior medical students and beginning dermatology and pathology residents before tackling the material in Practical Skin Pathology.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Neurology / Anesthesiology / Pain Medicine

Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Stephen B. McMahon FMedSci FSB, Martin Koltzenburg MD FRCP, Irene Tracey MA (Oxon.) PhD FRCA and Dennis C. Turk PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

The gate control theory of pain, which Patrick Wall and I established in 1965, led to an explosion of research on pain mechanisms in the spinal cord and brain and provided the rationale for a variety of new approaches to pain therapy. In 1984 we decided to edit a book with the latest information in the rapidly growing field so that clinicians could read about the status of laboratory and clinical research and scientists could learn about major clinical advances in the fight against pain.

The first edition of the Textbook of Pain in 1984 was sold out in a year. It was followed by new editions that tracked the remarkable advances in the field of pain research and therapy. Shortly after publication of the fourth edition in 1999, Patrick Wall became ill. Our discussions about the Textbook of Pain have been centered on the need to maintain a balance in presenting the two facets of the field of pain – research and therapy. That goal was achieved in 2006 by Stephen McMahon and Martin Koltzenburg in the fifth edition. – Ronald Melzack, Professor Emeritus, McGill University, from the foreword

Clinicians apply the latest scientific and clinical advances with Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain, 6th Edition. Drs. Stephen McMahon, Martin Koltzenburg, Irene Tracey, and Dennis C. Turk, together with the contributors, present the latest knowledge about the genetics, neurophysiology, psychology, and assessment of every type of pain syndrome. They also provide practical guidance on the full range of today's pharmacologic, interventional, electrostimulative, physiotherapeutic, and psychological management options.

With Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain clinicians are able to:

  • Benefit from the international, multidisciplinary knowledge and experience of a ‘who's who’ of international authorities in pain medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroscience, psychiatry, psychology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, palliative medicine, and other relevant fields.
  • Access the complete contents online anytime, anywhere at Expert Consult.
  • Translate scientific findings into clinical practice with updates on the genetics of pain, and new pharmacologic and treatment information.
  • Visualize important scientific concepts with a high-quality illustration program, now in full color throughout.
  • Choose the safest and most effective management methods with expanded coverage of anesthetic techniques.
  • Stay abreast of the latest global developments regarding opioid induced hyperalgesia, addiction and substance abuse, neuromodulation and pain management, and identification of specific targets for molecular pain.

Author/editors are Stephen B. McMahon, FMedSci, FSB, Sherrington Professor of Physiology, Director, London Pain Consortium, Academic Lead, Europain, Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, King's College London; Martin Koltzenburg, MD, FRCP, Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology, UCL Institute of Neurology, Co-Director, MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, University College, London, Head, Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Square, London: Irene Tracey, MA (Oxon.), PhD, FRCA, Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science, Director, Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Head, Nuffield Division Anaesthetics, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford; Dennis C. Turk, PhD, John and Emma Bonica Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Research, Director, Center for Pain Research on Impact, Measurement, and Effectiveness (C-PRIME), Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine University of Washington, Seattle.

The scope of this sixth edition of the Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain has expanded by the addition of two new editors – Dennis Turk and Irene Tracey – who have made outstanding contributions to the understanding of the behavioral and brain mechanisms that underlie acute and chronic pain.

The last edition of Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain – the fifth edition – was published in 2006. There has been a considerable increase in the understanding of the nature and mechanisms of pain since that date. This is reflected in the enormous amount of published literature on pain. PubMed finds more than 160,000 publications since the last edition was published, using the search term ‘pain.’ Technology has allowed some topics to be explored by greater numbers of researchers. The falling cost of DNA and RNA sequencing and associated technologies is likely to have contributed to some of the 60% increase in publications found with the search terms ‘genetics’ and ‘pain.’ Between the beginning of 2001 and the end of 2006, PubMed finds but a single publication with the search terms ‘epigenetics’ and ‘pain.’ Since then, 19 papers have emerged, and one suspects this will be the beginning of a new flood of interest. The current sixth edition of Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain captures and reports on the most important developments in the field over the last 6 years. Collectively, the 147 authors who contribute to the current edition have probably read a large proportion of those 160,000 new publications. This new edition retains the same general structure that was created for the fifth edition, but some chapters have been added to reflect new developments and merged others.

McMahon says that despite advancing knowledge in the field, the burden of pain remains unacceptably high. Epidemiological studies, many reviewed in the book, point to the high prevalence of chronic pain across the world associated with staggering socioeconomic costs. Unfortunately, existing therapies fail to offer good (let alone complete) pain relief to the majority of these sufferers. There have been some modest advances with the approval of some new therapies, such as topical capsaicin patches in some countries. A step chance in analgesic drug efficacy seems possible, too, as evidenced by the dramatic pain relief offered by blockers of NGF in a series of clinical trials – also reviewed in this book. The editors say they are still waiting to find out if side effects will limit or block this initiative. But the example illustrates that a good understanding of pain and pain mechanisms can lead to effective therapies.

Chapters in Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain and their authors include:

Section I Neurobiology of Pain

  1. Peripheral Mechanisms of Cutaneous Nociception – Matthias Ringkamp, Srinivasa N. Raja, James N. Campbell, and Richard A. Meyer
  2. Molecular Biology of Sensory Transduction – Michael S. Gold
  3. Inflammatory Mediators and Modulators of Pain – John M. Dawes, David A. Andersson, David L.H. Bennett, Stuart Bevan, and Stephen B. McMahon
  4. Microglia: Critical Mediators of Pain Hypersensitivity after Peripheral Nerve Injury – Simon Beggs and Michael W. Salter
  5. Neuroanatomical Substrates of Spinal Nociception – Andrew J. Todd and H. Richard Koerber
  6. Spinal Cord Plasticity and Pain – Jurgen Sandkuhler
  7. Representation of Pain in the Brain – Dania Apkarian, M. Catherine Bushnell, and Petra Schweinhardt
  8. Central Nervous System Mechanisms of Pain Modulation – Mary M. Heinricher and Howard L. Fields
  9. Development of Pain Pathways and Mechanisms – Mark L. Baccei and Maria Fitzgerald
  10. Genetics of Pain – Jeffrey S. Mogil, Mitchell B. Max, and Inna Belfer
  11. Animal Models of Pain – Odd-Geir Berge
  12. Ascending Projection Systems – Jonathan O. Dostrovsky and A.D. (Bud) Craig
  13. Autonomic, Endocrine, and Immune Interactions in Acute and Chronic Pain – Wilfrid Janig and Jon D. Levine
  14. Itch – Martin Schmelz and Hermann O. Handwerker

Section II Assessment and Psychology of Pain

  1. Gender Differences in Pain and Its Relief – Joel D. Greenspan and Richard J. Traub
  2. Epidemiology of Pain – Gary J. Macfarlane, John McBeth, and Gareth T. Jones
  3. Emotion, Motivation, and Pain – Ben Seymour and Ray J. Dolan
  4. Cognitive and Learning Aspects – Herta Flor and Dennis C. Turk
  5. Psychiatric Pain-Associated Co-morbidities – David A. Fishbain
  6. Studies of Pain in Human Subjects – Richard H. Gracely
  7. Pain Measurement in Adult Patients – Ronald Melzack and Joel Katz
  8. Pain in Older Persons – Lucia Gagliese and Ronald Melzack
  9. Measurement and Assessment of Pediatric Pain – Patrick J. McGrath and Anita M. Unruh
  10. Assessment of Pain Beliefs, Coping, and Function – Jennifer A. Haythornthwaite
  11. Hypnotic Analgesia – Pierre Rainville and Donald D. Price
  12. Pain, Opiates, and Addiction – Stephen P. Hunt and Catherine E. Urch
  13. Placebo Analgesia – Tor D. Wager and Howard L. Fields

Section III Pharmacology and Treatment of Pain

  1. Spinal Pharmacology of Nociceptive Transmission – Linda S. Sorkin and Tony L. Yaksh
  2. Methods of Therapeutic Trials – Henry J. McQuay and Andrew Moore
  3. Opioids: Basic Mechanisms – Anthony H. Dickenson and Brigitte L. Kieffer
  4. Opioids: Clinical Use – Stephan A. Schug
  5. Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors: Basic Aspects – Hanns Ulrich Zeilhofer and Kay Brune
  6. Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors: Clinical Use – Andrew Moore and Henry J. McQuay
  7. Antidepressant Analgesics – C. Peter N. Watson, Ian Gilron, Bruce G. Pollock, Arthur G. Lipman, and Maree T Smith
  8. Mechanism of Action of Anticonvulsants as Analgesic Drugs – Valerie Morisset, John B. Davis, and Simon N. Tate
  9. Anticonvulsants: Clinical – Zahid Ali, Joanne E. Palmer, and Veeraindar Golf
  10. Local Anesthetic Blocks and Epidurals – Harald Breivik
  11. Cannabinoids – Andrea G. Hohmann and Andrew S.C. Rice
  12. Analgesic Drugs in Development – Raymond G. Hill
  13. Neurosurgical Approaches to the Treatment of Pain – Michael J. Dorsi and Fred A. Lenz
  14. Spinal Cord and Brain Stimulation – Bengt Linderoth and Bjorn A. Meyersonr
  15. The Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Pain Management – Dennis C. Turk and Herta Flor
  16. A Critical Appraisal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine – Edzard Ernst

