A trailblazing philosopher’s exploration of the latest brain science—and its ethical and practical implications. What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative—drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences—trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life. Offering lucid explanations of the neural workings that underlie identity, she reveals how the latest research into consciousness, memory, and free will can help us reexamine enduring philosophical, ethical, and spiritual questions: What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And why do we feel empathy for others? Recent scientific discoveries also provide insights into a fascinating range of real-world dilemmas—for example, whether an adolescent can be held responsible for his actions and whether a patient in a coma can be considered a self. Churchland appreciates that the brain-based understanding of the mind can unnerve even our greatest thinkers. At a conference she attended, a prominent philosopher cried out, “I hate the brain; I hate the brain!” But as Churchland shows, he need not feel this way. Accepting that our brains are the basis of who we are liberates us from the shackles of superstition. It allows us to take ourselves seriously as a product of evolved mechanisms, past experiences, and social influences. And it gives us hope that we can fix some grievous conditions, and when we cannot, we can at least understand them with compassion.
A philosophy professor describes the latest research in human brain function, consciousness, sensory experience and memory and discusses the ethical and philosophical dilemmas that can result from these new insights. 13,000 first printing.
A Liberal Yankee Columnist Takes on Conservative Dixie
Author: Paul R. Dunn
Pubpsher: University Press of America
Category: Political Science
In Touching Raw Nerves, Paul R. Dunn offers readers a collection of 75 of his newspaper columns that were published in The Pilot newspaper of Southern Pines, North Carolina during the stormy presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Each is introduced by a timely commentary that places the column in a contemporary context. Those who appreciate his debunking of the extreme propaganda of America's far right applaud Dunn's writings. For weeks after many of his columns appear, irate conservatives may be counted upon to fill the paper with often vitriolic "Letters to the Editor" in outrageous protest. Dunn, an avowed progressive/liberal, cautions, "If you relish the reactionary carping of the likes of Bill Buckley, Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, G. Gordon Liddy, Russ Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Pat Robertson do not, I repeat, do not buy this book. It's sure to ruin your day!"
Release on 1813 | by John Mason Good,Olinthus Gregory,Newton Bosworth
A New Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged; with a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Words ... Illustrated with Engravings, Those on History Being from Original Drawings by Edwards and Others ...
Author: John Mason Good,Olinthus Gregory,Newton Bosworth
Release on 2010-10-13 | by Dominic Harmon,Jack Barrett,Frank Loughnane,Brendan T. Finucane,George Shorten
Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Peri-Operative Pain Relief : ExpertConsult Online and Print
Author: Dominic Harmon,Jack Barrett,Frank Loughnane,Brendan T. Finucane,George Shorten
Pubpsher: Elsevier Health Sciences
The new edition of this practical multimedia resource shows you exactly how to perform successfully a full range of peripheral nerve block techniques. Over four hundred illustrations, the majority of which are in colour, plus online video clips, portray the relevant surface anatomy, the internal anatomy, the ultrasonographic anatomy to vividly depict correct needle placement in real patients. Peripheral Nerve Blocks and Peri-Operative Pain Relief has been extensively revised to reflect changes in contemporary practice. Provides a detailed foundation upon which trainees and practitioners can develop their skills in peripheral nerve block. Explains fundamental principles such as the mechanism of action of local anesthetic drugs, needle types, as well as toxicity and safety. Uses a consistent, user-friendly format to present each nerve block’s indications, contraindications, relevant anatomy, technique, adverse effects, and complications. Provides a complete, all-in-one resource in which each block is described in terms of its relevant anatomy, its ultrasonographic anatomy, and its clinical performance. Shows you how to proceed using high quality clinical photographs, radiographic images and specially commissioned line drawings. Offers "Clinical Pearls" in every chapter to help you obtain optimal results. Each chapter in this new edition is supplemented with practical advice and examples of how to use ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks to its greatest effect. Includes a brand new chapter on Transversus abdominis plane block. Features more than two hours of narrated video clips via the Expert Consult online platform to demonstrate a full range of nerve block procedures and enables the user to access full text and images from any computer. Includes the latest ultrasound guided applications for regional anesthesia and pain relief procedures.Ultrasound guided blocks are increasingly being used in the administration of nerve blocks. Reflects the rapid development and acceptance of ultrasound guided techniques. The “hot area in regional anesthesia. Includes new techniques and neural blocks such as Transversus abdominis plane block. Keeps the user up-to-date with the most effective delivery of anesthesia and analgesia. Additional commonly used procedures for pain relief. Provides comprehensive coverage of the full range of regional anesthetic techniques. Each chapter in this new edition is supplemented with practical advice and examples of how to use ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks to its greatest effect. Additional photographs and line drawings in the text accompanied with further online video procedures.The reader is provided with a unique visual guide to not only the approach to and anatomy of specific nerves, but also to the surrounding anatomy, its ultrasonographic anatomy and its clinical performance.. Illustrations and video loops can be used in lectures, presentations and easily downloaded into presentation software.
