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Laparoscopic Entry : Traditional Methods, New Insights and Novel Approaches

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Andrea Tinelli, editor. Springer , c2012.
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Laparoscopic Entry: Traditional Methods, New Insights And Novel Approaches discusses traditional methods of laparoscopic surgery, new devices, laparoscopic entry in difficult patients, robotic assisted surgery access, single port entry, gasless access, transvaginal entry and natural orifice surgery. This book illustrates, through the presentation of techniques, methods, photos, images, drawings and pictures, all the possible methods of laparoscopic entry for endoscopic surgeons, either for lap…
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Tinelli, Andrea
Responsibility
Andrea Tinelli, editor
Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2012
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 308 p. : 167 ill., 141 ill. in color)
ISBN
9780857299802
Subjects (MeSH)
Laparoscopy - methods
Natural orifice endoscopic surgery - methods
Subjects (LCSH)
Abdomen surgery
Endoscopic surgery
Gynecology
Urology
Abstract
Laparoscopic Entry: Traditional Methods, New Insights And Novel Approaches discusses traditional methods of laparoscopic surgery, new devices, laparoscopic entry in difficult patients, robotic assisted surgery access, single port entry, gasless access, transvaginal entry and natural orifice surgery. This book illustrates, through the presentation of techniques, methods, photos, images, drawings and pictures, all the possible methods of laparoscopic entry for endoscopic surgeons, either for laparoscopy or for robotics. Laparoscopic Entry: Traditional Methods, New Insights And Novel Approaches describes problems and criticisms of each method and highlights common and rare complications. Written by experts in the field, this book also includes tips and tricks, which can be tailored to each patient, making it a valuable reference tool for gynecologists, urologists, vascular and general surgeons.
Contents
Anatomy of The Abdominal Wall And Vaginal Entry in Relation to Complications of Access and Injury in Laparoscopy -- Surgical Technique of Traditional Laparoscopic Access -- Laparoscopic Abdominal Entry by the Ternamian Threaded Visual System -- Initial Access to the Peritoneal Cavity for Laparoscopic Surgery in Obese Patients -- The Direct Optical Access: A Feasible, Reliable and Safe Laparoscopical Entry -- Robotic-Assisted Surgery and Related Abdominal Entry -- Robotic-Assisted Surgery Entry In Gynecological Oncology -- Single Access Surgery: Less Is More? -- Reduced Port Surgery: Single Port Access to the Abdominal and Pelvic Cavity -- The Evolution of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery: Gas-Less Laparoscopic Inspection and Single Hole Surgery (GLISHS) -- First Abdominal Access in Gynaecological Laparoscopy: Comparison Of Techniques -- Blind Entry at Gynaecological Laparoscopy is Substituted By Entry Under Sight: Complications in Conventional Laparoscopic Entry -- Natural Orifice Surgery: Surgical Procedures Through Natural Body Openings -- The Access In Natural Orifice Transvaginal Endoscopic Surgery.
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Staying Healthy From 1 to 100 : Diet and exercise : current medical knowledge on how to keep healthy

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Dietger Mathias. Springer , c2016.
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The largest interventional and monitoring studies to date worldwide give us an excellent overview of our current state of knowledge on the physiological interactions between nutrition and exercise. This wealth of evidence covers aspects like body weight, metabolism, fatty tissue, hormones, the cardiovascular system and skeletal structures -- all ultimate determinants of immunity. The book you hold in your hands is based on the findings generated by such long-term investigations. Herein, each to…
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Mathias, Dietger
Responsibility
Dietger Mathias
Place of Publication
Berlin, Heidelberg
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2016
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 121 p.)
ISBN
9783662491942 (print ed.)
9783662491959
Subjects (MeSH)
Diet
Exercise
Health behavior
Physical fitness
Other Subjects
; Medicine & Public Health
Patient Guide
Popular Science in Medicine and Health
Public Health
Quality of Life Research
Sports Medicine
Abstract
The largest interventional and monitoring studies to date worldwide give us an excellent overview of our current state of knowledge on the physiological interactions between nutrition and exercise. This wealth of evidence covers aspects like body weight, metabolism, fatty tissue, hormones, the cardiovascular system and skeletal structures -- all ultimate determinants of immunity. The book you hold in your hands is based on the findings generated by such long-term investigations. Herein, each topic is dealt with page by page in an understandable manner. The reader will find illustrations and discussions of key physiological adaptation mechanisms and the basic principles of preventive healthcare. This non-fiction work has been written to be easily comprehensible for all individuals interested in learning the salient facts about the popular subjects of health, fitness and nutrition. For this 3rd edition, the text has been revised and updated to the state of the art in science and medicine, including the addition of 11 new topics.
