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Book Review: Trauma Anesthesia, 2nd edition

Editors: Charles E. Smith, MD and Jon J. Como, MD Cambridge University Press – 744 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram “Trauma represents a broad spectrum of disease and is the leading cause of death and disability among the youth,” according to Brendan Peterson, MD, MBA, who is professor of orthopedic surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and who wrote the Foreword to this book. Worldwide, unintentional and intentional injuries were the fifth and seventh cause of deaths in 2002. There are many causes of major trauma. Collisions in vehicles, falls, blunt wounds from being hit with various objects, penetrating wounds from gunshots and stabbing, and much more. In the United States, there were 29.2 million visits to hospitals for unintentional injuries in 2016 (the latest year for which we found adequate statistics) according to the Centers for Disease Control, and there were 169,936 deaths from unintentional injuries. Add to this the 36,338 deaths from unintentional falls, 40,231 from motor vehicle accidents, and 64,795 from unintentional poisoning, and we had 311,300 trauma-related deaths in the U.S. in 2016. With knowledge about the many aspects of trauma resulting from all types of unintentional events – injuries, falls, traffic accidents, and poisoning – we will be better able to save lives. That is one of the purposes of this book: to provide you – the medical student, resident,...

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Book Review: Nezhat’s Video-Assisted and Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy, 4th edition, with DVD

Editors: Camran Nezhat, MD; Farr Nezhat, MD; and Ceana Nezhat, MD Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 708 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram The first use of anesthesia in 1859 revolutionized medicine and surgery in the nineteenth century, making operations painless for patients, and anxiety-free for surgeons. four decades later in 1901, laparoscopy signaled another revolution, enabling surgeons to do their job with smaller incisions, and making recoveries shorter for patients. The Iran-born Dr. Camran Nezhat, one of the three editors of this book along with his brothers Farr and Ceana, has shown to the medical community that laparoscopy...

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Book Review: Cambridge History of Science, Volume 1 – Ancient Science

Editors: Alexander Jones and Liba Taub Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 642 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This volume is part of the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series consisting of eight volumes – the first four arranged chronologically from antiquity through the eighteenth century, and the next four volumes were organized thematically covering the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Volume 1 – Ancient Science Volume 2 – Medieval Science Volume 3 – Early Modern Science Volume 4 – Eighteenth-Century Science Volume 5 – Modern Physical and Mathematical Science Volume 6 – Modern Biological and Earth Sciences Volume...

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Book Review: Flora of Great Britain and Ireland, Volume 1 – Lycopodiaceae-Salicaceae

Authors: Peter Sell and Gina Murrell Illustrators: Sarah Holme, Alan Leslie, and Gina Murrell Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 787 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Books on flora entail a lot of research and cross-checking of updated facts and names to make them accurate and reliable. They also require a lot of prior knowledge of the subject which sometimes comes not from research but from experience and insight. The two editors of this book certainly had many decades of experience working in the herbarium of the plant sciences department of Cambridge University. The two coauthors of this excellent, well researched, and carefully laid out and meticulously well-written book spent a combined time of over a century (115 years) in the herbarium of the plant sciences department of Cambridge University. Peter Sell dedicated 70 years of his life there and Gina Murrell spent 45 years in that institution. I am not one who has special knowledge about flora, so I quote, as I do sometimes in some book reviews, the overall general description of this book as provided at its outset: “This definitive flora provides detailed accounts of the native species, naturalized species, frequent garden escapes and casuals found in the British Isles, including some newly described ones. Full keys and descriptions enable the user to name all plants occurring in the wild and some ornamental trees and shrubs.”...

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Book Review: Uncommon Causes of Stroke, 3rd edition

Editors: LouisCaplan, MD and Jose Biller, MD Publisher: Cambridge University Press – 644 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram This third edition of Uncommon Causes of Stroke has a history going back to about a quarter of a century. The material covered in this book is extensive and the subjects and topics discussed and illustrated in it are exhaustive and wide ranging. This book is also authoritative with experts on particular aspects of strokes located all over the globe having specialized training, experience, insight and understating that are the hallmarks of successful physicians. One hundred twenty-seven specialists in various...

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