Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy: With Student Consult Online Access, 2nd edition by Edward C. Weber DO, Joel A. Vilensky PhD, Stephen W. Carmichael PhD DSc and Kenneth S. Lee MD (Netter Basic Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)
Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Cheuk-Man Yu MD FRCP (London/Edin) FRACP FHKAM (Medicine) FHKCP FACC MBChB, David L. Hayes MD FACC FHRS and Angelo Auricchio MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)
Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: Local Developments and Long-range Interactions in the 4th Millennium BC edited by Cameron A. Petrie (British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monographs Series III: Oxbow Books)
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Allied Health / Clinical / Diagnostic Imaging / Ophthalmology
Handbook of Retinal OCT: Optical Coherence Tomography: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Jay S. Duker MD, Nadia K Waheed and Darin Goldman (Elsevier Saunders)
Clinicians master the latest imaging methods used to evaluate retinal disease, uveitis, and optic nerve disorders with Handbook of Retinal OCT. For ophthalmologists at any stage of their career, this clinically oriented handbook provides a guide for the interpretation of Optical Coherence Tomography scans.
With Handbook of Retinal OCT clinicians are able to:
Ideal at any stage of their career, Handbook of Retinal OCT is an easy-to-use, clinically oriented handbook providing a quick, templated, and portable guide to Optical Coherence Tomography scan interpretation.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Allied Health / Internal / Anatomy / Basic Science / Education & Training / Reference
Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy: With Student Consult Online Access, 2nd edition by Edward C. Weber DO, Joel A. Vilensky PhD, Stephen W. Carmichael PhD DSc and Kenneth S. Lee MD (Netter Basic Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)
Designed to make learning more interesting and clinically meaningful, Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy, 2nd edition matches radiologic images – from MR and ultrasound to CT and advanced imaging reconstructions – to the artwork of master medical illustrator Frank H. Netter, MD. As a companion to the bestselling Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy, this updated medical textbook begins with the anatomy and matches radiologic images to the anatomic images; the result is a visual guide that shows how advanced diagnostic imaging is a ‘dissection tool’ for viewing human anatomy in living patients.
With Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy students are able to:
Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy is a concise atlas, a worthwhile addition to anyone's collection of anatomical reference books. It is probably most effectively used by students in their clerkships or residents when correlating radiologic images to the anatomy that they may have forgotten. It provides readers with a modern high quality radiological atlas, of interest also to medical students, allied health professionals, surgical and radiology residents and indeed most hospital-based, practicing doctors.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Anesthesiology / Critical Care Nursing / Ultrasonography
Critical Care Ultrasound: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Philip Lumb MB BS (Elsevier Saunders)
For physicians and nurses in critical care medicine, the increased demand and use of ultrasound necessitates further training. Critical Care Ultrasound helps meet that need. A straightforward approach, detailed ultrasound images, and online video demonstrations provide step-by-step guidance on the principles and effective use of this important imaging modality in both diagnosis and assistance with specific procedures. Coverage includes the latest applications of ultrasound for neurologic critical care; vascular problems; chest; hemodynamic monitoring; and abdominal and emergency uses, as well as assistance in a variety of specific procedures in critical care medicine. Additionally, issues regarding CCU logistics, training, and education are analyzed for the first time.
With Critical Care Ultrasound clinicians are able to:
Clinicians in critical care can see exactly how it is done with the images and videos in Critical Care Ultrasound. A straightforward, practical approach, an abundance of detailed ultrasound images, and online video demonstrations provide step-by-step guidance on imaging in both diagnosis and assistance.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Basic Sciences / Pathology / Diagnosis / Reference
Cytology: Diagnostic Principles and Clinical Correlates: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by Edmund S. Cibas MD and Barbara S. Ducatman MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Fully updated, the 4th edition of Cytology helps clinicians apply the latest diagnostic techniques for the interpretation of a complete range of cytological specimens. This medical reference book offers quick access to the newest methods and adjunct tests, all in a brief, readable format that makes quick work of reviewing the key information available on this powerful yet minimally invasive method.
With Cytology clinicians and students are able to:
Cytology is a practical bench manual for trainees and practicing pathologists alike. An excellent, manageable read as well as a useful quick reference, the book helps clinicians make the most informed decisions.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology / Reference
Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Cheuk-Man Yu MD FRCP (London/Edin) FRACP FHKAM (Medicine) FHKCP FACC MBChB, David L. Hayes MD FACC FHRS and Angelo Auricchio MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)
Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy, a new medical reference book for cardiologists, electrophysiologists, surgeons, and primary care doctors, offers an informative and structured view of the newest approaches, treatments and follow-up care methods for heart-failure patients treated with Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy.
With Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy clinicians are able to:
Complete with practical examples from top leaders in the field, Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy equips clinicians with the cohesive, expert knowledge they need to make the best use of today's available technologies and research in cardiac resynchronization therapy.
Arts & Photography / Textile Art
Text in Textile Art by Sara Impey (Batsford)
The creative potential of text in textile art is unlimited, and words can engage viewers and express ideas that the fabric can't otherwise convey. Sara Impey, one of the world's best-known textile artists and an innovator in using text in her work, presents the definitive guide to the technique with Text in Textile Art. She illustrates its myriad possibilities for self-expression, both historically and in the contemporary scene, and explores a wealth of practical techniques, from hand- and machine-stitching to photo transfer and computers.
Impey inspires makers with the confidence to use text in their work, shows how it can be used as a means of self-expression, and provides practical advice on the ways text can be incorporated into successful textile design. Text in Textile Art includes a discussion of stitched lettering in history, and examines the current scene, including contemporary artists. It then goes on to explore how readers can find inspiration for their work, whether personal or political, with exercises on how to get their thoughts organized. Finally, a wealth of practical tips are given on how to get text into the work, including hand- and machine-stitching techniques, computers, the latest generation of sewing machines and the use of newsprint and other printed materials.
Techniques for creating text on fabric range from simple hand stitching and appliqué to sophisticated screen-printing and the digitally programmed embroidery possible on the latest generation of sewing machines. Impey explores some of these in Text in Textile Art, illustrated by examples of the exciting, innovative and thought-provoking textile art being produced today by a wide variety of artists who choose to use text as a major element in their work. She is not just interested in how they use text, but why they choose to work with it.
Text in Textile Art does not, however, claim to be an exhaustive inventory of all the methods by which lettering can be created on fabric. One challenge for a historically decorative medium such as textile art is how to include text in such a way that it doesn't intrude clumsily on a work's design, but enhances and complements it. A background in typography and calligraphy is helpful, but today's sewing machines and wide choice of computer fonts make it possible for anyone working in textiles to create professional-looking lettering. But many textile artists today are less interested in attempting to reproduce the perfect uniformity of printed text on paper than in designing their own lettering. This enables them to express their individuality through the look of the text and to use it to reinforce the meaning behind the work. Indeed, most textile artists today do not attempt to emulate the highly decorative hand-stitched letterforms of the past. Nor are they interested in replicating the mass-produced, computerized, machine-stitched text which is everywhere nowadays on clothes and accessories, in the form of logos and labels. By consciously rejecting this industrial-scale production, artists emphasize the distinctiveness of the one-off art object by adopting their own, usually much simpler, methods of stitching text, whether by hand or on the sewing machine.
By providing an overview of the diverse and imaginative art being created in this field today, Text in Textile Art acts as an inspiration for anyone wishing to explore the potential of text in their own work. Illustrated throughout with examples of text-based work from the world's finest textile artists, this thoughtful and fascinating book is perfect for any textile artist who wants to add an extra dimension to their work with text. It will act as a guide to the many techniques available and as a signpost for those wishing to seek further information.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Coaching / Psychology / Education
Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen (Viking)
Bosses, colleagues, customers – but also family, friends, and
in-laws – they all have ‘suggestions’ for our performance,
parenting, or appearance. We know that feedback is essential for
healthy relationships and professional development – but we dread it
and often dismiss it.
That’s because receiving feedback sits at the junction of two conflicting human desires. We do want to learn and grow. And we also want to be accepted just as we are right now. Thanks for the Feedback is the first book to address this tension head on. It explains why getting feedback is so crucial yet so challenging, and offers a powerful framework to help readers take on life’s blizzard of off-hand comments, annual evaluations, and unsolicited advice with curiosity and grace.
The business world spends billions of dollars and millions of hours each year teaching people how to give feedback more effectively. Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen in Thanks for the Feedback argue that we’ve got it backwards and show us why the smart money is on educating receivers – in the workplace and in personal relationships as well. Stone and Keen are Lecturers on Law at Harvard Law School and cofounders of Triad Consulting, where their clients include the White House, Citigroup, Honda, Johnson & Johnson, Time Warner, and Unilever.
Surprisingly little attention has been focused on being an effective recipient of feedback. Enter Stone and Heen with a well-rounded consideration of 'the science and art of receiving feedback well.' As they write, both of those disciplines are required to receive feedback in productive ways – not only in the workplace, but in personal life as well.
Coauthors of the international bestseller Difficult Conversations, Stone and Heen have spent the last fifteen years working with corporations, nonprofits, governments, and families to determine what helps us learn and what gets in our way. They've discovered that while receiving feedback can be fraught, doing it well can be taught. In Thanks for the Feedback readers learn how to: IDENTIFY ‘truth,’ ‘relationship,’ and ‘identity’ triggers that block learning; MAKE SENSE of even off-base or poorly delivered feedback; UNCOVER blind spots to see hidden impacts of behaviors on others; DRAW BOUNDARIES in the face of unrelenting or destructive criticism; and REGAIN balance and perspective in even the toughest conversations.
I'll admit it: Thanks for the Feedback made me uncomfortable. And that's one reason I liked it so much. With keen insight and lots of practical takeaways, Stone and Heen reveal why getting feedback is so hard – and then how we can do better. If you relish receiving criticism at work and adore it in your personal life, then you may be the one person on earth who can safely skip this book. – Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell Is Human and Drive
Thanks for the Feedback is a potentially life-changing look at one of the toughest but most important parts of life: receiving feedback. It's a road map to less defensiveness, more self-awareness, greater learning, and richer relationships. Doug Stone and Sheila Heen have delivered another tour de force. – Adam Grant, Wharton professor and author of Give and Take
Imagine an organization where everyone is actually good at receiving feedback. Collective anxiety would be reduced. People would learn and grow. Impossible, you say? Thanks to this insanely original and powerful book, maybe not. – Judy Rosenblum, former chief learning officer of Coca-Cola and founder of Duke Corporate Education
Startlingly original advice for how to make feedback truly useful. – Chris Benko, vice president of global talent management of Merck
If you want to lead a learning organization, improving the quality of feedback is job one. This book is an essential guide to making that happen. – Amy C. Edmondson, Novartis Professor of leadership and management, Harvard Business School, and author of Teaming
Learning and HR professionals aren't the only ones who will love this book. It should be required reading for anyone receiving a performance appraisal – and anyone who is striving to improve. – B. Alan Echtenkamp, executive director of global organization and leadership development, Time Warner Inc.
With a culture increasingly focused on the individual and the self, this book on developing the ability to accept and utilize the input of others constructively deserves a wide readership. – Kirkus Reviews
Thanks for the Feedback is destined to become a classic in the
world of leadership, organizational behavior, and education. Whether
readers are involved in an organization, Stone and Heen teach
readers how to turn evaluations, advice, criticisms, and coaching
into productive listening and learning. With humor and clarity, they
blend the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology with
practical, hard-headed advice. They do an excellent job of
constraining the applications to feedback usefulness while also
exploring some of the other ways readers can define what ‘feedback’
consists of in their lives.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Human Resources / Training
Commonsense Talent Management: Using Strategic Human Resources to Improve Company Performance by Steven T. Hunt (Wiley (Pfeiffer))
Commonsense Talent Management, by Dr. Steven T. Hunt, takes a comprehensive look across all of the major strategic HR processes used to hire, motivate, develop, and retain employees throughout the employment life cycle. Unlike many other HR books, this book does not prescribe how HR processes should be designed. Instead it walks through the major considerations to ensure the processes readers create are the right ones for their businesses. It is a guide through the major questions, concepts, and issues to consider when building and deploying strategic HR processes to support the unique business needs and culture of their companies. Hunt, a recognized expert on HR, is Vice President of Customer Research at SuccessFactors/SAP Cloud.
This book is titled Commonsense Talent Management because the concepts it explains are based on fundamental psychological principles about employee behavior. These principles are well established and for the most part fairly straightforward. They make basic sense provided readers are aware of them. But they are also overlooked by many managers and companies. Setting goals and providing feedback are basic management techniques that have a significant impact on workforce productivity, but many companies do not do either of these things consistently or effectively. This book addresses these sorts of questions by examining how to get leaders, managers, employees, and human resource specialists to carry out commonsense activities necessary to create highly productive work environments.
Commonsense Talent Management summarizes years of experience and knowledge into a set of frameworks, key questions, and diagnostic tools that help readers create a healthier, more productive work environment for employees, managers, and customers alike. Some of the topics discussed are a bit complex. As is commonly said, if this problem was easy to fix, someone would have figured out the solution long ago and we would all be using it. Nevertheless, many of the concepts in this book can be effectively learned and applied to readers’ companies’ strategic HR processes in a matter of weeks.
Chapter 2 provides clarity on what strategic HR is, why it is important, and why it is often difficult. The chapter also explains the four fundamental strategic HR processes of right people, right things, right way, and right development.
Chapter 3 introduces the concept of business execution, explains why understanding a company's business execution drivers is fundamental to the design of effective strategic HR processes, and describes the link between the six key business execution drivers and the four fundamental strategic HR processes.
