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Medicine’s Michelangelo

 

Medicine’s Michelangelo: The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD
By Francine Mary Netter
English | 2013 | ISBN: 0989137600 | ISBN-13: 9780989137607 | 463 pages | EPUB | 10,3 MB

Medicine’s Michelangelo is a remarkable and first major biography of Frank H. Netter, MD, written by his daughter, Francine Mary Netter. She captures the character of the man and tells his life story using not only her remembrances but also Frank Netter’s own autobiographical notes, personal correspondence and private files, publications of his work and public archives, and more than one hundred interviews with family members, artists, distinguished practitioners, and scientists.

About the Author

Francine Mary Netter is the daughter of Frank H. Netter, MD. She grew up on Long Island, where her father had a large art studio in the family home. She spent many hours with him there while he drew and painted his magnificent pictures. She has a BA from North Carolina State University, an MA from Hofstra University, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. She has written on the history of medicine for numerous publications. She now lives in North Carolina with her husband Ralph Roberson. Her three children live nearby.

The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development

The Great Diversity: Trajectories of Asian Development
By Camilla Brautaset, Christopher M. Dent
2014 | ISBN-10: 9086862330 | 239 pages | PDF | 10 MB

This book brings together scholars from the universities of Bergen and Leeds who explore how we may understand different trajectories of development in Asai, arguably the most dynamic and certainly the most diverse part of our world. It asserts that there is no one singular ‘truth’ on understanding development, or universal model on prescribing future paths of development. Evidence from Asai reminds us that the importance of locality in shaping development has not diminished despite deepening globalisation in the modern era. Furthermore, by accepting the prevalence of diversity we are able to learn certain lessons of development from each other, both within and across scholarly disciplines. The book explores how the concept of ‘development’ is itself highly contested, and there exist multiple narratives and discourses on the subject as demonstrated in this book. This book does not seek to define development, or prescribe a particular method of understanding it in an Asian context. Rather, it presents a number of works that in their own way touch on the subject of development, and it lays bare the inherent diversity of development as an idea, practice and experience. It is up to the reader to reflect on how the evidence and arguments presented in each chapter resonates, or not, on their own understanding of development.

 

The Enforceability of the Human Right to Adequate Food: A Comparative Study

The Enforceability of the Human Right to Adequate Food: A Comparative Study
By Bart F. W. Wernaart
2014 | ISBN-10: 908686239X | 469 pages | PDF | 35 MB

While the right to adequate food is often discussed in the context of developing countries, especially in situations where access to adequate food is a problem on a larger scale, this book focusses on the right to food in two Western countries in which theoretically the circumstances allow this right to be enjoyed by each individual. Through a legal comparative study, the enforceability of the right to food is compared between the Netherlands and Belgium in light of the current UN Human Rights system. There seems to be a difference between what the countries do, what they say they do, and what they should do on the matter. As it appears, the coincidental constitutional circumstances mainly determine the enforceability of the right to food, rather than the content of the human right in itself. This book includes a thorough analysis of suitable comparative legal methodology and the embedment of the right to food in the UN human right system. Furthermore, for both countries, an in-depth analysis of the case law on the right to food (mostly concerning the status of foreigners), the constitutional context in which the Judiciary operates, and the relevant UN reports and subsequent procedures are outlined. Finally, recommendations are made to both countries and the relevant UN Committees.

 

Consuming Mobility

Consuming Mobility: A Practice Approach to Sustainable Mobility Transitions
By Jorrit O. Nijhuis 
2014 | ISBN-10: 908686242X | 259 pages | PDF | 11 MB

The current fossil fuel-based system of mobility is associated with a wide range of environmental and social problems. There is a growing body of literature on system innovations and transitions which has as a common understanding that long-term transformative change is necessary to deal with these complex problems. However, knowledge on the crucial role of citizen-consumers in sustainable mobility transitions is still underdeveloped. By incorporating the viewpoint of consumption patterns and everyday life routines, this book provides (new) knowledge on the role of citizen-consumers in sustainable mobility transitions. Theoretically, a practice based approach is developed as a novel framework to analyse, understand and influence transition processes to sustainable mobility at the level of everyday life. The focus in each of the three cases studies is on situated interactions between consumers and producers. Amongst these is an analysis of the role environmental information and subsidies in new car purchasing. Also, various examples in which an attempt was made to orchestrate a (modal) shift in commuting practices are examined. Each of the empirical case studies shows the important role of contextual factors in understanding and influencing mobility behaviour of citizen-consumers. In addition, this book helps to understand how and why innovation in mobility practices takes place or not.