Section IV Clinical States/Deep Somatic Tissue

  1. Joint Pain: Basic Mechanisms – Hans-Georg Schaible
  2. Basic Mechanisms of Muscle Pain – Siegfried Mense
  3. Postoperative Pain and Its Management – Asokumar Buvanendran, Timothy R. Lubenow, and Jeffrey S. Kroin
  4. Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis – Tuhina Neogi and David Felson
  5. Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome – Jon Russell
  6. Low Back Pain – Maurits van Tulder and Bart Koes
  7. Non-specific Arm Pain – Andrew Dilley and Jane Greening

Section V Clinical States/Viscera

  1. Visceral Pain: Basic Mechanisms – Klaus Bielefeldt and Gerald F. Gebhart
  2. Thoracic Pain – Allan Gottschalk and E. Andrew Ochroch
  3. A Clinical Perspective on Abdominal Pain – Emeran A. Mayer, Arpana Gupta, and Heng Yu Wong
  4. Genitourinary Pain – Timothy J. Ness and Promil Kukreja
  5. Obstetric Pain – Peter H. Pan

Section VI Clinical States/Headache and Facial Pain

  1. Trigeminal Mechanisms of Nociception – Luis Villanueva and Rodrigo Noseda
  2. Acute and Chronic Orofacial and Dental Pain – Jennifer L. Gibbs and Kenneth M. Hargreaves
  3. Migraine and the Trigeminal Autonomic Cephalalgias – Peter J. Goadsby
  4. Tension-Type Headache – Jean Schoenen and Simona Liliana Sava
  5. Pain in and around the Eye – Carlos Belmonte and Timo T. Tervo

Section VII Clinical States/Neuropathic Pain

  1. Neuropathic Pain: Pathophysiological Response of Nerves to Injury – Marshall Devor
  2. Animal Models of Experimental Neuropathic Pain – Michael H. Ossipov and Frank Porreca
  3. Central Consequences of Peripheral Nerve Damage – Tomas G.M. Hokfelt, Xu Zhang, Marcelo Villar, Xiao-Jun Xu, and Zsuzsanna Wiesenfeld-Hallin
  4. Phantom Limb – Lone Nikolajsen
  5. Painful Peripheral Neuropathies – John W. Scadding and Martin Koltzenburg
  6. Trigeminal and Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia – Joanna Maria Zakrzewska, H. Issac Chen, and John Y.K. Lee
  7. Complex Regional Pain Syndromes – Andreas Binder and Ralf Baron
  8. Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury – Paul J. Wrigley and Philip J. Siddall
  9. Central Pain – Troels Staehelin Jensen and Nanna Brix Finnerup
  10. Pharmacological Therapy of Neuropathic Pain – Thomas R. Toelle and Miroslav (Misha) Babkonja
  11. Surgery for Back and Neck Pain (Including Radiculopathies) – Donlin M. Long

Section VIII Clinical States/Cancer Pain

  1. Cancer Pain: Causes, Consequences, and Therapeutic Opportunities – Patrick W. Mantyh
  2. Cancer Pain Assessment and Syndromes – Nathan I. Cherny
  3. Analgesic Therapy and Palliative Care in Children – Charles B. Berde and John J. Collins
  4. Cancer Pain: Treatment Overview – Peter Hoskin and Karen Forbes
  5. Pain Control in the Care of the Dying – John E. Ellershaw and Andrew Dickman

Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain is a definitive reference textbook, even with the editorial changing of the guard. Since its first publication 22 years ago, this text, like pain management, has continued to evolve, a clear example of evolution by intelligent design. The fifth edition, especially with the E-dition online package, represents a definite upgrade. For this achievement, the new editors should be congratulated. Dr Melzack should be, and Dr Wall would be, proud. – JAMA, review of the 5th edition 

The Editors of this 5th edition are to be congratulated for their enormous efforts... The book has improved on previous editions and remains the most comprehensive scientific reference text in the field of pain medicine. – Anesthesia & Analgesia, review of the 5th edition

Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain is up to date and comprises a whole, unified body of knowledge that touches on every aspect of pain. The book achieves the broadest coverage of the field of pain in order to promote the fight against pain and suffering from every possible angle, and the new authors/editors continue to contribute to this goal.

The torch has been handed to an exciting new generation of editors and contributors. There is no nobler goal than achieving the relief of pain and suffering. This new edition brings that day closer. And Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain helps all those interested in this field – academic scientists, clinicians, and industry leaders – to do their work more effectively.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Diagnosis / Reference

Muscle Biopsy: A Practical Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Victor Dubowitz MD PhD FRCP FRCPCH, Caroline A. Sewry BSc PhD FRCPath and Anders Oldfors MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Muscle Biopsy: A Practical Approach, 4th edition gives clinicians the guidance necessary to interpret and diagnose muscle biopsy specimens for the full range of diseases in both adults and children. Authored by Dr. Victor Dubowitz, an internationally renowned figure in the field of muscle disease, this medical reference book takes an integrated approach to diagnosis and assessment of muscle biopsies that includes clinical, genetic, biochemical, and pathological features.

With Muscle Biopsy, clinicians are able to:

  • Bridge the gap between clinical syndromes/disorders and their underlying pathologies with the guidance of a muscle disease expert who guides them through the complexities of pathologic diagnoses and their implications for clinical treatment.
  • Apply expert techniques for obtaining a muscle biopsy, and familiarize themselves with the histochemical, histological, electron microscopical, and molecular appearance of normal muscle and the pathology of individual muscle disease.
  • Read the entire contents and download the images online at Expert Consult.
  • Apply the latest diagnostic techniques for neurodegenerative and genetic diseases with a new chapter on myopathies associated with systemic disorders and aging.
  • Use advanced techniques such as immunohistochemistry and immunoblotting to produce the most accurate diagnoses possible for a full range of muscle disorders.
  • Stay current in practice with state-of-the-art coverage of genetic markers for individual conditions and antibodies used in immunocytochemical diagnosis.
  • Understand the genetics of muscular dystrophies with absolute clarity through the use of brilliantly simple diagrams and tables.
  • Compare their specimens to a wealth of superb color images capturing the full spectrum of muscle biopsy findings.

Authors of Muscle Biopsy are Victor Dubowitz MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPCH, Emeritus Professor of Paediatrics, Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre Institute of Child Health, London; Caroline A. Sewry BSc, PhD, FRCPath, Professor of Muscle Pathology, Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, and Wolfson Centre for Inherited Neuromuscular Disorders and Department of Musculoskeletal Pathology, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, UK; and Anders Oldfors MD, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, Institute of Biomedicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. The book also contains a contribution on Toxic and Drug-Induced Myopathies by Russell Lane BSc, MD, FRCP, Consultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, Charing Cross Campus.

Chapters of Muscle Biopsy include:

Section A The Biopsy: Normal and Diseased Muscle

  1. Histological and Histochemical Stains and Reactions
  2. Normal Muscle
  3. Histological and Histochemical Changes
  4. Ultrastructural Changes
  5. Immunohistochemistry and Immunoblottiing
  6. How to Read a Biopsy

Section B Pathological Muscle: Individual Diseases

  1. Classification of Neuromuscular Disorders
  2. Neurogenic Disorders
  3. Muscular Dystrophies and Allied Disorders I: Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy
  4. Muscular Dystrophies and Allied Disorders II: Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophies
  5. Muscular Dystrophies and Allied Disorders III: Congenital Muscular Dystrophies and Associated Disorders
  6. Muscular Dystrophies and Allied Disorders IV: Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy and Similar Syndromes
  7. Muscular Dystrophies and Allied Disorders V: Eacioscapulohumeral Myotonic and Oculopharyngeal Muscular Dystrophies
  8. Congenital Myopathies and Related Disorders
  9. Myopathies with Vacuoles
  10. Metabolic Myopathies I: Glycogenoses and Lysosomal Myopathies
  11. Metabolic Myopathies II: Lipid-Related Disorders and Mitochondrial Myopathies
  12. Myopathies Associated With Systemic Disorders and Ageing
  13. Ion Channel Disorders
  14. Myasthenic Syndromes
  15. Inflammatory Myopathies
  16. Toxic and Drug-Induced Myopathies – Russell Lane

Appendix I: Glossary of Genetic Terms

Appendix 2: Useful Websites

This 4th edition of Muscle Biopsy brings a third author, Anders Oldfors, who provides considerable input from his vast personal experience in the pathology of muscle disorders throughout the book but in particular has completely rewritten, updated and expanded a number of sections of the book including the mitochondrial and metabolic disorders, the inflammatory myopathies and a section on systemic disorders. The authors have also included a chapter on myopathies with vacuoles as various types are an important pathological clue that occurs in a variety of disorders.

This 4th edition of Muscle Biopsy provides an update on published material in many areas. The authors have retained some old published material to highlight the contribution of several pioneers in the field, as well as including up-to-date reviews where possible.

The book is up to date as of 2012. Many of the advances have continued to come from progress in the genetic designation of individual disorders but the authors continue to view the approach from the pathologist's viewpoint and continued to focus on the clinical presentation and pathology as the presenting aspect and the genetic advances as the icing on the top. They retain the descriptive nomenclature of the individual disease groups and their pathology, aware of the continuing heterogeneity from both a genetic and pathology point of view, with the same genetic abnormality having different pathological presentations and the same pathology being caused by different genetic abnormalities.