Chapters 4 through 7 discuss critical design questions underlying each of the four fundamental strategic HR processes: right people, right things, right way, and right development. These chapters discuss how to build and deploy processes associated with staffing, goal management, performance management, succession management, development, and other forms of strategic HR.
Chapter 8 looks at methods for integrating and aligning different areas of strategic HR to create an overall strategic HR road map. Chapter 9 discusses methods for deploying integrated strategic HR initiatives. This includes techniques to get employees, managers, and leaders to adopt and effectively use HR processes.
Appendix 1 contains a detailed competency library and associated structured interview questions that can be used to implement many of the concepts discussed in the book. Appendix 2 discusses how many of the principles in the book can be applied to build out a comprehensive succession management program. This provides an example of what is involved in building a truly integrated strategic HR process.
Steven Hunt has a unique ability to distill the complexity of talent management into simple, easy-to-deploy concepts. Commonsense Talent Management will help anyone responsible for business performance or organizational development gain immediate traction in this space. – David Crumley, VP, Global HR Technology and Continuous Improvement, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
This comprehensive book shapes your thinking about what great talent management should look like and why it’s so important for any business. I was compelled many times to stop and put an idea into action immediately. This will be my go-to resource as we evolve our talent management system. – Ellen Johnston, Director, HR & Leadership Development, Varian Medical Systems
This book brings together the critical elements of strategic HR and helps HR teams and leaders understand how to implement modern talent practices to drive high performance in the organization. – Josh Bersin, Principal and Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
Steven provides great insights where he has been able to use research as the foundation for his thinking without losing sight of the common sense approaches that can be instrumental in effective strategic human resource work. – Dr. Paul Levy, Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The University of Akron
Steven cuts to the chase and offers invaluable insight. Commonsense Talent Management breaks it all down and provides an easy to follow roadmap for achieving exceptional organizational performance. – Tom Porter, Director HR & Administration, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
Commonsense Talent Management captures the essential strategic HR principles and practices that business leaders need to know in order to mobilize their organizations toward high performance. – Matthew Kleinman, Ph.D., Corporate Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness, New York Life
If readers want to understand how to think through HR at a more strategic level, how to articulate its value to others, and how to design processes that positively change employee behavior, Commonsense Talent Management is for them. The book is specifically written for human resource professionals because those are the people whose responsibility typically includes increasing workforce productivity and creating higher-quality work environments. The topics in the book are also relevant to all business leaders concerned with creating an efficient, productive, and sustainable workforce.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Fast Fish by Hugh Carpenter, with photographs by Teri Sandison (Fast Books Series: Ten Speed Press)
The fourth Fast book from the gifted team of Hugh Carpenter and Teri Sandison, Fast Fish, focuses on that speediest of ingredients: fish. Quick preparation time is one of the many reasons to cook fish more often, and Carpenter offers this collection of ways for readers to spice up their workday meals. Carpenter teaches at cooking schools throughout North America and at his own school in California's Napa Valley. Teri Sandison is an award-winning food photographer. They are the authors of the Hot and Fast series of books.
Cooks explore Carpenter's many flavorful combinations, drawing on cuisines from around the world. Sandison's colorful photographs will have readers’ mouths watering for dishes such as Sautéed Halibut with Nectarines and Ginger, Roast Salmon with Curry Mayonnaise Rub, Steamed Snapper with Spicy Pesto, New Orleans Pasta with Catfish, Broiled Salmon and Figs, and Barbecued Swordfish with Chiles and Garlic. The book includes full-color photographs for half of the 100 recipes and more than 75 how-to and spot photos. As with all the Fast books, Fast Fish includes short ingredient lists, easy instructions, and simple menu suggestions.
Fast Fish helps readers choose from the wide varieties of fish and match each fish with an appropriate cooking technique. They learn how to pick the freshest fish, the best way to store fish, and fail-safe ways to determine when fish is perfectly cooked.
Fresh fish is fragile, it overcooks quickly, and it demands supervision. That is why people usually cook fish for work-night meals and accompany it with uncomplicated side dishes. Examples of easy accompaniments are lightly charred flour tortillas, steamed rice, rice pilaf, roasted fingerling potatoes, hot dinner rolls, or garlic bread. Cooks can alternatively do a quick-to-make salad or vegetable dish. By keeping the dinner menu straightforward, there are no distractions from the central fish entree.
Fast Fish focuses on the nine most popular fish sold in the United States. But there are dozens of other wonderful fish available. At the beginning of each chapter readers find a list of other varieties of fish that can be substituted. Readers will notice throughout the book the rules for fish: buy fresh, lower the heat rather than raise it, and err on the side of undercooking (fish can always be returned to the broiler, barbecue, or pan).
The section about cooking techniques provides the foundation for the recipes, and Carpenter refers to this often throughout Fast Fish. Essential Equipment surveys everything necessary for cooking fish as well as gadgets that make recipe preparation quicker. And the Essential Pantry reviews specialty items and the brands that are the flavor foundations for the recipes.
With its easy, inexpensive, creative, and healthy recipes, Fast Fish offers fresh, exciting ways to cook fish for family and friends. Endlessly versatile fish provide an amazing array of quick-to-prepare and easy-to-shop-for, flavor-packed recipes. These simple, flavor-intense recipes that will turn even the fish skeptic into a fish lover. Readers pick a recipe, set the table, and see why these fast fish recipes are the perfect choice night after night.
Cooking, Food & Wine / Home & Garden
Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering by Adam Danforth, with a foreword by Joel Salatin (Storey Publishing)
Small-acreage farms are on the rise, as are CSA programs and farmers' markets. Although there is still work to be done, most Americans have better access to fresh, seasonal, locally grown produce than they have seen in decades. But what about meat?
With so many concerns about industrial meat – inhumane living conditions, careless and cruel slaughter, indiscriminate use of hormones and antibiotics – now is the time to address the issue of how meat is produced and introduce a viable alternative.
More people are interested in either raising their own animals for meat or sourcing whole animals from local, sustainable farms and shops. There are still barriers to small-scale meat processing, though – notably the need for reliable, accessible, and affordable instruction on humane slaughtering and butchering practices.
Filling this gap come two new books Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork and Butchering Beef, by professional butcher Adam Danforth. In these two volumes, Danforth brings his expertise to the entire farm-to-table process. Unlike formal butchery textbooks, it assumes beginner understanding, rudimentary equipment, and do-it-yourself (DIY) labor. Using detailed, step-by-step photography of every stage of the process, Danforth shows readers exactly how to humanely slaughter and butcher chickens and other poultry, rabbits, sheep, pigs, and goats. From creating the right pre-slaughter conditions to killing, skinning, keeping cold, breaking the meat down, and creating cuts of meat readers will recognize from the market, Danforth walks them through every step, leaving nothing to chance. He also covers food safety, freezing and packaging, and tools and equipment.
With Danforth's comprehensive manual, Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork, readers learn the skills necessary to take an animal calmly and efficiently from pasture to freezer. Danforth trained at the professional meat processing program at SUNY Cobleskill, one of the only such programs in the United States, before going to work at Marlow and Daughters in New York City. He’s also worked as a butcher at Blue Hill and teaches home butchering workshops at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture.
Every step of the slaughtering process – from selecting the proper equipment to preparing, stunning, and bleeding the animals – is presented with careful consideration for the animals' well-being and their safety. Readers learn to butcher the carcass to maximize food yield and get the cuts they want. They find various options for breaking down each species, with hundreds of step-by-step photographs that put them at the butcher's table to observe the art of cutting and boning, trimming fat and connective tissue, and rolling and tying. Scrupulous attention to sanitation and detailed instructions for packaging and freezing their meat for the best quality, appearance, and freshness ensure that the animals readers process will nourish and satisfy everyone they feed.
I especially appreciate Storey and Danforth encouraging backyard butchery because it is exactly the kind of democratized, decentralized food system our country desperately needs. The opaqueness and centralization of America's food system, from mono-speciated factory farms to mega-supermarkets, has birthed a brand new lexicon of pathogenicity, toxicity, and ills. While self-empowerment makes food regulators shudder ("What, turn a bunch of novices loose with butchering animals in their backyards? Goodness, they'll kill themselves!") those of us who have done this for generations and encouraged others to do it realize the benefits for food safety, nutrition, and taste.
This book is yet another indication that the burgeoning local food tsunami continues to gain strength. It started with a resurgence of culinary interest and the Food Channel, then moved into urban farming and local produce, and now can include meat, which accounts for 40 percent of the grocery dollar. If we're ever going to move our food system to a place of regeneration, accountability, integrity, and transparency, we have to tackle the issue of how meat is produced. This book, titled simply Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork, is a launch pad for this next step in healing our collective foodscape. – from the foreword by Joel Salatin
An incredible resource, filled with information that is so hard to come by but so absolutely necessary. From the clear and detailed photos to the precise descriptions of butchery, this is a book for anyone interested in where their meat comes from. – Jessica and Josh Applestone, Fleisher's Grass-fed & Organic Meats
Adam Danforth’s two new books about butchering feature tasteful photographs and a thorough explanation of each step of the process.… [They] make you feel like you can raise and process your own livestock, and do it thoughtfully and skillfully … [and] provide new insights for all of us about butchering and its impact on the quality of meat. – Organic Broadcaster, the newspaper of the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
This is the intelligent and comprehensive butchery book inquisitive cooks have been waiting for. – Peter Hoffman, chef/owner of Back Forty and Back Forty West and formerly of Savoy
The definitive guides to today's sustainable meat movement, Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork and its companion volume Butchering Beef, are comprehensive references, the only guides readers need to successfully, safely, and humanely slaughter and butcher their own animals. Indeed, this is exactly the kind of information that empowers people to try new things, dispels fear and anxiety, and propels readers to reconnect with their ecological umbilical. It is a recipe for self-reliance and faith rather than dependency and fear.
Education & Training / Management & Leadership /
The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Becoming an Exemplary Leader, 2nd edition by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (The Leadership Challenge: Wiley)
Leaders get people moving. They energize and mobilize. They take people to places they have never been before. The leadership challenge never goes away. Times change, problems change, technologies change, and people change. Leadership endures.
Change is the province of leaders. It is the work of leaders to inspire people to do things differently, to struggle against uncertain odds, and to persevere toward a distant yet compelling image of a better future. Without leadership there would not be the extraordinary efforts necessary to solve existing problems and realize unimagined opportunities.
In this updated and expanded second edition of The Student Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes and Barry Posner apply their extensive research and expertise to demonstrate that anyone can be a leader, regardless of age or experience. They challenge high school and undergraduate college students to examine their own leadership actions and aspirations. Kouzes and Posner have been working together for more than thirty years, studying leaders, researching leadership, conducting leadership development seminars, and serving as leaders themselves in various capacities.
In The Student Leadership Challenge, readers learn from first-hand leadership stories from young leaders like themselves around the world, helping them to deeply explore and understand The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership:
Framed within these Five Practices, the authors guide readers
through the concrete actions they can take to become exemplary
leaders, from finding their voice and clarifying their own values,
to recognizing others’ contributions and celebrating their
victories. Kouzes and Posner ask readers to reflect at the end of
each chapter on their own leadership experiences and abilities now
and for the future.
New to this second edition is an access code so students can take the Student Leadership Practices Inventory Self Online, a 30-question assessment, to help them explore their own leadership behaviors and skills and determine the steps they can take to liberate the leader within and become their best selves.
The publication of this second edition of The Student Leadership Challenge marks six years since the book was first published. Kouzes and Posner say they have continued over that time to research, consult, teach, and write about what young leaders do and how anyone, regardless of age, can learn to be a better leader. They persist in asking today the same basic question they asked when they started their journey into understanding exemplary leadership: What did you do when you were at your personal best as a leader? Kouzes and Posner say they have talked to thousands of young men and women, representing many educational institutions and youth organizations from many different places around the world. Their stories, and the behaviors and actions they've described, combined with those of thousands of other leaders, reveal The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership framework.
The Student Leadership Challenge is evidence-based. The Five Practices are derived from research, and are illustrated with examples from real student leaders doing real things. With the second edition of this book, Kouzes and Posner update the research. They report new stories, cases, examples, and illustrations of exactly what young people do when they are at their leadership best. They say the more they research and the more they write about leadership, the more confident they become that leadership is within the grasp of everyone and that opportunities for leadership are everywhere.
How do you get other people to want to follow you? How do you get other people, by free will and free choice, to move forward together on a common purpose? How do you get people energized to work hard together to get something done that everyone can feel proud of? These are the important questions they address in The Student Leadership Challenge.
In Chapter 1 they introduce their leadership framework by sharing a Personal Best Leadership Experience – a case study about how one leader acted on her values and pursued a path of commitment and action to make a difference for the environmental future of her country.
The next ten chapters describe the Ten Commitments of Leadership – the essential behaviors – that leaders use to get extraordinary things done. They also explain the fundamental principles that support each of The Five Practices.
In Chapter 12, they offer a call to action to accept personal responsibility to be a role model for leadership and to make these leadership practices part of their daily lives, in all aspects of their lives. In the end, they conclude: Leadership is not an affair of the head. Leadership is an affair of the heart. Readers will see what they mean by that and how that applies to them in the final chapter.