 

Hacking Happiness

Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World

By John Havens
ISBN: 0399165312 | 2014 | EPUB | 304 pages | 2 MB


In Hacking Happiness, futurist and contributing Mashable writer John C. Havens introduces you to your “quantified self”—your digital identity represented by gigabytes of data produced from tracking your activities on your smartphone and computer. Harvested by megacorporations such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon, Havens argues that companies gather this data because of its immense economic value, encouraging a culture of “sharing” as they hoard the information based on our lives for private monetary gain.

But there’s an alternative to this digital dystopia. Emerging technologies will help us reclaim this valuable data for ourselves, so we can directly profit from the insights linked to our quantified selves. At the same time, sensors in smartphones and wearable devices will help us track our emotions to improve our well-being based on the science of positive psychology. Havens proposes that these trends will lead to new economic policies that redefine the meaning of “wealth,” allowing governments to create policy focused on purpose rather than productivity.

An issues book highlighting the benefits of an examined life in the digital world, this timely work takes the trepidation out of the technological renaissance and illustrates how the fruits of the Information Age can improve our lives for a happier humanity.

Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research

Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research
By Alex C. Michalos
2014 | 7504 Pages | ISBN: 9400707541 , 9400707525 | PDF | 107 MB
The aim of this encyclopedia is to provide a comprehensive reference work on scientific and other scholarly research on the quality of life, including health-related quality of life research or also called patient-reported outcomes research.
Since the 1960s two overlapping but fairly distinct research communities and traditions have developed concerning ideas about the quality of life, individually and collectively, one with a fairly narrow focus on health-related issues and one with a quite broad focus. In many ways, the central issues of these fields have roots extending to the observations and speculations of ancient philosophers, creating a continuous exploration by diverse explorers in diverse historic and cultural circumstances over several centuries of the qualities of human existence. What we have not had so far is a single, multidimensional reference work connecting the most salient and important contributions to the relevant fields.
Entries are organized alphabetically and cover basic concepts, relatively well established facts, lawlike and causal relations, theories, methods, standardized tests, biographic entries on significant figures, organizational profiles, indicators and indexes of qualities of individuals and of communities of diverse sizes, including rural areas, towns, cities, counties, provinces, states, regions, countries and groups of countries.

 

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

By  McKenzie Funk 

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (January 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594204012
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594204012

A fascinating investigation into how people around the globe are cashing in on a warming world

McKenzie Funk has spent the last six years reporting around the world on how we are preparing for a warmer planet. Funk shows us that the best way to understand the catastrophe of global warming is to see it through the eyes of those who see it most clearly—as a market opportunity.

Global warming’s physical impacts can be separated into three broad categories: melt, drought, and deluge. Funk travels to two dozen countries to profile entrepreneurial people who see in each of these forces a potential windfall.

The melt is a boon for newly arable, mineral-rich regions of the Arctic, such as Greenland—and for the surprising kings of the manmade snow trade, the Israelis. The process of desalination, vital to Israel’s survival, can produce a snowlike by-product that alpine countries use to prolong their ski season.

Drought creates opportunities for private firefighters working for insurance companies in California as well as for fund managers backing south Sudanese warlords who control local farmland. As droughts raise food prices globally, there is no more precious asset.

The deluge—the rising seas, surging rivers, and superstorms that will threaten island nations and coastal cities—has been our most distant concern, but after Hurricane Sandy and failure after failure to cut global carbon emissions, it is not so distant. For Dutch architects designing floating cities and American scientists patenting hurricane defenses, the race is on. For low-lying countries like Bangladesh, the coming deluge presents an existential threat.

Funk visits the front lines of the melt, the drought, and the deluge to make a human accounting of the booming business of global warming. By letting climate change continue unchecked, we are choosing to adapt to a warming world. Containing the resulting surge will be big business; some will benefit, but much of the planet will suffer. McKenzie Funk has investigated both sides, and what he has found will shock us all.

To understand how the world is preparing to warm, Windfall follows the money.

