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1. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Fourth Edition
by Bruce Alberts, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter
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Asin: 0815332181
Catlog: Book (2002-03)
Publisher: Garland Science
Sales Rank: 5725
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Molecular Biology of the Cell is the classic in-depth text reference in cell biology. By extracting the fundamental concepts from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story of cell biology, and create a coherent framework through which non-expert readers may approach the subject. Written in clear and concise language, and beautifully illustrated, the book is enjoyable to read, and it provides a clear sense of the excitement of modern biology. Molecular Biology of the Cell sets forth the current understanding of cell biology (completely updated as of Autumn 2001), and it explores the intriguing implications and possibilities of the great deal that remains unknown.
The hallmark features of previous editions continue in the Fourth Edition. The book is designed with a clean and open, single-column layout. The art program maintains a completely consistent format and style, and includes over 1,600 photographs, electron micrographs, and original drawings by the authors. Clear and concise concept headings introduce each section. Every chapter contains extensive references. Most important, every chapter has been subjected to a rigorous, collaborative revision process where, in addition to incorporating comments from expert reviewers, each co-author reads and reviews the other authors' prose. The result is a truly integrated work with a single authorial voice.
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3-0 out of 5 stars The best Cell Biology text, but...
This book is the main undergraduate cell biology text required, and rightly so. However, although it browses all of the sub-fields within the gigantic field of cell biology, it overemphasizes some fields and neglects others. The shortcomings of this text are a classic example of how experts in one field assume that related material will be covered in a related text, and when that invariably doesn't happen, everyone points fingers at each other and nothing changes.

The main shortcoming I am talking about is the field of Signal Transduction. This text very briefly gives a few pathways, and assumes that other texts dealing with Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology, and Physiology/Pharmacology will take up the slack. Nothing could be further from the truth! Most undergraduate Biochemistry texts do give several dozen pathways, but these almost never continue on to gene transcription, a critical part of signal transduction. Molecular Biology texts like Genes VI only give examples of a membrane-to-DNA pathway, and the Immunology texts only give immune-related pathways. Signal transduction is by far the most important aspect of modern cell biology, and yet it is the most neglected sub-field in the texts! This needs to be corrected.

5-0 out of 5 stars Molecular Biology of the Cell
Molecular Biology of the Cell is one of the best surveys available on the status of current information about cellular biology. The authors skillfully accomplish the difficult task of combining detail with readability while conveying the excitement of this dynamic field. Clear, concise, and colorful illustrations assist in this task and the book is a fine collection of splendidly dramatic photos of "molecular biology of the cell" in action. They covered an enormous amount of material with a style that is simple enough for a college-level biology student to follow with enough detail and references to be of use to an experienced research scientist. Bravo for a job well-done!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow!
Taking an online course in Molecular Cell Biology. This is the text.

This is an incredible book. Well organized, very up to date. It is not a trivial book by any means. I recomend that during the first pass on reading an assignment - that you do NOT have a pen at your side, just read it. It is an incredible read. The hard part is the shear amount of information in 1300 pages.

It will take me a while to plow through this text and the course, but I think it will be worth it in the end. The book is full of surprizes, at appropriate times information on evolution or medicines are thrown in. This is not a book for the timid.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
A very good textbook for learning the basics of mol bio. Most of the explantions are well written and easy to understand. From here you can jump into review articles if you want to go into greater detail.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Fat Albert" still tops
"Fat Albert," as we used to affectionately call this book in undergrad, was yet another of those books teachers told us would be "a good shelf reference book." It was the main textbook for three of my classes so I reluctantly bought it. Now, five years later, and in my second year of dental school I still find myself relying on this book to clarify topics covered in classes ranging from Pharmacology to Physiology, and from Biochemistry to Immunology. In addition, Fat Albert is my go-to book for my research in a microbiology lab.
It was, and still is the most engaging and useful of any textbook I have ever bought. ... Read more

2. Life, Seventh Edition : The Science of Biology
by David Sadava, William K. Purves, Craig Heller, Gordon H. Orians
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Asin: 0716798565
Catlog: Book (2003-12-05)
Publisher: Sinauer Associates and W. H. Freeman
Sales Rank: 8809
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Authoritative, thorough, and engaging, Life: The Science of Biology achieves an optimal balance of scholarship and teachability, never losing sight of either the science or the student. The first introductory text to present biological concepts through the research that revealed them, Life covers the full range of topics with an integrated experimental focus that flows naturally from the narrative. This approach helps to bring the drama of classic and cutting-edge research to the classroom—but always in the context of reinforcing core ideas and the innovative scientific thinking behind them. Students will experience biology not just as a litany of facts or a highlight reel of experiments, but as a rich, coherent discipline.

The new edition builds on Life's enduring strengths by doing what this acclaimed text has always done: combine a contemporary view of the discipline with innovative teaching and learning features. New chapters and essays, an enhanced art program, and standard-setting media and supplements combine to make this edition the finest yet. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, clearly written text for college-level biology.
First, just to let you know what perspective I am reviewing this from, I am a college student, and this text was used in my 200-level introductory biology course. Since I am a student, and not a professor or expert of any sort, I am evaluating the book based on how helpful it was to me in learning the material. For input from biology professors, you'll have to take a look at some of the other reviews here.

"Life: The Science of Biology" has definitely been one of the better biology textbooks I've used. The text is well written, with clear explanations and plenty of real-life examples to help you tie small details into the bigger picture. But beware: The information here is incredibly in-depth, so if you're only looking for a basic overview of biology, you may actually want a slightly simpler book, otherwise you may get lost in all the details. It was perfect for my 200-level class, and gave me all the information I needed, but I don't think it would be the ideal text for an introductory biology course. One other reviewer here mentioned that she used this text to teach her AP biology students. I took AP biology in high school (and got a 5 on the exam) and can guarantee you that this text contains far, far more than you would ever need to know to get a perfect score. It's definitely a college level text.

The book has numerous detailed, well-labeled diagrams that are helpful in understanding different processes. In fact, being a rather visual, hands-on learner, I sometimes found the step-by-step diagrams easier to follow than the text itself. There are also plenty of great photographs and other helpful images. At the end of each chapter there is a bare-bones overview of key points you should know, and a self-quiz to help you evaluate your grasp of the material. At the end of the book there is an extensive glossary with definitions of key terms.

Unfortunately, there is one mistake in this book, to be found in chapter 34, "Deuterostomate Animals." On page 674, some text from the previous page is repeated, and this in turn means that part of the section entitled "Primates and the Origin of Humans" is cut off, even ending in mid-sentence. The following page is filled entirely with pictures and diagrams, no text, and then on page 676 where the text starts up again, it skips to the beginning of the next section, entirely leaving out a chunk of information. This is the only place in the book where I found such a problem.