Employers are looking for students who have content knowledge and practical experience working in teams and leading others. The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent example of the behaviors needed to accomplish extraordinary tasks that can get you noticed by a potential employer. – Kevin Bailey, vice president for student affairs, University of West Florida
Within the academy, we are constantly seeking additional tools to assist us in teaching the valuable lesson of leadership development for students, The Student Leadership Challenge is an excellent resource to assist in the important goal of helping students to become better leaders and, ultimately, stellar citizens in the communities of the world. – Victor K. Wilson, vice president for student affairs, The University of Georgia
Student leadership challenges are quite similar to adult challenges, and yet they differ as well – in scale and in the power of peer perspective. Kouzes and Posner have constructed a wide and sturdy bridge across these worlds. My college students will find relevant lessons and great inspiration in the diverse and compelling stories that are retold. We'd have a lot less adult leadership problems if more teachers and students used this great book. – Dan Mulhern, Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Business, University of California, Berkeley, and author, Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics, and Life
Kouzes and Posner provide a comprehensive, research-based, and values-driven resource that is packed with real-life examples. This book makes leadership highly accessible to college students and is sure to empower the next generation to tap into their potential as leaders and social change agents. – Jennifer R. Keup, director, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition
The Five Practices has provided a framework for students to reflect on their leadership experience and restructure their philosophy and theories relating to leadership as they challenge themselves through these five practices. – Amy Kuo Somchanhmavong, associate director, Service-Learning, Public Service Center, Cornell University
Students, educators, and practitioners continue to find that The Student Leadership Challenge is useful to them, both conceptually and practically, and it stands the test of time. The book will contribute to the success leaders have working with others, to the creation of new ideas and enterprises, to the renewal of healthy schools and prosperous communities, and to greater respect and understanding in the world. And it will enrich their lives as well.
Entertainment / Humor
It's One Thing After Another!: For Better or For Worse 4th Treasury by Lynn Johnston (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
America's most popular family comic strip returns in It's One Thing After Another!. It's One Thing After Another! is the fourth For Better or For Worse treasury, capturing more of the early years of this beloved strip, with annotations and asides by author Lynn Johnston.
Since its debut in 1979, For Better or For Worse has touched comic strip readers as few cartoons ever do. Johnston's eye for detail and her uncanny sense of what real parents and children struggle with daily are a big part of her success. The comic strip now appears in 1,550 papers in the U.S. and Canada and is translated into eight languages for its devoted readership of more than 220 million. Read by people of all ages, the award-winning For Better or For Worse deals honestly with both the light-hearted and the serious, and to many readers, the Pattersons feel like family.
Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and grew up in British Columbia. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1986. She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.
It's One Thing After Another! captures the real daily struggles and triumphs of parents and children alike in Johnston's wonderful tradition of warmth and humor. Readers of all ages will find pleasure in getting to know the Pattersons, discovering for themselves why Johnston's comic-strip family continues to be one of America's most beloved.
Fans of the comic will love the candid photos and newspaper
clippings that capture the early years of this popular strip and the
inspirations behind it. Accompanying Johnson’s award-winning comics
are annotations that offer personal insights into the development of
This fourth treasury continues where the third, Making Ends Meet, left off, illustrating Johnston's humorous outlook on family life, as experienced by the Patterson household of four (plus pets!). Inside this specially annotated, hardcover edition are strips from the combined collections of Johnston's The Last Straw and Keep the Home Fries Burning, the fifth and sixth in the For Better or For Worse comic series.
In addition to her original panels, Johnston's commentary offers readers an insight into the creation and development of America's favorite family-oriented comic strip. This treasury also features personal photos, stories, and newspaper clippings detailing memorable moments in the lives of Johnston and her family, the inspiration for the Pattersons.
Readers of It's One Thing After Another! join the Pattersons as they navigate the ups and downs of everyday challenges and triumphs and experience the laughs and discover the humor in even the worst of scenarios as seen through Johnston's heartfelt work.
History / World / Ancient / Early Civilization / Archaeology
Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: Local Developments and Long-range Interactions in the 4th Millennium BC edited by Cameron A. Petrie (British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monographs Series III: Oxbow Books)
The fourth millennium BC was a critical period of socio-economic and political transformation in the Iranian Plateau and its surrounding zones. This period witnessed the appearance of the world’s earliest urban centers, hierarchical administrative structures, and writing systems. These developments are indicative of significant changes in socio-political structures that have been interpreted as evidence for the rise of early states and the development of inter-regional trade, embedded in longer-term processes that began in the later fifth millennium BC. Iran was an important player in western Asia especially in the medium- to long-range trade in raw materials and finished items throughout this period. The different regions that make up the Iranian Plateau and its surrounding mountain and piedmont zones were important players in the inter-regional dynamics of socio-economic contact.
New and renewed research in Iran and several neighboring countries has dramatically expanded our knowledge and understanding of local developments on the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions during this critical period. According to editor Cameron A. Petrie, this volume, Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours, developed from the desire to bring the results of this new (and renewed) research in Iran together in one place. It presents twenty papers from world experts and specialists of the archaeology of Ancient Iran and its neighbors during the fourth millennium BC and outlines the current state of research as well as highlighting clear objectives for future research. Petrie is in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. The volume has 31 contributors.
Chapters of Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours and their authors include:
Environment, ecology, landscape, and subsistence
Sites and regions
Technologies of craft and administration
Synthesis and discussion
The workshop entitled Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: Local Developments and Long-Range Interactions in the Fourth Millennium BC and the book Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours, developed from the desire to bring the results of the new (and renewed) research in Iran together in one place. Furthermore, it was an attempt to contextualize the archaeology of what is perhaps more correctly referred to as the Iranian Plateau and its surrounding mountain and piedmont zones, in relation to broader debates about socioeconomic and political developments in Western Asia.
Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours presents 20 papers from world experts and specialists of the archaeology of Ancient Iran and its neighbors during the fourth millennium BC, and endeavors to outline the current state of research and highlight some clear objectives for future research. The introductory chapter lays out the raison d'etre for the volume, by introducing the archaeology of Western Asia and particularly the Iranian Plateau and its mountain and piedmont zones in the fourth millennium BC. In doing so, it outlines the major interpretive models that have been proposed to assess the archaeology of this period. It also introduces the format and details of the Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours workshop and the papers that were presented there, and outline the fundamental themes and issues that frame the papers presented in the volume.
Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours presents revised versions of the majority of the papers that were presented at the workshop. In general the coverage is chronologically broad, and most regions of the greater Iranian Plateau and its mountains and piedmonts are at least referred to and many are discussed in detail. There are papers discussing Susiana (Wright), the Central Western Zagros (Rothman), and the Central Plateau (Helwing; Fazeli et al.; Thornton), as well as the Kopet Dag piedmont zones (Bonora and Vidale). There are also papers discussing different parts of Fars (Sardari; Petrie et al.; Alden) as well as Kerman (Vidale and Desset), and the areas of Iranian and Pakistani Baluchistan (Mutin). Some papers take a more holistic view, including a review of the environmental and climatic evidence (Jones et al.) and an assessment of the dynamics of long-term settlement shifts (Hopper and Wilkinson), as well as papers on metallurgy (Weeks), sealing and its associated iconography (Pittman), two papers dealing with the issue of writing systems and administration (Matthews; Dahl et al.), and an overview paper discussing issues of scale, difference, and mobility (Pollock).
The authors who have contributed have each dealt with a range of themes, including:
In the concluding chapter, the significant conclusions of the papers are brought together into a broad synthesis that highlights the emerging paradigms that are shaping our understanding of the fourth millennium BC in Iran, and establishes an agenda for future work.
The 20 papers presented in Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours illustrate forcefully how the reevaluation of old excavation results, combined with much new research, has dramatically expanded our knowledge and understanding of local developments on the Iranian Plateau and of long-range interactions during the critical period of the fourth millennium BC. The book provides an abundance of relevant issues related to the archaeology of the Iranian Plateau and its mountain and piedmont zones that are worthy of careful exploration and consideration.
Home & Garden / Arts & Crafts / Antiques & Collectibles
Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry: 1890-1940 by Darcy L. Evon (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)
The Arts and Crafts Movement, a fascinating period in American decorative history, led to the unprecedented commercialization of fine crafts and the empowerment of thousands of women and immigrants, who began to pursue new careers in design and handicraft. In 1893, the World's Fair in Chicago heralded the egalitarian art movement in America that led to the establishment of a plethora of metalwork and jewelry companies and studios by the turn of the century. Darcy L. Evon in Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry documents how these new trends spread throughout the Midwest and eventually the country, led by innovative pioneers who inspired an entire nation. They designed exquisite, original pieces of metalwork and jewelry by hand, starting with basic raw materials. Dozens of previously unidentified shops, artists, their creations, and accurate information on well-known historical figures are featured for the first time in this publication. Evon, a freelance author and an arts and crafts scholar, a former business technology columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and former publisher and editor of I-Street Magazine, is the historian for the Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL.
Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry is an illustrated history of jewelry and metalwork industries in Chicago and the Midwest. The book introduces dozens of new crafts workers, companies, and hallmarks, and corrects misidentified artisans, marks, and information. Research included dozens of interviews with family descendants; access to the original files for Chicago Metal-Smiths; newspaper and magazine archives; municipal, county, and federal court archives; city directories and art directories; vital records, military, and real estate archives; museum and institutional special collections; and study of artifacts from various collections.
Chicago led the Arts and Crafts Movement by pairing progressive politics with the frenetic pace of industry; there would be no starving artists in this new economy but plenty of good-paying careers and ideal working conditions. The Chicago influence spread throughout the Midwest and from coast-to-coast, as hundreds of art companies and studios showed their works in the annual arts and crafts shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, the leading exhibition venue in the country. The Art Institute also catered to the thousands of aspiring artists nationwide pursuing degrees in the emerging industry of decorative design by maintaining the largest and most comprehensive educational program. Most of the Arts and Crafts Movement proponents also supported women's suffrage.
Metalwork and jewelry from the period was made by hand from raw materials, a feat rarely seen today. The designs were exquisite, innovative, and original. Almost all of the work featured in the book was signed by the artist or company, as unsigned works rarely have sufficient provenance to understand their contribution in a historical context.
Organized by trade name and location, Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry, a significant publication, is for collectors, dealers, and art historians, as well as artisans. The book will lead to new discoveries and additional publications that will help individuals understand and appreciate this extraordinary art movement and its profound impact on society. For collectors, the book will help build important bodies of work and assist in bringing jewelry and metalwork artifacts to life.
Political Science / Civics & Citizenship / Public Policy / City Planning
Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister (New Atlantis Books: Encounter Books)
Contemporary American society, with its emphasis on mobility and
economic progress, all too often loses sight of the importance of a
sense of ‘place’ and community. Appreciating place is essential for
building the strong local communities that cultivate civic
engagement, public leadership, and many of the other goods that
contribute to a flourishing human life.
Do we, in losing our places, lose the crucial basis for healthy and resilient individual identity, and for the cultivation of public virtues? For one can’t be a citizen without being a citizen of some place in particular; one isn’t a citizen of a motel. And if these dangers are real and present ones, are there ways that intelligent public policy can begin to address them constructively, by means of reasonable and democratic innovations that are likely to attract wide public support?
Why Place Matters takes these concerns seriously, and its contributors seek to discover how, given the American people as they are, and American economic and social life as it now exists; we can find means of fostering a richer and more sustaining way of life. The book is an anthology of essays exploring the contemporary problems of place and placelessness in American society. Editors are Wilfred M. McClay, the SunTrust Chair of Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Ted V. McAllister, the Edward L. Gaylord Chair and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Why Place Matters includes contributions from distinguished scholars and writers such as poet Dana Gioia (former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts), geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, urbanist Witold Rybczynski, architect Philip Bess, essayists Christine Rosen and Ari Schulman, philosopher Roger Scruton, transportation planner Gary Toth, and historians Russell Jacoby and Joseph Amato.
The essays in Why Place Matters have in common a view that the recovery of ‘place’ in our personal and public lives is a matter of central importance, but McClay and McAllister do not otherwise impose a party line. Indeed, they encourage debate rather than skirt it; hence the range of views represented is wide, often suggesting dramatically different paths forward.
For example, readers encounter architect Philip Bess's humane and philosophically grounded urbanism, which seeks to conceptualize the ideal city as a carefully planned vehicle for the fulfillment of the good life; poet Dana Gioia's exuberant celebration of creative, diverse, and disorderly Los Angeles as far more of a ‘place’ than it gets credit for being; philosopher Roger Scruton's call for aesthetic constraints to make city centers more attractive and therefore livable; and architectural historian Witold Rybczynski's wise admonition that the city with a healthy sense of place is one that prudently respects the promptings of the market and the choices of consumers, while also honoring the momentum of history by remembering that "adaptation ... is always better than invention" and that cities should not imagine they ever have the power to start from scratch.
Similarly, the subject of cosmopolitanism, as a principled enemy to the centrality of place, in Why Place Matters is treated differently by different authors. Political theorist Mark T. Mitchell attacks cosmopolitanism frontally, as a betrayal of the most fundamental human longings, and seeks to formulate a ‘humane localism’ that will be free of the fear of the ‘other’. The historian and critic Russell Jacoby, while much friendlier to cosmopolitanism in many respects, points to the ways in which it promises far more than it delivers, and how, by inducing a placelessness that leads to resentment and violence, it may ironically serve to foster the very particularistic hatreds that it was created to escape. And for the eminent geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, a Chinese immigrant scholar who rose to the top of his profession as a brilliant student of the structure and phenomenology of place, there is a ceaseless tension between local and cosmopolitan values, between hearth and cosmos – a tension that is inherent and not to be resolved in favor of one or the other. Even such a nuanced position as Tuan's also, in its own way, affirms the enduring importance of the particular and the local.
Other essays perceptively examine the psychological and social effects of mobility (Schulman, Rosen), the ways in which public policy would benefit from greater place-consciousness and greater empowerment of local participatory institutions (Toth, Schambra, Brown, Peterson, McAllister, McClay), and the ways in which a revival of local history could lead to civic and individual renewal on a surprising scale (Amato). All the essays in Why Place Matters have in common a desire to vindicate a sense of place as something essential to the well-being of all men and women.