Amazon.com Review
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, January 2014: In addition to having one of the cooler author names, Funk has written one of the more fascinating accounts of the coming economic impact of climate change. Rather than exploring the science or politics of an alarmingly warming world (a la An Inconvenient Truth), the author has focused exclusively on the economics and opportunism developing around climate change. The result is part eco-thriller, part adventure story, part investigative exposé. There’s a wildly speculative and entrepreneurial game being played out there by some forward-thinking risk takers. Not a hand-wringer among them, these are the gamblers who see profit where others see doom. Impressively researched over six years, Windfall takes us to the front lines: to the deck of a Canadian battleship, where the author blasts a machine gun into the ice cap; to formerly frozen Siberian lands, which investors envision as future mega-farms; to the Sudan, Greenland, Wall Street, and beyond. Like a mashup of Michael Lewis and Mark Twain, Funk is an intrepid investigator and a lively, smart writer. From eco hedge funds to dam building to desalination plants, he shows how climate change is creating new opportunities and a potential boon for cowboy entrepreneurs. This is the rare book that’s both important and highly readable. –Neal Thompson
Review
The Wall Street Journal:
“In Windfall McKenzie Funk, an intrepid American journalist, reports on the lesser-known victims and profiteers of climate change brings a dizzyingly abstruse phenomenon down to a more human scale. Mr. Funk leads us away from the rarefied air of Al Gore and his lethal PowerPoint slides, to mingle with the militiamen, inventors, politicians and activists trying to find their way through an era of turmoil.”

The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service

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The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service
By Gordon Corera
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Pegasus; 1 edition (January 9, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605983985
ISBN-13: 978-1605983981
From Berlin to the Congo, from Moscow to the back streets of London, these are the stories of the agents on the front lines of British intelligence. And the truth is often more remarkable than fiction.
MI6 has been cloaked in secrecy and shrouded in myth since it was created a hundred years ago. Our understanding of what it is to be a spy has been largely defined by the fictional worlds of Ian Fleming and John le Carré. Gordon Corera provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction. He tells the story of how the secret service has changed since the end of the Second World War and, by focusing on the people and the relationships that lie at the heart of espionage, illustrates the danger, the drama, the intrigue, and the moral ambiguities that come with working for British intelligence.
From the defining period of the early Cold War through to the modern day, MI6 has undergone a dramatic transformation from a gung-ho, amateurish organisation to its modern, no less controversial, incarnation. Gordon Corera reveals the triumphs and disasters along the way. The grand dramas of the Cold War, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the 11 September 2001 attacks, and the Iraq War are the backdrop for the individual spies whose stories form the centrepiece of the narrative. And some of the individuals featured here, in turn, helped shape the course of those events. Corera draws on the first-hand accounts of those who have spied, lied, and in some cases nearly died in service of the state. They range from the spymasters to the agents they controlled to their sworn enemies. And the truth is often more remarkable than the fiction.

Reviews

“Easily the most pervasive and dangerous of all the modern conspiracy theories is the one claiming that President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair knew that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before nevertheless deciding to invade in 2003. No other misrepresentation in recent times has so damaged the trust between government and the governed. How gratifying, therefore, that as authoritative and respected a commentator as Gordon Corera explodes that myth completely in “The Art of Betrayal,” a wide-ranging, thought-provoking and highly readable history of Britain’s postwar Secret Intelligence Service, popularly known as MI6…..This well-written, hard-hitting book—full of, as one footnotes states, “private information from an individual who, unsurprisingly, requested anonymity”—shows that MI6 has never in the past put its own conscience before its duty to protect the public. It mustn’t start now.” (Andrew Roberts – The Wall Street Journal)

“His analysis is shrewd, his judgement sound…(the book’s) strength is to present stories of the secret service’s successes and failures within the political and strategic context of the times.” (The Sunday Times)

“Corera, the BBC’s security correspondent, has enjoyed privileged access to key spy players from the past few decades and, writing in an engaging style, he picks up the story of the MI6 at the point where the “official” history grinds to a halt after the Second World War.” (The Sunday Express)

“As a good journalist and a reader of spy novels, Corera presents his material as fast-paced stories, from the covert diplomacy of the Cold War to recent and current security concerns in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and he humanizes the grand dramas of a duplicitous trade.” (The Times (London))

“Highly readable and well-researched account of the Service…Let’s hope the current generation of spooks has learnt from past mistakes.” (The Daily Telegraph)

“A superb new history of British intelligence.” (The Evening Standard)

“The best post-1949 account of British intelligence I have read. This is as good as it gets.” (Alan Judd – The Spectator)

About the Author
Gordon Corera is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain’s intelligence agencies. His documentary series ‘MI6: A century in the Shadows’ was broadcast in the summer of 2009. His series ‘The Real Spooks’ on MI5 was broadcast in December 2007. He was educated at Oxford and Harvard Universities and joined the BBC in 1997.