There is a website to accompany this text ( I never found it necessary to use the site for my studies, but it may be helpful for some. It contains chapter summaries, animated tutorials, text-related activities, self quizzes, suggestions for further reading, and a glossary of key terms (same as the one found at the back of the book). The book is also supposed to come with a CD-ROM. My school's bookstore was selling the books and CDs separately, and I did not purchase the CD and so cannot evaluate its usefulness. I know I learned everything I needed without it, and I suspect the book and website alone would be sufficient for most students' needs.

Aside from the glitch in chapter 34, mentioned above, I have found nothing to complain about with this book. I will definitely be hanging on to it for future reference, and highly recommend it to anyone needing a detailed, comprehensive biology text. NOTE: This review refers to the 7th edition of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars missing pages
Like many of the other reviewers have already stated, this is a great book for intro biology. If you pick it up be certain that it is not missing pages though. I read through it into Chapter 34 before finding some info missing! While reading Chp 34 pp. 673 I see that the intro to "Primates and the Origin of Humans" is repeated again on the following page. Also, on pp. 674 where this info is repeated, the info suddenly stops, and is not continued on pp 675 (which is understandable since it is all photographs), nor on pp. 676. Instead, pp. 676 begins with "Human ancestors
evolved bipedal locomotion", therefore, leaving out the connection between anthropoids and hominids. This is crucial info because it is the info that tells us where humans came from! It is some of the most critical info in all of the textbook! If you pick this book up check these pages. If it is missing this info return it immediately for a corrected copy.

5-0 out of 5 stars ++Excellent textbook studied by students in UCLA
There's a reason why this textbook is used at one of the top public universities in the nation. It is clearly written, lots of pictures that has step-by-step comments, a concise chapter summary and discussion questions. Chapters are relatively short at 16-26 pages each, full of detailed pictures and fairly easy reading for the scientific individual. Compared to Scientific American, it is easier to read.
The CD-ROM has flashcards, animated tutorials (videos and sound), games, self-quizzes (small) and large chapter quizzes (multiple choice) with explanations for every answer you got incorrect or correct. The animation videos are very helpful in picturing abstractions such as molecular formation.
Study guide has a more in-depth chapter summary notes and more multiple choice questions with explanations to the answers. Many if not all chapters related to current news updates on science, so the book is a very recent infusion of current science developments with past biology.

UCLA students have used books from these authors for a few years now in their Life Science 1,2 courses (biology). Excellent text.
I had a fun time in the class both because of my outstanding professor Dr. Kubasak and the outstanding textbook!

4-0 out of 5 stars But is ok, spend time 2 memorize the details though
Very similar to other biology books, there will not be a feature in this book that will make it significally stand-up from the other ones. In despite of that, I really recommend the website that accompanies this book. The animations are great to understand biological concepts such as PCR, operons, etc.
Everything is in great detail (too much detail for an introductory class in my opinion)... the organization could have been better to make the students understand. Sometimes I feel it provides so many details that the big picture is lost! I think that the cellular respiration chapter organization was confusing (it kept going from glycolisis to kreb's cycle back and forth.) It will be somewhat hard if you want to use this book to learn biology independently.
If you are a highschool student, I would highly recommend this book since it gives a great approximation of the type of books that will be used in university. I understand that MIT, Harvard and UCSD uses this book for their undergraduates...

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete college biology book.
I used this book for my college biology classes.It was complete and has lots of info on evolution, ecology, reproduction, energy pathways, etc.I also found used
The Ultimate Study Guide for Biology: Key Review Questions and Answers with Explantions by Patrick Leonardi Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.I was recommended these books by a fellow student.I'm glad it took his recommendation because these three study guides had the kind of study questions that my college professor asked on the exams.These questions let me in the right direction in what was important to study.Purves Textbook and these three study guides were what helped me to pass biology with flying colors. ... Read more

3. Inquiry into Life
by Sylvia S. Mader
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Asin: 0072399651
Catlog: Book (2002-03-21)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Sales Rank: 25318
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Learning is much more than reading a textbook. That's why the 10th edition of Inquiry into Life is integrated closely with an Online Learning Center where students and professors alike will benefit. The OLC provides animations, virtual labs, online quizzing, Power Point lecture outlines, and other tools that will help make teaching a little easier and learning a lot more fun.

Inquiry into Life covers the whole field of basic biology, and emphasizes the application of this knowledge to human concerns. Along with this approach, concepts and principles are stressed, rather than detailed, high-level scientific data and terminology. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, informative source
As a Grade 12 student in Canada, I have found this book to be excellent, informative, and concise. This book lays a solid foundation of introductory biology. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in biology. I believe you will find this book to be useful and helpful. ... Read more

4. Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities
by Stanley Hoppenfeld
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Asin: 0838578535
Catlog: Book (1976)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 28403
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Text
This is a great textbook. I am an athletic training student who has used this book. Other good books to use with this one are Evaluation of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries by Chad Starkey and Special Tests for Orthopedic Examination.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the "Classics" for athletic trainers
This book by Hoppenfeld is a truly a standard for the athletic training profession. The text is easy to follow and the figures and diagrams are very clear. The book is laid out well and lends itself to study easily. Every athletic training student should have a copy--to study for the NATABOC exam and to use as a daily reference in the "real world" following certification.

5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Smokes!!
Get it if you are looking for a good reference book to put on your desk that tells you how to locate various anatomical parts of the body (bones, ligaments, muscles, boney landmarks, various nerves and vessels too). Good pictures and clear explanations make this book a classic. Also liked "Treat Your Own Knees" if you have a lot of knee pain patients.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome book on orhopedics
The drawings in this book are very clear and effective in explaining the specific anatomical landmarks in the body (i.e. anatomical snuff box, lunate, etc) in order to give a highly effective orthopedic examination. The book is very easy to read without making you read sentences over again in order to understand like in some other texts. The L3, L4, L5, S1 and C5, C6, C7 neurological levels are explained with much detail on how to do muscle tests, reflexes and where to place the pinwheel for dermatome evaluation. This is a must buy for medical students and chiropractic students alike. Being a doctor of chiropractic, I found this book excellent for the boards, especially the neurological level section and orthopedic tests. However, be careful on National board Part 4 exam when doing certain orthopedic tests, make sure to also reference Evan's book (isbn: 0838578535) because some indications for ortho test are a little different and performed slightly differently in both these books. In any event, if you want help with nat'l board review, get the following.
National Board of Chiropractic Part IV Study Guide: isbn;0974328766 vol 1,
National Board of Chiropractic Part IV study guide;
isbn;0974328774 vol 2
National Board of Chiropractic Part III Study Guide:
isbn; 0974328723
National Board of Chiropractic Part II Study Guide:
National Board of Chiropractic Part I Study Guide:
These books are great along with Hoppenfield's book. These study guides are used by chiropractic students nation wide. They helped me a lot with passing the boards.

