A solid compilation of the fundamentals of cancer, its diagnosis, and its treatment.

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Cancer Care Standards

PUTTING THE PUZZLE PIECES TOGETHER TO PERSONALIZE MEDICINE

A guide to common questions regarding cancer, along with a substantial collection of resources.

Cancer and Complementary Medicine, 2012) uses a Q-and-A structure to present comprehensive information about cancer, its diagnosis, and its methods of treatment. The approach is informative rather than advisory, providing definitions of common terms and lists of screening and diagnostic tests without encouraging readers to pursue particular courses of action. Each chapter features concise answers in straightforward language that will be easy for nonspecialists to follow. There’s also a list of references, including citations of studies published by the National Institutes of Health and other established research facilities. Lee avoids both alarmism and criticism; for example, she addresses controversial topics, such as the possible overuse of medical screening tests, without passing judgments or making suggestions about patient behavior. The book’s professional, detached tone lends authority to its straight-ahead statements. Its Q-and-A structure is also largely effective though occasionally awkward, as when it forces periodic summaries into its format (“Thus far, we have covered the foundational components of cancer care, symptom management, integrative oncology, guideline development, screening and treatment guidelines”). There are also occasional instances of acronym-laden prose (“if standards were available for developing valid SRs and CPGs, then the public and clinicians should have greater trust in these CPGs”), but Lee generally avoids esoteric jargon. Indeed, the book makes a point of clearly defining standard medical terminology. Readers searching for factual information about cancer, rather than medical advice, will find that this book offers dispassionate, thoroughly documented clinical information.

A solid compilation of the fundamentals of cancer, its diagnosis, and its treatment.

Pub Date: May 2, 2015

ISBN: 978-1482518207

Page Count: 248

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 13, 2015

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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