Lethal But Legal Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health

Lethal But Legal Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health
By Nicholas Freudenberg
Publication Date: February 18, 2014 | ISBN-10: 0199937192 | ISBN-13: 978-0199937196 | Edition: 1
Hardcover: 344 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)

Decisions made by the food, tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries have a greater impact on today’s health than the decisions of scientists and policymakers. As the collective influence of corporations has grown, governments around the world have stepped back from their responsibility to protect public health by privatizing key services, weakening regulations, and cutting funding for consumer and environmental protection. Today’s corporations are increasingly free to make decisions that benefit their bottom line at the expense of public health.

Lethal but Legal examines how corporations have impacted — and plagued — public health over the last century, first in industrialized countries and now in developing regions. It is both a current history of corporations’ antagonism towards health and an analysis of the emerging movements that are challenging these industries’ dangerous practices. The reforms outlined here aim to strike a healthier balance between large companies’ right to make a profit and governments’ responsibility to protect their populations.

While other books have addressed parts of this story, Lethal but Legal is the first to connect the dots between unhealthy products, business-dominated politics, and the growing burdens of disease and health care costs. By identifying the common causes of all these problems, then situating them in the context of other health challenges that societies have overcome in the past, this book provides readers with the insights they need to take practical and effective action to restore consumers’ right to health.

From Booklist
In a nutshell, public-health professor Freudenberg finds that the greatest threat to the health and well-being of humanity is an upside-down health system. He contends that, rather than a political-economic system that supports the health of the general population, public health is compromised to support the well-being of our current political-economic system. He refers to what he calls a “corporate consumption complex,” a disproportionately small group of business and political interests, as if it is an entity that thrives on “hyperconsumption” by a mass populace whose good health is being sacrificed in the name of profit. He makes his case via examples of both blatant and unintentional disregard for public health within the food, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical, gun, and automobile industries, which value profit over consumer health. His argument is so strong, passionate, and laced with intemperate phrases that it is clear that Freudenberg’s intention is less a call to reason than a rallying cry for an army of Davids against a systemic Goliath. –Donna Chavez
Review
“Superb, magnificently written, courageous, and compelling exposé of how corporations enrich themselves at the expense of public health–and how we can organize to counter corporate power and achieve a healthier and more sustainable food environment. This should be required reading for anyone who cares about promoting health, protecting democratic institutions, and achieving a more equitable and just society.” -Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University; author Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health

“A reservoir of constructive indignation that can arouse all Americans who adhere to basic human values.” –Ralph Nader

“A real eye-opener. Freudenberg lays out the labyrinth of connections between corporate misbehavior and the health of the world, then and gives a roadmap to fix it. I love this book.” –Cheryl G. Healton, Director, NYU Global Institute of Public Health; former President and CEO, American Legacy Foundation

“After documenting how multinational corporations manipulate us into hyperconsumption, this book goes on to identify the strategies we can, together, use to liberate ourselves.” –Richard Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham

“Freudenberg brings clarity to our understanding of these fundamental determinants of population health in a way that no one else has.” –Sandro Galea, Gelman Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Columbia University

“A richly detailed account of how corporate power has been used to corrupt health and well-being, along with excellent advice on what readers can do about it.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details
Hardcover: 344 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (February 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0199937192
ISBN-13: 978-0199937196

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc

 

Periodic Tales: A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc 
By Hugh Aldersey Williams
2011 | ISBN: 0061824720 | 448 pages | EPUB, MOBI | 8 MB


Like the alphabet, the calendar, or the zodiac, the periodic table of the chemical elements has a permanent place in our imagination. But aside from the handful of common ones (iron, carbon, copper, gold), the elements themselves remain wrapped in mystery. We do not know what most of them look like, how they exist in nature, how they got their names, or of what use they are to us. Unlocking their astonishing secrets and colorful pasts, Periodic Tales is a passionate journey through mines and artists’ studios, to factories and cathedrals, into the woods and to the sea to discover the true stories of these fascinating but mysterious building blocks of the universe.

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