5-0 out of 5 stars Readily applicable and simple to understand
This is an excellent reference in any clinicians office. I've used this book for the past 6 years as a primary care provider. In fact I always have to re-order it because other practitioners keep on taking it from my office. It is so easy to understand that even my technicians make use of it almost constantly during patient visits. I highly recommend owning this book if you work in any primary care setting ... Read more

5. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases: 2-Volume Set
by Gerald L. Mandell, John E. Bennett, Raphael Dolin
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-22)
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
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Widely acknowledged as the definitive reference source of its kind, Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases is back-in a new 6th Edition! Authored by a "who's who" of experts from around the world, this 2-volume set encompasses all that is currently known about the epidemiology, etiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology, and treatment of infectious agents. Completely revised and updated-and with a bold, new 4-color format-it is a complete, essential compendium of knowledge on this vast and complex subject. Now includes a bound-in CD-ROM containing all of the images from the book available for PowerPoint download. * Offers state-of-the-art guidelines for disease control and treatment * Covers disease by microbe and by clinical syndrome, making it easy to find any subject of interest. * Features complete coverage of all aspects of HIV and AIDS ... Read more

6. Microsoft Office 2003 for Healthcare
by Ahmad Hashem, Inc. Perspection
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Asin: 0789732114
Catlog: Book (2004-10-14)
Publisher: Que
Sales Rank: 331045
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Healthcare offices are busy places and healthcare professionals are busy people.Between constantly ringing phones and patients coming in and out, who has time to learn about Microsoft Office?Our helpful, step-by-step guide, Microsoft Office 2003 for Healthcare, is designed to be easy-to-read and single-task oriented for quick reference.Explore how you can use Microsoft Office 2003 to create patient charts, billing procedures and more. Also included is a troubleshooting guide to help you quickly solve problem, so you can maximize the time you spend delivering healthcare and minimize the time you have to spend on administrative duties.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Just get a general text on MS Office
I disagree with the title. Apparently, the book is devoted to the special needs of healthcare professionals who want to use Microsoft Office 2003. Fair enough. But when I look through the contents, there is very little that is inherent to healthcare. Typical is the chapter on PowerPoint usage. The healthcare component is soley in the screen captures of a PowerPoint document, with the string "Introduction to Medical Informatics". The other chapters are similar. The so-called healthcare customisation is very superficial. It could easily be swapped out and replaced with examples from engineering, say. And we would still have essentially the same book.

Which does at least suggest that there really are no special needs for professionals in this field, if they want to use Office 2003, at the level of discussion given by the book. You should just get a general text on MS Office. ... Read more

7. Blackwell's Step 1 Underground Clinical Vignettes (Blackwell's Underground Clinical Vignettes ( Ucv's).)
by Vikas Bhushan
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Catlog: Book (2002-01-16)
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
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8. Evolutionary Analysis, Third Edition
by Scott Freeman, Jon Herron
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Asin: 0131018590
Catlog: Book (2003-07-15)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 101216
Average Customer Review: 3.17 out of 5 stars
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Designed to help readers learn how to think like evolutionary biologists, this 4-color book approaches evolutionary biology as a dynamic field of inquiry and as a process. Using a theme-based approach, it illustrates the interplay between theory, observation, testing and interpretation. It offers commentary on strengths and weaknesses of data sets, gives detailed examples rather than a broad synoptic approach, includes many data graphics and boxes regarding both sides of controversies.Introduces each major organizing theme in evolution through a question--e.g., How has HIV become drug resistant? Why did the dinosaurs, after dominating the land vertebrates for 150 million years, suddenly go extinct? Are humans more closely related to gorillas or to chimpanzees? Focuses on many applied, reader-relevant topics--e.g., evolution and human health, the evolution of senescence, sexual selection, social behavior, eugenics, and biodiversity and conservation. Then develops the strategies that evolutionary biologists use for finding an answers to such questions. Then considers the observations and experiments that test the predictions made by competing hypotheses, and discusses how the data are interpreted.For anyone interested in human evolution, including those working in human and animal health care, environmental management and conservation, primary and secondary education, science journalism, and biological and medical research. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Insightful biology textbook
I bought this book because I am taking a biology class at the University I attend currently. This book is our textbook.

The first two chapters are about Darwinism and Evolution. I also read the Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner who is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize. His points about Darwinism and Evolution are all in this textbook with many of graphs and pictures. Although it is a textbook, it's easy to comprehend even if you are not a pre-med student. Topics such as natural selection, microevolution, and irony and controversy of the validity of evolution by natural selection are covered.

Part II of the book is about Mutation and Mendelian Genetics. The author covers gene duplication and Yule's Numerical examples, analyzing the point of the natural selection being a potent force of evolution. And sexual selection and adaptations are other important topics that are discussed in the part II.

Part III of the book is about current research (1998). Various theories in relationships among humans and the extant apes, and sexual selection are covered in great depth. Again, it all comes down to microevolution and macroevolution and their patterns after examing adaptive radiations, punctuated equilibrium, and fossiles.

Lastly, the author talks about social behavior of various species. The author concludes that when individuals interact, four outcomes are possible with respect to fitness: cooperation, altruism, selfishness, and spite. Robert Trivers' theory of altrusim is tested and other "outcomes" about animal behavior are studied. From these studies, the author concludes that genetic variance exists for behavioral traits. "Thh field of behavior genetics is devoted to exploring the extent and nature of this variation. Behavioral geneticists use selection and heritability studies to identify traits with significant genetic variance... and can uncover the specific function of loci influencing social behavior."

I think this book covers many important topics and is easily comprehensible even for non-biology majors.

5-0 out of 5 stars Makes evolutionary biology interesting
Evolutionary biology can be extremely tedious for undergraduate students if one insists on teaching the more arcane debates as Fisher versus Shifting Balance. That might be good for a second course for future professionals, but if one starts with such stuff, students will lose all the interest in evolution they came with.
Evolutionary Analysis is interesting, wel-informed and up to date, and is meant for general biologists. It cannot be used as a reference book for neo-darwinian debates, so the better.

1-0 out of 5 stars horrible
Bought this one for Evolution class. It is a horrible excuse for a textbook. Do not buy this book unless it is for a middle school student. If the authors think this book has been written for an advanced audience, then I would suggest that anyone interested in learning evolution not attend University of Washington.