Release on 2013-08-22 | by Elly Hengeveld,Kevin Banks
Management of Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders -
Author: Elly Hengeveld,Kevin Banks
Pubpsher: Elsevier Health Sciences
The legacy of Geoff Maitland and his seminal work, Vertebral Manipulation, continues in this eighth edition, with Elly Hengeveld and Kevin Banks leading an international team of experts who demonstrate how to manage vertebral neuromusculoskeletal disorders using the principles and practice of the Maitland Concept. Together, they ensure the heart of the Concept beats on by promoting collaborative decision-making with the patient at centre and emphasizing the art and science of observation, listening, palpation and movement skills. A key feature of the new edition focuses on a more evidence-based and analytical view of the role of mobilization and manipulation in clinical practice The authors have written in a way that reflects their application of the Maitland Concept and how they have integrated techniques in the light of advancement in professional knowledge. Each chapter stands alone as a ‘master class’. The text is systematically arranged focusing on detailed assessment, clinical reasoning and re-assessment to determine the physical dysfunction and efficacy of manipulative physiotherapy techniques, while also advocating continuous communication and interaction. Techniques of passive mobilization are also described, specifically designed around the individual patient’s condition. All the chapters are written from a clinical perspective and review the evidence which informs how to deal with and manage spinal and pelvic pain as they present to the practitioner. Furthermore, each vertebral region (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacroiliac/pelvic) is considered from the point of view of best practice in analysing and hypothesising subjective data, examination, treatment and management of spinal pain conditions. Brand new to the eighth edition is the addition of a companion website – Maitland’s Manipulation eResources (www.maitlandsresources.com) – providing access to a range of valuable learning materials which include videos, MCQs, interactive case studies, research links, and bonus chapters World-leading experts provide evidence relating the Maitland Concept to clinical practice Evidence supporting practice Covers both subjective and physical examination Best practice management using mobilization and manipulation Case studies – how and when to integrate the Maitland Concept into clinical practice Chapter-based learning outcomes, keywords and glossaries Companion website – Maitland’s Manipulation eResources (www.maitlandsresources.com) Expert perspectives and supporting evidence Case studies Companion website – www.maitlandsresources.com – containing: Video Bank of over 480 video clips showing examination and treatment techniques Image Bank of over 1,000 illustrations Interactive case studies Over 200 MCQs Bonus chapters on additional principles and techniques of examination / treatment Weblink references to abstracts
Release on 2011-02-16 | by Terri M. Skirven,A. Lee Osterman,Jane Fedorczyk,Peter C. Amadio
Author: Terri M. Skirven,A. Lee Osterman,Jane Fedorczyk,Peter C. Amadio
Pubpsher: Elsevier Health Sciences
With the combined expertise of leading hand surgeons and therapists, Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Extremity, 6th Edition, by Drs. Skirven, Osterman, Fedorczyk and Amadio, helps you apply the best practices in the rehabilitation of hand, wrist, elbow, arm and shoulder problems, so you can help your patients achieve the highest level of function possible. This popular, unparalleled text has been updated with 30 new chapters that include the latest information on arthroscopy, imaging, vascular disorders, tendon transfers, fingertip injuries, mobilization techniques, traumatic brachial plexus injuries, and pain management. An expanded editorial team and an even more geographically diverse set of contributors provide you with a fresh, authoritative, and truly global perspective while new full-color images and photos provide unmatched visual guidance. Access the complete contents online at www.expertconsult.com