United States Army surgeon John H. Grindlay served in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II in 1941–1944. Drawing on his unpublished war diary and letters, this book sheds new light on the conduct of battlefield medicine in the tropics and provides a new perspective on such personalities as General Joseph W. Stilwell, the famed “Burma Surgeon” Dr. Gordon S. Seagrave, and Chiang Kai-shek. Stilwell’s famous 1942 “walkout” retreat from Burma to India is covered, along with the 1943 Allied return to Burma to push the Japanese from the Ledo Road connecting northeast India to southwestern China.
Shapers of American Childhood: Essays on Visionaries from L. Frank Baum to Dr. Spock to J.K. Rowling
Edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West
The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by many forces. Relationships with parents and teachers are deeply personal and definitive. Social and economic contexts are broader and harder to quantify.
Key individuals in public life have also had a marked impact on American childhood. These 18 new essays examine the influence of pivotal figures in the culture of 20th and 21st century childhood and child-rearing, from Benjamin Spock and Walt Disney to Ruth Handler, Barbie’s inventor, and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
The International Medical Relief Corps in Wartime China, 1937–1945
Robert Mamlok, M.D.
Both before and during World War II, the Nazis restricted the rights of Jewish and communist doctors. Some fought back, first by fighting against Fascism in the Spanish Civil War and then by helping the Chinese in their struggle against Japan. There were, however, two rival factions in China. One favored Chiang Kai-shek (the nationalists) and the other, the communists—and 27 foreign medical personnel were caught between them. Amidst poverty, war and corruption, living conditions were poor and traveling was hazardous.
This book follows members of the Chinese Red Cross Medical Relief Corps through the war as they became enemy aliens and pursued their work despite the perils. These doctors had a keen sense of public health needs and contributed to the recognition and management of infectious diseases and nutritional disorders, all the while denouncing corruption, inhumanity and inequality.
The Echo of Odin: Norse Mythology and Human Consciousness
Edward W.L. Smith
The pagan mythology of the Vikings offers a rich metaphor for consciousness. This book presents the cosmography of Norse mythology as a landscape of human inner life. Each of the nine worlds of this cosmography is viewed as a symbol of a distinct type of consciousness that is emblematic of a particular perspective or way of relating to others.
Individual gods and goddesses are considered nuanced personifications of their worlds. The philosophy of pagan mythology is explored by comparing and contrasting the Sayings of Odin from the Norse Edda with the Christian Ten Commandments.
Encyclopedia of Abortion in the United States, 2d ed.
Louis J. Palmer, Jr. and Xueyan Z. Palmer
This now revised and updated encyclopedia comprehensively covers abortion from the founding of the nation through 2007. Since the publication of the first edition, the Supreme Court has issued a number of important opinions on abortion, such as the approval of a federal ban on partial-birth abortion in Gonzales v. Carhart. Along with new entries on these events and other topics, the second edition is also enhanced by more than 40 photographs and more than 300 charts and graphs. The roles of the Supreme Court and other judicial and legislative bodies are covered in great detail. Entries focus on the “voting” position taken by every Supreme Court justice who has ever participated in an abortion decision; provide the actual abortion laws of each state; and summarize individual statutes to help nonspecialist readers understand the laws. Many entries focus on the social, religious, or moral arguments surrounding abortion and identify and describe the leading pro-life and pro-choice abortion organizations. There are entries summarizing the major lawful or unlawful activities that have occurred in support or protest of abortion. Medical issues related to abortion are fully covered: modern contraceptive devices, different methods of abortion, the gestational development of the human fetus, embryonic cloning, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, and embryonic/fetal stem cell research.
We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action
“The volume serves not only as a springboard for classroom discussions but also as a unique documentary source for future generations. We Rise to Resist contextualizes third-wave feminism by highlighting the diversity of women’s experiences while offering a space for reflection and a call for political action…highly recommended.”
The Los Angeles Dodgers Encyclopedia
“Comprehensive…excellent…this is a well-conceived and concise compendium of all things related to this iconic baseball team and an invaluable reference for all libraries…highly recommended.”
Repeating and Multi-Fire Weapons: A History from the Zhuge Crossbow Through the AK-47
“Well illustrated with photographs and diagrams and including a glossary and brief bibliography, this is a thorough treatment the topic and useful for those interested in military history…recommended.”
World Epidemics: A Cultural Chronology of Disease from Prehistory to the Era of Zika, 2d ed.
“Engagingly written…this accessible volume is well suited for popular collections and public libraries…recommended.”