4-0 out of 5 stars Captives of the paradigm
Although not a student in a course, I found perusing this (upgraded, new edition)text to be interesting and intriguing, despite being a severe Darwin critic. Well illustrated with clear expositions of technical pop gen. However, if Little Red Riding Hood were an Amazon reviewer the text would read, 'What nice teeth you have...". Sociobiological thinkings is now being mainstreamed.
One of the puzzles of modern culture is the obtuseness of the technical elite, especially Darwinists. From whence did they get their rigid mentality, and total inability to think critically on evolution? It's no mystery if you look at the textbooks used to train these elites, as here. These are the doctors, biologists and others who, for the trouble of taking a close look at evolutionary theory, will end with the false assumptions of the Synthesis engraved on their eductional memory modules.
The issue can be insidious with the study of population genetics, nicely done here in its own way. But it is a subject where technical math deludes people into thinking it constitutes a theory of evolution. The sad thing is that physicists who must think critically about physics remain silent about these models, none of which are properly verified in the complex cases of advanced evolution. It reminds one of economics courses where the curious illusions of theory remain educationally entrenched despite the critics. At least it is generally known what the limitations are. But in evolution these underpowered population models are extrapolated to become a new form of metaphysics and there is no review of the propaganda possible, it seems.
So that's the reason the techical elites are 'disinformation grouwnups'. It is a situation worthy of Foucault.

1-0 out of 5 stars Please use a better text, if you are an instructor
So there is a new evolution instructor at our school and he is using this text and lecturing out of it directly - ie no supplementation with other material. Very bad combination, boring simple lectures on what is actually a complex interesting topic. It would be different if the text was comprehensive and challenging but it is not.

Positives of the text:
Easy to ready
Entertaining examples

Negatives of the text:
1.Very, very frustratingly simplistic
2.Overlooks controversial topics or only presents one side of an issue. Example, no coverage of Wright's shifting balanced theory as opposing Fisher's mass selection theory. Doesn't even indicate there IS another theory out there.
3.Simplifies primary literature. Does not detail assumptions or boundaries of experiments.
4.Inadequate index and glossary (for example, epistatis, is in neither)

The entire book reminds me of justso stories my mama read to me as a wee pup, not a scientific examination of evolution.

The authors say this is book is at undergraduate level. But given the lack of complexity and depth, I'd say it is more suited for say an 5-6th grade class level. ... Read more

9. Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach
by Not Available, Merida L. Johns
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Asin: 1584260564
Catlog: Book (2002-04)
Publisher: American Health Information Management Associ
Sales Rank: 181105
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Does the health information management textbook you use meet your needs? Does it follow AHIMA’s model curriculum? Is it up-to-date and complete, or are you forced to search for supplemental materials? Do your students complain about how hard their current textbook is to understand?

Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach, was designed to meet your health information technology students’ needs. It’s based on the model curriculum for students in American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)-accredited two-year HIT programs. This curriculum, recommended by AHIMA’s Assembly on Education, mirrors the requirements set down for the accreditation of HIT programs and the certification of HIT graduates. The curriculum helps you deliver content in a way that complements and enhances your own teaching.

Your students will comprehend the material faster because it’s written at the ideal reading level for beginners in an HIT program. Every chapter allows you to:

Help your students appreciate how major concepts and principles can be applied in real practice-based situations. To accomplish this, each chapter begins with "Theory into Practice," a case study.

Provide formative, immediate feedback with numerous quizzes. The "Check Your Understanding" sections allow students to verify their command of the information presented in each section. The review quizzes included at the end of each chapter allow you and your students to set goals easily and, more importantly, provide a roadmap for achieving them.

Give students an opportunity to put theory into practice by furnishing them with exercises, student activities, and projects. These exercises help develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and systems-thinking skills, so students will be prepared for future professional problem-solving situations.

Discover more than 900 pages packed with additional resources to assist in your teaching:
A list of learning objectives for each chapter
Key terms—defined in the glossary at the end of the book
Application exercises
A real-world case study with discussion questions
And more!

Your students are sure to use this comprehensive resource not only during the course of their two-year program, but as a reference well into their careers .

Health Information Management Technology: An Applied Approach comes with FREE Web-based instructor’s materials that feature lesson plans, extra learning activities, PowerPoint slides, answer keys, and a test item bank for each chapter. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Boring, but informative
Although I had to have my husband stab me every few minutes to keep me awake, this book helped me get an A in my class. The book is for the most part easy to understand, but some of the exercise questions were somewhat confusing. An answer sheet for the "Check Your Understanding" sections would've been extremely helpful to let you know if you were getting the meaning of the chapter. Like I said...stay awake & you'll do fine. ... Read more

10. Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist:: A Positive Care Approach
by AST
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Surgical technology educators and students previously had no choice but to rely on textbooks written for OR nurses that often contained too little information on the role of the surgical technologist and not enough of the subtle observations and nuances that come from years in the field.Until now.Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist is the first text for surgical technology students and faculty that is precise, focused and helpful.Information is presented in a thorough and consistent manner that encourages student learning of both the information and the process.The writers' 50 years of expertise in the field give Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist a depth not found in other texts.(KEYWORDS:Surgical Technology, technologist, OR, Nurses, operating) ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great educational book
I actually work in Central Sterile Processing. I found this book very useful with the information of surgical procedures, anotomy charts , surgical instruments. Plus it is very clear on its format, easy to understand and follow. This book will answer many questions that students going for surgical technology need or simple just like me, a person who works with surgical instruments on the daily basis.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't spend the money
This text is horable, there is info that is wrong. I am ST student . I would buy Alexdars it's the best book around.

5-0 out of 5 stars great
I bought this book based on comments from other buyers and the book is great. In fact my teacher also purchased this book and it's so much better than our school text book. I like how in depth this book goes and the variety of surgical procedures it has.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is an excellent book if you are a surgical technology student. I bought this book in addition to my required book for school becuase it was so much better than the required book. It is very descriptive and has lots of helpful pictures. The AST has done a wondeful job with this text book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book of information for the Surgical Technologist student
This book is full of information that is helpful. I am in my second term of taking a Surgical Technology course. We just start the real meat of the course... from patient position, drapes, and starting in a couple of weeks gi surgery. This book has it all and the instruments used in the major and minor tray. We have now the Alexander's which is good for the breakdown of different surgerical procedures but when it comes to the Surgical Tech's role there is not much. I'm glad that the AST has finally written a book. It will come handy now and throughout my career as a Surgical Tech. Kudos to AST...well done! ... Read more

11. Differential Diagnosis Management for the Chiropractor: Protocols and Algorithms
by Thomas A. Souza
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Differential Diagnosis and Management for the Chiropractor: Protocols and Algorithms, Third Edition covers the range of complaints commonly seen in daily practice, including neurologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and cardiopulmonary. The third edition of this best selling reference maintains its goal of helping the practitioner evaluate a patient’s complaint in the context of a chiropractor’s scope of practice and is dedicated to providing the most current research regarding the recommendations for the use of evaluation and management tools.