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Lasers in Dermatology and Medicine

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Keyvan Nouri (editor). Springer , c2012.
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Laser technology is quickly evolving with developments in laser technology and new indications in their use. Laser medicine has become a major discipline in its own right, with applications in dermatology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, gynecology, otolaryngology, neurology and neurosurgery. Lasers in Dermatology and Medicine offers a comprehensive review of all the major disciplines in medicine in which lasers are being used and has been written by a host of well-known authors in…
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Nouri, Keyvan
Responsibility
Keyvan Nouri (editor)
Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2012
Physical Description
1 online resource (xxi, 611 p. : 310 ill., 287 ill. in color)
ISBN
9780857292810
Subjects (MeSH)
Cosmetic techniques
Laser Therapy
Skin diseases - surgery
Subjects (LCSH)
Dermatology
Abstract
Laser technology is quickly evolving with developments in laser technology and new indications in their use. Laser medicine has become a major discipline in its own right, with applications in dermatology, plastic surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology, gynecology, otolaryngology, neurology and neurosurgery. Lasers in Dermatology and Medicine offers a comprehensive review of all the major disciplines in medicine in which lasers are being used and has been written by a host of well-known authors in their respective fields. Each has covered their topic in the most comprehensive, readable, and understandable format, giving the reader a practical understanding of the various topics on lasers and how lessons learnt in one discipline can go on to benefit other uses. This book has been written to serve as a cornerstone of laser usage in medicine, ultimately leading to better patient care and treatments. It will therefore be of considerable interest to all physicians who use or are interested in using lasers in their practice from dermatologists and plastic surgeons to ophthalmologists, cardiologists, gynecologists, otolaryngologists, neurologists and others.
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Cancer Chemotherapy in Clinical Practice

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Terry Priestman. (2nd ed.) Springer , c2012.
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The last decade has seen many dramatic changes in cancer chemotherapy, with the introduction of a number of new forms of treatment as well as important developments in the more traditional fields of cytotoxic and hormonal therapy. Now in its second edition, this book summarizes the whole range of systemic cancer therapies and their clinical applications, taking into account new drugs and the emerging concept of personalized therapy. Intended as an introductory text for junior doctors, nurses a…
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Priestman, Terrence
Responsibility
Terry Priestman
Edition
2nd ed.
Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2012
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiii, 177 p. : 15 ill., 3 ill. in color)
ISBN
9780857297273
Subjects (MeSH)
Antineoplastic agents - therapeutic use
Neoplasms - drug therapy
Subjects (LCSH)
Oncology
Pharmacy
Abstract
The last decade has seen many dramatic changes in cancer chemotherapy, with the introduction of a number of new forms of treatment as well as important developments in the more traditional fields of cytotoxic and hormonal therapy. Now in its second edition, this book summarizes the whole range of systemic cancer therapies and their clinical applications, taking into account new drugs and the emerging concept of personalized therapy. Intended as an introductory text for junior doctors, nurses and medical students, Cancer Chemotherapy in Clinical Practice is divided into three sections: The Theoretical Basis of Cancer Chemotherapy: following a historical introduction the different treatment modalities are explained in the context of basic tumor biology Practical Aspects of Chemotherapy: covering dosing and drug delivery together with an extensive discussion of possible side-effects and their management Chemotherapy in the Management of Cancer: explaining the place of drug treatment and the outcomes that can be expected from chemotherapy in all the major cancers.
Contents
1. The Theoretical Basis of Cancer Chemotherapy -- 2. Practical aspects of chemotherapy -- 3. Part III: Chemotherapy in the management of cancer
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Handbook of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine

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Joseph Varon. (Third edition) Springer , c2016.