The third edition of this book ... has surpassed my expectations. The quality of the book overall is excellent, from the production and layout to the illustrations, diagrams and index. The range of muscle diseases included spans both adults and children, with an integrated approach to diagnosis including clinical, genetic, biochemical and pathological features. Overall, this book has been a highlight of the past year for me. It deserves to do very well indeed and will be of immense value beyond its target readership. – BMA Awards, 2007, Review of the 3rd Edition

Muscle Biopsy, 4th edition, provides the unparalleled, comprehensive, up-to-date coverage clinicians need to evaluate muscle disorders with confidence. The book serves as a succinct but comprehensive reference for pathologists and neurologists in practice and in training that skillfully guides them through the complexities of diagnosing muscle biopsy specimens and highlights their implications for clinical treatment. This practical reference work successfully bridges the gap between clinical syndromes and disorders and their underlying pathologies, distilling a wealth of experience by focusing on the most important elements of etiology, pathogenesis and pathological appearance. With the entire range of diagnostic and investigative techniques and approximately 600 high-quality color images throughout, users have everything they need to formulate an accurate diagnosis.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Pathology / Dermatology / Reference

Dermatopathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Dirk Elston MD and Tammie Ferringer MD, with Christine J. Ko MD, Steven Peckham MD, Whitney A. High MD JD David, J. DiCaudo MD and Sunita Bhuta MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Dr. Elston's highly acclaimed ‘dermatopathology made easier’ approach in Dermatopathology, 2nd edition presents a unique way to master the foundations of this complex dermatology sub-specialty, guiding clinicians and trainees through the diagnosis of the most important and common dermatologic pathology findings seen in practice. High-resolution histopathology examples capture the presentation of most major dermatopathology lesions. Labels and pointers highlight key aspects of each slide and provide additional clarity.

With Dermatopathology clinicians are able to:

  • Find all the information they need to know about each topic thanks to a user-friendly, full-color format and a consistent chapter template.
  • Recognize the presentation of most major dermatopathology lesions through abundant high-resolution histopathology examples, with labels and pointers highlighting key aspects of each slide and providing additional clarity.
  • Access the full text and more online at Expert Consult, including 26 virtual lectures by Elston, clinical and dermatopathology image atlases, and a virtual slide library.
  • Focus on the most important ‘takeaways’ and ‘must-knows’ for each topic through the use of color key points, differential diagnosis, and pearls.
  • Learn directly from the experts themselves by ‘attending’ lectures online in a virtual lecture room.

Authors/editors are Dirk M. Elston, MD, Director, Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York and Tammie Ferringer, MD, Section Head and Fellowship Director of Dermatopathology, Departments of Dermatology and Laboratory Medicine, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. The book has 7 contributors.

Chapters of Dermatopathology and their authors include:

1.      The basics: diagnostic terms, skin anatomy, and stains – Tammie Ferringer and Christine J. Ko

2.      Benign tumors and cysts of the epidermis – Dirk M. Elston

3.      Malignant tumors of the epidermis – Dirk M. Elston

4.      Pilar and sebaceous neoplasms – Dirk M. Elston

5.      Sweat gland neoplasms – Dirk M. Elston

6.      Melanocytic neoplasms – Dirk M. Elston

7.      Interface dermatitis – Dirk M. Elston

8.      Psoriasiform and spongiotic dermatitis – Dirk M. Elston

9.      Blistering diseases – Whitney A. High

10.  Granulomatous and histiocytic diseases – Tammie Ferringer

11.  Inflammatory vascular diseases – Dirk M. Elston

12.  Genodermatoses – Tammie Ferringer

13.  Alterations in collagen and elastin – Tammie Ferringer

14.  Metabolic disorders – Tammie Ferringer

15.  Disorders of skin appendages – Dirk M. Elston

16.  Panniculitis – Dirk M. Elston

17.  Bacterial, spirochete, and protozoan infections – Dirk M. Elston

18.  Fungal infections – Dirk M. Elston

19.  Viral infections, helminths, and arthropods – Dirk M. Elston

20.  Fibrous tumors – Dirk M. Elston

20a: Key diagnostic features of additional soft tissue neoplasms (Online only) – Christine J. Ko and Tammie Ferringer

21.  Tumors of fat, muscle, cartilage, and bone – Tammie Ferringer

22.  Neural tumors – Tammie Ferringer

23.  Vascular tumors – Dirk M. Elston

24.  Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, NK-cell lymphoma, and myeloid leukemia – David J. DiCaudo

25.  B-cell lymphoma and lymphocytic leukemia – Steven Peckham

26.  Metastatic tumors and simulators – Christine J. Ko

Appendix 1: Dermatopathology mnemonics

Appendix 2: Skin ultrastructure – Sunita Bhuta

Appendix 3: External agents and artifacts – Tammie Ferringer

Dermatopathology contains only a portion of the contents. Much of it is online in the form of online lectures and extensive digital image atlases. For this 2nd edition, the authors have added updated online lectures with many new entities, a high quality clinical image atlas, extensive infectious disease atlas, soft tissue tumor atlas, and lymphoma atlas.

The latest addition … is a concise, user-friendly guide, accompanied by full-text on-line access. This comprehensive quick-reference tool will be welcomed by dermatology and pathology registrars, both as an introductory text and for examination review. It is also a useful, convenient desk-top resource for practicing dermatologists and general pathologists. This book is a laser-sharp resource for students and for seasoned practitioners wanting a pictorial refresher course. If, heaven forbid, I were sitting for a dermatopathology exam in the near future, I'd be taking this book everywhere. – Melbourne Pathology, July 2009

This is an easy to use and essentially good guide to anyone wishing to obtain basic information on the histological appearances of most of the common dermatological conditions. It is directed at the trainee dermatopathologist but does have appeal to anyone in the medical field with an interest in dermatopathology. It is excellent value for money and should be regarded as a valuable assist to most histopathological libraries. – BMA Book Awards 2009 – judges’ comments

The authors are to be applauded for this succinct yet comprehensive, highly usable text. It will be well-received by a broad audience at all training levels and will be of particular interest to dermatology and pathology residents seeking to establish a solid foundation in dermatopathology. – Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual (derm101.com), 2009

This is one of the best concise texts for medical students and residents. For a long time, only long, all-inclusive books were available, which could be discouraging for neophytes. This book would be perfect for visual learners... The excellent photomicrographs are the best features of the book. – Doody’s 5 Stars!

Dirk Elston et al successfully capture the essence of hundreds of entities and topics within dermatopathology in a well-designed, ‘cut-to-the-chase’ style... delightful and refreshingly versatile text... a comprehensive, free-standing work that rivals the content and complexity of any other standard textbook of dermatopathology. Its compact dimensions and on-line interface are sure to make it a first choice for many clinicians both within the office and on-the-go. I highly recommend it to the reading audience. – Steve Alder, M.D., Director of Dermatopathology, Clin-Path Associates, PLC, Tempe, Arizona

Dermatopathology is a comprehensive, freestanding work that rivals the content and complexity of any other standard textbook of dermatopathology. Its compact dimensions and online interface make it a superior choice for many clinicians. With a unique combination of targeted online lectures, vast online image collections, and an easy-to-follow supporting atlas, Dermatopathology covers the essentials of dermatopathology in a style that is enjoyable and easily understood. For students of dermatopathology, the book, together with the online lectures, makes students’ way a little easier. For those in practice, the book may become one of their favorite references.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Pathology / Neurology / Reference

Neuropathology: A Reference Text of CNS Pathology, 3rd edition by David Ellison MD PhD MA MSc MBBChir MRCP FRCPath, Seth Love MBBCh PhD FRCP FRCPath, Leila Chimelli MD PhD, Brian N. Harding MD DPhil BM BCh FRCPath, James S. Lowe BMedSci BM BS DM FRCPath, Harry V. Vinters MD FRCPC FCAP FFPath(RCPI), Sebastian Brandner MD FRCPath, and William H. Yong MD (Elsevier Mosby)

The pace of change in neuropathology is such that it is increasingly difficult for the diagnostic pathologist to keep abreast of all fields in this exciting discipline. One has only to think of recent conceptual and diagnostic innovations in the field of neurodegenerative diseases, advances in our understanding of the molecular basis of brain tumors, recognition of the spectrum of CNS pathology associated with human immunodeficiency virus infection, and the correlation of neuropathologic findings with specific genetic defects in a wide range of disorders, for this conviction to be reinforced. – from the preface to the 1st edition

Clinicians solve their tough neurodiagnostic challenges with Neuropathology, 3rd edition – the most information-packed, extensively illustrated neuropathology reference available. An expert author team presents more than 3,000 high-quality images – nearly all in full color – to provide visual guidance on the microscopic and gross pathologic presentation of a full range of neurological diseases.

With Neuropathology clinicians are able to:

  • Diagnose with confidence by consulting the most extensive published image collection in neuropathology, which includes an exceptional number of gross pathology images.
  • Access the complete contents online and download all the images at Expert Consult.
  • Understand the most recent developments in neurological diseases and identify important variants and outliers.
  • Meet the needs of an aging population with expanded coverage of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, motor neuron disorders, and prion diseases, as well as conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
  • Apply the latest knowledge on molecular genetics and the growing role of genetic testing.
  • Make optimal use of today's functional imaging techniques with new information on PET, fMRI, and SPECT.
  • Stay current with the newest diagnostic protocols and guidelines as endorsed by professional societies and national bodies, the most recent WHO classification of central nervous system diseases, and checklists for the handling and diagnosis of CNS tumors and tumor-like lesions.
  • Get outstanding visual guidance with new full-color images, and new and updated drawings that clarify complex entities and concepts.

