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Book Review: Imaging Studies in Urology

Author: Khalil Samhan, MD Publisher:  AuthorHouse – 397 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani The author of this book – Khalil Ahmad Samhan – has two other published works, both in Spanish, to his credit :  Diccionario Medico de Terminos Urogenitales and Medicina Sexual Masculina. This book is meant primarily for medical students in general, those aspiring to be urologists and practicing urologists. Its approach in teaching this medical specialty is presenting numerous radiagnostic images of the genitor-urinary tract, including those that show anomalies and diseased areas, with a view to correct diagnosis and treatment. This a very practical book because in it are collected images of the anomalies, diseases, and medical problems of patients that Dr. Samhan has treated over the course of his 35 years of professional life in urology. The images are presented in chapters that pertain to many areas of urology, including but not limited to: adrenal tumors, hydro-nephrosis, anomalies, injuries and tumors in the urinary tract; nephropathies; problems in the prostate gland, seminal vesicles and the urethra. The are chapters that present problems and images in the urinary bladder, including the presence of “stones” (calcified formations); renal cysts, renal and upper urinary tract tumors; retroperitoneal pathology; scrotal diseases; urinary fistulates, and vesico-ureteral reflux. The chapters are organized with an introduction, etiology, clinical manifestations and different imaging studies. But it is the images that take...

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Book Review: The Brain and the Meaning of Life

Author: Paul Thagard Publisher: Princeton University Press – 274 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar The unusual title of this book relating something physical – the brain – to something philosophical – the meaning of life – immediately got my attention. I asked myself: has someone finally discovered a connection between science and spirituality? Let me take a look. But first, what is the author’s background and what makes him qualified to write on such a new subject of trying to bridge the brain with the mind, a task that has yielded unsatisfactory results so far, for centuries? Paul Thagard is indeed someone with a unique set of qualifications. He is director of the cognitive science program, a professor of computer science and psychology, as well as a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Canada. He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Michigan and a PhD from the University of Toronto. He is the author of 12 books including one with an intriguing title: Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science.  He states flatly that minds are brains and reality is what science can discover. He defends the superiority of evidence-based reasoning over religious faith and experiments in philosophical thought. In this book, he reveals how our cognitive and emotional abilities allow us to understand reality, decide effectively, act morally and pursue what...

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Book Review: Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Contexts

Editors: Michael Brawn, Brad Edwards, Janet A. Harkness, Timothy P. Johnson, Lars Lyberg, Peter Ph. Mohler, Beth-Ellen Pennell and Tom W. Smith Publisher: Wiley – 599 pages Book Review by:  Paiso Jamakar With eight editors and 98 contributors to this work, this book of almost 600 pages provides extensive, pioneering and highly useful information on the problems and opportunities in the growing area of comparative surveys done in different countries.  Today, researchers’ common mission is to yield reliable data using the same survey methods. The editors point out that between June 25 and 28 in 2008, a first-of-its kind conference on multinational, multiregional and multicultural surveys was held at the Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin. The focus of that event was on survey methodology for comparative research. Known in short as the 3MC conference, click on this link for more information on it: www.3mc2008.de/ We must remark that finally, the world is getting smaller in the academic arena, wherein people who experience the same problems in different nations come together to discuss them and find solutions. Among the purposes of this book according to its editors outlined in the Preface are: “to draw attention to recent important changes in the comparative methodology landscape, to identify new methodological research and to help point out the way forward in areas where research needs identified in earlier literature have...

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Book Review: Modern Japan

Author: Mikiso Hane and Louis G. Perez Publisher:  Westview Press, A Member of the Perseus Book Group – 578 pages Book Review by:  Sonu Chandiram This book on the modern history of Japan is described by the coauthor Louis G. Perez as a ‘timeless classic.’ Much of the credit for this work, considered by historians as one of the best on Japanese history, goes to the late Mikiso Hane, who was a professor of history at Knox College. The two had worked together on previous editions. This improved and expanded fourth edition published in 2009 contains many of the changes that historians had suggested to Karl Yambert, the editor at Wiley who took the initiative of coming up with this updated version of the original work by Hane and Perez. The book also includes suggestions for improvements by students of Perez at Illinois State University. Some of the improvements in this edition are: removal of notes from the main narrative and transfer to the Appendix, which makes for easier reading and flow of thought; and a larger bibliography – 50 pages or about twice the size of Hane’s original work – for the benefit of those who want to learn more about Japan. Besides a useful 20-page index for those who want to do a quick search and reading on some topics, there are in this edition: a nearly...

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Book Review: Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos. Luck – Why Some Thrive Despite Them All

Author: Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen Publisher: Harper Business – 384 pages Book Review by: Sonu Chandiram Jim Collins is the author and co-author of six other business books besides this one, which have collectively sold more than ten million copies. Among them is the bestseller Good to Great published about a decade ago, which by itself has sold more than four million copies so far. Two other bestsellers among the six are Built to Last and How the Mighty Fall.  His work experience includes research and being on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Morten...

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