With easy-to-follow algorithms and concise explanatory text, this timely handbook helps the practitioner evaluate a patient's complaint in the context of a chiropractor's scope of practice. Protocols for a wide range of visceral conditions are outlined, as well as the musculoskeletal conditions traditionally associated with chiropractic. This new edition is revised to reflect updated national guidelines and recommendations. Laboratory values have been added, as well as considerations for evaluating special populations and increased nutritional and musculoskeletal management information.

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12. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
by Kate L. Turabian
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Newly revised to conform with the Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian's Manual for Writers provides comprehensive, detailed, superior guidance to writers of research papers. From "Parts of the Paper" (including the niceties of copyrights and dedications) to "Sample Layouts," everything to do with format is covered. Mechanics of style (abbreviations to quotations) are reviewed, there's help on tables and illustrations, and chapters on bibliographies, parenthetical references, note taking, and citations. There are suggestions for manuscript preparation, hints on word-processing software, and formatting for research papers' more complex features. When you're up to your eyebrows in research data, it's a vast relief to have quick, accessible, reliable answers to your questions of structure, scholarly propriety, and academic style. --Stephanie Gold ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential resource
Turabian's book is an absolutely essential resource for any college undergraduate or graduate student that wants to produce quality papers. There's a reason this book is a "classic" work assigned in many English and other humanities classes for many years, it covers nearly everything from the posessive of Jesus to how to cite book chapters to format footnotes and tables of contents.
I do agree that the book does need to be updated to include internet resources, hopefully this will be done in a new edition soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars LoveLoveLove
This is one of my favorite books. Okay, yes, I admit it, I'm a nerd. But I'm a nerd that did very well on all of my college papers because I knew the proper tabulation of a footnote.

It is essentially an abridged version of the Chicago Manual of Style, for prose writing. Most of the CMS is pretty useless for what most people deal with, and I personally think it's hard to find anything in. Turabian, on the other hand, is a concise little paperback that offers information that no online service can compete with.

If you're going to buy one reference book for college, this should be it. Forget the dictionary, forget the thesaurus: they come with Microsoft and you can find perfectly good ones online. Turabian is all you'll need in life. Call it "Turabian" too, as in "I was looking through my Turabian last night, and it says to use the Oxford comma" and you'll instantly impress all of your professors, graduate with honors, and be accepted to the med school of your choice.

3-0 out of 5 stars nice book but...
Its a nice book, but I prefer online term paper sites. I ordered an essay from and got an A!!!..... no need of this book......but its good.

1-0 out of 5 stars Rather useless for the modern research writer
The Turabian manual is confusing, difficult to use and next to useless for anyone using the Internet or online sources in their research. It has not been updated to reflect the existance of the Internet. As a result, there is no uniform way of citing Internet sources. Use this guide only if forced to by your professor!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good to have
This is a good book to have if you are having to write a paper in Turabian format. It is very boring stuff, but if you need to have it, you need to have it. ... Read more

13. Medical Assisting: Administrative and Clinical Competencies
by Lucille Keir, Barbara Wise, Connie Krebs
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The administrative, clinical, and general areas necessary for entry-level employment as identified by the medical assistant role delineation study issued by the American Association of Medical Assistants. Pathophysiology coverage is expanded to include additional diagnostic descriptions and information on medications commonly used to treat conditions. A new unit on related therapies presents information on complimentary and alternative treatments. ... Read more

14. Clinician's Pocket Reference (LANGE Clinical Science)
by Leonard G. Gomella, Steven A. Haist, Leonard Gomella, Steven Haist
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Indispensable survival guide for students transitioning from the preclinical to clinical years! This portable, pocket-sized manual provides essential patient care information in an easy-to-use format. The 10th edition is thoroughly updated and revised, with particular attention to topics such as clinical microbiology, critical care, emergencies, and commonly used medications. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars very handy manual
i found your book excellent in bedside procedures and normal values but unfortunately i have not found enough guides in clinical pictures (diagnosis)and full investigations for separate disease entities to help in query bizzare clinical presentations in our wards

5-0 out of 5 stars Great reference book
I highly recommend this text for third year medical students. It properly assumes that the third year medical student knows next to nothing about clinical medicine and proceeds to explain abbreviations, commonly used drugs, procedures, protocols on rounds, and a whole host of useful things needed to survive and thrive in the hospital setting. I used it not only in medical school, but during my residency as well (especially during the first two years), especially when learning critical care medicine. Definitely shell out a few bucks and buy this book before you start your clinical rotations during medical school.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best since M.A. Krupp's Physician's Handbook 21st ED.
It takes seconds to find what you need to know, and as you see from the table of contents it truly is a fantastic all-in-one must buy, must have for the serious medical student or pharmacist intern. This book will make you shine. ... Read more

15. Piping and Pipeline Engineering: Design, Construction, Maintenance, Integrity, and Repair (Mechanical Engineering (Marcell Dekker))
by G.A. Antaki, G. A. ANTAKI
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Offering the fundamental qualitative steps vital to any successful piping and pipeline activity, this book pairs real world practices with textbook theory to depict proper piping and pipeline construction, integrity, and maintenance—highlighting the quantitative details, calculations, and techniques essential to support competent decisions for plant piping systems and pipelines. ... Read more

16. Experiments: Planning, Analysis, and Parameter Design Optimization
by C. F. Jeff Wu, Michael Hamada
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A modern and highly innovative guide to industrial experimental design

The past two decades have seen major progress in the use of statistically designed experiments for product and process improvement. In this new work, Jeff Wu and Michael Hamada, two highly recognized researchers in the field, introduce some of the newest discoveries in the design and analysis of experiments as well as their applications to system optimization, robustness, and treatment comparisons in the diverse fields of engineering, technology, agriculture, biology, and medicine.

Drawing on examples from their impressive roster of industrial clients (including GM, Ford, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, and Chrysler), Wu and Hamada modernize accepted methodologies, while presenting many cutting-edge topics for the first time in a single, easily accessible source. These include robust parameter design, reliability improvement, analysis of nonnormal data, analysis of experiments with complex aliasing, multilevel designs, minimum aberration designs, and orthogonal arrays. Other features include:

  • Coverage of parameter design for system improvement first introduced by Taguchi in the mid-1980s
  • An innovative approach to the treatment of design tables
  • A discussion of new computing techniques, including graphical methods, generalized linear models, and Bayesian computing via Gibbs samplers
  • Each chapter motivated by a real experiment
  • Extensive case studies, including goals, data, and experimental plans
  • More than 80 data sets as well as hundreds of charts, tables, and figures
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Superb Graduate Textbook
    There are many ways one can judge a textbook. For graduate textbooks, the most important aspect one should look at is if they are worth keeping. Taking a graduate course in statistics generally means that one has chosen a career in statistics or a career with a significant statistical component in it. So the value of a textbook after graduate studies is an important consideration any instructor should give. It is pitiful that some of the textbooks from my own graduate studies are not worth a second reading, either because they lack modern topics or because they are mostly devoted to mechanical derivations.

