Book Announcement: Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice

Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443891363
Hardback, pp245, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Arts, Health and Wellbeing: A Theoretical Inquiry for Practice, edited by Theo Stickley and Stephen Clift.

This book brings together leading UK researchers in the field of arts and health, including creative arts therapies. The chapters are based on presentations originally given at a UK seminar series on scholarship and research on connections between the creative arts, health and wellbeing, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer

Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895644
Hardback, pp325, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Rejuvenating Medical Education: Seeking Help from Homer by Robert Marshall and Alan Bleakley.

Returning to Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey for inspiration, this book uses these epics as a medium through which we might think imaginatively about key issues in contemporary medicine and medical education. These issues include doctors as heroes, and the legacy of heroic medicine in an age of clinical teamwork, collaboration and a more feminine medicine. The authors challenge ingrained habits in medical education, such as the way we characteristically “train” medical students to communicate with patients and colleagues; the reduction of compassion to the “skill” of empathy; the rote recital of the medical history as a “song”; and the new vogue for “resilience” as response to increasing levels of stress and burnout in the profession. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Science, Public Health and Nation-Building in Soekarno-Era Indonesia

Science, Public Health and Nation-Building in Soekarno-Era Indonesia now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp240, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Science, Public Health and Nation-Building in Soekarno-Era Indonesia, by Vivek Neelakantan.

In 1949, the newly-independent Indonesia inherited a health system that was devastated by three-and-a-half years of Japanese occupation and four years of revolutionary struggle against the Dutch. Additionally, the country had to cope with the resurgence of epidemic and endemic diseases. The Ministry of Health had initiated a number of symbolic public health initiatives – both during the Indonesian Revolution (1945 to 1949) and the early 1950s – resulting in a noticeable decline of mortality. These initiatives fuelled the newly-independent nation’s confidence because they demonstrated to the international community that Indonesia was capable of standing on its own feet. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice

Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443886185
Hardback, pp130, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Medical Humanities in Theory and Practice, edited by Andrzej Kapusta and Michal Lytovka.

This volume explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine, and promotes a multifaceted approach towards health, illness, healthcare and body. The articles gathered here focus on various issues relevant to medical knowledge, public health policies, and the experiences of being ill and of caring for those who are ill. The questions and theories discussed by the authors, concerning methodological, ethical and philosophical aspects of medical knowledge, will serve to open up new vistas of study for the reader. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805)

Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp325, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Public Health and Social Reforms in Portugal (1780-1805) by Laurinda Abreu.

This monograph provides an innovative analysis of a unique period for social and public health policy in Portuguese history. With a firm basis in archival research, the book examines a lesser-known facet of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in the late Ancien Regime in Portugal: Diogo Inácio de Pina Manique, the Intendant-General of Police from 1780 to 1805. By combining the resources of the Intendancy with those of the Casa Pia, an institution for welfare provision and social control that he set up just a month after being appointed, Pina Manique attempted to introduce a variety of projects designed to create a prosperous, healthy, well-educated, informed, clean and hard-working country less inclined to vice and immorality, in which the people would be obedient and the upper classes more magnanimous. One of his greatest achievements was perhaps to understand the link between ill health and poverty and therefore to regard public health as a key area of governance.
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Book Announcement: The Science of Spirit Possession (2nd Edition) (paperback)

Paperback edition of The Science of Spirit Possession (2nd Edition) now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443879613
Paperback, pp241, £37.99 / $64.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the paperback release of The Science of Spirit Possession (2nd Edition) by Terence Palmer.

Spirit possession, attachment, poltergeist activity and the negative impact of obsession, infestation and harassment on psychological health, together with the methods of dealing with it, are contemporary issues that demand serious scientific research and academic study. Essential reading for anyone who is presented with the problem of identifying and dealing with negative spirit influence, whether they are a health professional, a service user or a research scientist, this book presents a complementary approach that is built upon the theoretical concepts and experimental methods of Frederic Myers, together with modern research findings in quantum theory and neuro-imaging.
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Book Announcement: Progress in Medical Geology

Progress in Medical Geology now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873192
Hardback, pp340, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Progress in Medical Geology, edited by Motomu Ibaraki and Hiroko Mori.

This volume represents a compendium of research conducted by international scholars who participated in the 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial held during “The 5th International Conference on Medical Geology” in Arlington, Virginia, USA, in 2013. The research topics dealt with here mainly focus on the new scientific field of medical geology used to address a variety of human health issues and diseases specifically related to geological materials and earth-system processes. This volume will be of interest to those who wish to learn about current and historical health issues relating to geological materials or other environmental factors. It also represents a useful guide to learning the interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in the field of medical geology.
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