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The latest edition of this handbook is a concise yet comprehensive guide for attending physicians, fellows, residents, and students who cover the ICU. The chapters follow an outline format and are divided by organ system, including neurologic disorders and cardiovascular disorders, and special topics, such as environmental disorders, trauma, and toxicology. The handbook includes thoroughly updated chapters from the previous edition, alongside completely new material. Written by an authority in …
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Varon, Joseph
Responsibility
Joseph Varon
Edition
Third edition
Place of Publication
Cham
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2016
Physical Description
1 online resource (xv, 470 p. : 28 illus., 4 illus. in color)
ISBN
9783319316031 (print ed.)
9783319316055
Subjects (MeSH)
Critical care - methods
Emergency Treatment - methods
Other Subjects
; Medicine & Public Health
Anesthesiology
Emergency Medicine
Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
Abstract
The latest edition of this handbook is a concise yet comprehensive guide for attending physicians, fellows, residents, and students who cover the ICU. The chapters follow an outline format and are divided by organ system, including neurologic disorders and cardiovascular disorders, and special topics, such as environmental disorders, trauma, and toxicology. The handbook includes thoroughly updated chapters from the previous edition, alongside completely new material. Written by an authority in the field, the Handbook of Critical and Intensive Care Medicine, Third Edition is a valuable one-stop reference for every practitioner engaged in Critical Care Medicine across the world.
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Approach to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) -- The Basics of Critical Care -- Cardiovascular Disorders -- Endocrinologic Disorders -- Environmental Disorders -- Gastrointestinal Disorders -- Hematologic Disorders -- Infectious Diseases -- Neurologic Disorders -- Nutrition -- Critical Care Oncology -- Critical Care of the Pregnant Patient -- Pulmonary Disorders -- Renal and Fluid-Electrolyte Disorders -- Special Techniques -- Toxicology -- Trauma -- Allergic and Immunologic Emergencies -- Pharmacologic Agents Commonly Used in the ICU -- Common Laboratory Values in the ICU.
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Gastrointestinal Bleeding : A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management

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Aurora D. Pryor, Theodore N. Pappas, M. Stanley Branch, editors. (Second edition) Springer , c2016.
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The latest edition of this text provides a practical reference for physicians and other health care providers caring for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding. Similar to the previous edition, this volume addresses common problems associated with gastrointestinal bleeding and discusses in a logical and step-wise fashion appropriate options for patient care. The text is structured based on the location of bleeding, with common, rare and unknown sources being addressed. It also includes updated…
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Branch, M. Stanley
Pappas, Theodore N
Pryor, Aurora D
Responsibility
Aurora D. Pryor, Theodore N. Pappas, M. Stanley Branch, editors
Edition
Second edition
Place of Publication
Cham
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2016
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 224 p. : 72 illus., 51 illus. in color)
ISBN
9783319406442 (print ed.)
9783319406466
Subjects (MeSH)
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage - diagnosis
Gastrointestinal hemorrhage - therapy
Other Subjects
; Medicine & Public Health
Gastroenterology
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Abstract
The latest edition of this text provides a practical reference for physicians and other health care providers caring for patients with gastrointestinal bleeding. Similar to the previous edition, this volume addresses common problems associated with gastrointestinal bleeding and discusses in a logical and step-wise fashion appropriate options for patient care. The text is structured based on the location of bleeding, with common, rare and unknown sources being addressed. It also includes updated and new chapters focusing on the newest advances in imaging and interventional modalities in the care of patients with GI bleeding, as well as highly practical presentations of typical patients seen in clinical practice. Written by world renowned experts in gastrointestinal diseases, Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management, Second Edition is a valuable resource in the management of gastrointestinal bleeding both for those currently in training and for those already in clinical practice.