    Wu and Hamada (2000) is a superb textbook in this regard. The book is loaded with a number of most important modern topics in design of experiments, including robust parameter design, minimum aberration, designs with complex aliasing, and generalized linear models (p. xvii). These modern topics only receive some courteous treatment, if any at all, in most of design textbooks. The importance of these topics cannot be over-stated. It is impossible for an instructor to provide a detailed coverage of all the important topics in any design course. Practical problems often require the use of certain methods, which may or may not be touched in a design course. Therefore, we will often have to go back to our graduate textbooks to do some further reading. The comprehensive design tables in Wu and Hamada (2000)
    also make this further learning process easier. For those who are doing research in the area after their graduate studies, Wu and Hamada (2000) is a necessity. Accessing design literature through journals is much more inconvenient and time-consuming. Wu and Hamada (2000) is also a suitable textbook for a design course for undergraduates majoring in statistics, or other areas of mathematical sciences.

    If I can only own one design book, this is the one.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not in touch with Grad Students...
    I think this book has great potential. Unfortunately, it suffers from a few of the most fairly common Graduate Level text book problems.

    Use of the 'et cetera' function, or a failure to work out examples. I'm not sure if I'm in a minority with this opinion, but I believe, after many years as a graduate student that examples should be worked on in their entirety. Unfortunately, this in not the case with this textbook. There are numerous places in this text where the authors reference, with great generality, pervious half-worked examples or formulas. Not only does this make the text sometimes difficult to follow, it also reduces the usefulness of the book as a self teaching tool.

    The text also fails to include even some of the solutions to its exercises. I'm not sure why many authors fail to include even some of the solutions to their chapter exercises. In my opinion, I believe that this is a serious weakness in text. Most professors who teach graduate level courses create their own problem sets. By failing to include even partial solution sets, the authors minimizes or completely destroys any benefit of including exercises in the text (especially if you are not reading this text as part of a course). There is no benefit of working out exercises if you can not correct or even identify your mistakes.

    If I had to have just one "Design of Experiments" book, I would not choose this one. Although there are many great things about this book, it is notoriously light on Split-Plot experiments. In fact, Split-plot experiments (which are very common) only receive a cursory mention. If you are looking for Books on Designs of experiments, I suggest you look at "Design and Analysis of Experiments" by Douglas Montgomery, or maybe even the older "Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments" by Mason, Gunst, and Hess.

    5-0 out of 5 stars authoritative and thorough treatment
    Jeff Wu got his Ph.D. in statistics from UC Berkeley. He started his career at the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he was influenced by George Box and was exposed to many important practical design problems. Jeff quickly established himself as a top notch theoretical statistician publishing some landmark papers in the Annals of Statistics. As his career developed at Wisconsin and later in Canada and at Michigan he made fundamental contributions to survey sampling and experimental design. This book is basically a sequel to the classic book by Box, Hunter and Hunter. It includes all aspects of experimental design and is very thorough in covering all the classical topics and the new area of robust design. It includes many recent advances by the authors (Wu and Hamada) in the 1990 and even the late 1990s (papers from 1997 and 1998 are referenced).

    The book is intended for scientists and engineers as well as statisticians. The authors deliberately introduce the concepts gently, starting with a real problem and constructing and analyzing a design type considered in the chapter. This is done consistently from chapters 3-13.

    They start with the simplest ideas and designs and build up. Chapter 1 deals with single factor experiments and Chapter 2 with experiments with more than one factor, starting with two. Section 1.1 provides an historical perspective which I find valuable. It leads to a classification of design problems that are distinct and they show how they arose in very different contexts. They do a good job of setting the stage for the remaining chapters. The categories are (1)Treatment Comparisons (the traditional agricultural experiment), (2) Variable Screening, (3) Response Surface Exploration, (4) System Optimization and (5) System Robustness. Although the theory of optimal designs is not covered in detail, the role of optimal designs is mentioned as is the early work of Kiefer (section 4.4.2)and reference to the recent book by Pukelsheim is given.

    In Chapter 4 on fractional factorial experiments at two levels, concepts of resolution and aberration are clearly explained. I think it helps that the authors make these concepts concrete through the illustrative examples. I have often looked at standard design texts and found myself confused about the distinction between resolution III, IV and V designs.

    There are several features that set this book apart from other books on design of experiments. Some attention is given to the one-factor-at-a-time approach. Most books ignore this commonly used approach and its many drawbacks. The authors explain its four main disadvantages and illustrate the problem with a design example. In my experience in industry, many engineers are not trained well in statistics and although it may seem clear to statisticians that one-at-a-time approaches overlook interactions or dependencies between variables, the engineers often do not. They see this approach as a way to simplify their search for the best operating conditions. I published an article in the mathematical modeling literature that also was intended to demonstrate the value of statistical design methods over the one-at-a-time approach. Latin square and Graeco-Latin Squares are covered as well as the more common factorial and fractional factorial designs. They also cover randomized blocks and balanced incomplete blocks. The concept of pairing (blocking) is well illustrated with a particular analysis of variance done both with and without pairing. Underlying assumptions are brought out and never hidden. The principles that are the basis for selection of fractional factorial designs are made explcit. Practical nonregular designs including the popular Plackett-Burman designs are well covered. Chapter 10 provides the basis and motivation for robust parameter designs. It also includes a discussion of the signal-to-noise ratio approach of Taguchi and describes some of its weaknesses. Chapter 11 looks at various performance measures for robust parameter design and compares several designs with respect to these parameters.

    In the early chapters, the analysis of variance is presented clearly with all the required assumptions. Multiple comparison methods are discussed. Good references, both recent and old, are provided on each topic. My only disappointment was the omission of the recent resampling approaches to p-value adjustment due primarily to Westfall and Young.

    Another interesting and unique aspect of the book is the presentation of Bayesian variable selection strategies. This introduces much of the interesting new work in Bayesian methods using the Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods.

    Chapters 12 and 13 cover topics you will not find in other experimental design books. Chapter 12 deals with experiments to improve reliability and 13 with nonnormal data. Use of generalized linear models and transformation of variables is well covered in the book.

    This book is a worthy sequel to Box, Hunter and Hunter. It is a great introductory book for experimental design courses and a great reference source for scientists, engineers and statisticians. It is already gaining in popularity.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A classic book on experimental design
    This book is on the par with Box, Hunter, Hunter's famous book "Statistics for Experiments". If you already have the latter one, you should have both.

    This book devotes more than half of its chapters to cover the rapid new developement in past two decades that was not ready to be coverd by BHH back in 1978.

