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Restorative Gardens: The Healing Landscape

Restorative Gardens: The Healing Landscape Lowest new price: $47.81
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Author: Ms. Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs

Restorative gardens for the sick, which were a vital part of the healing process from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, provided ordered settings in which patients could begin to heal, both physically and mentally. In this book, a landscape architect, a physician and a historian examine the history and role of restorative gardens to show why it is important to again integrate nature into the institutional - and largely factorylike - settings of modern health care facilities. The authors present the history of restorative gardens and studies six American health care centers that cherish the role of their gardens in the therapeutic process. These institutions are examined in detail: community hospitals in Wasau, Wisconisn, and Monterey, California; a full-care mental institution in Philadelphia; a nursing home in Queens; a facility for rehabilitative medicine in New York City; and a hospice in Houston. In their comprehensive review the authors suggest that contemporary scientific understanding clearly recognizes the beneficial physiological effects of garden environments on patients' well-being. The book ends with a plea to make gardens - rather than the shopping mall atria so often seen in newly renovated hospitals - a vital part of the medical milieu.

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Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First

Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First Lowest new price: $10.58
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Author: Marsden Wagner

In this rare, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in hospitals across the country, a longtime medical insider and international authority on childbirth assesses the flawed American maternity care system, powerfully demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for both mothers and babies. Written for mothers and fathers, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, scientists, insurance professionals, and anyone contemplating having a child, this passionate exposé documents how, in the most expensive maternity care system in the world, women have lost control over childbirth and what the disturbing results of this phenomenon have been. Born in the USA examines issues including midwifery and the safety of out-of-hospital birth, how the process of becoming a doctor can adversely affect both practitioners and their patients, and why there has been a rise in the use of risky but doctor-friendly interventions, including the use of Cytotec, a drug that has not been approved by the FDA for pregnant women. Most importantly, this gripping investigation, supported by many troubling personal stories, explores how women can reclaim the childbirth experience for the betterment of themselves and their children.

Born in the USA tells:

* Why women are 70% more likely to die in childbirth in America than in Europe

* What motivates obstetricians to use dangerous and unnecessary drugs and procedures

* How the present malpractice crisis has been aggravated by the fear of accountability

* Why procedures such as cesarean section and birth inductions are so readily used

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Rethinking Life & Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics

Rethinking Life & Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics Lowest new price: $16.18
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Author: Peter Singer

In a thoughtful reassessment of the meaning of life and death, a noted philosopher offers a new definition for life that contrasts a world dependent on biological maintenance with one controlled by state-of-the-art medical technology. Tour.

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Medicalizing Ethnicity: The Construction of Latino Identity in a Psychiatric Setting (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues)

Medicalizing Ethnicity: The Construction of Latino Identity in a Psychiatric Setting (The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues) Lowest new price: $4.50
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Author: Vilma Santiago-Irizarry

In Medicalizing Ethnicity, Vilma Santiago-Irizarry shows how commendable intentions can produce unintended consequences. Santiago-Irizarry conducted ethnographic fieldwork in three bilingual, bicultural psychiatric programs for Latino patients at public mental health facilities in New York City. The introduction of "cultural sensitivity" in mental health clinics, she concludes, led doctors to construct essentialized, composite versions of Latino ethnicity in their drive to treat mental illness with sensitivity. The author demonstrates that stressing Latino differences when dealing with patients resulted not in empowerment, as intended, but in the reassertion of Anglo-American standards of behavior in the guise of psychiatric categories by which Latino culture was negatively defined. For instance, doctors routinely translated their patients' beliefs in the Latino religious traditions of espiritismo and Santería into psychiatric terms, thus treating these beliefs as pathologies.Interpreting mental health care through the framework of culture and politics has potent effects on the understanding of "normality" toward which such care aspires. At the core of Medicalizing Ethnicity is the very definition of multiculturalism used by a variety of institutional settings in an attempt to mandate equality.


The Nazi Doctors

The Nazi Doctors Lowest new price: $51.24
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Author: Robert J. Lifton

This book explores the psychological conditions that promote the human potential for evil, relating medical killing to broader principles of doubling and genocide

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The Gift

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Author: Phil Borges
Brand: Brand: Interplast Inc

Extraordinary photographic portraits, in concert with the words of medical volunteers and children they treat in Peru and Vietnam, tell a very special story of giving -- offering a compelling and moving look at the sometimes surprising and unexpected ways that giving of ourselves to help others can touch and transform our own lives.

by Phil Borges; prologue by Joan Baez, foreword by Diane Ackerman

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Healing Powers and Modernity: Traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Science in Asian Societies

Healing Powers and Modernity: Traditional Medicine, Shamanism, and Science in Asian Societies Lowest new price: $86.00
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What is the current state of traditional healing practices in contemporary Asian societies? How are their practitioners faring in the encounter with Western science and its biomedical approach? How are traditional healing practices being transformed by the politics of health within the modern nation-state and by the processes of commodification typical of modern economies? How do patients in Asian societies see the various healing options now open to them?

The authors, all of whom are anthropologists, observe the clashes and complementarities between traditional therapies and biomedicine, which, in its many manifestations, is the dominant form of medicine supported by national governments, and is emblematic of the modernity to which they aspire. Some of the medical traditions, such as the sophisticated herbal-humoral systems of Tibetan medicine and Indian Ayurveda, are becoming well known in the West, both through scholarly study and through their increasing popularity with Western patients interested in their healing potential. This book adds a new dimension to their study, being focused unlike most previous writing on practice rather than textual tradition.

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Negotiating at Uneven Table 2e

Negotiating at Uneven Table 2e Lowest new price: $42.00
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Author: Phyllis Beck Kritek
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In the second edition of her landmark book Negotiating at an Uneven Table, Phyllis Beck Kritek explores the process of resolving conflicts in situations where unacknowledged inequity influences disputes and their outcomes. Substantially revised and expanded, this new edition will help open minds and balance the negotiation process. Throughout the book, Kritek challenges traditional approaches to dealing with inequities at the negotiation table and offers alternatives for reframing the process.

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Trust Matters: New Directions in Health Care Leadership

Trust Matters: New Directions in Health Care Leadership Lowest new price: $8.99
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Author: Michael H. Annison

New Directions in Health Care Leadership

Building trust in the health care community is our greatest challenge for the next century. This book tells us how to do it. Read it!


- Leland Kaiser, founder, Kaiser Consulting Network

Trust Matters is an essential guide for all health care professionals--managers, executives, board members, and health plan leaders--that offers the much-needed information and tools to help them regain the confidence of the patients they serve and people they work with. In a clear and persuasive manner, the authors explain how to develop health care organizations in which people trust each other and enjoy working together. Includes useful assessment tools and activities.

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Patient Satisfaction: Defining, Measuring, and Improving the Experience of Care (Management Series)

Patient Satisfaction: Defining, Measuring, and Improving the Experience of Care (Management Series) Lowest new price: $51.01
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Author: Irwin Press

Press, a pioneer in promoting patient satisfaction as both a component and indicator of healthcare quality, reveals lessons he has learned in his 17 years of measuring and managing patient satisfaction, looks at why it is important to continue patient satisfaction efforts, and provides practical tools for measuring, monitoring, and improving patients' experience of care. He gives advice on surveying patients and getting usable data, designing and implementing strategies to address survey findings, and instilling the patient satisfaction culture in an organization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


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