Contents
Part I. Upper GI Bleeding -- Stabilization of Patients Presenting with Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding -- Urgent Workup for Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding -- Management of Esophageal Variceal Bleeding -- Management of Dieulafoy's Lesions -- Management of Bleeding Peptic Ulcer Disease -- Management of Unusual Sources of Upper GI Bleeding -- Mallory-Weiss Syndrome -- Diagnosis and Management of Bleeding Small Bowel Tumors -- Management of Bleeding from the Bile Duct -- Management of Bleeding from the Pancreas -- Part II. Lower GI Bleeding -- Urgent Workup of Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding -- Bleeding Hemorrhoids -- Management of Colonic Diverticular Bleeding and Bleeding Colitis -- Colonic Arteriovenous Malformations -- Bleeding Colorectal Tumors -- Part III. GI Bleeding from an Unknown Source -- Evaluation of the Guaiac Positive Patient -- Endoscopic Techniques for Evaluating Small Bowel Blood Loss: Video Capsule and Device-Assisted Enteroscopy -- Provocative Angiography -- The Unstable Patient with Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Surgical and Non-surgical Management.
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The Heart of Leonardo

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Francis C. Wells. Springer , c2013.
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Leonardo's heart studies represent the pinnacle of his anatomical endeavours. In his work on the heart, his use of ingenious diagrams as well as detailed representational drawings is cleverly combined with carefully crafted verbal descriptions of complicated physiological concepts. Some of his thinking, developed through drawing, was so advanced that only now with the advent of accessible technology and advances in modern knowledge of the heart, it is possible to re-interpret Leonardo's conclus…
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Wells, Francis C
Responsibility
Francis C. Wells
Place of Publication
London
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2013
Physical Description
1 online resource (xxii, 256 p. : 145 illus., 144 illus. in color)
ISBN
9781447145301 (print ed.)
9781447145318
Subjects (MeSH)
Anatomy, artistic
Heart - anatomy & histology
History of Medicine
Other Subjects
; Medicine & Public Health
Anatomy
Cardiology
Fine Arts
History of Medicine
Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519
Notes
Foreword by HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales.
Abstract
Leonardo's heart studies represent the pinnacle of his anatomical endeavours. In his work on the heart, his use of ingenious diagrams as well as detailed representational drawings is cleverly combined with carefully crafted verbal descriptions of complicated physiological concepts. Some of his thinking, developed through drawing, was so advanced that only now with the advent of accessible technology and advances in modern knowledge of the heart, it is possible to re-interpret Leonardo's conclusions and to point out how accurate his logical reasoning and pure observation really was. Several of his ideas continue to sit well alongside our modern understanding of cardiac physiology and heart function. This book will feature all of Leonardo's drawings on the heart and its physiology, accompanied by translations of his accompanying notes. The veracity of Leonardo's work is proven against contemporary dissections of cardiac structure and wherever possible, his illustrations are compared with contemporary images generated by magnetic resonance scanners and high definition ultrasound. It represents the only modern interpretation of Leonardo's works by a practicing clinician and anatomist in a way that is meaningful to cardiology and medical specialists as well as art historians, and the general public.
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1. The Making of a Master: Leonardo, His Life and Times -- 2. Leonardo: Anatomist or Natural Philosopher? -- 3. Leonardo's Use of Drawing -- Leonardo Da Vinci Drawings -- 4. Leonardo's Heart -- 5. Leonardo: A Personal Legacy -- 6. Leonardo Scholarship and the Cataloguing of the Anatomical Manuscripts -- Selected Bibliography.
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Surgery During Natural Disasters, Combat, Terrorist Attacks, and Crisis Situations

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Col. Robert B. Lim, editor. (1st ed.) Springer , c2016.
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The lessons from this book help surgeons prepare for emergency events that require disaster preparedness usually handled by the United States military, including chemical attacks and massive casualty events. Written by experts in the field perspectives that come from various combat zones and disaster sites, this book highlights the pitfalls to avoid, the organization that is essential for success, and the tips to help perform surgery in the most austere conditions. The book will address situati…
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Lim, Robert B
Responsibility
Col. Robert B. Lim, editor
Edition
1st ed.
Place of Publication
Cham
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2016
Physical Description
1 online resource (xiv, 228 p. : 102 illus., 78 illus. in color)
ISBN
9783319237176 (print ed.)