In this important book, insightful thinkers – from poets and
philosophers to geographers and planners – explore one of the most
disorienting results of our dazzling technological advances: an
increasingly attenuated sense of place. Just decades ago, such a
book would have been superfluous; today it is essential in a rapidly
globalizing and digitizing world. – Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow,
Ethics and Public Policy Center, Former Chairman, National Endowment
for the Humanities
Both liberals and conservatives celebrate, each for their own reasons, the freedoms that modern life gives us, but we all too easily forget that to be liberated from one set of constraints is to become captive to another. Neither nostalgic nor polemical, Why Place Matters illuminates the ‘mind-forg’d manacles’ of modern mobility, and in so doing teaches us why learning to love where we live – and, so to speak, learning to live where we live – is critical to human flourishing. – Rod Dreher, Author of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming
Cities are the crucibles of modern civilization. This unique and thought-provoking collection of essays will be crucial for helping anyone who cares about cities understand how they do or do not meet human needs in this new century. I will refer to this collection again and again. – Rod Gould, City Manager, Santa Monica, California
In our age of increasing rootlessness and digital disembodiment, this splendid book shows us how to think our way back, practically and philosophically, to the solid ground of place – the home, the neighborhood, and the city. – Steven Lagerfeld, Editor, The Wilson Quarterly
The erosion of place is an issue of profound importance, one that goes to the most fundamental purposes of human society, and the unique and thought-provoking essays in Why Place Matters begin to make the case for that proposition.
Politics & Social Sciences / Philosophy / History / Americas
Union and Liberty: The Political Philosophy of John C. Calhoun by John C. Calhoun, edited by Ross M. Lence (Liberty Fund)
The power of Calhoun's eloquence is undeniable. He had an enormous political influence in the period immediately following the founding of the American system. He understood liberty; he ardently defended it; and he spoke of it in a language and within a culture that are genuinely American. The defense of minority rights against the abuse of an overbearing majority, the cause to which he untiringly devoted himself, has rejoined constitutional discourse as a tenet of contemporary American politics. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of neglect, John Caldwell Calhoun calls upon us to renew our inquiry into the founding principles of the American system of government. – from the preface to Union and Liberty
Much time and energy has been devoted to the rise of American constitutionalism and the nature of the American Union in the eighteenth century. Far less attention has been paid to the interpretation and implementation of the U.S. Constitution during the nineteenth century. Faced with largely unanticipated problems attendant upon economic change, a major influx of new people, and westward expansion, the generation of Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun struggled to sustain what was commonly believed to have been the original intention of the framers. In the absence of an appreciation of the work of those prodigious thinkers of the nineteenth century, no real understanding of the American constitutional tradition is possible.
Union and Liberty, edited by Ross M. Lence, brings Calhoun to modern readers.
Calhoun's large substantive and philosophical contributions to American constitutional thought have been in large measure a casualty of history. The lingering doubts and haunting images of the Civil War, compounded by Calhoun's defense of slavery and his unwavering commitment to the doctrine of State Rights, have distracted historians and political scientists from serious consideration of his ideas.
Calhoun's political and philosophical thought evolved over a forty-year period of public office. John Caldwell Calhoun was born to pioneer parents on March 18, 1782. His education in New England provided the intellectual seeds for his subsequent development of a theory of nullification and secession. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Yale in 1804, Calhoun studied law in Litchfield, Connecticut. Among the faculty with whom Calhoun studied at Litchfield were Judge Tapping Reeve (Aaron Burr's brother-in-law) and Judge James Gould.
Despite his exposure to these ideas, during his tenure in the House of Representatives from 1811 to 1817 as a representative of South Carolina, Calhoun was an ardent nationalist: He was more concerned about national strength and unity than about curbing majorities to protect intense minority interests. As a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House of Representatives, Calhoun was a vocal supporter of the War of 1812. He did not waver in his commitment to a strong foreign policy, even in the face of bitter protests from the New England states. Throughout the early years of his career, he consistently favored extensive federal assistance for internal improvements in an effort to encourage domestic commerce and farming. And most noted of all, he supported the tariff of 1816 as a temporary measure to raise the money necessary to eliminate the national debt incurred during the War of 1812 and to protect America's fledgling industries.
According to Union and Liberty, Calhoun's views coincided with many opinions prevalent in the nation in the early 1820s. This harmony combined with his political talents so well that some people began to advance his name as a possible candidate for president. In the presidential campaign of 1824, he decided to limit his obvious ambitions for the time being and settled into the vice-presidency under the administration of John Quincy Adams. From the beginning, their relationship was a troubled one. Personalities were at odds; political ambitions clashed. When serious wrangling erupted between Adams and Calhoun (who as vice-president was also the presiding officer of the Senate) over the respective powers of the executive and the legislature, the controversy spilled over into a series of public letters. In his six letters, Calhoun argued against the prerogatives claimed by Adams. He declared that republican government required the diffusion of political power. Liberty would be sacrificed if Americans allowed the abuse of presidential patronage that was threatening to destroy the delicate balance between liberty and power established by the Constitution. It is Calhoun's articulation and development of the doctrine of interposition or nullification for which he was, and is, so well known.
When Andrew Jackson was elected president in November 1828, Calhoun remained as vice-president. He had played an instrumental role in forging the alliance of Westerners, Southerners, and anti-Adams forces in the Northeast to elect the new president. Calhoun was suspicious of the political aspirations of many of the supporters of his new political ally. Nevertheless, as vice-president in the new administration, he hoped to influence Jackson's policies. His experience with Jackson, however, proved even less successful than his experience with John Quincy Adams had been.
Throughout this turbulent period, Calhoun was increasingly called upon to defend the South's peculiar institution – slavery – which came progressively to the fore as a defining characteristic of the South and became connected to the debate over states' rights. With one notable exception, Calhoun's remarks concerning this subject were always couched in the general language of history, economics, and philosophy. That one exception is his 1837 address to the Senate in which he goes so far as to declare slavery ‘a positive good’ – a statement which he immediately protested was taken out of context. Calhoun's own inner thoughts on slavery may never be known with certainty, for the ravages of civil war and the fate of the Southern cause have only compounded the enigma of how a free people could endorse and defend that pernicious institution.
Calhoun resigned his office as vice-president in December 1832 and took a seat as a senator from South Carolina, which he held until 1844. The brilliance of his mind and the power of his rhetoric made him the natural and unchallenged spokesman for South Carolina and many elements in the South. This was especially apparent in his speech on the Revenue Collection Bill, commonly known as the Force Bill, in February 1833. In this speech, which spanned two days, he argued that recourse to violence to compel obedience to the dictates of the federal government could never be constitutional or legitimate, even if undertaken to preserve the union.
According to Union and Liberty, Calhoun's rhetorical strengths in arguing the Southern cause and his opposition to Jackson diminished his national stature. In the succeeding years he gradually regained his standing and was appointed secretary of state by President John Tyler in 1844. He remained firm in his commitment to a national union of states and continued to worry that Southern states would become a minority in the Congress. As secretary of state, he advocated the annexation of Texas as a means of balancing the South and the expanding North. He exerted his efforts on behalf of the Union in its dispute with Great Britain over the territory that later became Oregon.
Upon Polk's election as president in 1845, Calhoun reentered the Senate, where he continued to be active until his death. He used his position as senator to assail the highly popular Mexican-American War. He attempted to develop various public projects in South Carolina and for the South generally, including plans for a railroad connecting the South and the West. Much of his energy in his last years was devoted to writing what was to become the Disquisition and the Discourse.
Although aware of the limited capability of reasoned discourse to resolve the tensions and centrifugal forces of nineteenth century America, Calhoun turned increasingly in the last few years of his life to questions of philosophy. He devoted his time and energy to the writing of A Disquisition on Government and A Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States, which were completed just before his death.
In Union and Liberty, every effort is made to present as representative a picture of Calhoun's political and philosophical thought as is possible within the confines of a single volume covering Calhoun's some forty years of public service. All selections are complete and unabridged. The reasons for including the Disquisition and Discourse are obvious. In addition to these larger works, this volume includes twelve speeches, letters, or political essays taken from the literally thousands of pages of Calhoun's speeches and writings. The documents proceed in chronological order. The "Speech on the Resolution of the Committee on Foreign Relations" was Calhoun's first major address to the U.S. House of Representatives and establishes his early credentials as an ardent nationalist. This nationalist theme can also be seen in his 1816 "Speech on the Tariff Bill." For more about the nature and scope of Calhoun's nationalism, readers may consult his "Speech on United States Bill ... February 26, 1816" and his "Speech on the Internal Improvement Bill ... February 4, 1817," not reprinted in Union and Liberty.
Following these speeches from Calhoun's days in the House of Representatives, this volume focuses upon three of Calhoun's statements on the great controversy over the tariff, which was triggered by the Tariff of Abominations and culminated in the South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification, the Compromise Tariff of 1833, and President Jackson's Force Bill. The "Exposition and Protest," drafted by Calhoun and promulgated by the South Carolina legislature, articulates the right of the several states to interpose their authority between the federal government and the people of the states. Calhoun's public remarks on the doctrine of interposition are found in his "Address on the Relations of the States and the Federal Government," more commonly known as the "Fort Hill Address." The "Speech on the Revenue Collection [Force] Bill" rigorously applies the principles of the Fort Hill Address to the particular issue of the tariff. Few, if any, of Calhoun's speeches can rival his remarks on the Force Bill for clarity and powers of rhetoric. The language is direct; the style provocative and bold; the analysis rigorous and precise.
The next document, Calhoun's 1837 "Speech on the Reception of Abolition Petitions," focuses on one of the most controversial issues of Calhoun's political career, his defense of slavery. Because Calhoun's reputation is so often linked to his remarks on this subject, both the first report and the revised report have been included in Union and Liberty.
The highly volatile issue of the national bank is addressed in the "Edgefield Letter." This letter offers modern readers the additional advantage of being able to hear, in a very few pages, Calhoun's own justification for his return to the ranks of the Democratic Party and his defense against the charges of political inconsistency on the question of a national bank.
The remaining five speeches in Union and Liberty focus on those issues and concerns that came to dominate the conversation between the North and the South in the critical years from 1840 to 1850. All of the elements of that conversation are in place: the tyranny of a numerical majority and the abuse of legislative power ("Speech on the Veto Power"); the nature of compromise in the foundation of constitutional government and in the doctrine of the concurrent majority ("Speech on the Introduction of His Resolutions on the Slave Question"); the need for a Southern party to counteract the corruptive nature of partisan politics ("Speech at the Meeting of the Citizens of Charleston"); the inevitable conflict between liberty and equality ("Speech on the Oregon Bill"); and Calhoun's final assessment of the nature and limits of the Union and the requisites for its preservation ("Speech on the Admission of California – and the General State of the Union"). These five documents also allow readers a unique opportunity to see Calhoun's political and philosophical arguments in the years preceding their final articulation in the Disquisition and the Discourse.
Professional and Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery / Ophthalmology
Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques by Lucio Buratto MD, Stephen Brint MD and Rosalia Sorce MD (Slack Incorporated)
I learned how to remove cataracts during extracapsular extraction. I observed the skills and stole the knowledge from my Maestro; I religiously followed all of the advice he gave me and put it into practice. However, I also learned by reading and rereading the books written by Dr. Lucio Buratto, a Maestro who was unaware that he had become my tutor.
Many years have passed since then, and while reading this new book, I can still recognize his commitment and desire to transmit to the reader a burning passion to fully understand all of the fine details of the surgical mechanisms and dynamics associated with the technical and technological innovation. – Daniele Tognetto, from the foreword
Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques offers a
unique insight into the evolution of phacoemulsification machines
and the development of new ways to supply energy, as well as new
devices that improve fluidics, therefore increasing the safety of
the phaco and femtophaco surgical procedures. Lucio Buratto, Stephen
Brint, and Rosalia Sorce provide a step-by-step approach to
everything surgeons must learn about the physical principles that
regulate the fluidics and energy to understand the machine’s working
during the surgical procedure.
Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques covers a wide variety of topics, including anterior chamber phacoemulsification, endocapsular techniques, irrigation and aspiration, fluidics and pumps, and principles of femtosecond cataract surgery. The volume is supplemented by more than 300 color illustrations, diagrams, a glossary, and references.
Authors/editors are Lucio Buratto, MD, Centro Ambrosiano Oftalmico, Milan, Italy; Stephen F. Brint, MD, FACS, Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans; and Rosalia Sorce, MD, Senior Consultant, Operative Unit, Ophthalmology Department, Lentini Hospital, Siracusa, Italy. The book has 7 additional contributors.
Chapters in Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques and their authors include:
Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques takes a fresh look at all of the main techniques proposed and employed over the years. This has considerable importance because the choice of the most appropriate technique for each surgical step is an essential component of the surgical planning as the various steps are all closely linked together.
Even the evolution of the phacoemulsifiers, with the development of new ways to supply the energy and the new devices that improve the fluidness, has augmented the level of safety of the surgical procedure. Today it is possible to successfully complete complicated operations by exploiting the innovative characteristics of the latest machines. Consequently, surgeons must learn about the new developments if they wish to progress in their field. Surgeons must learn everything there is to know about the physical principles that regulate the fluidness and the energy flow to understand the machine's specific operational mode to manage the different phases of surgery. It is essential that surgeons understand which parameters can be modified during surgery and how they can be changed. The detailed examination of the technical characteristics of the modern phacoemulsifiers reported in Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques is oriented in this direction and will be of great help to everyone who decides to read the book.