The Image of Disability: Essays on Media Representations
Edited by JL Schatz and Amber E. George
A mainstay of modern life, the global media gives out information about disabilities that is often inaccurate or negative and perpetuates oppressive stigmas and discrimination.
In response to representations that have been incomplete, misguided or unimaginative, this collection of new essays encourages scholars and allies to refashion media so as to disrupt the status quo and move toward more liberatory politics. Images in film, television and social media are assessed through the lenses of disabilities studies, media studies, cultural studies and intersectional studies involving critical race theory and gender.
As a Ziegfeld Follies girl and film actress, Justine Johnstone (1895–1982) was celebrated as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” Her career took an unexpected turn when she abruptly retired from acting at 31. For the remainder of her life, she dedicated herself to medical research and social activism. As a cutting-edge pathologist, she contributed to the pre-penicillin treatment of syphilis at Columbia University, participated in the development of early cancer treatments at Caltech, and assisted Los Angeles physicians in oncology research. As a divorced woman in the 1940s, she adopted and raised two children on her own. She later helped find work for blacklisted Hollywood screenwriters and became a prominent participant in social and political causes.
The first full-length biography of Johnstone chronicles her extraordinary success in two male-dominated fields—show business and medical science—and follows her remarkable journey into a fascinating and fulfilling life.
Our Fall 2018 catalog is now available—click here to see our authors’ forthcoming books!
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In Bed with Strangers: Swinging My Way to Self-Discovery
The term “swinging” calls to mind a bygone era of 1970s sexual liberation—images of shag carpet, hot tubs and married couples swapping motel keys. The Internet age has made swinging widely accessible and discreet to a broad range of participants, married or single, and of any sexual orientation.
Some people pursue the excitement of spontaneous, noncommittal sex with strangers, while others seek a certain intimate connection they find unattainable by conventional dating or romantic relationships.
Casey Donatello’s frank memoir describes her transition from inexperienced 20-something through the ups and downs of her introduction to swinging as a couple with her boyfriend to her maturation as a single female swinger—known in the lifestyle as a “unicorn”—in her 30s. Her explicit account goes beyond the physical acts to explore the psychology and life lessons of self-discovery through sex.
Based upon the author’s lifetime practices as a dancer, poet and teacher, this innovative approach to developing body awareness focuses on achieving self-discovery and well-being through movement, mindfulness and writing. Written from a holistic (rather than dualistic) view of the mind-body problem, discussion and exercises draw on dance, psychology, neuroscience and meditation to guide personal exploration and creative expression.
What do psychology and neuroscience tell us about our dreams? Dream researcher and practicing psychotherapist Paul R. Robbins presents the science in a non-technical Q&A format. Covering the history of dream interpretation—from ancient Assyrian dream books to the theories of Carl Jung—he describes his own successful approach to dream studies: exploring the real-life incidents brought to mind by dreams and probing their meaning to the individual in an objective way.
Browse our new catalog of books about health and wellness—and get 20% off with the coupon code HEALTHWELL! This coupon code is valid through May 1, 2018.
Our Spring 2018 New Books catalog is now available—click to see what our authors have in store for the new year!
For almost three centuries, the “Pennsylvania Dutch”—descended from German immigrants—have practiced white magic, known in their dialect as Braucherei (from the German “brauchen,” to use) or Powwowing. The tradition was brought by immigrants from the Rhineland and Switzerland in the 17th and 18th centuries, when they settled in Pennsylvania and in other areas of what is now the eastern United States and Canada.
Practitioners draw on folklore and tradition dating to the turn of the 19th century, when healers like Mountain Mary—canonized as a saint for her powers—arrived in the New World.
The author, a member of the Pennsylvania Dutch community, describes in detail the practices, culture and history of faith healers and witches.
One of the preeminent natural philosophers of the Enlightenment, Benjamin Thompson started out
as a farm boy with a practical turn of mind. His inventions include the Rumford fireplace, insulated clothing, the thermos, convection ovens, double boilers, double-paned glass and an improved sloop. He was knighted by King George III and became a Count of the Holy Roman Emperor.
Thompson’s popularity with women eclipsed his achievements, though. He was married twice and had affairs with many other prominent women, including the wife of Boston printer Isaiah Thomas and that of a doctor who would crew the first balloon to cross the English Channel. He even fathered a child by the court mistress of the Prince Elector and had affairs with several other German noblewomen. Drawing on Thompson’s correspondence and diaries, this book examines his friendships and romantic relationships.