The authors of Neuropathology include: David Ellison MD PhD MA MSc BChir MRCP(UK) FRCPath FRCPCH, Chairman of Pathology and Director of Neuropathology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis; Seth Love MBBCh PhD FRCP FRCPath, Professor of Neuropathology, Department of Neuropathology, Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol; Leila Chimelli MD PhD, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Neuropathologist, Pathology Division, National Cancer Institute of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro; Brian N. Harding MA DPhil BM BCh FRCPath, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; James S Lowe BMedSci BM BS DM FRCPath, Professor of Neuropathology, Nottingham University School of Medicine, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham; Harry W. Einters MD FRCPC FCAP FFPath(RCPI), Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Neurology, Chief, Section of Neuropathology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles; Sebastian Brandner MD FRCPath, Professor and Chair of Neuropathology, Division of Neuropathology and Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, Institute of Neurology, University College, London; and William H Yong MD, Brain Tumor Translational Resource, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Neuropathology), Jonsson Cancer Center and Brain Research Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles.

Sections and chapters in Neuropathology include:

Section 1: Pathologic reactions to the CNS

1.      Pathologic reactions to the CNS

Section 2: Pediatrics

2.      Fetal and neonatal hypoxic-ischemic lesions

3.      Malformations

4.      Hydrocephalus

5.      Disorders that primarily affect white matter

6.      Neurodegenerative disorders of gray matter in childhood

7.      Miscellaneous pediatric disorders

Section 3: Vascular disorders

8.      Adult hypoxic and ischemic lesions

9.      Vascular disease and infarcts

10.  Hemorrhage

Section 4: Trauma

11.  Head and spinal injuries

Section 5: Infectious disease

12.  Acute viral infections

13.  Chronic and sub-acute viral infections of the CNS

14.  Rickettsia and mycoplasma infections

15.  Acute bacterial infections and bacterial abscesses

16.  Chronic bacterial infections and neurosarcoidosis

17.  Fungal infections

18.  Parasitic infections

Section 6: Demyelinating diseases

19.  Multiple sclerosis

20.  Other demyelinating diseases: inflammatory and compressive

Section 7: Nutritional and metabolic disorders

21.  Vitamin deficiencies

22.  Systemic metabolic diseases

23.  Lysosomal and peroxisomal disorders

24.  Mitochondrial encephalopathies

Section 8: Toxic injury

25.  Toxic injury of the CNS

Section 9: Neurodegenerative diseases

26.  Classification and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases

27.  Motor neuron disorders

28.  Parkinsonism and akinetic-rigid disorders

29.  Ataxic disorders

30.  Hyperkinetic movement disorders

31.  Dementias

32.  Prion diseases

33.  Thalamic and pallidal degenerations, neuroaxonal dystrophy, and autonomic failure

Section 10: Neoplasms

34.  Classification and general concepts of CNS neoplasms

35.  Astrocytic neoplasms

36.  Non-astrocytic gliomas

37.  Neuroepithelial neoplasms displaying neuronal features

38.  Embryonal neuroepithelial neoplasms of the CNS

39.  Neoplasms of the pineal gland

40.  Choroid plexus neoplasms

41.  Primary CNS lymphomas

42.  Peripheral nerve sheath neoplasms

43.  Meningiomas

44.  Neoplasms in the region of the pituitary fossa

45.  Miscellaneous CNS neoplasms and CNS

46.  Neoplasms that spread to the CNS

47.  Paraneoplastic disorders

When writing the preface for the first edition of Neuropathology, Ellison and Love say they emphasized two elements of its composition: (1) a comprehensive library of macroscopic and microscopic images and (2) information on biological aspects of CNS diseases and their potential impact on diagnostic neuropathology. Almost 15 years later, these elements remain the foundations of the third edition.

Introducing novel biological information and updating existing molecular data represent the most substantial changes to this latest edition, but high-quality images remain central to the educational approach, and there are many additional or improved figures. Boxes containing clinical and scientific information or approaches to differential diagnosis retain the format and color schemes from earlier editions, but have been updated and more have been included. Major textbooks or review articles are still the focus of reference lists, but these too have been updated and expanded. In all, content has been increased by approximately 10%.

This is an exciting time in the field, as morphological, biochemical, molecular genetic and functional evaluations of CNS disease combine to guide patient management. Advanced radiological investigations yield high-resolution structural, metabolic and functional information to be used alongside neuropathological investigations, which increasingly provide data on protein chemistry, molecular genetics, biological behavior and treatment options, as well as diagnosis. Neuropathologists will require additional skills to enhance their reporting with pertinent reference to these aspects of disease, and those in the other clinical neurosciences will require a better appreciation of neuropathology to make best use of the opportunities it offers to optimize the management of disease in individual patients. Neuropathology facilitates these interactions.

The practice of neuropathology is reaping great rewards from recent scientific advances.

Neuropathology captures some of the excitement of a rapidly changing field, while also facilitating access to the most relevant information and guiding the diagnostic process. An expert author team presents more than 3,000 high-quality images – nearly all in full color – to provide visual guidance on the microscopic and gross pathologic presentation of a full range of neurological diseases.

Some of the compromises that characterized earlier editions endure, in particular, several rare entities or entities not yet incorporated into official classifications have been omitted. Even so, the authors have compiled a reference source of information on neuropathology that will be of everyday utility for pathologists, neurobiologists, and practitioners and students of the clinical neurosciences. Further, Neuropathology, 3rd edition includes an exceptional number of gross pathology images, a feature poorly represented in other texts.

Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Internal / Radiology / Sciences / Basic / Biology / Physics

Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging by Charles A. Kelsey, Philip H. Heintz, Daniel J. Sandoval, Gregory D. Chambers, Natalie L. Adolphi, and Kimberly S. Paffett (Wiley Blackwell)

Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging provides a thorough yet concise introduction to quantitative radiobiology and radiation physics, particularly the practical and medical application. Beginning with a discussion of the basic science of radiobiology, the book explains the fast processes that initiate damage in irradiated tissue and the kinetic patterns in which such damage is expressed at the cellular level. The final section is presented in a practical handbook style and offers application-based discussions in radiation oncology, fractionated radiotherapy, and protracted radiation among others. The text is also supplemented by a Web site.

Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging is based on courses taught over many years to individuals preparing for certification or registry examinations to demonstrate their knowledge of radiation and its effects. The authors also taught continuing medical education (CME) courses to practicing physicians required to demonstrate their maintained level of competence in radiology and cardiology. Engineers, scientists, and radiation safety specialists also attended many of these courses.

Through teaching these classes, they say they observed that most of their students didn’t know or remember much about physics or biology. Practicing physicians and medical professionals were far from current in their knowledge of radiation and its biological effects. They felt a need for a book for the ‘users’ of radiation which would include sections for reviewing basic physics and biology. The authors are a team of scientists and engineers with over a century of combined experience teaching and working with radiation and biology – Charles A. Kelsey PhD, Philip H. Heintz PhD, Daniel J. Sandoval MS, Gregory D. Chambers MS, Natalie L. Adolph PhD, and Kimberly S. Paffett MS, all at the Department of Radiology, University of New Mexico.

Each chapter in Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging contains a clear statement of the chapter goals, an extensive body of material with figures and illustrations, and a summary of the important points covered in the chapter. Each chapter concludes with a series of multiple choice questions in the style and level of difficulty of many national examinations.

They include a chapter on radiation therapy because it is also deeply involved in imaging. The biological effects of magnetic resonance and ultrasound are also included, although they employ non-ionizing radiation because their biological effects may be cause for concern at higher power levels.

In the introduction, the authors describe how within a year of Roentgen's discovery of X-rays in 1895, their biological effects were evident because radiation burns and ulcers were observed in early users. Clarence Daly, one of Edison's assistants, died from radiation-induced cancer less than 10 years after their discovery. In the years between X-ray's discovery and Watson and Crick's unraveling of the DNA structure in 1953, radiobiology studies concentrated on radiation in the treatment of cancer and on the effects of radiation on those exposed to radiation during World War II. Since 1953, radiobiology studies have focused on radiation damage to the DNA molecule. For a number of years before 9/11, there was a lull in the study of radiation effects. Since 9/11, there has been an increased effort to understand the effect of low levels of ionizing radiation. With recent developments in the study of DNA, now is an exciting time for the field of radiation biology.

Medical radiation, which is responsible for about half the US. population exposure, comes primarily from three sources: radiation therapy, interventional/diagnostic, and nuclear medicine. Radiation therapy, often called radiation oncology, uses high doses to cure cancer. Interventional/diagnostic uses lower doses to guide the insertion of devices into the body or determine what ails the patient. Nuclear medicine follows radioactive materials injected into the body to determine body functions. The effects of medical radiation depend on the dose and the parts of the body irradiated, but do not depend on how or why the radiation was delivered.

The first quarter of Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging is designed to ensure that readers have the essential, minimum background knowledge base in biology and physics. The book next covers DNA structure and function, DNA damage and repair, genetic effects, and the characteristics of cancer. The third quarter of the book covers the effects of radiation on various body organs and on the whole body, including a brief discussion of radiation-induced bystander effects. The final quarter concentrates on radiation effects from medical and natural sources of radiation and the regulations designed to protect workers and the general public. Particular attention is directed to the effects of low-dose, long-term exposures and the limitations of the linear no-threshold (LNT) hypothesis. A brief discussion of hormesis is included in this section.