9783319237183
Subjects (MeSH)
Disaster medicine
Disasters
Emergencies
Emergency Treatment
Military medicine - methods
Surgical procedures, operative
Terrorism
Wounds and injuries - surgery
Other Subjects
; Medicine & Public Health
General Surgery
Abstract
The lessons from this book help surgeons prepare for emergency events that require disaster preparedness usually handled by the United States military, including chemical attacks and massive casualty events. Written by experts in the field perspectives that come from various combat zones and disaster sites, this book highlights the pitfalls to avoid, the organization that is essential for success, and the tips to help perform surgery in the most austere conditions. The book will address situations where surgeons may have to operate on wanted criminals, operate wearing chemical protective equipment, operate in a collapsed building, or even remove an unexploded device. The book includes cases from the battlefield that are designed to guide surgeons facing these scenarios in the civilian world. There are also chapters detailing the lessons learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing, airline disasters, and the Oklahoma City bombing. Unlike any other current text, Surgery During Natural Disasters, Combat, Terrorist Attacks, and Crisis Situations is an excellent resource for all surgeons who might be faced with these events.
Contents
1. Disaster Medicine: Lessons Learned from the Crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 -- 2. Disaster Preparedness and Response -- 3. Trauma Surgery in an Austere Environment: Trauma and Emergency Surgery in Unusual Situations -- 4. Difficult Triage Decisions in the Combat or Austere Environment -- 5. Removal of Unexploded Ordinance -- 6. Hostage Rescue Surgery -- 7. Awake Tracheostomy in an Austere Setting -- 8. Pediatric Emergencies in the Combat or Austere Environment: As Easy as A, B, C! -- 9. The Oklahoma City Bombing -- 10. The Experience of Disaster Response in Sri Lanka: From Reaction to Planning the Future -- 11. A Surgical Response to the Haiti - arthquake 2010 -- 12. Surgery on Public Enemy #1 -- 13. Lessons Learned in Combat Burn Care -- 14. Operating in a Tent -- 15. Dismounted Complex Blast Injuries -- 16. Surgery Under Fire -- 17. Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing -- 18. Chemical Warfare: A Brief History and Summary of Current Threats and Initial Management -- 19. Providing Surgical Training and Assistance in a Developing Country During Military Assistance -- 20. Use What You’ve Got: Resource Utilization in a Mass Casualty in Afghanistan.
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Lifestyle Medicine : A Manual for Clinical Practice

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Jeffrey I. Mechanick, Robert F. Kushner, editors. (1st ed.) Springer , c2016.
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Lifestyle--the manner in which people live--is fundamental to health, wellness, and prevention of disease. It follows that attention to lifestyle is critically important to effective and successful health care. But here's the challenge: health care professionals receive very little, if any, formal training about lifestyle counseling and therefore are ill equipped to incorporate lifestyle issues into clinical practice. In response, "Lifestyle Medicine" is evolving as a means to fill this knowled…
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Kushner, Robert F
Mechanick, Jeffrey I
Responsibility
Jeffrey I. Mechanick, Robert F. Kushner, editors
Edition
1st ed.
Place of Publication
Cham
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2016
Physical Description
1 online resource (xvi, 363 p. : 40 illus., 20 illus. in color)
ISBN
9783319246857 (print ed.)
9783319246871
Subjects (MeSH)
Attitude to health
Health behavior
Health Promotion
Life style
Primary prevention
Risk factors
Other Subjects
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Diabetes
Endocrinology
General Practice / Family Medicine
Primary Care Medicine
Abstract
Lifestyle--the manner in which people live--is fundamental to health, wellness, and prevention of disease. It follows that attention to lifestyle is critically important to effective and successful health care. But here's the challenge: health care professionals receive very little, if any, formal training about lifestyle counseling and therefore are ill equipped to incorporate lifestyle issues into clinical practice. In response, "Lifestyle Medicine" is evolving as a means to fill this knowledge gap. Lifestyle medicine approaches health and wellness by harnessing the power of lifestyle-related behaviors and influencing the environment we live in. It is a formal approach that promises to enhance and strengthen a re-invigorated health care system that is still outpaced by the epidemic proportions and complexity of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, depression, hypertension, and cancer, among others. Lifestyle Medicine: A Manual for Clinical Practice presents this formal approach in a pragmatic context. This unique and practical manual provides clear and succinct guidance on nearly all aspects of lifestyle medicine. The approach is both explanatory and pragmatic, providing case studies and bulleted translation of academic information into clinical practice recommendations. There is an emphasis on scientific evidence wherever possible as well as opinions by the expert chapter authors who practice lifestyle medicine. There is a "how-to" rationality to the book, consistent with a premise that any and all health care professionals should, and perhaps must, incorporate lifestyle medicine. A valuable checklist is included at the close of the book that summarizes key points and provides a practical tool for routine patient encounters.