along with streaming video of surgical and rehabilitation techniques, links to Pub Med, and more. Provide the best patient care and optimal outcomes with trusted guidance from this multidisciplinary, comprehensive resource covering the entire upper extremity, now with increased coverage of wrist and elbow problems. Apply the latest treatments, rehabilitation protocols, and expertise of leading surgeons and therapists to help your patients regain maximum movement after traumatic injuries or to improve limited functionality caused by chronic or acquired conditions. Effectively implement the newest techniques detailed in new and updated chapters on a variety of sports-specific and other acquired injuries, and chronic disorders. Keep up with the latest advances in arthroscopy, imaging, vascular disorders, tendon transfers, fingertip injuries, mobilization techniques, traumatic brachial plexus injuries, and pain management See conditions and treatments as they appear in practice thanks to detailed, full-color design, illustrations, and photographs. Access the full contents online with streaming video of surgical and rehabilitation techniques, downloadable patient handouts, links to Pub Med, and regular updates at www.expertconsult.com. Get a fresh perspective from seven new section editors, as well as an even more geographically diverse set of contributors.
Release on 2011-02-10 | by Harry N. Herkowitz,Steven R. Garfin,Frank J. Eismont,Gordon R. Bell,Richard A. Balderston
Author: Harry N. Herkowitz,Steven R. Garfin,Frank J. Eismont,Gordon R. Bell,Richard A. Balderston
Pubpsher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Rothman-Simeone The Spine helps you achieve optimal outcomes in the clinical practice of spine surgery in adults and children. Drs. Harry N. Herkowitz, Steven R. Garfin, Frank J. Eismont, Gordon R. Bell, Richard Balderston, and an internationally diverse group of authorities help you keep up with the fast-paced field and get the best results from state-of-the-art treatments and surgical techniques, such as spinal arthroplasty and the latest spinal implants and equipment. An all-new full-color design and surgical videos online at www.expertconsult.com make this classic text more invaluable than ever before. Get the best results from the full range of both surgical and non-surgical treatment approaches with guidance from the world’s most trusted authorities in orthopaedic spine surgery. Find important information quickly through pearls, pitfalls, and key points that highlight critical points. Watch experts perform key techniques in real time with videos, on DVD and online, demonstrating minimally invasive surgery: SED procedure; thorascopic techniques; lumbar discectomy; pedicle subtraction osteotomy (PSO); C1, C2 fusion; intradural tumor; cervical laminoforaminoty; and much more. Apply the newest developments in the field thanks to expert advice on minimally invasive surgery, spinal arthroplasty and the latest spinal implants and equipments. See procedures clearly through an all new full-color design with 2300 color photographs and illustrations placed in context. Access the fully searchable contents of text online at www.expertconsult.com.
How Shocking Experiments with Strongly Electric Fish Powered Scientific Discovery
Author: William J. Turkel
Pubpsher: JHU Press
Spark from the Deep tells the story of how human beings came to understand and use electricity by studying the evolved mechanisms of strongly electric fish. These animals have the ability to shock potential prey or would-be predators with high-powered electrical discharges. William J. Turkel asks completely fresh questions about the evolutionary, environmental, and historical aspects of people’s interest in electric fish. Stimulated by painful encounters with electric catfish, torpedos, and electric eels, people learned to harness the power of electric shock for medical therapies and eventually developed technologies to store, transmit, and control electricity. Now we look to these fish as an inspiration for engineering new sensors, computer interfaces, autonomous undersea robots, and energy-efficient batteries. -- John R. McNeill, Georgetown University