From basic science to contemporary applications, Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging is the definitive guide to radiobiology theory and practice. Thorough and concise, the book will be useful for individuals studying for professional competence examinations and for those who employ radiation in their professions. In addition, with the advent of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for certified professions, this book may be used to obtain CME credits to satisfy some education requirements.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Anesthesiology / Reference

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Therese C. O'Connor MB FFARCSI and Stephen E. Abram MD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

Proficiency in performing the main injection techniques in the management of pain is a cornerstone of modern anesthetic practice and training. Clinicians and anesthesiology trainees can hone their pain injection skills with Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques, 2nd edition. This highly illustrated, guide offers easy-to-follow descriptions of today's best techniques for administering basic nerve blocks. This introductory atlas provides a description of many basic regional anesthetic tools as well as common joint and muscular injections for pain relief.

With Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques clinicians are able to:

  • Find information quickly with a user-friendly, templated format that guides them through each nerve block in a consistent and easy-to-follow manner.
  • Rely on expert recommendations when considering local anesthetics, corticosteroids, and neurolytic agents.
  • Offer proven treatment options to patients with persistent, severe or chronic pain.
  • See exactly how to proceed to achieve optimal results and avoid problems using step-by-step instructions, which demonstrate correct needle placement and anatomical structure for 29 techniques and procedures.
  • Apply ultrasound guided therapies for optimal needle placement in delivery of anesthetic agents.
  • Access the full text online at Expert Consult.

Authors are Therese C. O’Connor MD, FFARCSI, Consultant Anesthetist, Pain Specialist, Sligo Regional Hospital, Ireland and Stephen E. Abram MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Chapters in Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques include:

1.      Mechanisms of pain transmission – an overview of anatomy and physiology

2.      Joint injections

·        Lumbar facet joint injection

·        Cervical facet joint injection

·        Sacro-iliac joint injection

3.      Epidural injection

·        Lumbar epidural block

·        Thoracic epidural block

·        Cervical epidural block

·        Caudal epidural block

·        Long-term epidural catheter insertion

4.      Somatic nerve blockade

·        Intercostal nerve block

·        Interpleural block

·        Lumbar nerve root block

·        Thoracic nerve root block

·        Sacral nerve root block

·        Occipital nerve block

·        Trigeminal ganglion (Gasserian) block

5. Autonomic blockade

·        Stellate ganglion block – C6 (classic) approach

·        Stellate ganglion block – C7 approach

·        Lumbar sympathetic block

·        Celiac plexus block – retrocrural approach

·        Celiac plexus block – anterocrural approach

·        Hypogastric plexus block

While the role of anesthesiologists in the management of patients with severe or intractable pain has expanded dramatically in the past few decades, it has traditionally been anesthesiologists' ability to use regional anesthetic techniques both diagnostically and therapeutically that has made their contributions to pain medicine unique. Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques emphasizes those regional anesthetic techniques that have been included in the anesthesiologist's armamentarium for many years. In recent years, there have been dramatic advances in the technology of pain management interventions – implantable drug delivery devices, radiofrequency and cryoanalgesia neuroablation techniques, spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulators, percutaneous nucleoplasty, annuloplasty and vertebroplasty devices. Despite these innovations, there is still a substantial role in acute, chronic and cancer pain management for many of the older, more conventional regional anesthetic techniques.

O’Connor and Abram explain that nerve blocks play a variety of roles in the management of pain. In the cancer patient, neurolytic procedures may provide extended periods of interruption of the most active sources of nociception. Long-term infusions of local anesthetics, often combined with opioids and other analgesic agents, can provide weeks to months of relief when systemic analgesics have failed.

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques provides a description of many of the basic regional anesthetic tools and the common joint and muscular injections that may be of benefit to patients with persistent or severe pain. Their value lies in their rational use in combination with other management techniques, including, but by no means limited to, physical therapy, exercise, psychotherapy, and systemic medication. All chapters in Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques have been written in a templated format taking readers through each block in a consistent way. Step-by-step illustrations accompanied by photographs are used to teach technique within the context of the surrounding anatomical structures. The atlas also highlights where injections can go wrong and offers advice on how to avoid problems.

This book should find a place in every Pain Clinic as a useful guide to the common procedures carried out there. It brings together all the techniques in one handy volume. Useful to trainees wishing to learn about them and also to experienced practitioners who may wish to remind themselves about a technique that they perform only infrequently. – British Journal of Anaesthesia

The consistent, easy-to-follow, repetitive nature of each technique is accompanied by excellent photographs and illustrations that serve to highlight the anatomical structures and relationships that must be fully understood in order to achieve success. – Doody's Journals

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques, 4th edition, is an atlas providing a strong foundation of regional anesthetic techniques in the treatment of pain. The templated format makes it easy to follow. Ideal for relative newcomers to pain management as well as for anesthesiology trainees needing a fundamental understanding and competence in administering basic nerve blocks, this medical reference book provides exactly the fundamental guidance they need to master these essential procedures.

Professional & Technical / Medicine and Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Surgery / Cardiology

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease, Second Edition by Richard A. Jonas (CRC Press)

Since the first edition of Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease was published in 2004, the management of congenital heart disease has continued to evolve at a rapid pace. Not only have new operations been developed and expanded, such as the intra/extracardiac conduit Fontan and the double root translocation for corrected transposition, but in addition, diagnostic methods – particularly cardiac CT and MRI – have been dramatically transformed.

Understanding of the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and the embryology of cardiac development has progressed even more rapidly. What has not changed is that optimal outcomes for children and adults with congenital heart disease can only be achieved by a collaborative team effort. The team includes not only congenital cardiac surgeons but also pediatric cardiac nurses, pediatric cardiologists, perfusion and respiratory technicians, pediatric cardiac intensivists, pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists, ultrasonographers, and MRI and catheter laboratory technicians.

This second edition of Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease describes in detail the contemporary practice of Richard A. Jonas and the cardiac team at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington. Jonas is the Co-director of the Children’s National Heart Institute, the Cohen-Funger Professor of Surgery at Children’s National Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at George Washington University. The book has 15 contributors.

The book once again includes numerous illustrations providing comprehensive and detailed information about intraoperative management of the entire spectrum of congenital heart surgery. In addition, the companion VitalSource ebook contains more than 50 operative videos that have been edited and narrated to highlight the key steps in complex surgical procedures. The book incorporates an evidence-based approach, supported throughout by numerous scientific citations, to explain when and why an operation should be done as well as the risks, benefits, and potential complications.

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease, like the first edition, is organized in three sections with new chapters added. The background section describes the rationale for early corrective surgery and provides practical information regarding surgical methods and materials. The second section focuses on cardiopulmonary bypass and includes a chapter on hardware options. The final section covers individual congenital anomalies.

New features in the second edition include more than 50 operative videos accessible via the e-book and new chapters, including how to navigate the complex hospital politics of a congenital heart program; how to train as a congenital heart surgeon including visa and licensing challenges for the foreign medical graduate wishing to train in the United States.

Chapters in Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease and their authors include:

    1. Caring for the Patient and Family with Congenital Heart Disease
    2. Becoming a Congenital Heart Surgeon: Training and Certification, and Visa Issues for Foreign Medical Graduates
    3. Anesthesia for Congenital Heart Surgery – Richard J. Levy
    4. Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care – Darren Klugman, Peter C. Laussen, and David L. Wessel
    5. Contemporary Pediatric Cardiovascular Nursing across the Continuum of Care – Patricia Hickey with Suzanne Reidy, Michelle Hurtig, Theresa Saia and Jeanne Ahern
    6. Pediatric Extracorporeal Life Support/Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, and Mechanical Circulatory Support – Pranava Sinha
    7. Cardiac Transplantation – Dilip S. Nath
    8. The Bypass Circuit: Hardware Options – Revised by Mark M. Nuszkowski, with Erin K. Montague, Gerald T. Mikesell, and Joseph P. Hearty, III
    9. Prime Constituents and Hemodilution
    10. Conduct of Cardiopulmonary Bypass
    11. Myocardial Protection – Pranava Sinha
    12. Optimal Timing for Congenital Cardiac Surgery: The Importance of Early Primary Repair
    13. Surgical Technique and Hemostasis
    14. Choosing the Right Biomaterial
    15. Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Aortopulmonary Window, Sinus of Valsalva Fistula, and Aortoventricular Tunnel            
    16. Coarctation of the Aorta          
    17. Atrial Septal Defect     
    18. Ventricular Septal Defect         
    19. Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Stenosis
    20. Transposition of the Great Arteries
    21. Valve Repair and Replacement
    22. Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction: Aortic Valve Stenosis, Subaortic Stenosis, and Supravalvar Aortic Stenosis
    23. Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome
    24. Heterotaxy
    25. Three-Stage Management of Single Ventricle
    26. Complete Atrioventricular Canal
    27. Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection and Other Anomalies of the Pulmonary Veins
    28. Double-Outlet Right Ventricle
    29. Truncus Arteriosus
    30. Tetralogy of Fallot with Pulmonary Atresia
    31. Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum
    32. Interrupted Aortic Arch
    33. Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries
    34. Vascular Rings, Slings, and Tracheal Anomalies
    35. Anomalies of the Coronary Arteries

Electronic publishing opened the exciting possibility of streaming operative videos that are available to readers of the second edition of Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease no matter where they are in the world as long as they have Internet access. However, Jonas’s team decided that operative videos alone are not adequate to convey the essential components of an operative procedure, and therefore more than 100 new figures have been added, both to illustrate changes to older operations as well as to introduce new operations. New operations include the intra/extracardiac Fontan procedure, the double-root translocation for transposition with ventricular septal defects and pulmonary stenosis, valve-preserving aortic root replacement, and use of valved femoral vein homografts for right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduits.