All surgeons from beginner to expert will want this unique resource by their side. The opportunity Cataract Surgery with Phaco and Femtophaco Techniques gives clinicians to update their knowledge on such a revolutionary topic must be welcomed with enthusiasm and gratitude, particularly at the present time when the implantation of advanced-technology lenses necessitates extreme precision.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Surgery / Ophthalmology
Ophthalmic Microsurgery: Principles, Techniques, and Applications by Sumit (Sam) Garg MD and Roger Steinert MD (Slack Incorporated)
Excellent microsurgery derives not from natural dexterity alone or from pure book knowledge, but from these features combined with an appreciation of the instrumentation, physical forces, and tissue reactions that create the environment of microsurgery.
Ophthalmic Microsurgery: Principles, Techniques, and
Applications conveys both the art and science of microsurgery from
an ophthalmic perspective. This unique resource begins with the
principles and techniques of microsurgery, which can be applied to
all types of surgeries and includes detailed laboratory exercises to
teach the key concepts. The second section of
Ophthalmic Microsurgery addresses the specific applications.
While not an encyclopedia of all surgical interventions, Drs. Sumit
“Sam” Garg and Roger Steinert, along with their contributors,
provide an overview of key surgical competencies that are relevant
to the various ophthalmic subspecialties. The book is set apart from
other similar resources by having a comprehensive and concise focus
on translating surgical principles into reality through simple and
Authors/editors are Sumit (Sam) Garg, MD, Vice Chair of Clinical Ophthalmology, Medical Director, Director of Technology, Assistant Professor, Cataract, Corneal & Refractive Surgery, Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and Roger F. Steinert, MD, Irving H. Leopold Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology, Director, also at Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine. The book has 13 contributors.
Chapters in Ophthalmic Microsurgery and their authors include:
Section I Principles and Techniques
Section II Applications: Concepts and Practice
Ophthalmic Microsurgery is grounded in practicality. It requires only basic materials.
The goal of Ophthalmic Microsurgery is to develop that rational basis for microsurgical craftsmanship. As this manual is not intended to be an encyclopedic tome of all surgical interventions, many specific surgical techniques are not addressed. Rather, it is a brief overview of some key surgical competencies that are important in the subspecialty.
Ophthalmic Microsurgery conveys both the art and science of microsurgery from the perspective of ophthalmology. Grounded in practicality and requiring only basic materials, the volume covers the theory and basics of microsurgery needed during the ophthalmic surgical training of residents and fellows and serves as an excellent manual for the more experienced ophthalmologists looking to refine their technique in microsurgery.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Allied Health Professions / Internal / Basic Sciences / Anatomy / Education & Training / Reference
Gray's Anatomy for Students: With Student Consult Online Access, 3rd edition by Richard Drake PhD FAAA, A. Wayne Vogl PhD FAAA and Adam W. M. Mitchell MB BS FRCS FRCR (Elsevier Churchill Livingstone)
From the beginning, we wanted the book to be designed with multiple entry points, to be targeted at introductory level students in a broad spectrum of fields, and to be a student-oriented companion text for Gray's Anatomy, which is aimed at a more professional audience. – from the book
Now in its 3rd edition, this completely revised medical textbook continues its focus on just the core information students need for their anatomy courses, presented in an easy-to-read, visually appealing format that facilitates study. More than 1,000 original illustrations capture anatomical features with unrivalled clarity.
With Gray's Anatomy for Students students are able to:
Students can also take advantage of an online anatomy and embryology self-study course, medical clinical cases, physical therapy clinical cases, self-assessment questions, and more. They can further enhance their learning by pairing this textbook with its companion review products, Gray's Anatomy for Students Flashcards, 3rd Edition and Gray's Atlas of Anatomy 2nd Edition.
Authors of Gray's Anatomy for Students are Richard L. Drake, PhD, FAAA, Director of Anatomy, Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; A. Wayne Vogl, PhD, FAAA, Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver; and Adam W. M. Mitchell, MB BS, FRCS, FRCR, Consultant Radiologist, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer, Imperial College, London. Illustrations are by renowned illustrators Richard Tibbitts and Paul Richardson and photographs are by Ansell Horn.
One of the major focuses of attention for the 3rd edition of Gray's Anatomy for Students is clinical content. The reason for this is that learning in context has become an important theme not only in medical education but in anatomical sciences education generally. The authors deal with the clinical content in two ways. First, they reevaluated and updated the "In the clinic" boxes, clinical material in the body of the text, clinical cases at the end of the chapters and in the online resources, and in the surface anatomy section. Second, they added new clinical material so that readers would have up-to-date examples relating anatomical information to clinical situations.
In addition to updating and revising the clinical content, the section on cranial nerves has been significantly expanded. Understanding these important components of the nervous system is critical for students at every level. To facilitate student learning, a new figure summarizing the location, function, and distribution of each cranial nerve has been added, as has a new figure summarizing how major structures, including cranial nerves, enter and leave the cranial cavity. Also included is a new figure illustrating the clinical importance of vascular structures in and around the cranial cavity.
Another new feature in this 3rd edition relates to review materials. While these useful study aids have always been available on Student Consult as an online resource, in this edition the appropriate review materials for each chapter are listed at the beginning of that chapter. This information includes an online anatomy and embryology self-study course, medical clinical cases, physical therapy clinical cases, and self-assessment questions.
Using a regional approach, Gray's Anatomy for Students progresses through the body in a logical fashion, building on the body's complexities as readers become more comfortable with the subject matter. Each chapter can be used as an independent learning module, and varying the sequence will not affect the quality of the educational experience. The sequence followed is back, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and perineum, lower limb, upper limb, and head and neck.
Gray's Anatomy for Students begins with "The body," which contains an overview of the discipline of gross anatomy and an introduction to imaging modalities and general body systems. It follows this with the back because it is often the first area dissected by students. The thorax is next because of its central location and its contents (i.e., the heart, the great vessels, and the lungs). This also begins a progression through the body's cavities. The abdomen and pelvis and perineum follow logically in sequence from the thorax. Continuing downward toward the feet, the lower limb is next, followed by the upper limb. The last region discussed is the head and neck. This region contains some of the most difficult anatomy in the body. Covering all other regions first gives students the opportunity to build a strong foundation from which to understand this complex region.
Each regional anatomy chapter consists of four consecutive sections: conceptual overview, regional anatomy, surface anatomy, and clinical cases.
The conceptual overview provides the basis on which information in the later sections is built. This section can be read independently of the rest of the text by students who require only a basic level of understanding and can also be read as a summary of important concepts after the regional anatomy has been mastered.
The regional anatomy section provides more detailed anatomy along with a substantial amount of relevant clinical correlations. It is not an exhaustive discussion but instead provides information to a level that we feel is necessary for understanding the organization of the region. Throughout this section, two levels of clinical material are provided. Clinical hooks are fully integrated with the main anatomical text and function to relate (‘hook’) the anatomy discussed directly to a clinical application without taking students out of their train of thought and without disrupting the flow of the text. Although fully integrated with the anatomical text, these passages are differentiated from it by the use of green highlighting. "In the clinic" summaries provide students with useful and relevant clinical information demonstrating how applying anatomical knowledge facilitates the solving of clinical problems. These are spread throughout the text close to the most relevant anatomical discussion.
Surface anatomy assists students in visualizing the relationship between anatomical structures and surface landmarks. This section also provides students with practical applications of the anatomical information, combining visual inspection with functional assessment, as occurs during any type of patient examination.
The final section of each chapter consists of clinical cases. These cases represent the third level of clinical material in Gray's Anatomy for Students. In these cases the clinical problem is described, and a step-by-step process of questions and answers leads the reader to the resolution of the case. The inclusion of these cases in each chapter provides students with the opportunity to apply an understanding of anatomy to the resolution of a clinical problem.
Illustrations are an integral part of any anatomy text. They must present readers with a visual image that brings the text to life and presents views that will assist in the understanding and comprehension of the anatomy. The artwork in this text accomplishes all of these goals. Clinical images are also an important tool in understanding anatomy and are abundant throughout Gray's Anatomy for Students. Examples of state-of-the-art medical imaging, including MRIs, CTs, PETS, and ultrasound, as well as high-quality radiographs, provide students with additional tools to increase their ability to visualize anatomy in vivo and, thus, increase their understanding.
Beautiful illustrations. Clinically orientated – lots of surface anatomy, lots of clinical cases, and well explained and annotated radiology cases as well! The excellent short chapter on imaging in the introduction is also very helpful and useful. This book is a really helpful resource for any medical student. – BMA Book Awards 2009 – judges’ comments
I particularly like the diagrams, which are clearly labelled, not cluttered, and helpfully coloured... this textbook is great. It is well-tailored to students, providing the anatomy information that we need to know. It gets a big 'thumbs up'. – Medical Student, University of Oxford (review of previous edition)
... explains anatomy in a way that is easy to understand, but also puts the text in a clinical context along the way. The Interactive Surface Anatomy is very useful and well made – a great example of how Student Consult can provide teaching tools that simplifies complex subjects in a way no book can. – Medical Student, University of Copenhagen (review of previous edition)
Anatomy texts just don't get any better than Gray's Anatomy for Students – it is a clinically oriented, student-friendly textbook of human anatomy. It can be used by students in traditional, systemic, combined traditional/ systemic, and problem-based curricula and will be particularly useful to students when lectures and laboratories in gross anatomy are minimal. It is not meant to be exhaustive in coverage, but to present enough anatomy to provide students with a structural and functional context in which to add further detail as they progress through their careers. It is designed for students in a variety of professional programs (e.g., medical, dental, chiropractic, and physical therapy programs).
The illustrations are original and vibrant, and many views are unique. They integrate well with the text, present the anatomy in new ways, deal with the issues that students find particularly difficult, and provide a conceptual framework for building further understanding. With the changes to the 3rd edition, Gray's Anatomy for Students is a much improved version of the 2nd edition and the book will continue to be a valuable learning resource for students.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Basic Sciences / Biochemistry / Education & Training / Reference
Medical Biochemistry: With Student Consult – Online Access, 4th edition by John Baynes PhD and Marek H. Dominiczak MD Dr Hab Med FRCPath FRCP (Glas) (Saunders Elsevier)
Medical Biochemistry is a textbook which links basic biochemistry with the day-to-day practice of medicine. Students learn basic science concepts and see them illustrated by clinical cases carefully chosen to reflect the patients a young doctor is likely to encounter in a clinical setting. They also learn about the use of laboratory tests to diagnose and monitor these conditions.
The new 4th edition of Medical Biochemistry gives access to all of the latest information on basic and clinically focused genetic and molecular biology. Featuring a team of contributors that includes investigators involved in cutting-edge research as well as experienced clinicians, this updated medical textbook offers a unique combination of both research and practice.
With Medical Biochemistry students are able to:
The editors are John W. Baynes PhD, Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia; Marek H. Dominiczak MD Dr Hab Med, FRCPath FRCP (Glas), Hon Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medical Humanities, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Docent in Laboratory Medicine, University of Turku, Finland, Consultant Biochemist, Clinical Biochemistry Service, National Health Service (NHS), Greater Glasgow and Clyde Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow. The book has 49 contributors.
Chapters in Medical Biochemistry and their authors include:
21 Glucose Homeostasis and Fuel Metabolism: Diabetes Mellitus – Marek H. Dominiczak
22 Nutrition and Energy Balance – Marek H. Dominiczak and Jennifer Logue
23 Role of Kidneys in Metabolism – Marek H. Dominiczak and Miroslawa Szczepariska-Konkel
24 Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis – Marek H. Dominiczak and Miroslawa Szczepariska-Konkel
25 Regulation of Hydrogen Ion Concentration (Acid-Base Balance) – Marek H. Dominiczak and Miroslawa Szczepatiska-Konkel
26 Bone Metabolism and Calcium Homeostasis – Marek H. Dominiczak and William D. Fraser
27 Complex Carbohydrates: Glycoproteins – Alan D. Elbein and Koichi Honke
28 Complex Lipids – Alan D. Elbein and Koichi Honke
29 The Extracellular Matrix – Gur P. Kaushal, Alan D. Elbein and Wayne E. Carver
30 Role of the Liver in Metabolism – Alan F. Jones
31 Biosynthesis and Degradation of Nucleotides – Alejandro Gugliucci and Robert Thornburg
32 Deoxyribonucleic Acid – Robert Thornburg and Alejandro Gugliucci
33 Ribonucleic Acid – Gary A. Bannon and Robert Thornburg
34 Protein Synthesis and Turnover – Jeffrey R. Patton and Gary A. Bannon
35 Regulation of Gene Expression: Basic Mechanisms – Jeffrey R. Patton, D. Margaret Hunt and Andrew Jamieson
36 Regulation of Gene Expression: Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics – Andrew R. Pitt and Walter Kolch
37 Oxygen and Life – John W. Baynes
38 The Immune Response – J. Alastair Gracie and Alex Farrell
39 Biochemical Endocrinology – Robert K. Semple
40 Membrane Receptors and Signal Transduction – Ian P. Salt, Margaret M. Harnett and Helen S. Goodridge
41.1 Neurotransmitters – Simon J. R. Heales
41.2 Neurochemistry – Hanna Bielarczyk, Andrzej Szutowicz and Edward J. Thompson
42 Cellular Homeostasis: Cell Growth and Cancer – Alison M. Michie, Verica Paunovic and Margaret M. Harnett
43 Aging – John W. Baynes
Appendix 1 Selected Clinical Laboratory Reference Ranges – Yee Ping Teoh and Marek H. Dominiczak
Appendix 2 The Fundamentals of Recombinant DNA Technology: Molecular Hybridization and DNA Cloning – W. Stephen Kistler
With this 4th edition of Medical Biochemistry, the aim remains to provide the biochemical foundation for the study of clinical medicine with down-to-earth practical relevance. Biochemistry undergoes constant change; in the period since the publication of the 3rd edition it has probably changed faster than ever before. While core metabolic pathways remain largely unchanged, the understanding of underlying regulatory mechanisms is better, thanks to the progress in identifying signaling pathways. In many instances, these pathways have become targets for drugs, and underpin the impressive therapeutic progress in fields such as oncology.