Contents
Why Lifestyle Medicine? -- The importance of Healthy Living and Defining Lifestyle Medicine -- Communication and Behavioral Change Tools: A Primer for Lifestyle Medicine Counseling -- Paradigms of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellness -- Composite Risk Scores -- Clinical Assessment of Lifestyle and Behavioral Factors During Weight Loss Treatment -- Anthropometrics and Body Composition -- Physical Activity Measures -- Metabolic Profiles - Based on the 2013 Prevention Guidelines -- The Chronic Care Model and the Transformation of Primary Care -- Guidelines for Healthy Eating -- A Review of Commercial and Proprietary Weight Loss Programs -- Physical Activity Programs -- Behavior Modification and Cognitive Therapy -- Treating Tobacco Use in Clinical Practice -- Alcohol Use and Management -- Sleep Management -- Integrative Medicine -- Transcultural Applications to Lifestyle Medicine -- Community Engagement and Networks: Leveraging Partnerships to Improve Lifestyle -- Lifestyle Therapy as Medicine for the Treatment of Obesity -- Lifestyle Therapy for Diabetes Mellitus -- Lifestyle Therapy in the Management of Cardiometabolic Risk: Diabetes Prevention, Hypertension, and Dyslipidemia -- Cancer -- Lifestyle Medicine for the Prevention and Treatment of Depression -- Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in Patients with Persistent Pain -- Forestalling Age-Related Brain Disorders -- Chronic Kidney Disease -- Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Steatohepatitis -- Gastroenterology Disease and Lifestyle Medicine -- Lifestyle Medicine and Chronic Pulmonary Disease -- Lifestyle Medicine and HIV-infected patients.
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Small doses of the future : a collection of medical science fiction stories

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Brad Aiken. Springer , c2014.
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Like many fields of science, the future of medicine is frequently predicted by the science fiction writers of today, very much as many of today's medical advances were presaged by science fiction stories of the past. In this book, physician and science fiction author Brad Aiken conveys his own speculations about our medical future through nine highly entertaining and thought-provoking short stories. Touching upon a great variety of themes, including but not limited to telemedicine and remote su…
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Aiken, Brad
Responsibility
Brad Aiken
Place of Publication
Cham, Switzerland
Publisher
Springer
Date Published
c2014
Physical Description
1 online resource (xi, 193 pages)
Series Title
Science and fiction (Springer (Firm))
ISBN
9783319042527
9783319042534 (electronic bk.)
Subjects (MeSH)
Medicine - trends - Fictional Works
Technology - trends - Fictional Works
Subjects (LCSH)
Medical fiction
Popular Science in Medicine and Health
Science fiction, American
Abstract
Like many fields of science, the future of medicine is frequently predicted by the science fiction writers of today, very much as many of today's medical advances were presaged by science fiction stories of the past. In this book, physician and science fiction author Brad Aiken conveys his own speculations about our medical future through nine highly entertaining and thought-provoking short stories. Touching upon a great variety of themes, including but not limited to telemedicine and remote surgery, vaccination strategies against unknown deathly pathogens, nanomedicine to cure diseases and retard ageing, bionics, cloning and euthanasia, we get a glimpse of what might be awaiting humanity. Yet, in these stories it is always the protagonists, humans after all, who remain at the center stage, not the new technologies. This provides the fictional material with a unique blend of science fiction and social fantasy. It also warns us to be wary of the pitfalls of too much reliance on dehumanizing technology and to make sure it remains our helper, not our master. Last but not least, an extensive scientific essay investigates the interplay between science fiction and both past and current advances in medical sciences and technology, making the link to the fictional material in the book as well as to the relevant scientific literature.
Contents
Part I. Short Stories -- Locked In -- Questioning the Tree -- Freudian Slipstream -- Done That, Never Been There -- Hiding from Nobel -- The Last Clone -- If He Only Had a Brain -- Once, On a Blue Moon -- A Time to Every Purpose -- Part II. The Science behind the Fiction: The Invasion of Modern Medicine by Science Fiction.
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