Over the 10-year period, some procedures have come and gone, such as congenital cardiac procedures involving the da Vinci robot. The hybrid procedure for hypoplastic left heart syndrome passed through a phase of popularity that is now waning at most centers. The double-switch procedure for congenitally corrected transposition has probably also passed its popularity peak and is now being applied less freely than perhaps it was 10 years ago. On the other hand, pulmonary valve replacement for tetralogy of Fallot is now becoming a common procedure, albeit likely to be replaced within the decade by catheter-delivered valves. And interventional catheter procedures in general have expanded and matured.

Apart from changes in the operating room and catheterization laboratory, there have been remarkable advances in the fields of embryology and genetics allowing, for example, cell tracking technology to identify specific cells within the neural crest that are responsible for conotruncal and semilunar valve development. Cardiac MRI has changed dramatically and, in addition to providing clinicians with stunning three-dimensional images, now allows quantitation of bloodflow, blood volumes, and many other important functional indices of the congenitally malformed heart.

This second edition of Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease also addresses nursing care of the patient with congenital heart disease. Jonas’s says that the quality of nursing care and, even more importantly, the political standing of the nursing leadership within the hospital administration are among the best markers of the overall quality of a congenital heart program. Other new chapters examine the rapidly evolving field of ventricular assist devices and ECMO as well as heart transplantation. Finally, chapters focusing on the patient with a single ventricle have been expanded to include a chapter specifically examining the challenges associated with managing patients with heterotaxy.

This book is a display of superior individual knowledge – virtually encyclopaedic. The most difficult technical procedures are described with accuracy that reflect the skills and talents of a masterful surgeon. Any congenital cardiac surgeon, any surgical trainee interested in congenital cardiac surgery, will consult this book with great pleasure. – Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, regarding first edition

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease has exceptional illustrations by a single artist and uniformity of approach provided by a single surgical author. It contains the latest information on the rapidly evolving area of cardiopulmonary bypass for the neonate and infant and an evidence-based approach, including comprehensive support for the recommended procedures.

Unlike multi-authored textbooks of congenital heart surgery, Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease is selective. It represents the distillation of nine years of surgical training with several of the world's greatest surgical mentors as well as 20 years' experience with the surgical team in Boston. It does not pretend to be encyclopedic but is nevertheless a comprehensive attempt to describe what is important in the management of neonates, infants, children and adults with congenital heart disease. And yet in spite of the fact that this book represents a single surgeon's insights and experiences there is an honest attempt to compare the results, outcomes and approaches with a selection of the most important alternative approaches published in the literature.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity by Gordon T. Smith (IVP Academic)

Evangelicals are known for their emphasis on conversion. But what about life after conversion and beyond justification? What is needed is a comprehensive theology of the Christian life from beginning to end, along with the means of formation and transformation. In Called to Be Saints, Gordon T. Smith draws on a distinguished lifetime of reflecting on these themes to offer readers a theologically rich account of their participation in the life of Christ. The book is a Trinitarian theology of holiness that encompasses both justification and sanctification, both union with Christ and communion with God. Smith unfolds how and why Christians are called to become wise people, do good work, love others and enjoy rightly ordered affections.

Smith is president and professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Ambrose University College and Seminary in Calgary, Alberta.

What does it mean to be mature in faith? Called to Be Saints focuses specifically on that question, contributing to the discussion of the goal or vision of the Christian life.

A focus on this question has implications for the understanding of conversion and the approach to evangelism. If conversion is a good beginning to the Christian life, that naturally raises a question – what, then, is the Christian life? The second question also has implications for spiritual discipline and practice. So Called to Be Saints is both a call and invitation to live life ‘in Christ’ – more precisely, to live a life that is the fruit of dynamic participation in the life of Christ.

The book is intended for the entire Christian community – young, middle-aged and seniors. It seeks to challenge young people to establish early on the kind of life they will live: What goals are worth pursuing and what achievements are worth their due diligence? What patterns of life, work, relationship and worship will foster the life they want to have? This book also guides those in midlife as they make midcourse adjustments to their priorities and thus to their lives, with close attention to what matters most. And finally, it encourages those moving into their senior years about the choices they make at this crucial juncture. For many people these years are the most rewarding and significant, the time when they ask themselves what kind of legacy they want to leave. For each group it is about stewardship: What does it mean to be a good steward of the early years, the mid-adult years and the senior years?

Called to Be Saints offers guidance to church congregations that are eager to take seriously the call to foster maturity and bring about spiritual transformation in disciples of Jesus. What does this look like? What is the character of this maturity? And how is it expressed in congregational priorities and commitments?

The chapters focus on what it means to be mature as a Christian. If the Christian life is a journey, a pilgrimage, what is the goal or objective toward which we walk? To what end are we converted? And to what end are our spiritual practices and disciplines?

The opening chapter makes a case for why such a theology of the Christian life is needed. Chapter 2 is the defining chapter of Called to Be Saints, with an insistence that the Christian vision for maturity is maturity ‘in Christ.’ Chapters 3 through 6 in turn identify four distinctive features of a mature Christian. Each of these chapters in its distinct way is about the good life, the human vocation – what it means to fulfill the purpose or identity for which we were created. This life is a gift that is offered to us in Christ. But it is also a calling, and this book is a guide to living a life worthy of the calling each person has received (Eph 4:1).

The life ‘in Christ’ has at least four distinctive marks or features. Each of these is offered as an invitation:

  • To be a wise person and to pursue wisdom with passion and persistence.
  • To do good work in response to the call of Christ – vocational holiness.
  • To love others as one learns to live in love.
  • To know the joy of God – the joy that is the deep wellspring of the blessed life.

Each of these – wisdom, good work, love and joy – is offered to each person in Christ. And so they can speak of them only as gifts they know in light of what it means to live in union with Christ, to participate in his life. Thus Smith references chapter 2 as the central and defining chapter.

Finally, Called to Be Saints includes two appendices. The first is an invitation to pastors to consider what all of this means for the character of congregational life. And second, Smith includes an invitation to the leadership and faculty of institutions of higher education – notably Christian universities and seminaries – with this question in mind: Can the university and the theological seminary design its life and curriculum around a vision of transformation in Christ?

This is a much-needed book today. It answers the pressing yet almost forgotten question of character by articulating how the sanctification gap came to be and how to bridge it. This book is a wise guide to abundant living, not through self-help techniques but by learning how to live an abundant life in Christ. Read this book, study this book, live this book, and you will find wisdom, goodness, love and joy. – James Bryan Smith, author of The Good and Beautiful God
To be saints is to be mature in Christ. Smith explains what this statement means theologically, and thoughtfully works out its ramifications in work, relationships and one's own emotions. The book contains many profound insights couched in disarmingly simple language, making it readily accessible to a wide readership. But what sets it apart is that it locates the foundation of sainthood in divine wisdom, and thus contributes a distinct perspective to the ongoing conversation on Christian spirituality. – Simon Chan, Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Theological College, Singapore
Gordon Smith compellingly connects Christian maturity and holiness in a way that reminds us that we need not shy away from calling ourselves saints as we grow in our life with Christ. Indeed, it is in reclaiming the idea of sainthood for every believer that we find the doorway into a proper understanding and practice of the holy life. – Steve Harper, emeritus professor of spiritual formation and Wesley studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

If holiness is the ongoing journey of becoming mature in Christ, then there is no better guide than Smith. A profound and practical book, Christians in every walk of life will find Called to Be Saints a rich resource for learning what it means to ‘grow up in every way ... into Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15).

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Comparative / Biblical Studies

True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions by Leo D. Lefebure (Orbis Books)

The Catholic Church rejects nothing of those things which are true and holy in these religions. It regards with respect those ways of acting and living and those precepts and teachings which, though often at variance with what it holds and expounds, frequently reflect a ray of that truth which enlightens everyone. – Nostra Aetate 2; Tanner 1990, 2:969

When believers view other religious traditions through a hermeneutic of hostility, the consequences can be deadly. Christian history shows that interpretation of the Bible is no exception. In recent decades, however, many Christian traditions have radically refashioned their approach to other religious traditions and to biblical interpretation. This new ‘hermeneutics of generosity’ seeks to uncover what can be learned from other holy texts and the communities that treasure them and also seeks to find common ground on important issues such as human rights and religious liberty. True and Holy, which explores how Christians past and present have read the Bible in relation to Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions, offers new bases for friendship and understanding. Noting the challenges and tensions in the relationship between Christians and these four other religious communities, author Leo D. Lefebure also examines the specific issues involved in interpreting the Christian Bible in interreligious dialogue. Lefebure is Matteo Ricci professor of theology at Georgetown University and a trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions.

Lefebure in True and Holy says that Christians relate to followers of other religious paths in light of biblical perspectives, and the quality of Christian interreligious relationships in turn influences the manner in which Christians read the Bible in regard to other religious traditions. In situations of hostility, Christians can easily find biblical precedents and commands for criticizing, demeaning, or even destroying religious others. For example, Christians have frequently constructed their identity in sharp negative opposition to Jews and Muslims, who were historically often seen as allies of the Anti­christ. Similarly, Christians have often held hostile attitudes toward Buddhists and Hindus, deriding them as idolaters. However, in a more respectful, generous atmosphere, Christians can read the Bible in cordial dialogue with other religious traditions, looking for common values and shared beliefs and goals.