    First four chapters cover the same classic designs in BHH. Chapter 5 discusses in detail on three level factorial designs which is very useful but was not covered by BHH. Chapter 6 lists useful mixed level designs. Chapters 7 and 8 explain design and analysis of Platt-Burman and other irregular designs. Chapter 9 is on response surface design. Chapters 10 and 11 are devoted to Robust designs, better known as Taguchi method. Chapter 12 is specific on reliability study using experimental design. Chapter 13 wraps up the book with a nice discussion on how to deal with non-normal responses in an experiment.

    The book is full of data from real experiments. There are on average 7-8 in each chapter. For practioners, there are hundreds of designs tabled after each chapter.

    The authors explain the strategy of designing experiments and doing data analysis very clearly through examples. There are also pletty of exercise problems after each chapter. It could be used as a textbook for two semester experimental design courses.

    The authors did not try to cover everything but rather stay focused. For example, optimal designs are left out from the book. Most of the data analysis method in the book requires to be done using statistics softwares but you couldn't find a single computer command in the book. Maybe in the future, we will have SAS books, S+ books, and Minitab books to go along with this book. At this moment, the software developers have to catch on. ... Read more

17. Hierarchical Linear Models : Applications and Data Analysis Methods (Advanced Quantitative Techniques in the Social Sciences)
by Stephen W. Raudenbush, Anthony S. Bryk
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"This is a first-class book dealing with one of the most important areas of current research in applied statistics…the methods described are widely applicable…the standard of exposition is extremely high."
--Short Book Reviews from the International Statistical Institute

"The new chapters (10-14) improve an already excellent resource for research and instruction. Their content expands the coverage of the book to include models for discrete level-1 outcomes, non-nested level-2 units, incomplete data, and measurement error---all vital topics in contemporary social statistics. In the tradition of the first edition, they are clearly written and make good use of interesting substantive examples to illustrate the methods. Advanced graduate students and social researchers will find the expanded edition immediately useful and pertinent to their research."
--TED GERBER, Sociology, University of Arizona

"Chapter 11 was also exciting reading and shows the versatility of the mixed model with the EM algorithm. There was a new revelation on practically every page. I found the exposition to be extremely clear. It was like being led from one treasure room to another, and all of the gems are inherently useful. These are problems that researchers face everyday, and this chapter gives us an excellent alternative to how we have traditionally handled these problems."
--PAUL SWANK, Houston School of Nursing, University of Texas, Houston

Popular in the first edition for its rich, illustrative examples and lucid explanations of the theory and use of hierarchical linear models (HLM), the book has been reorganized into four parts with four completely new chapters. The first two parts, Part I on "The Logic of Hierarchical Linear Modeling" and Part II on "Basic Applications" closely parallel the first nine chapters of the previous edition with significant expansions and technical clarifications, such as:

* An intuitive introductory summary of the basic procedures for estimation and inference used with HLM models that only requires a minimal level of mathematical sophistication in Chapter 3
* New section on multivariate growth models in Chapter 6
* A discussion of research synthesis or meta-analysis applications in Chapter 7
* Data analytic advice on centering of level-1 predictors and new material on plausible value intervals and robust standard estimators

While the first edition confined its attention to continuously distributed outcomes at level 1, this second edition now includes coverage of an array of outcomes types in Part III:

* New Chapter 10 considers applications of hierarchical models in the case of binary outcomes, counted data, ordered categories, and multinomial outcomes using detailed examples to illustrate each case
* New Chapter 11 on latent variable models, including estimating regressions from missing data, estimating regressions when predictors are measured with error, and embedding item response models within the framework of the HLM model
* New introduction to the logic of Bayesian inference with applications to hierarchical data (Chapter 13)

The authors conclude in Part IV with the statistical theory and computations used throughout the book, including univariate models with normal level-1 errors, multivariate linear models, and hierarchical generalized linear models.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Useful, but need solid background in stats
This book describes important advances in statistical analysis of social science data, circa 1992. Much of this data has a natural hierarchical grouping. But traditional statistical methods proved inadequate at coping. The biggest drawback was the failure of the assumption of independence. If at the lowest level, Items I1,...,In are grouped into sets J1,...,Jm, where mTo handle this, Hierarchical Linear Models were developed. The book gives a detailed treatment. A very comprehensive discussion. Including the handling of meta-analysis, where we wish to combine results across different studies. Which then involves using empirical Bayesian estimates. This method has also seen important usage in evaluating medical studies, conducted by different researchers on the same topic.

The book also illustrates the essential development of non-trivial computer programs to perform the gruntwork.

You will need a solid background in statistics to find this book useful. At a minimum, a year of statistics at the undergraduate level. ... Read more

18. Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes That Kill and Injure Millions of Americans
by Rosemary Gibson, Janardan Prasad Singh
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Medical mistakes are occurring with alarming frequency in this country. Nightly newscasts and daily newspapers tell of botched surgeries, mistaken patient identities, careless overdoses, and neglected diagnoses. You may have dismissed these stories as unfortunate mistakes, misunderstandings, or just isolated incidents with the occasional bad doctor.Wall of Silence reveals that these medical mistakes are not rare incidents. In fact, the real-life stories in this book show that medical mistakes increasing in frequency-and worse, that the system is designed more to cover up these errors than prevent them.With searing outrage and heartfelt compassion for the victims of medical mistakes, Gibson and Singh put human faces to the tragic numbers we read and hear about.Within these pages, you'll meet:

· An eight-year-old girl whose cries of pain from kidney cancer were dismissed by doctors, eventually leading to her permanent paralysis

·A rising young star in the federal government whose elective surgery has left him in unrelenting excruciating pain and unable to continue his

promising career

·A retired store manager whose botched colonoscopy resulted in a raging infection that nearly killed him

·A widower whose wife died from a cancer that was spotted four years before her death-but never treated Wall of Silence goes behind the scenes to expose how medical mistakes plague the entire health care system, including:

· How the "old-boy network" of physicians works to keep irresponsible doctors practicing on-and harming-unsuspecting patients

· How the tribal culture of hospital hierarchy among nurses, doctors, and technicians fosters dangerous-and sometimes fatal-miscommunication

about individual patients' treatment

· How sleep-deprived doctors-in-training, who routinely work 95 -hour weeks, endanger the lives of patients under their supervision Hospitals, insurance companies, HMOs, state medical boards, and medical associations also come under fire for turning a deaf ear to the claims of innocent victims and their families. Gibson and Singh shed light on the intimidation and other punishing tactics these bodies use to maintain the Wall of Silence. Wall of Silence is required reading for everyone who uses the health care system in America. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars must read for medical professionals
This book opens your eyes to the importance of being your own advocate for your health care. Do not consider Doctors as the GODS they like to think they are. They make mistakes that take lives or leave permanent damage. This does not mean all doctors. But if insurance companies were not run by doctors the bad doctors would have been run off a long time ago and the good doctors insurance rates would not be high. This book tells it all and should be read by everyone who might someday need the the care of the medical profession.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Wall of Silence
The Wall of Silence by Rosemary Gibson, is a MUST READ for all comsumers. I say all comsumers because all of us are subject to being the receipent of health care in our life time. As a retired Registered Nurse and also twice a victim of medical negligence, I encourage everyone to read this book of great information about how the medical system functions and how you can protect yourself and your family. Ms. Gibson cites enough examples of the horrendous things which can happen to any of us for the reader to understand how we must all change our "looking to the Gods in White" to being our own advocate for ourselves and our families. With 100,000 people dying every year from medical negligence, it is time we all scream at the top of our lungs to our legislators to make safe health care a number one prioity. Buy your own copy and one for a friend and don't re-sell them. Keep your copy for frequent reference.