Since completion of the Human Genome Project, genome-wide association studies and bioinformatic analyses have allowed researchers to put together a new picture of genetic regulation. Behind this are, as had happened many times before in the history of science, major advances in methodology, including rapidly expanding genetic screening. The common denominator between methodologies now employed in genetic research laboratories and hospital clinical labs has been the advent of robotics and bioinformatics, and therefore the ability to process – and interpret – an ever-increasing amount of data.
This edition of Medical Biochemistry has again been substantially updated. The authors have rewritten the chapters on lipids, glucose homeostasis, nutrition and biochemical endocrinology, and added a section on the effects of exercise on muscle development and cardiovascular health. The chapter on the -omits incorporates new directions in proteomics, metabolomics and recombinant DNA technology.
The authors have expanded the chapter on the GI tract as an important interface between the organism and the environment, and now have a separate short chapter on kidney function. In both they provide more information on membrane transport systems. They say they remain convinced that the biochemistry of water and electrolyte balance is as important for future clinicians as the key metabolic pathways – and deserve more emphasis in the biochemistry curricula. They have also updated literature and web references throughout the textbook.
Throughout Medical Biochemistry they explain complex issues as simply as possible, but try hard not to become superficial. Unfortunately, new fields come with new terminologies and numerous additions to scientific slang. The discovery of new genes and new signaling pathways means new names and acronyms. They identify them in Medical Biochemistry not as material to be committed to memory, but to help build a knowledge framework without oversimplification. The fact that some chapters may seem complex to the uninitiated may also reflect the true state of knowledge – the complexity, or even a touch of confusion, often present before a coherent picture emerges.
The Question Bank (Self-Assessment) and many more resources are available at the Elsevier website. Student Consult also provides links to other Elsevier biomedical textbooks which integrate and build on knowledge of medical biochemistry. There is also a companion publication, Medical Biochemistry Flash Cards, which provides means for quick review.
This is a very thorough book which is great for use for reference and also for quick revision from the summaries at the end of every chapter. The figures are of high quality…. Additionally, the clinical boxes highlight clinically relevant information. Overall, this is an excellent resource for undergraduates. – Judge's comments, 2010 BMA Book Awards, Basic and Clinical Science category
… It includes all the essential biochemistry needed and indicates further reading at the end of each chapter. Importantly, it frequently uses clinical examples and there is an excellent use of clear and colourful diagrams. There are also a variety of revision questions at the back which are useful for exam practice. – UK Medical Student
Graphics are amazing and sooooOOOOO helpful! I have never liked chemistry but thanks to this book I managed to get an A on my Biochemistry 2 exam. – Medical Student, University of Zagreb
…[lots of] colourful diagrams that are easy to follow and well explained (unusual for a textbook on biochemistry!). The textbook works through the systems of the body in a very logical and clear way without being too complex or misleading. The authors have clearly spent a lot of time assessing what is relevant for the course and in what detail. – Medical Student, University of Glasgow
Brought to students in a thorough, yet accessible, manner that is ideal for today's problem-based integrated courses, Medical Biochemistry, 4th edition also benefits from the expertise of new authors who have shared their perspectives on signaling, fat and glycoconjugate metabolism, exercise biochemistry, nutrition, and blood coagulation processes.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Basic Sciences / Diagnosis / Pathology / Reference
Urologic Surgical Pathology: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 3rd edition by David G. Bostwick MD MBA FCAP and Liang Cheng MD (Elsevier Saunders)
With sweeping revisions throughout, the new edition of Urologic Surgical Pathology equips clinicians to accurately diagnose specimens of the entire urinary tract and male reproductive system plus the adrenal glands. Comprehensive in scope, this title begins with a look at normal anatomy and histology for each organ system, followed by discussions of the pathology of congenital anomalies, inflammations, non-neoplastic diseases and neoplasia. A consistent format enables clinicians to locate critical information quickly, and more than 1600 high-quality illustrations – most in full color – make diagnosis even easier.
With Urologic Surgical Pathology clinicians are able to:
The editors are David G. Bostwick, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Bostwick Laboratories, Glen Alen, Virginia and Liang Cheng, MD, Professor of Pathology and Urology, Chief of Genitourinary Pathology Division, Director of Fellowship in Urologic Pathology, Director of Molecular Diagnostics Service, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis. The book has 25 contributors.
The third edition of Urologic Surgical Pathology represents a substantial revision, with color images, new contributors, and major updates in knowledge that reflect recent advances in urologic pathology. Retained is the original core team of participating world-class urologic pathologists who have made this the bestselling text in the field from its inception. Also retained is the commitment to providing the most organized, complete, and practical information for the practicing pathologist.
Significant progress has been made in urologic pathology since the release of the previous edition. Genetic information has transformed virtually all aspects of pathology, including the evaluation of the four main organs in urologic pathology (i.e., kidney, bladder, prostate, and testis). The classification of renal tumors has undergone a renaissance in a few short years, resulting in genetic validation of multiple, new and clinically important subtypes, including the category of renal cell papillary renal cell carcinoma, tubulocystic renal cell carcinoma, acquired cystic disease-associated renal cell carcinoma, and others. Prediction of outcome after definitive treatment of bladder cancer increasingly relies on molecular signatures. TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion is now employed for analysis of select prostate cancers; this remarkable family of gene fusions, discovered less than a decade ago, is now routinely used. Similarly, a number of new biomarkers for prostate cancer are gaining clinical acceptance. Classification of testicular tumors and related disorders increasingly relies on select biomarkers. Arguably, the past few years have been the most exciting and productive period ever for biomarker discovery in support of tissue diagnosis, and these advances are included in the current text, with an emphasis on practical applications.
Chapters in Urologic Surgical Pathology and their authors include:
1. Nonneoplastic diseases of the kidney – Stephen M. Bonsib
2. Neoplasms of the kidney – Gregory T. MacLennan and Liang Cheng
3. Renal pelvis and ureter – Stephen M. Bonsib and Liang Cheng
4. Fine needle aspiration of the kidney – Andrew A. Renshaw
5. Nonneoplastic disorders of the urinary bladder – Robert H. Young
6. Neoplasms of the urinary bladder – Liang Cheng, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Gregory T. MacLennan, Rodolfo Montironi, and David G. Bostwick
7. Urine cytology – Deloar Hossain, David Hull, and David G. Bostwick
8. Nonneoplastic diseases of the prostate – David G. Bostwick, David Hull, Jun Ma, and Deloar Hossain
9. Neoplasms of the prostate – David G. Bostwick, Liang Cheng, and Isabelle Meiers
10. Seminal vesicles – David G. Bostwick
11. Urethra – Victor E. Reuter
12. Nonneoplastic diseases of the testis – Manuel Nistal, Ricardo Paniagua, and Pilar Gonzdlez-Peramato
13. Neoplasms of the testis – Thomas M. Ulbright and Robert E. Emerson
14. Spermatic cord and testicular adnexa – David G. Bostwick
15. Penis and scrotum – Jae Y. Ro, Mukul Divatia, Kyu-Rae Kim, Mahul B. Amin, and Alberto G. Ayala
16. Adrenal glands – Ernest E. Lack and Edina Paal
Practical guidance in daily urological pathology sign-out and the latest recommended diagnostic approaches, with an emphasis on clinicopathologic and radiographic-pathologic correlations, makes Urologic Surgical Pathology a true diagnostic decision-making medical reference. The volume is aimed at practicing surgical pathologists, but it is also valuable to medical students, internists, urologists, oncologists, and other medical specialists. The authors represent a veritable who's who of urologic pathologists.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Cardiology / Surgery / Vascular / Reference / Atlases
Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy: Anatomy and Technique: Expert Consult – Online and Print by Elliot L. Chaikof MD PhD and Richard P. Cambria MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Featuring an easy-to-access, visual approach, Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy offers the step-by-step guidance clinicians need to achieve optimal outcomes in the treatment of venous disorders. Covering the full range of diseases/disorders most important to vascular surgeons, this full-color, one-volume, atlas presents over 100 common and complex procedures, including open and endovascular techniques, with an emphasis on anatomy and imaging studies as they apply to each technique.
Clinical images and 37 real-time video clips capture key moments in procedures including: surgical repair of a suprarenal aortic aneurysm; surgical repair of thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysm; endovascular treatment of aneurysms of the juxtarenal and pararenal aorta; surgical exposure and harvest of the femoropopliteal vein; and endovascular treatment of aortic arch vessels, subclavian and axillary artery.
With Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy clinicians are able to:
The editors are Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Chairman, Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston and Richard P. Cambria, MD, The Robert R. Linton MD Professor of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. Co-Editors are Ronald M. Fairman, MD, Peter Gloviczki, MD, Kimberley J. Hansen, MD, Glenn M. LaMuraglia, MD, George H. Meier, MD, RVT, FACS, Mark D. Morasch, MD, FACS, and Marc L. Schermerhorn, MD. The book has 119 contributors.
According to Chaikof and Cambria in Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, the field of vascular surgery has evolved over the past 100 years, from one that focused largely on the applications of fundamental anatomic principles that rendered the entire vascular system surgically accessible, but with limited capability for repair, to a specialty capable of heroic feats of reconstruction and replacement.
An atlas provides a guide that allows us to trace our way through highly diverse pathways of surgical care. Although it is inevitable that during periods of rapid technical change, when new advances continue to afford changes in care, fundamental principles of surgical techniques and methods of teaching surgical techniques remain unchanged. The proficient surgeon often performs many sophisticated surgical procedures automatically or intuitively through a process that has evolved over decades of experience. Nevertheless, effective teaching in the operating room requires a detailed understanding of the evolution of each clinical situation as a rational system of logical rules that can be communicated, demonstrated, and applied. To conduct an operation is to orchestrate a team in the interpretation of a score of anatomic findings and physiologic principles using an existing set of instruments. The strategic plan for each patient dictates that the surgeon select a pathway that is as safe and efficient as possible, based on an appreciation of all relevant pitfalls and danger points.
Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy emphasizes operative and interventional strategy based on anatomic and physiologic principles, critical intraoperative decision making, and technique. In several instances, the technique described in print is supplemented by a video presentation. Each description is preceded by a review of the rationale guiding the underlying approach, preoperative care, intraoperative pitfalls and errors, and techniques to achieve an effective result, including postoperative care.
Chapters in Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and their authors include:
Section 1 SURGICAL AND ENDOVASCULAR TECHNIQUES
Section 2 EXTRACRANIAL CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASE
Section 3 AORTIC ARCH VESSELS
Section 4 UPPER EXTREMITY VASCULAR DISEASE
Section 5 THE THORACIC AORTA
Section 6 THE ABDOMINAL AORTA AND ILIAC ARTERIES
Section 7 LATE AORTIC GRAFT COMPLICATIONS
Section 8 RENAL ARTERY DISEASE
Section 9 SUPERIOR MESENTERIC AND CELIAC ARTERY DISEASE
Section 10 LOWER EXTREMITY ARTERIAL DISEASE
Section II VENOUS DISEASE
Section 12 ARTERIOVENOUS ACCESS FOR HEMODIALYSIS
Comprehensive, up-to-date, Atlas of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy will be a source of both information and ideas that leads to more effective care of patients with vascular disease, easing the burden and lightening the load. The coverage of new topics alone makes the book a must have.
Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Oncology / Research
The Molecular Basis of Cancer: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition by John Mendelsohn MD, Peter M. Howley MD, Mark A. Israel MD and Joe W. Gray PhD (Elsevier Saunders)
The Molecular Basis of Cancer, 4th edition, is a thoroughly revised, comprehensive oncology reference exploring the scientific basis for the current understanding of malignant transformation and the pathogenesis and treatment of this disease. A team of leading experts explains the molecular biologic principles that underlie the diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions now being used in clinical trials and practice. Detailed descriptions of topics from molecular abnormalities in common cancers to new approaches for cancer therapy equip clinicians to understand and apply the complexities of ongoing research in everyday clinical application.
With The Molecular Basis of Cancer clinicians and researchers are able to:
Sweeping revisions throughout The Molecular Basis of Cancer include eight new chapters on Tumor Suppressor Genes; Inflammation and Cancer; Cancer Systems Biology: The Future; Biomarkers Assessing Risk of Cancer; Understanding and Using Information About Cancer Genomes; The Technology of Analyzing Nucleic Acids in Cancer; Molecular Abnormalities in Kidney Cancer; and Molecular Pathology.
The editors are John Mendelsohn, MD, Director, Khalifa Institute for Personalized Cancer Therapy, Past President, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; Joe W. Gray, PhD, Gordon Moore Endowed Chair, Chairman, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine, Associate Director for Translational Research, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland; Peter M. Howley, MD, Shattuck Professor of Pathological Anatomy, Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology, Division of Immunology, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Mark A. Israel, MD, Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, New Hampshire; and Craig B. Thompson, MD, President and CEO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. The book has 113 contributors.
According to the editors of The Molecular Basis of Cancer, research in molecular genetics and cancer biology and advances in analytical technologies have revolutionized the understanding of cancer. Over the past three decades, there has been a massive acceleration in discoveries and observations that explains the genetic basis of cancer, a disease that until recently was thought about primarily in purely descriptive terms. Conversely, the study of malignancy has transformed the understanding of the molecular and genetic processes that govern the growth and proliferation of normal cells.
