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Book Review: Lange Q&A Physician Assistant Examination – 6th edition

Authors: Anthony A. Miller, Albert F. Simon and Rachel A. Carson Publisher:  McGraw-Hill – 494 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This book is a study aid and practical guide for those individuals preparing to pass the Physician Assistant National Certification and Recertification Examination. It comes with a practice CD attached on the inside cover of the book. This nearly 500-page guide contains 1300 practice questions, correct answers to each, and explanations on why they are the correct ones. The questions are presented in the same multiple-choice format as seen in the national examination, which are the “one best answer – single item” questions. In that national exam, you are given a question and you have to pick the best answer to that question. The better your knowledge and understanding of that particular medical specialty, the more likely you are to pick the right answer. Be sure to read the Introduction of this book. It explains to you how to get the most from the book It explains to you the basics and structure of the exam and how to answer each question. Not only does it give you the correct answer to each question, it also explains to you why it is the correct one. It also gives you sources of in-depth information on that area of medicine that you can tap into, to further your knowledge. This...

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Book Review: Performance Improvement for Healthcare

Authors: Bahadir Inozu, Dan Chauncey, Vicki Kamataris and Charles Mount Publisher: McGraw-Hill – 319 pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnani This is an excellent, one-of-a-kind book. It is the only book I know of on business that introduces the use of three outstanding management strategies – Lean, Six Sigma and Constraints Management – to maximize customer (and patient or client) satisfaction, minimize cost, and boost employee morale. Applied to healthcare, this integrated approach having the three components named above, and already being used in U.S. hospitals, helps managers identify the top problems in a given organization, analyze them, and provide effective solutions that have been proven to be successful elsewhere. As some of you may know, the Six Sigma system originated in the 1970s. It applied to manufacturing and business processes. Its goal was to minimize defects in products as well as to apply high standards in other business operations so that a company would have higher revenues and lower costs, without sacrificing certain requirements. In manufacturing the Six Sigma ideal is to have almost zero defects in products (99.99966% of defect-free products) that a company makes, or just 3.4 defects per million products. It utilizes the DMAIC process to maximize product quality and improve company performance. According to Wikipedia, the DMAIC project methodology has five phases: Define the problem, the voice of the customer, and the project goals,...

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Book Review: Paper Money Collapse: The Folly of Elastic Money and the Coming Monetary Breakdown

Author: Detlev S. Schlichter Publisher: Wiley – 267   pages Book Review by:  Nano Khilnanani Detlev Schlichter has rendered an invaluable service to us with this book by warning us of the dangers of printing paper money. Through five parts and 10 chapters of this book, he takes us on a journey from the basics of money, what purposes it serves and how supply and demand determine its value, to the harmful effects of paper money-creation unsupported by hard assets that are not unlimited and relatively cost a lot more to produce. He explains the fallacies about price levels and relates to us the legacy of failure in the history of paper money. Finally, he proves to us that massive money-printing will have no other outcome but a collapse of currency. Rampant printing of trillions of dollars has been going on in the last few years (particularly after early 2009) in the United States. No hard assets such as gold or silver have backed them up. Prior to 1971, each United States dollar printed was backed up with reserves of gold. When President Richard Nixon lifted the gold standard in 1971, presidents were no longer required to have gold backing up backing up paper currency. Occasionally we read reports in the business pages of newspapers about the Federal Reserve’s ongoing program of ‘quantitative easing’ but I suspect most people do...

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Book Review: Oil and Finance: The Epic Corruption from 2006 to 2010

Author: Raymond J. Learsy Publisher: iUniverse, 318 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar This book is a collection of contributions to the Huffington Post from the start of 2006 to the end of 2010 by Raymond J. Learsy, who writes from personal experience and knowledge of commodity trading gathered over the course of a quarter century. I respect writers who get their facts from, and base their opinions on first-hand familiarity with particular subjects and sources, rather than those who gather data and comments from second-hand sources, which are plentifully available in today’s Internet-driven information world. Learsy has also authored a previous book on this subject: “Over a Barrel: Breaking Oil’s Grip on Our Future.” One of the merits of “Oil and Finance: The Epic Corruption from 2006 to 2010” is that it is authoritative. The other merit of this book is that Raymond J. Learsy provides valuable insight (something so lacking in the media these days) into the factors that lead to dramatic changes in the price of oil and gasoline, commodities that affect our daily lives and impact on our global economy. The third merit is that his chronologically-organized commentaries – within each topic in the book – provide real-time response to events just as they were happening or had happened, helping us get a historical perspective on this important subject. The first of those events Learsy...

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Book Review: No More Mondays – Fire Yourself and Other Revolutionary Ways to Discover Your True Calling at Work

Author: Dan Miller Publisher: Waterbrook Press – 262 pages Book Review by: Paiso Jamakar To do what you love to do and make a lot of money at it is the desire of most people these days. If you’re in a job you hate and are making a salary that barely pays for your living expenses, you wish you could do something else – a different job you would love in which you would make more money, or perhaps even your own business where you can have a growing income. But how do you turn that desire into reality? Dan Miller gives you the answers and shows you the way to fulfill what is in your heart. The fulfillment of his own desires did not come easy to Dan – as you will see from two examples below. But those failures made him wiser. He now imparts the valuable his wisdom he gained and the worldly experience he acquired to you through this book, so you will not dread your Mondays. This is Dan’s way of providing value to you. Dan Millar was born into a religious and conservative Mennonite farming family in rural Ohio. His family members worked hard at their farm, and he started working at it from a very young age, taking care of his daily chores. For him, work then, was not supposed to be...

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