Author: Wendy Orent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster


Category: History

Page: 300

View: 866

A history of the plague documents its outbreaks from the early Roman Justinian plague, to the Black Death, to more recent occurrences, identifying the conditions that can precipitate an epidemic and offering a sobering prognosis for its potential as a bioterrorist weapon. 30,000 first printing.


Author: Mathias Enard

Publisher: New Directions Publishing


Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 934

Winner of the 2015 Prix Goncourt, an astounding novel that bridges Europe and the Islamic world On the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize As night falls over Vienna, Franz Ritter, an insomniac musicologist, takes to his sickbed with an unspecified illness and spends a restless night drifting between dreams and memories, revisiting the important chapters of his life: his ongoing fascination with the Middle East and his numerous travels to Istanbul, Aleppo, Damascus, and Tehran, as well as the various writers, artists, musicians, academics, orientalists, and explorers who populate this vast dreamscape. At the center of these memories is his elusive, unrequited love, Sarah, a fiercely intelligent French scholar caught in the intricate tension between Europe and the Middle East. With exhilarating prose and sweeping erudition, Mathias Énard pulls astonishing elements from disparate sources—nineteenth-century composers and esoteric orientalists, Balzac and Agatha Christie—and binds them together in a most magical way.

Global Medicine in China

Author: Wayne Soon

Publisher: Stanford University Press


Category: History

Page: 382

View: 811

In 1938, one year into the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Chinese military found itself in dire medical straits. Soldiers were suffering from deadly illnesses, and were unable to receive blood transfusions for their wounds. The urgent need for medical assistance prompted an unprecedented flowering of scientific knowledge in China and Taiwan throughout the twentieth century. Wayne Soon draws on archives from three continents to argue that Overseas Chinese were key to this development, utilizing their global connections and diasporic links to procure much-needed money, supplies, and medical expertise. The remarkable expansion of care and education that they spurred saved more than four million lives and trained more than fifteen thousand medical personnel. Moreover, the introduction of military medicine shifted biomedicine out of elite, urban civilian institutions and laboratories and transformed it into an adaptive field-based practice for all. Universal care, practical medical education, and mobile medicine are all lasting legacies of this effort.

The Doctor's Rescue Mission

Author: Marion Lennox

Publisher: Harlequin


Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 883

The disaster. A tidal wave has swept across Petrel Island. Houses are destroyed, people injured, homeless...or worse. The rescuers. Dr. Grady Reece leads an Air-Sea Rescue team to help the isolated community...and finds dedicated doctor Morag Lacy in charge. The unfinished business! Morag and Grady once had a blazing affair and a brilliant future, before she left him to be the island doctor. Grady has never stopped loving her--but she'll never abandon her duty. Could this be his chance to win her back?

The Coming Storm

Author: Bob Reiss

Publisher: Quid Pro Books


Category: Science

Page: 324

View: 617

The prescient book that first linked specific weather disasters with man-made global warming . . . now in its second edition. “What Bob Reiss did to elevate our awareness of the destruction of the rain forest in The Road to Extrema, he has now done for global warming... Reiss bypasses political rhetoric and engages us in storytelling, showing us how the greenhouse effect is changing our lives, person by person, community by community, nation by nation.” — Terry Tempest Williams, author of Leap and Refuge, and winner of the John Muir Award and the Robert Marshall Award “From massive waves in the Maldives to tornadoes over Tennessee, from the halls of Congress to the hard disks of scientists, Bob Reiss has taken climate change and made it personal. The Coming Storm is the layman’s guide to global warming—fair, urgent, and deeply unsettling.” — Ted Conover, winner of the National Book Critics’ Circle Award for Newjack “With a storyteller’s gifts, Bob Reiss shows how a series of freakish and colossally destructive weather events awakened scientists, politicians, and ordinary people to the momentous stakes of a changing climate... a compelling narrative of the people and events that have shaped this ever more urgent debate.” — Eugene Linden, author of The Future in Plain Sight and The Parrot’s Lament “The most readable and intelligent summary of global warming science and politics I have read... a valiant effort to make people actually care about global warming.” — Bill McKibben, New York Observer Free of unnecessary scientific jargon and filled with the human and political dimensions of this story, this book reads like a mystery novel where you already know the terrifying outcome. Adding a new preface by the author, this edition brings back to life the compelling account of the link between climate and weather disasters.