By 1995, the editors say, knowledge had expanded to the point that they felt it worthwhile to write a textbook describing the molecular basis of cancer for students, researchers, and providers of clinical care from a variety of disciplines. Five editors, selected for their diverse expertise and their reputations as educators, designed a sequence of sections and chapters that would lead readers from the basic genetic and molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis, to the molecular and biological features of cancer cell growth and metastasis, then to advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics that enable personalized risk assessment and diagnostics, followed by a description of molecular and genetic abnormalities that drive the common types of cancer, and finally to the molecular basis for new, targeted approaches to cancer therapy. Although the chapters in The Molecular Basis of Cancer, 4th edition follow a sequence that moves from pathogenesis to therapy, each chapter stands alone in its treatment of the subject matter.
A remarkable lesson gained from cancer research is that the strategies utilized by widely divergent cell lineages to regulate growth and differentiation share common molecular pathways. The accumulation of mutations and altered expression of genes critical for these pathways is a recurrent theme observed in many different types of cancer. Cancers also appear to select for genetic abnormalities that may be most advantageous for escape from normal regulatory mechanisms in their particular microenvironments.
What is most exciting today is the active dialogue between clinical investigators and laboratory scientists who share an interest in applying the new knowledge of genetics and molecular biology to the early diagnosis, targeted treatment, and improved prevention of disease. Today we have the opportunity to select treatments for clinical administration from among hundreds of new biological and chemical anticancer agents targeting pathways altered by specific molecular irregularities that result from aberrant genes. It is only recently that we can detect the genetic aberrations in cancer specimens from individual patients in a reasonable time frame and at a reasonable cost. This means that genomic assays can be used to select therapies that target the products of the aberrant genes in a patient's cancer and are more likely to provide benefit for that patient.
Chapters in The Molecular Basis of Cancer and their authors include:
PART I CARCINOGENESIS AND CANCER GENETICS
PART II CANCER BIOLOGY
PART III MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSTICS
PART IV MOLECULAR PATHOGENESIS AND THERAPEUTIC TARGETS FOR SPECIFIC CANCERS
PART V MOLECULAR BASIS OF CANCER THERAPY
Each chapter is written by a well-known authority in the
respective field... An outstanding achievement. – Journal of the
National Cancer Institute, review of the 1st edition
Easy to read but contains a wealth of information...achieves its goal of being both educational and exhaustive. – The Cancer Bulletin, review of the 1st edition
The Molecular Basis of Cancer arms clinicians with the latest knowledge and cutting-edge advances in the battle against cancer. The contributing authors are outstanding investigators who present their areas of expertise in a textbook format. The book describes the scientific underpinnings that will enable clinicians and other professionals who manage cancer patients to better understand the disease and its therapy. This book will be of equal, or possibly greater, interest to laboratory and clinical investigators in biomedical research and to advanced students and trainees, who need to understand the molecular mechanisms that govern the functioning and malfunctioning of malignant cells.
The knowledge presented in The Molecular Basis of Cancer forms the basis upon which new approaches to cancer therapy can be evaluated and implemented by those interested in understanding and critically assessing the many new products of the biotechnology revolution.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / New Testament Commentary / Reference
Acts: The Church Afire (ESV Edition) by R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)
How did Christianity become one of the most important religions in world history? To answer this question, we must begin with the book of Acts, which chronicles the tumultuous days of the early church and the spread of Christianity in the years following Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In Acts, R. Kent Hughes leads readers to rediscover the history of the New Testament church, examining key events in Acts such as the bold preaching of Christ’s early followers, the dramatic persecution of Christians, and the perilous missionary journeys of the apostle Paul. Hughes, senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, is the series editor of the popular Preaching the Word series and a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide.
Acts is a commentary on the book of Acts exploring the history of the early Church, examining the spread of Christianity in the early days. The book is a part of the Preaching the Word Series. Preaching the Word commentaries are written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach or study God's Word. These volumes feature an experienced pastor or teacher who models expository preaching and practical application.
This series resonates with the priorities of the pulpit. No academic aloofness here, but down-to-earth, preacher-to-preacher meat for God's people. – Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Peoria, Illinois
The single best resource for faithful Biblical exposition available today. A great boon for genuine reformation! – Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
There is a long history of informed, edifying Biblical expositions that have been mightily used of God to shape and strengthen the Church. These volumes admirably fit this tradition. – D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Throughout the Christian centuries, working pastors have been proving themselves to be the best of all Bible expositors. Kent Hughes stands in this great tradition, and his exciting expositions uphold it worthily. – J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
It is a pleasure to commend this series of homiletical commentaries. They fill an enormous vacuum that exists between the practical needs of the pastor/teacher and the critical exegetical depth of most commentaries. – Walter C. Kaiser Jr., President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Old Testament and Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
An encouraging and insightful commentary on a central book in the New Testament, Acts challenges readers to walk with Christ and serve Him more effectively through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / History / German / Theology
Shepherds of the Empire: Germany's Conservative Protestant Leadership – 1888-1919 by Mark R. Correll (Fortress Press)
Protestant clergy held a tenuous position in the last days of the German Empire. They still had the official position as the arbiters of religious truths to the laity at the end of the nineteenth century, but their actual situation looked much bleaker. They were pushed to the margins by academics and shunned by the working class. Even middle-class Protestants often remained merely nominal listeners. The clergy's strength came from their ties to imperial authority, but even here, their fortunes waned. Bismarck's Kulturkampf, meant to weaken the strength of Germany's Catholic minority, took a heavier toll on the less unified Protestants. In its attempts to decrease the power of Catholic clergy, it also stripped Protestant clergy of their legal rights (e.g., the right to have schools and the right to perform legally binding marriages). The Catholics responded to the persecution with greater unity and strong political opposition. The Protestant leadership advanced the ideas of the Kulturkampf until they proved to be as much an embarrassment for them as they were for the chancellor. – from Shepherds of the Empire
Despite the growing literature on European religion, theology's role in the shaping of Germany's religious experience has been largely neglected. Theology has typically been written as an independent source for inquiry, in which case theological developments are outlined at great lengths, but their influence on or intentions toward laity are not addressed. In other examples of literature on German religion or German intellectual thought, specific doctrines and theological ideas tend to be seen as tangential to the supposedly real issues at hand, whether philosophical tradition, anti-Semitism, or political persuasion. Few works have addressed the theological root of Germany's clerical crisis of faith. The central doctrines of Protestantism, the motivation for action and belief in all other aspects of life, have remained unclear and ignored. Shepherds of the Empire begins to overcome this failing by taking seriously the content as well as the context of theological thought. Author Mark R. Correll serves as chair of the history, political economy, geography, and social studies department and teaches European history at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
Much of the newest, most exciting research on religion in late Imperial Germany is challenging the idea that secularism replaced religion in modern Germany. The new historical work is discovering that religious expression outside the normal forms of Christianity blossomed in this period. Volunteer organizations and the inner-city mission grew in this period to supply religious outlets for urban Christians. Other Christians found the conservative Gemeinschaftsbewegung, a free-churchlike movement within the state church, as a way to express their faith in otherwise critical parishes. Further, Protestant piety was moving away from the church and into the home. A Christian family life became the central characteristic of the good Protestant. Germans were still religious at the beginning of the twentieth century; they simply found other means of expressing their faith than under the auspices of traditional German state-church worship. A question must be further pursued, however: Why did the state church prove incapable of providing avenues for faith in modem Germany? This study indicates a few possible reasons.
Shepherds of the Empire offers a look at the theologians' and the clergy's role in forging the compromises that hurt the continuing influence of the church in the long run. It also appraises whether some alternatives were proposed that could have staved off the mass exodus from the state church. The picture shows that some had proposed a real alternative solution that built on a subjective, almost mystical understanding of the relationship of the believer to God through the auspices and direction offered by the word of God. The centrality of the word of God in this new theology offered a modern foundation for ethics that recognized authority but removed it from the realm of objective discourse that tied it absolutely to pre-Enlightenment institutions of royal authority and the absolute doctrines of the Reformers.
Shepherds of the Empire sketches this modern theological system by following the architect of the believing community, Adolf Stoecker; the two creators of the systematic theology, Adolf Schlatter and Martin Kahler; and an exceptional preacher, Christoph Blumhardt, who shows the possibilities within the new system. It then inspects the broader thought of the clergy through their sermons. This study presents a picture of the dissemination of theological ideas from their inception in the universities and the church hierarchy through the pastors and finally to the parishioners.
This project is explicitly and unabashedly a ‘top-down’ history. The church as an institution with rules, boundaries of membership, and a hierarchy strove to retain relevance in the German nation. Church leaders perceived their own obligation to set the moral direction for the nation. The parishioners had ultimate veto power, in that they could choose to accept the teachings of the church or to reject them by either joining with other sectarian groups or by leaving organized Christianity altogether. They ended up doing both. However, this does not negate the fact that a small number of church leaders exercised a disproportionate amount of influence in shaping the expressions of piety, determining the proper interpretation of the Scriptures, and formulating the understanding of right ethics.
Shepherds of the Empire is divided into two sections. Chapters 2 through 5 look at the political origins of the believing community, particularly through the work of Adolf Stoecker, and moves onto the developing theological consensus of its leading thinkers: Martin Miller, Adolf Schlatter, and Christoph Blumhardt, who abandon Stoecker's nationalistic model of Christianity. None of these three meant his work to remain esoteric. Somehow, the hopes of the leaders of the community were not realized. The second section of Shepherds of the Empire, in chapters 6 through 8, is an inquiry into why Miller's, Schlatter's, and Blumhardt's theoretical and practical theologies were never widely put into practice by a largely sympathetic clergy. The church was unable to deal with the radical political changes brought about by the revolution of 1918. By 1919, the new generation of theologians opted to disassociate themselves from nineteenth-century theology and the problems that came with it, both theological and practical.
The question remains: Can pastors, with their vested political interests and their often obtuse rhetoric, function as a mirror for their time? Or more properly, do the sermons they delivered give the twenty-first century a glimpse into the life in the nineteenth? The sermons certainly cannot be used to claim specific insight into the thoughts and beliefs of churchgoers in Germany. They do, however, provide useful perspectives on German social hierarchical structures. The sermons paint an eloquent picture of the middle-class civil service dependent upon the patronage of the king and the aristocracy. The pastors understood that they were an important voice of the establishment to their communities. Their sermons, therefore, were carefully crafted presentations. While this meant that some pastors remained guarded in expressing any opinions that threatened to rile up the populace, it gives a better picture of the church as a collective.
Books about German theology from 1888 to 1919 are usually about the legacy of the Ritschlian School. In this splendidly conceived, researched, and written book, Mark R. Correll helpfully reminds us that there was a formidable and interesting, though sometimes grievously flawed, conservative Protestant establishment during the heyday of Ritschl, Harnack, and Troeltsch. – Gary Dorrien, Union Theological Seminary
The protagonists of Mark R. Correll's insightful book deserve to be better known in the English-speaking world. Adolf Stoecker, Martin Kahler, Adolf Schlatter, and Christoph Blumhardt made up a loose, but significant, coalition of 'Bible theologians' who walked a tightrope between secularizing forces in the German academy and the pastoral demands of their Lutheran parishes. Correll is convincing both for why these pastors, theologians, and public intellectuals deserve to be valued more highly and for why the First World War did so much damage to their efforts. In a word, it is a fine book on an important subject. – Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame
The leaders of conservative Protestantism in Germany under the Kaiser tried to carve out a theology of the word of God suitable for believing Christians, but failed to transmit it to ordinary clergy. Mark R. Correll provides for the first time a clear and full account of this phase of conservative Christian history in the heartland of theological liberalism. – David W. Bebbington University of Stirling
Mark Correll's Shepherds of the Empire is a well-researched and engaging historical inquiry, bringing to light facets of the German imperial past that have not received sufficient attention. Both historians and theologians, and anyone interested in the complex, fascinating relationship between religion and politics, will benefit from this important study. – Thomas Albert (Tal), Howard Gordon College
There are a growing number of works that look at the lay responses to religious faith in Wilhelmine Germany, and Shepherds of the Empire adds to their findings by studying the largest faith institution in Germany. This is a well conceived, well researched, and engagingly written study taking seriously the theological ideas and the difficult role theologians of late imperial Germany had to play.
Religion & Spirituality / Taoism
The Practice of Greater Kan and Li: Techniques for Creating the Immortal Self by Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan (Kan and Li Series: Destiny Books)
The Practice of Greater Kan and Li is a guide to Taoist exercises to return to the Wu Wei state of mind and create the immortal spirit body.
Building on the Lesser Kan and Li formulas for the development of
the soul body,
The Practice of Greater Kan and Li provides illustrated
descriptions of the Greater Kan and Li formulas. Used by Taoist
masters for thousands of years, these exercises are for advanced
students of Taoist Inner Alchemy and mark the beginning of the path
Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan reveal how to use Taoist inner alchemy to harness the energies of Sun, Moon, Earth, North Star, and Big Dipper and transform them to feed the soul body and begin development of the immortal spirit body. They explain how to reverse yin and yang power through energetic work at the solar plexus, thereby activating the liberation of transformed sexual energy. They explore how to open the heart center and how to connect astral energy with the energies of animals, children, and plants to grow the immortal fetus, or spirit body. Chia and Jan provide warm-up exercises, including the Inner Smile and Fusion practices, and outline a complete daily Kan and Li routine for mental and physical health, longevity, astral flight, and realization of the Wu Wei state.
