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Book Review – Longman Introductory Course for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The Paper Test

Author: Deborah Phillips Publisher: Pearson Longman – 419 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar This is the first book of three books in a series of courses to prepare for taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language, known in short as the TOEFL. This book is at the introductory level (in green color). The other two books are the preparation course (in purple color) and the intermediate course (in blue color) for the TOEFL by the same author, Deborah Phillips. The TOEFL has been around for decades and it is (or at least, was) required to be...

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Book Review: Step-Up to the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 3

Author: Jonathan P. Van Kleunen Publisher:  Wolters Kluwer-Lippincott, Williams & Williams – 372 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This book on preparing to take the third and final examination to qualify for gaining a medical license in the United States is focused more on decision-making in medical cases than on testing your knowledge of medicine and surgery, and its specialties. “It is the final hurdle in the transition from medical school to graduate medical education,” the author Dr. Jonathan P. Van Kleunen describes it. The other two exams prior to this third and final one – the Step 1 and Step 2 – are focused relatively more on testing your knowledge of subject matter, and less so on your ability to choose a course of action, given the details of a medical case. The contents in this book are organized in a much different way than the test-prep books for the Step 1 and Step 2 of the U.S. medical licensing exam. Dr. Van Kleunen has written this book on the basis that you already have a sufficient body of knowledge on the various medical specialties, some experience treating patients with different types of conditions, and the ability to choose the correct course of action should you encounter a case that is new and unfamiliar to you. The basic purpose of this exam is to test the ability...

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Book Review: National Medical Series’ Q & A for the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam, Step 2: Clinical Knowledge (CK) – Fourth Edition

Authors: Kenneth H. Ibsen, PhD and Nandan Bhatt, MD Publisher: Wolters Kluer-Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins   – 365 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This book helps you prepare to take the step 2 (clinical knowledge) portion of the medical licensing exam in the United States. We urge you, the exam taker, to carefully read the “Using this Book” section provided in the Preface. To emphasize its importance, we would urge you to read it a second time, and take notes on how to best prepare for it. Studies of successful test-takers have shown that it is not just the level of knowledge of various subjects (in this case, medical and surgical specialties) that leads to test-takers’ high scores in exams, but also their close knowledge and developed skills of exam-taking that are critical to successful outcomes. The authors state at the outset that they have simulated the practice tests in this book as closely as possible to the real tests in the actual exam you will be taking. That is certainly a plus for this book. The contents of the tests and the nature of the questions asked therein, relate to these six disciplines: medicine (and specialties therein); obstetrics; pediatrics; preventive medicine and public health; psychiatry; and surgery. Some 1,000 questions are organized into 20 packets of 50 questions each. Of these, 600 questions are provided to you in...

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Book Review: Securing the Clicks: Network Security in the Age of Social Media

Authors:  Gary Bahadur, Jason Inasi, and Alex de Carvalho Publisher: MCgraw-Hill  – 341  pages Book Review by: Venkat Balasubramaniam In today’s Internet age, there is boundless opportunity to market your products and services through social media and increase your revenues and profits by adding new customers to your database. With hundreds of millions of consumers connected on Facebook, Linked In and other social media, it is easier than ever for companies of all sizes to reach out to and communicate with consumers of all income levels and assets. At the same time, threats galore abound today. On personal and corporate levels, your bank accounts, your credit cards, your data, your digital assets, your financial information, your identity, your images and logos, your rights, and even your very reputation are at risk of being attacked and stolen. Often, it is not possible to recover your stolen money, to immediately cancel your credit cards, foolish to recover data that must have been copied, get back digital assets (that can be modified and re-used) stop others from using your images and logos, regain your rights, or un-mar your spotless reputation. Loss recovery and damage control is expensive and time-consuming. Better to prevent all these undesirable events from recurring or better still, from occurring in the first place. The authors of this book – Lal Bahadur, Jason Inasi and Alex de Carvalho –...

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Book Review: Inside Apple – How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works

Author: Adam Lashinsky Publisher: Hachette –Business Plus – 223 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani Apple Inc. has one of the highest market values among public firms worldwide. As of the close of trading on February 20, 2012 its price per share was just a little over $502. With 932 million shares outstanding, that works out to a market value of almost $468 billion. At the end of its last fiscal year on September 24, 2011, it had revenues of over $108 billion and net income of almost $26 billion, amounting to a net profit margin of 24 percent. It has a healthy balance sheet with its net worth being over $90 billion. (assets of $139 billion less liabilities of $49 billion). It is one of the world’s fastest-growing companies of its size. A ten-year look shows that in 2002 its revenue was $5.74 billion. That amount multiplied by almost 19 times to grow to $108.25 billion by 2011. What is even more remarkable is that its profit of $65 million in 2002 multiplied almost 400 times to $25.92 billion in ten year by 2011, or an average annual growth of around 40 percent. Apple has been one of the world’s leading technological innovators, having come up with numerous lifestyle-enhancing products that are not just liked but immensely loved by tens of millions of consumers. To thinks that its...

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