Future Medicine

Author: Michael Howard Cohen

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


Category: Medical

Page: 376

View: 729

Future Medicine is an investigation into the clinical, legal, ethical, and regulatory changes occurring in our health care system as a result of the developing field of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Here Michael H. Cohen describes the likely evolution of the legal system and the health care system at the crossroads of developments in the way human beings care for body, mind, emotions, environment, and soul. Through the use of fascinating and relevant case studies, Cohen presents stimulating questions that will challenge academics, intellectuals, and all those interested in the future of health care. In concise, evocative strokes, the book lays the foundation for a novel synthesis of ideas from such diverse disciplines as transpersonal psychology, political philosophy, and bioethics. Providing an exploration of regulatory conundrums faced by many healing professionals, Cohen articulates the value of expanding our concept of health care regulation to consider not only goals of fraud control and quality assurance, but also health care freedom, integration of global medicine, and human transformation. Future Medicine provides a fair-minded, illuminating, and honest discussion that will interest hospice workers, pastoral counselors, and psychotherapists, as well as bioethicists, physicians and allied health care providers, complementary and alternative medical providers (such as chiropractors, acupuncturists, naturopaths, massage therapists, homeopaths, and herbalists), and attorneys, hospital administrators, health care executives, and government health care workers. Michael H. Cohen is Director for Legal Programs, the Center for Research and Education in Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

Encyclopedia of the Black Death

Author: Joseph Patrick Byrne

Publisher: ABC-CLIO


Category: History

Page: 429

View: 169

This encyclopedia provides 300 interdisciplinary, cross-referenced entries that document the effect of the plague on Western society across the four centuries of the second plague pandemic, balancing medical history and technical matters with historical, cultural, social, and political factors.
Business & Economics

Money Circles

Author: Robert Mwangi

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc


Category: Business & Economics


View: 324

MONEY CIRCLES SEEKS TO shed light on the collapses we are courting as our economies here in Africa have not been circulating money but draining it. They have been profusely bleeding for decades but it’s now accelerated by borderless tools that sucks money at Fiber-optic speed. We started by draining skilled labor and with it the intellectual capacity to produce in Africa. We drain via imports creating massive trade deficits. The resultant unbalanced trade constantly throws us out of balance as we stagger towards blood merchants in the IMF and World Bank for transfusion to find some stability. Since this is not a circle but linear, it’s temporary and a collapse or take over of productive sovereign assets or income generated from them is what ensues. Money Circles will look at the CULTure and the psychology that makes this unwise economic configuration possible. It will look a the network of drainage pipes in our economy in Manufacturing, Agriculture and Finance. The emerging picture will reveal an unstable system as the tanks are not infinite and a collapse is imminent. In fact, scattered collapses are evident in different pockets of each African country, presenting as rising crime, drug addiction, idleness, and entertainment overconsumption to numb hopelessness. While all these may seem to have different etiology, they are children of the same father called trade deficits or lack of fair trading circles within each African country and trade with international giants. However, Money Circles is not simply a proclamation of disastrous outcomes of our current economic configurations in Africa which are linear as opposed to circular, but it’s solutions manual. The author follows a process he practices in healthcare which is Assessment, Diagnosis, Intervention, Evaluation. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance (MBA) from California State University (CSUB). His experience in a variety of economic sectors and settings spanning more than two decades informs his all-rounded economic and business perspective. As such, Money Circles is an assessment of our current Economic structure and the diseased manifestation of it. Further, on the basis of the presenting symptoms, Economic prescriptions are made but they all have similar prescriptions as you read through the chapters: Circles! Money Circles!

Post-Pandemic Social Studies

Author: Wayne Journell

Publisher: Teachers College Press


Category: Education

Page: 289

View: 942

"The authors in this volume make the case that COVID-19 has exposed deficiencies in much of the traditional narrative found in social studies textbooks and state curriculum standards. They offer guidance for how educators can use the pandemic to pursue a more justice-oriented, critical examination of contemporary society"--

Disease Maps

Author: Tom Koch

Publisher: University of Chicago Press


Category: History

Page: 344

View: 809

In the seventeenth century, a map of the plague suggested a radical idea—that the disease was carried and spread by humans. In the nineteenth century, maps of cholera cases were used to prove its waterborne nature. More recently, maps charting the swine flu pandemic caused worldwide panic and sent shockwaves through the medical community. In Disease Maps, Tom Koch contends that to understand epidemics and their history we need to think about maps of varying scale, from the individual body to shared symptoms evidenced across cities, nations, and the world. Disease Maps begins with a brief review of epidemic mapping today and a detailed example of its power. Koch then traces the early history of medical cartography, including pandemics such as European plague and yellow fever, and the advancements in anatomy, printing, and world atlases that paved the way for their mapping. Moving on to the scourge of the nineteenth century—cholera—Koch considers the many choleras argued into existence by the maps of the day, including a new perspective on John Snow’s science and legacy. Finally, Koch addresses contemporary outbreaks such as AIDS, cancer, and H1N1, and reaches into the future, toward the coming epidemics. Ultimately, Disease Maps redefines conventional medical history with new surgical precision, revealing that only in maps do patterns emerge that allow disease theories to be proposed, hypotheses tested, and treatments advanced.