Chia, world-famous Inner Alchemy and Chi Kung master, founded the Universal Healing Tao System in 1979, has taught and certified tens of thousands of students and instructors from all over the world and is the author of 50 books. Jan is a senior instructor for the Universal Healing Tao and former Australian National Tai Chi Champion.
The practices described in this book have been used successfully for thousands of years by Taoists trained by personal instruction. Readers should not undertake the practice without receiving personal transmission and training from a certified instructor of the Universal Healing Tao, since certain of these practices, if done improperly, may cause injury or result in health problems. The Practice of Greater Kan and Li is intended to supplement individual training by the Universal Healing Tao and to serve as a reference guide for these practices.
Like the devotees of the past, modern Taoist practitioners must engage with the classics in order to make progress in their studies. Yet much of Taoist literature is shrouded in complex metaphors that deny access to relatively simple (though challenging) inner alchemical formulas. Furthermore, complete understanding of these ancient practices involves near-complete immersion in the Chinese culture, which is not possible for students who live within Western society. Finally, English translations of the classics are accompanied by academic commentaries that are often difficult to understand, lengthy, and consequently time prohibitive.
In an effort to provide meaningful discussion of these seemingly complex ancient practices, The Practice of Greater Kan and Li includes a range of information about them – some of the classic texts (including academic commentary) on ancient alchemical transformations, modern understandings of those ancient practices, and a simple DIY (Do It Yourself) manual for practice at home.
The Practice of Greater Kan and Li also puts the Universal Healing Tao (UHT) practices in context within the broader discipline of Taoist alchemy – its historical practice and other contemporary styles. This will enhance the inner alchemical practice of all students. It will facilitate dialogue between different alchemical schools within Taoism, as well as between Taoism and other alchemical and mystical traditions (religions). Both coauthors believe that all religions are ultimately one – they all share similarities in mystical experience.
Chapter 1 contextualizes the Universal Healing Tao Kan and Li practices as taught by Yi Eng and Master Mantak Chia. The material is intended to help students orient these teachings within the vast Taoist framework. It provides an overview of Taoist history from its shamanistic roots to the time of Bodhidharma, a brief discussion of important schools, and an outline of some of the major texts related to the alchemical practices. Taoist history from the time of Bodhidharma to the present will continue in the next volume of this series, Greatest Kan and Li.
Chapter 2 elucidates the reasons why a student might contemplate the relatively onerous commitment to studying and practicing meditations of the Kan and Li series. Chapter 3 attempts to consolidate the general themes and principles of the many formulas, thus allowing the student to orient herself intellectually. Chapters 4 discusses the many fragmented aspects of self and thought that contribute the raw materials of alchemical transformation. Chapter 5 describes various means of preparing the body and mind for Kan and Li meditation.
Chapters 6 and 7 include the actual formulas for practice, along with commentary to explain the meditations. The commentaries provide advice and background information to help students relate to some of the esoteric aspects of the formulas. Chapter 8 is devoted to home practice. It outlines a long-term program for students making a deep commitment to this Kan and Li practice. While some aspects of diet and dream practice are described in this chapter, more detailed discussion of these practices will appear in the next and last book in this series, Greatest Kan and Li.
The Practice of Greater Kan and Li breaks down the barriers and makes this mystical tradition available to all.
Science & Mathematics / Environmental Science / Nature & Ecology / Conservation / Encyclopedias / Reference
Encyclopedia of Environmental Change: Three Volume Set edited by John A. Matthews (Sage Reference, Sage Publications, Ltd.)
Accessibly written by a team of international authors, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Change provides a gateway to the complex facts, concepts, techniques, methodology and philosophy of environmental change. This three-volume set illustrates and examines topics within this dynamic and rapidly changing interdisciplinary field. The Editor in Chief is John A. Matthews, Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography at Swansea University, Wales, where he was also Director of the Swansea Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory. Other editors include: John A. Matthews, Christopher J. Barrow, Doreen S. Boyd, Christopher J. Caseldine, Katherine J. Ficken, John L. Innes, Stephen Nortcliff, Geraint Owen, Jennifer Pike, Richard A. Shakesby, Rory P.D. Walsh, and Dennis A. Wheeler. The 3 volumes have 140 contributors.
The Encyclopedia of Environmental Change includes all of the following aspects of environmental change:
The over 4,000 entries in Encyclopedia of Environmental Change explore many key themes including:
Environmental change, of which climatic change is a part, but not the only aspect, is a complex area of interdisciplinary science that is developing rapidly. Although there are disciplinary and even subdisciplinary encyclopedias, which cover parts of the field of environmental change, no other encyclopedia covers the whole range of topics. The Encyclopedia of Environmental Change is an advanced work of reference for academics, teachers, students and others who may encounter environmental change in a wide range of disciplines and from a variety of perspectives. There is an academic niche for such a guide, which not only covers the field comprehensively but represents an authoritative work of scholarship and promotes research synthesis. In addition, there is a need to define, clarify and interpret the terminology employed by researchers in this field for a wider audience, increasingly aware of the existence of natural and human-induced (anthropogenic) environmental change. These are topical issues with important social consequences. Indeed, environmental change probably already poses the most important set of challenges to science and to society of the twenty-first century.
The field covered is environmental change in the broad sense, including environmental changes affecting the Earth over geological, intermediate and short timescales: Pre-Quaternary, Quaternary (the past 2.58 million years), Holocene (the past 11.7 thousand years), Anthropocene (the past ca 250 years), prehistoric, historical, current and potential future environmental changes. The field extends, on the one hand, from the natural environmental sciences into relevant areas of the physical, chemical and biological sciences, and the applied sciences (e.g. engineering, agriculture and forestry); on the other hand, it requires involvement of the social sciences and humanities (which cover essential aspects of the human environment). Indeed, the question of what to include and what to exclude presented a major problem to the editors in that almost everything can be included in the environment of some aspect of the solar system, the biophysical Earth system and the anthropogenic World system: all is interconnected; and all environments change.
Climatic change past, present and future, is a major focus of Encyclopedia of Environmental Change, but other topics relating to natural and anthropogenic changes to the lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, pedosphere and anthroposphere are also covered in detail. Facts, concepts, theories, philosophies and issues relating to environmental change are included, as are the diverse sources of evidence of environmental change; the underlying natural and anthropogenic causal factors, mechanisms and dynamics of environmental change; the wide-ranging local, regional and global effects and impacts of environmental change from the polar regions to the tropics; the past, present and future responses of geoecosystems and human-environmental systems in the face of environmental change; and the approaches, methodologies and techniques used for reconstructing, dating, monitoring, modeling, projecting and predicting change. The broader cosmosphere is included insofar as it impinges on the Earth (e.g. through meteorite impact). However, the basis and focus of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Change remains the science of environmental change, but the human social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of environmental issues, environmental problems, conservation, management and policy aspects are strongly represented. Thus, the content reflects the interdependence not only of the sciences but also of environmental science and society.
Encyclopedia of Environmental Change takes a distinctive approach. It combines comprehensive breadth of coverage of terminology – which is the defining quality of a dictionary – with in-depth treatment of major areas of knowledge and understanding, which defines an encyclopedia. A total of over 4,000 terms are included as headwords to entries, with a similar additional number of terms appearing within the text of these entries. The entries range in scale from simple one-line definitions to short essays. There are about 80 of the highest-level entries, each comprising around 1,000 words in length with 15-20 references, which cover the key topics, paradigms, methods and other aspects of knowledge and understanding that define the field of environmental change. Intermediate-level entries cover terms that are explicitly or closely involved in the field of environmental change (and usually reappear in many higher-level entries). Lowest-level entries cover terms likely to be encountered but not always in the environmental-change context. An overall nested structure with extensive cross-referencing between entries means that explanations in the higher-level entries do not need to be interrupted to explain subsidiary terms.
Two other qualities or aims underlie the Encyclopedia of Environmental Change. First, it develops the context of the terms, explaining and exemplifying the terminology of environmental change in relation to its concepts, techniques, methodology and philosophy. Second, the encyclopedia is a sourcebook for further information. References listed after each entry include not only a wide range of specialist texts and review articles but also frequent examples of the cutting-edge research literature.
The volume provides an up-to-date picture of the field incorporating appropriate recent references as well as some classics. In many respects, therefore, the Encyclopedia of Environmental Change is designed as a gateway into a complex field.
This work is, in effect, a second edition of the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Environmental Change (Matthews et al., 2001). For the current encyclopedia, the original encyclopaedic dictionary has been expanded by some 50 percent and now fills three volumes. The previous entries have been updated thoroughly, expanding many and creating >800 new entries to cover new developments, removing or consolidating a few entries, updating the references (the majority are now from the twenty-first century), extending the cross-referencing and increasing the number of figures and tables. Special efforts have been made to improve the coverage of the human dimensions of environmental change, while retaining the focus on the science. Marine environmental change, including marine geology and climatic change, in all their dimensions, has also seen major expansion of coverage.
This Encyclopedia is an authorative and indispensable reference work for all of us who are interested in the rapidly evolving field of Environmental Change. It serves as a reliable state-of-the-art guide for scientists, educators, students and professionals alike. I recommend it as an excellent and comprehensive compendium for anyone working in environmental science as it covers the entire range of this ever-changing field from the most up-to-date perspective. – Mathias Vuille, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY
The Encyclopedia of Environmental Change is a very welcome set of volumes which for the first time provides a broad base of perspectives including techniques for recording environmental change, the basic natural science behind it, as well as the impact by and on human communities in the past and present. This distinctive, authoritative reference spans disciplines from natural sciences, including ecology and climatology, to social sciences, including economic, political and management aspects. The comprehensive coverage of terminology includes layers of entries ranging from one-line definitions to short essays, making Encyclopedia of Environmental Change an invaluable companion for students of physical geography, environmental geography or environmental sciences. These volumes are also an essential resource for instructors and researchers.
Travel / Handbooks
Moon Oregon by Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae (Avalon Travel Publishing)
Conjure up an image of Oregon and it will most likely be colored
with all hues of green and gray, brimming with firs and ferns, and
dampened by drizzle. This would be a fairly accurate picture of
western Oregon, the area between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade
Range, but that's just one face of the state.
East of the Cascades, where volcanic peaks block Pacific rain clouds, the colors turn to gold and blue, and the horizon expands for miles. Rivers dissect northeastern Oregon; the southeast's topography is marked by fault blocks and dry basins. Psychically, eastern Oregon is The West, and western Oregon is the Northwest.
In Moon Oregon outdoors enthusiasts and Portland residents Judy Jewell and W. C. McRae offer unique insight into Oregon's many offerings, from its lush forests and deep river canyons to its award-winning wines and friendly cities. Jewell and McRae include unique trip strategies that connect with travelers’ specific interests, such Natural History Road Trip, Eastern Oregon Ramble, and The Wine Route – a seven-day tour of the state's numerous wineries. With information on browsing through the Sisters Farmers' Market, attending Ashland's famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and kite-boarding near Hood River, Moon Oregon helps travelers create their own personal and memorable experience.
Jewell, who writes travel books and travels around the West, works as a technical and scientific editor and a yoga teacher. McRae, who has written for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and Mobil Guides, also edits books for National Geographic and provides content for websites like GORP and Expedia.
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Truly epic in its breadth, Oregon's landscape is diverse and dramatic. A broad deep-green swath, lush with farmland and studded with old-growth Douglas firs, runs between the rugged Pacific coast and the volcanic peaks of the Cascades. Further east, readers will find high desert, alpine mountains, and deep river canyons – spectacular country that is largely unexplored by visitors.
But Oregon is much more than a scenic abstraction. In few places has human civilization meshed so agreeably with the natural environment. According to Moon Oregon, what helps make Oregon unique is the attitude of its citizens, who are fiercely proud of their state, its culture, and its open spaces. Equal to the great outdoors, the arts are cherished and draw crowds by the multitude. The state also celebrates its historical heritage, ethnic makeup, and straightforward high spirits with a thousand festivals.
And the food? Much of Oregon is a huge garden where vegetables, fruit, wine grapes, and farm and ranch products reach perfection. Mighty rivers and 360 miles of Pacific coast provide shellfish, salmon, tuna, and halibut.
Whether it's ‘three days and four plays’ at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, shopping for wild morel mushrooms at the Sisters farmers market, dueling pinot noir tastings in Carlton, or kite-boarding near Hood River, readers will find that Oregonians engage with everyday life with a verve that is at once intensely local yet tied to a larger, more universal perspective. In Portland, where ‘organic’ and ‘local’ are assumptions, not exceptions, life is rich with the culture and cuisine options of a cosmopolitan center, yet comfortable and cozy like a small town.
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Covering everything there is to see and do as well as choice lodging and dining, Moon Oregon is a gorgeous full-color Moon Guide, perfect for new and longtime residents as well as vacationers who want a deep understanding of the region. Outstanding features include color photography, a wealth of archival images, topical essays and literary extracts, detailed color maps, great ideas for things to see and do, capsule reviews of hotels and restaurants, and the firsthand experience and unique perspective of authors Jewell and McRae.
Netter's Concise Radiologic Anatomy: With Student Consult Online Access, 2nd edition by Edward C. Weber DO, Joel A. Vilensky PhD, Stephen W. Carmichael PhD DSc and Kenneth S. Lee MD (Netter Basic Science Series: Elsevier Saunders)
Cases in Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Cheuk-Man Yu MD FRCP (London/Edin) FRACP FHKAM (Medicine) FHKCP FACC MBChB, David L. Hayes MD FACC FHRS and Angelo Auricchio MD PhD (Elsevier Saunders)
Ancient Iran and Its Neighbours: Local Developments and Long-range Interactions in the 4th Millennium BC edited by Cameron A. Petrie (British Institute of Persian Studies Archaeological Monographs Series III: Oxbow Books)