Lefebure in True and Holy says that even though all too often in history a hermeneutics of hostility has prevailed, in recent decades Catholics and many other Christians have been going through a major shift in relations with other religious traditions and in biblical interpretation. In publicly expressing the respect of the Catholic Church for what is true and holy in other religions, and specifically for Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews, the Second Vatican Council expressed and encouraged a revolutionary conversion of mind and heart, of attitudes and actions. For Catholics, this Council was a major milestone in this transformation, launching a new era for Catholic relationships to followers of other religions.

For Catholics and many other Christians, there has been a revolution, a conversion of heart, conscience, and mind, in the area of interpreting the Bible in relation to other religious traditions. There are many sides to this transformation. Many Christians throughout the centuries have worked constructively for harmonious relations with other religious traditions. While the shift in Christian attitudes is particularly dramatic in relation to Jews and Judaism, the transformation is not restricted to Jewish-Christian relations but embraces every interreligious relationship. By explicitly mentioning Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews, Nostra Aetate acknowledged the impor­tance of these traditions and encouraged further exploration in each of these relationships.

As Christian relations with other traditions have changed in recent decades, many Christians have also entered an epochal transformation in interpreting scripture in relation to other religious traditions; many aspects of this process remain in discernment. Jews and Christians explore the intertwining and the distinctions between their traditions, seeking to overcome centuries of enmity and to shape more cordial relations. Despite the often negative images in the media, in many settings Christians and Muslims now meet to discuss the relation between their scriptures and their beliefs. Some Christians have entered deeply into Hindu and Buddhist meditation practices and have come to read the Bible in distinctive ways.

Respect and generosity cannot mean unlimited acceptance; critique remains an indispensable aspect of interreligious relations. In recent years, some of the most intense interreligious discussions have addressed questions of human rights and religious liberty. In conflict-ridden situations, one of the most pressing challenges in interreligious relations is how to respond to injustice and violence without imitating it in an unending cycle of violent recrimination. How to interpret the Bible in situations of injustice is a pressing challenge. In relation to this issue, Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most influential figures in shaping Christian understanding of Jesus' teaching of nonviolent response to injury.

True and Holy explores the ongoing transformation from a widespread biblical hermeneutics of hostility to a growing hermeneutics of respect, generosity, and friendship in relation to the four religious communities named in Nostra Aetate: Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist. In each relationship there are tensions and challenges; in each relationship there have been important developments in recent decades. Lefebure begins by exploring the precedents, problems, and principles for engaging religious difference in the Bible, and the hermeneutical issues involved in Christians interpreting their scriptures in relation to other religious traditions. Succeeding chapters examine the specific issues involved in interpreting the Bible in relations with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists. The final chapter of True and Holy reflects on the experience of conversion from a hermeneutics of hostility to a hermeneutics of generosity in light of the philosophical theology of Bernard Lonergan and the mimetic theory of Rene Girard.

This is a bold book, and a needed one. Lefebure seeks to fill a recognized lacuna in Christian theologies of religions: a biblical basis for a more effective engagement with other traditions. Drawing on a broad range of both biblical and historical scholarship, he shows that a hermeneutics of hostility toward other religions can be replaced with a hermeneutics of generosity and hospitality. – Paul F. Knitter, Union Theological Seminary, New York

How Christians view other religions is of course essentially related to their interpretation of scripture. In True and Holy, Leo Lefebure provides a rich overview of Christian engagement with Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, pointing to a shift which has occurred in each case from a Biblical hermeneutics of hostility to a hermeneutics of respect and generosity. This book is a vital resource for comparative theologians, for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the history of Christian engagement with other religions, and for anyone interested in resources for a more open and hospitable attitude toward the religious other. – Catherine Cornille, Boston College

True and Holy is a bold and much needed book giving the biblical basis for a more effective relationship of Christians with people of other religions. The book will be an excellent resource for anyone interested in a more open and generous attitude toward those of other faiths.

Science & Math / History & Philosophy / Physics

The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity by Prof. Pedro G. Ferreira (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

 The time is now, one hundred years after its publication, to celebrate the drama that surrounds the history of the theory of general relativity. From Albert Einstein's stubborn battles with younger physicists who challenged his authority; to publicity hogs like Fred Hoyle, who advanced his theory of a steady state universe through an unprecedented appearance on the BBC; to Alfred Schad, an Austrian physicist who set off an unlikely general relativity renaissance in Texas, Pedro Ferreira addresses them all with almost childlike delight and wonderment in The Perfect Theory. Ferreira is professor of astrophysics at the University of Oxford.

The Perfect Theory is the first comprehensive and understandable narrative of the history of Einstein's theory throughout the 20th century, warts and all. It brings together the study of black holes, cosmology, quantum gravity and gravitational waves, all through stories of the main players, many of whom British professor and well-established scientist Ferreira knows personally. At the core of Einstein’s general theory of relativity are a set of equations that explain the relationship among gravity, space, and time – possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement of modern physics. For over a century, physicists have been exploring, debating, and at times neglecting Einstein’s theory in their quest to uncover the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of solar systems, stars, and galaxies.

Ferreira says he taught himself the theory as an undergraduate, and fell in love with it. He claims that the next few years will thrust general relativity into the spotlight and could yield amazing new findings, or crash and burn in the face of conflicting evidence. His fight is to bring the theory back to its rightful, prominent place in education, and to renew his interest in and collaboration with its use.

In The Perfect Theory, Ferreira shows how beautiful and resilient the theory is, but he also shows how irrational science can be, and how differently people work. Ego, politics, and money are driving and dividing factors in science, and Ferreira elegantly and gleefully describes the personal feuds and intellectual battles of the biggest names in twentieth-century physics, from Einstein and Eddington to Hawking and Penrose.

Ferreira does not downplay relativity’s complexity and avoids the easy route of oversimplifying it into a cosmic magic show. The result is one of the best popular accounts of how Einstein and his followers have been trying to explain the universe for decades. – Kirkus (starred review)

With palpable delight, Ferreira details false starts, chance discoveries, and the vindication of long-ridiculed ideas that emerged from the work that predicted singularities, M-theory, and dark energy. He also shows that Einstein didn’t work in a vacuum; international collaboration made confirmation of his theory possible, while overturning some initial conclusions. Perhaps most importantly, Ferreira’s clear explanations offer a wonderful look into a world of those who tackle the hard math that is ‘the key to understanding the history of the universe, the origin of time, and the evolution of ... the cosmos. – Publishers Weekly

No book better prepares armchair physicists for the intellectual excitement ahead! – Booklist (starred review)

The Perfect Theory is a rollicking good read. We watch as Einstein’s brilliant successors struggle and squabble about everything from black holes to quantum gravity. With crisp explanations and narrative flair, Ferreira offers us a fun, fresh take on a magnificent part of modern science. – Steven Strogatz, Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, Cornell University, author of The Joy of x

Einstein’s general theory of relativity was the greatest of his many contributions to physics, but surprisingly little has been written about how the subject blossomed after his death, with profound implications for current cosmology and astrophysics. Pedro Ferreira provides an enthralling account of the ideas and personalities of those involved. – Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

Pedro Ferreira portrays a community ensnared by a single great idea. With vivid detail, he brings to life the awesome story of one of humanity’s greatest achievements. – Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Barnard College/Columbia University, author of How the Universe Got Its Spots

Einstein's general relativity is a theory of unrivaled elegance and simplicity. But the history of general relativity is messy, unpredictable, and occasionally dramatic. Pedro Ferreira is an expert guide to the twists and turns scientists have gone through in a quest to understand space and time. – Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist, author of The Particle at the End of the Universe

A fascinating introduction to our present understanding of space, time, and gravity, and to the confusion about how to go about finding a still better theory. – P. James Peebles, Albert Einstein Professor Emeritus of Science, Princeton University

Einstein's beautiful theory is now, more than ever, one of the liveliest frontiers of science, and crucial to our understanding of the cosmos. Pedro Ferreira describes, accessibly and non-technically, how the key breakthroughs have been made, and the personalities who made them. – Lord Martin Rees, Great Britain’s Astronomer Royal

You couldn't ask for a better guide to the outer reaches of the universe and the inner workings of the minds of those who've navigated it. – Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford, author of The Music of the Primes

The Perfect Theory is the first comprehensive, understandable, in fact, highly readable, narrative of the history of Einstein's theory throughout the 20th century, warts and all. The book engagingly reveals the greater relevance of general relativity, showing readers where it started, where it has led, and where it can still take us. In this sweeping narrative of science and culture, Ferreira brings general relativity to life through the story of the brilliant physicists, mathematicians, and astronomers who have taken up its challenge.

Social Sciences / Sociology / Exercise & Fitness / Sport

Social Sciences in Sport edited by Joseph Maguire (Human Kinetics)

Social Sciences in Sport presents discipline-specific knowledge in the social sciences, aiding in understanding the problems and potential of contemporary sport practices and experiences. This interdisciplinary reference provides in-depth coverage of sport studies and 14 social sciences, drawing connections across these disciplines to illuminate key issues and illustrate possibilities for change.

The editor Joseph Maguire, PhD, is a professor of sociology of sport in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University, UK. He is a past president of both the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) and International Sociological Association Research Committee 27 (Sociology of Sport). He is on the executive board of the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education and has served on scientific committees for the World Congress of Sociology. Maguire and an esteemed team of 18 contributors in Social Sciences in Sport synthesize theory and research in the area of social science and sport with special attention to four distinct topics: identity, community, capital, and governance. Chapters include a historical overview of the discipline or subject area, the core concepts and main theoretical perspectives in that area of expertise, critical findings, and the contemporary debates that characterize sport.