5-0 out of 5 stars Truth be told
This book is a well researched, well written must read for all Americans. The authors share their personal story as well as the stories of others who have suffered at the hands of a careless physician. While the stories will break your heart, they may also save your life, or the life of someone you love. While none of us want to believe that those we trust with our bodies and our lives would neglect a sacred trust, the fact is it is happening all too often. This book delivers the message without hype, fear or hysteria. Read it, share it and take it with you.

5-0 out of 5 stars First do no harm
If even one person dies, that is one too many. But it is not just one, not even 10 or 100 patients who are maimed and dying from health care mistakes. As Gibson and Singh reveal, the numbers are much much higher than that. And anyone of them could be you or your loved ones. Medical errors do not discriminate. Everyone is vulnerable even doctors themselves as patients.

Yes, to error is human but that really doesn't appear to be the problem here. A great deal of the problem appears to be that a percentage of health care providers make multiple errors because no one stops them. According to Grayson and Singh many nurses do not recommend their place of employment to their family and friends.

When people are not held accountable for their actions and the consequences of those actions everyone is endangered. Taking or being forced to take personal responsiblity for your actions and their consequences plays a large part in how many mistakes you make.

I would think it would be every irresponsible health care provider's nightmare to literally have to personally experience everything that they inflict on their patients.

Since health care providers are safe from the magic wishing wand, the next best thing is to guard against such mistakes and be public with the information. It is a matter of ethics. When you are ten and don't want to "rat out" a buddy it is rarely life or death. But health care providers are not ten anymore and it is their ethical obligation to put the safety their patients or potential patients first. Please read this book and tell others about it. All of our lives depend on it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dying for Safety and Accountability
What separates Wall of Silence by Gibson and Singh from other books on this topic is the refreshing and bold truth telling contained within it's human stories of pain, injustice and frustration. Not only did the authors shoulder the risks and courage requisite for listening to and then writing about the human face, consequences and devastation of needless medical error tragedies, but they also ferreted out and exposed the ugly truths, told by medical providers themselves, about how the pervasive greed, secrecy and code of silence in the healthcare industry works to bury medical mistakes through a host of means; including blackballing and burying the careers of the competent and ethical medical providers who dare to tell the truth and who place patients above profits. As a medical provider, I can find no better way to encapsulate the meaning and hope of this treatise than through those words offered by the Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. This book is, as she states, 'A call to arms for families who have had loved ones disabled or die in the pursuit of medical treatment.' And, I can only hope that it could also catalyze a 'Call to Arms' for medical providers who wish to return medicine and healthcare to the patient oriented, compassionate, ethical and hippocratic way of practice. ... Read more

19. Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complication Avoidance, and Management, 2 Vol. Set
by Edward C., M.D. Benzel
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Asin: 0443066167
Catlog: Book (2004-07-19)
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Sales Rank: 506685
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This best-selling resource explores the full spectrum of surgical techniques used in spine surgery, and describes how to avoid and manage complex problems. It emphasizes how to achieve successful outcomes and minimize risks. The 2nd Edition delivers more than 25 brand-new chapters, as well as extensive revisions and updates throughout, to reflect all of the latest advances in the field. It also features contributions from an increased number of orthopaedic surgeons to round out the strong coverage provided by the many neurosurgeon contributors. ... Read more

20. Treat Your Own Neck
by Robin A. McKenzie
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Asin: 0473002094
Catlog: Book (1989-06-01)
Publisher: Orthopedic Physical Therapy Product
Sales Rank: 11517
Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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Help yourself to a pain-free neck. The simple and effective self-help exercises in Robin McKenzie's Treat Your Own Neck have helped thousands find relief from common neck pain. This easy-to-follow book helps you understand the causes, treatments and exercises to help relieve pain and prevent recurrence. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I wish I had read this book 20 years ago!
This book is an easy read, with easy to follow pictures of how to do the exercises, some of which are so simple that I can do them in my car while sitting at a stoplight. The book shows how to do about 5 exercises that not only relieve neck pain - they ward off future occurences of it. Also helpful was the photos of postures to avoid while sitting, driving, and sleeping - I didn't know how important that was. I also recommend "Treat Your Own Back", also by Robin A. McKenzie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get New Updated version instead!
This book totally saved my life. I picked it up on the way to a Christmas craft fair I was working...and during the afternoon I did a few of the exercizes along with some in Treat Your Own Back. The relief was instant. I couldn't believe it! The only thing about these books is that Robin McKenzie has updated his method and combined both books into "7-Steps to a Pain Free Life: How to Rapidly Relieve Back and Neck Pain" by Craig Kubey and Robin McKenzie. So...get the updated version instead!

5-0 out of 5 stars No more pain!!!
After suffering about two weeks with severe disorienting neck pain a friend lent me this book and that same evening I began to experience relief and since then I have been able to ward off headaches and other neck pain just by doing the simple exercises in this book. It is time to return my friends book, so now I am buying my own copy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cured!!!!!!!!
I have suffered from neck pain since elementary school, cracking of joints led to pain, led to mobility problems, led to sever pain, led to extreme pain in shoulder blades, lower back etc - it has interfered with training - even led to a rib dislocation. I have done physio, chiro, for over a year at a high cost in time and money - then I found this book. It is not about strengthening but about doing stretches in the right way to increase flexibility and automatically realign yourself when you feel the need. I am now grappling and training with none of the previous pain, UFC here I come

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5-0 out of 5 stars This book changed my life (really!)
I'm a software developer and sit in front of a computer at least 8-10 hours per day. Literally for the last decade I have not had a day without some kind of pain, discomfort, or stiffness in my neck. I've just grown accustomed to the pain. After reading this short but sweet book (in less than 1/2 hour) and performing the simple excercises at least a few times per day, my neck feels 500% better. It's almost a miracle. If you have neck troubles, buy this book! ... Read more

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