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Book Review: Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia – A Practical Approach to Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Perineural Catheters

Authors: Fernando L. Arbona, Babak Khabri, and John A. Norton Illustrators: Charles Hamilton and Kelly Warniment Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 194 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani The use of ultrasound in regional anesthesia procedures (limited to a region of the body) to block the pain felt by patients has been growing over the years, the authors of this book – Fernando l. Arbona, Babak Khabri and John A. Norton –  point out in the Preface. This book provides step-by-step instructions – in the form of text accompanied by full-color photographs, drawings, radiographs, sketches, tables, x-rays and other...

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Book Review: Psychogenic Movement Disorders and Other Conversion Disorders

Editors: Mark Hallett, Anthony E. Lang, Joseph Jankovic, Stanley Fahn, Peter W. Halligan, Valerie Voon, and C. Robert Cloninger Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 324 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani There are many reasons why patients with psychogenic movement disorders and other conversion disorders “are falling through the cracks” (meaning they have not been able to receive the correct treatment), the editors of this book point out. Here are some of the reasons: Paucity of research and evidence-based reports on the mechanisms of treatment Many movement disorders have a psychological basis, but patients are not referred to psychologists;...

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Book Review: Polis Histories, Collective Memories and the Greek World

Author: Rosalind Thomas Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 490 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Much of Western civilization as we know it and live it, here in the United States and as it exists in much of present-day Western Europe, began during the period of classical Greece that lasted for around 200 years from the fifth to the fourth centuries BC. At the end of that classical Greek era, the Hellenistic period began in 323 BC, shortly upon  the death of Alexander the Great. When that happened, the Greek heartlands were annexed by and became part of the...

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Book Review: Medieval European Coinage – Volume 6 – The Iberian Peninsula

This book is part of the Cambridge international reference series of 17 books for historians, numismatists, and archaeologists that considers European coinage spanning more than a millennium from c. 450 to c. 1500. The titles of the 17 books, the geographical areas they cover, and the span of the circulation years, are provided on a single page at the beginning of this book.  Authors: Miguel Crusafont, Anna M. Balaguer, and Philip Grierson Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 887 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram At the outset of our review of this book – the first one so far...

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Book Review: International Negotiation – A Process of Relational Governance for International Common Interest

Author: Evangelos Raftopoulos Publisher:  Cambridge University Press – 268 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Over the decades, conflicts between nations have shifted in nature from military (for example, conquest and annexation of territory to increase power) to political (sometimes unfavorable – e.g. ‘ethnic cleansing’, sometimes favorable – legal inward migration of educated and talented people from one country to another) to economic (acquisition of cheap labor, land, mineral resources, intellectual property, or other assets). Today, much major conflict is economic in nature. For example, China and the United States are involved in a ‘trade war’. President Donald Trump...

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