Over the past 50 years, the stock of social science knowledge about sport and physical activity has expanded considerably in range and depth. Each discipline and subject area has developed unique expertise, and this type of specialization has become a feature of the study of sport. Students invariably have to consult specialist journals, textbooks, or monographs. While that is valuable in itself, this volume draws on this specialization and enables students and practitioners to see the collective contribution that a social science approach can make. Indeed, given the problems, challenges, and dilemmas that mark contemporary sport, the need for a collective social science understanding is arguably more pressing than ever.

Social Sciences in Sport is designed to achieve two main goals: first, to provide in-depth coverage of current knowledge in a range of disciplines; and second, to draw connections between these disciplines to help illuminate key issues and concerns regarding sport and thereby to hold out the possibility of change. The text provides teachers and students with both a comprehensive account of discipline-specific knowledge in the social sciences and an overview of how social science knowledge as a whole contributes to understanding the problems and potentialities of contemporary sport practices and experiences. Written by leading figures in the social sciences, the book synthesizes theory and research in social science and sport while giving special attention to four distinct aspects: identity, community, capital, and governance.

These aspects, which correspond to the four main sections of Social Sciences in Sport, provide a framework with which to orient thinking and coordinate actions derived from a social science perspective. In keeping with the premise of the book, the individual chapters can be read separately, but they can also be read in such a way as to highlight links between disciplines, both within a specific part and across the four parts. Indeed, each expert has sought both to make such links where appropriate and to hold in mind questions of identity, community, social capital, and governance. Each chapter provides a comprehensive account that focuses on four key elements: a historical overview of the discipline or subject area; core concepts and main theoretical perspectives in that area of expertise; key critical findings; and contemporary debates that characterize sport. In taking this approach, the authors – and the text as a whole – make the case for the importance, relevance, and utility of a social science perspective on sport and physical activity. That, indeed, is the promise of Social Sciences in Sport.

Part I considers identity. In society and in sport, individuals are faced with questions of who they are, where they have come from, and how they address the ethical concerns they encounter on a daily basis. In seeking to make sense of these questions of identity, individuals can benefit from using knowledge – concepts and data – produced in the disciplines of his­tory, philosophy, and psychology. Yet individuals also encounter sport as part of social groups. Thus part II focuses on questions of community and how they are contoured by issues of place, space, image, and society. The extent to which local or national communities fragment or share a sense of togetherness, and the question of whether such processes of emotional and communal identification extend across societies, also characterize discussion of sport subcultures and sport worlds more generally. Evidence regarding the role that sport plays in providing a sense of identification, belonging, and community is provided by research in anthropology, sociology, geography, and media studies.

The role of local and global sport in shaping identities and communities is contingent on various forms of capital – status, wealth, power, and resources. Thus part III examines capital, drawing on research in the disciplines of economics, political science, and international relations. Finally, part IV focuses on questions of governance. Individuals and communities, both in sport and in society more generally, are faced with what has been described as a runaway world and a sense of ‘future shock,’ and in such a context questions of governance arise. How can individuals and communities order their lives, regulate wider sporting and societal processes, and organize and implement more effective policies regarding sport and physical activity that enhance well-being, human performance, and social development? These concerns are addressed by drawing on expertise in the study of sport law, social policy, management, and education.

Social Sciences in Sport is collection of work representing some, though not all, of the contributions that a social science perspective can make to the study of sport and physical culture. Additional questions – concerning, for instance, the role of the environment, religion, bioethics, political economy, social change, and development – could merit separate attention. Some, though again not all, of such issues could and should have a more prominent place in the text, and aspects of them are indeed surfaced in specific chapters.

Equipped with the social science knowledge and orientation that Social Sciences in Sport represents, students and practitioners will be better able to navigate their way through old, current, and newly emerging problems and challenges.

Social Sciences in Sport is timely and necessary. Equipped with the social scientific knowledge and new perspectives from this essential collection, students and practitioners will be able to navigate classic and emerging issues in sport. Whether readers are social scientists considering sport as a subject of study or sport studies scholars attempting to make connections with the broader disciplines, Social Sciences in Sport promotes development of and through sport.

 

Contents this Issue:

Textbook of Clinical Echocardiography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 5th edition by Catherine M. Otto MD FACC FAHA (Elsevier Saunders)

Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Mark G. Lebwohl MD, Warren R. Heymann MD, John Berth-Jones FRCP and Ian Coulson FRCP (Elsevier Saunders)

Endocrinology Adult and Pediatric, 6th edition (Elsevier Saunders)

The Parathyroid Gland and Bone Metabolism, 6th edition by John T. Potts Jr. MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

The Thyroid Gland, 6th edition by Leslie J. De Groot MD and J. Larry Jameson MD PhD

Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity, 6th edition by Gordon C Weir MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

The Adrenal Gland, 6th edition by Ashley B. Grossman BA BSc MD FRCP FMedSc, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Neuroendocrinology and The Pituitary Gland, 6th edition by Shlomo Melmed MD, J. Larry Jameson MD PhD and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Reproductive Endocrinology, 6th edition by J. Larry Jameson MD PhD, David M. de Kretser AO FAA FTSE MD FRACP, John C. Marshall and Leslie J. De Groot MD

Consultative Hemostasis and Thrombosis: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by Craig S. Kitchens MD, Barbara A Konkle MD and Craig M. Kessler MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Giles W Boland MD FACR (Requisites in Radiology Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas with STUDENT CONSULT Online Access, 6th edition by Barbara Young BSc Med Sci (Hons) PhD MB BChir MRCP FRCPA, Geraldine O'Dowd BSc (Hons) MBChB (Hons) FRCPath and Phillip Woodford MB BS FRCPA (Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)

The Intensive Care Unit Manual: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Paul N. Lanken MD, Scott Manaker MD PhD, Benjamin A. Kohl MD FCCM and C. William Hanson III MD (Elsevier Saunders)

McMinn and Abrahams' Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy with Student Consult Online Access, 7th edition by Peter H. Abrahams MB BS FRCS (Ed) FRCR DO (Hon) FHEA, Jonathan D. Spratt MA (Cantab) FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Glasg) FRCR, Marios Loukas MD PhD and Albert-Neels van Schoor BSc MedSci BSc (Hons) MSc PhD (Mosby Elsevier)

Reviews

Masks from West and Central Africa: A Celebration of Color and Form by Mary Sue Rosen and Paul Peter Rosen (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

The Truth of Our Existence: Four Teachings from the Buddha to Illuminate Your Life by Pema Chödrön, audiobook, 4 CDs, running time: 4 hours, 11 minutes (Sounds True)

Bear and Bird by James Skofield, with illustrator Jennifer Thermes (Sleeping Bear Press)

The Genius Files #4: From Texas with Love by Dan Gutman (Genius Files Series: Harper)

Hindi Is Our Ground, English Is Our Sky: Education, Language, and Social Class in Contemporary India by Chaise Ladousa (Berghahn Books)

The Wright Company: From Invention to Industry by Edward J. Roach (Ohio University Press)

Blücher: Scourge of Napoleon by Michael V. Leggiere (Campaigns and Commanders Series: University of Oklahoma Press)

When Bad Things Happen to Good Knitters: Revised, Expanded, and Updated Survival Guide for Every Knitting Emergency by Marion Edmonds and Ahza Moore (The Taunton Press)

Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us – and How to Fight Back, 3rd edition by John de Graaf, David Wann and Thomas H. Naylor (Berrett Koehler Publishers, Inc.)

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 4th edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Higher Education/ Prentice Hall)

Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany by Yascha Mounk (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Practical Skin Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print by James W Patterson MD, with Series Editors Kevin O. Leslie and Mark R. Wick (Pattern Recognition Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 6th edition by Stephen B. McMahon FMedSci FSB, Martin Koltzenburg MD FRCP, Irene Tracey MA (Oxon.) PhD FRCA and Dennis C. Turk PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Muscle Biopsy: A Practical Approach: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Victor Dubowitz MD PhD FRCP FRCPCH, Caroline A. Sewry BSc PhD FRCPath and Anders Oldfors MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)

Dermatopathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Dirk Elston MD and Tammie Ferringer MD, with Christine J. Ko MD, Steven Peckham MD, Whitney A. High MD JD David, J. DiCaudo MD and Sunita Bhuta MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Neuropathology: A Reference Text of CNS Pathology, 3rd edition by David Ellison MD PhD MA MSc MBBChir MRCP FRCPath, Seth Love MBBCh PhD FRCP FRCPath, Leila Chimelli MD PhD, Brian N. Harding MD DPhil BM BCh FRCPath, James S. Lowe BMedSci BM BS DM FRCPath, Harry V. Vinters MD FRCPC FCAP FFPath(RCPI), Sebastian Brandner MD FRCPath, and William H. Yong MD (Elsevier Mosby)

Radiation Biology of Medical Imaging by Charles A. Kelsey, Philip H. Heintz, Daniel J. Sandoval, Gregory D. Chambers, Natalie L. Adolphi, and Kimberly S. Paffett (Wiley Blackwell)

Atlas of Pain Injection Techniques: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 2nd edition by Therese C. O'Connor MB FFARCSI and Stephen E. Abram MD (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier)

Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease, Second Edition by Richard A. Jonas (CRC Press)

Called to Be Saints: An Invitation to Christian Maturity by Gordon T. Smith (IVP Academic)

True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions by Leo D. Lefebure (Orbis Books)

The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity by Prof. Pedro G. Ferreira (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Social Sciences in Sport edited by Joseph Maguire (Human Kinetics)