The Star Gate Archives: Reports of the United States Government Sponsored Psi Program, 1972–1995. Volume 1: Remote Viewing, 1972–1984
Compiled and Edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha
During the Cold War, the U.S. government began testing paranormal claims under laboratory conditions in hopes of realizing intelligence applications for psychic phenomena. Thus began the project known as Star Gate. The largest in the history of parapsychological research, it received more than $20 million in funding and continued into the mid–1990s. This project archive includes all available documents generated by research contractor SRI International and those provided by government officials.
Remote viewing (RV) is an atypical ability that allows some individuals to gain information blocked from the usual senses by shielding, distance or time. Early work benefited from a few “stars” of RV who were successful at convincing investigators of its existence and its potential as a means of gathering intelligence. Research focused on determining the parameters of RV, who may have the ability, how to collect and analyze data and the best way to use RV in intelligence operations. Volume 1 Remote Viewing (1972–1984) and Volume 2 Remote Viewing (1985–1995) include laboratory trials and several operational results.
New on our bookshelf today:
Some see dreams as communications with another reality and others see them as insignificant random phenomena. Dreams range from the mundane of day-to-day events to the extraordinary, including visions, lucid dreaming, out of body experiences, interactions with the deceased, precognition, sleep paralysis and vivid hallucinations during transitions between sleep and wakefulness. Drawing on individuals’ reports, this book explores the phenomena and the significance of extraordinary dreams.
New on our bookshelf today:
In the 21st century, reality television and the Internet have fed public interest in ghosts, UFOs, cryptozoology and other unusual phenomena. By 2010, roughly 2000 amateur research and investigation groups formed in the U.S.—ghost hunters, Bigfoot chasers and UFO researchers, using an array of (supposedly) scientific equipment and methods to prove the existence of the paranormal.
American culture’s honorific regard for science, coupled with the public’s unfamiliarity with scientific methods, created a niche for self-styled paranormal experts to achieve national renown without scientific training or credentials. The author provides a comprehensive examination of the ideas, missions and methods promoted by these passionate amateurs.
Our Fall 2017 New Books catalog is now available—click here to see what’s new from your favorite authors!
New on our bookshelf today:
Central Sensitization and Sensitivity Syndromes: A Handbook for Coping
Foreword by Ric Arseneau, M.D.
Millions of people experience symptoms of central sensitization (CS) and central sensitivity syndromes (CSS) such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities. Yet many lack diagnoses, education and resources. Without proper support, some patients may become withdrawn, suffering needlessly and possibly developing mental illness.
Covering the syndromes within the context of central sensitization (CS), this book provides candid personal experience, strategies for symptom management, and suggested methods for coping and long-term healing, with easy-to-understand science.
Living with HIV: A Patient’s Guide, 2d ed.
Mark Cichocki, RN
In its updated and expanded second edition, this helpful guide offers a wealth of information for people living with HIV and for people caring for HIV–positive loved ones. All aspects of HIV/AIDS are discussed, including opportunistic and associated infections, dental care, exercise and nutrition, substance use and abuse and emotional treatment. New information will help the newly diagnosed adjust to their illness and long-term survivors to improve their quality of life. Up-to-date discussion of the latest medications covers the growing practice of using HIV drugs as preventatives. Essential Internet resources are provided that help patients live a longer, healthier life.
We’re in Baltimore, Maryland for the Association of College and Research Libraries 2017 conference! Librarians, please join us in the exhibit hall at booth #912.
We’re in Houston, Texas this week for the National Council for Black Studies 2017 conference! Attendees, please visit our exhibit to browse books and discuss your book proposal!
Playing for Equality: Oral Histories of Women Leaders in the Early Years of Title IX
Diane LeBlanc and Allys Swanson
Mammography and Early Breast Cancer Detection: How Screening Saves Lives
Alan B. Hollingsworth, M.D.
The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and Feminism
Edited by Adrienne Trier-Bieniek
Click here to browse McFarland’s complete line of women’s studies titles.
The Gland Illusion: Early Attempts at Rejuvenation through Male Hormone Therapy
John B. Nanninga, M.D.
Testosterone and estrogen treatments are common today, but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries the discovery of sex gland secretions led both physicians and the public to believe they had found the secret to bodily rejuvenation. This led to bizarre human experimentation involving injections of glandular fluid, ingestion of glandular tissues and the transplanting of testes and ovaries. Stranger still, the treatments supposedly worked, with both men and women reporting enhanced vitality. Only later would the truth about these placebo-induced results be brought to light. This book explores the early history and practices of “organotherapy” and how it provided important scientific insights despite its pseudoscientific nature.
Yellow Fever: A Worldwide History
S.L. Kotar and J.E. Gessler
The terror of yellow fever conjures images of mass infection of soldiers during the Spanish-American War and horrific death tolls among workers on the Panama Canal. Medical science has never found a cure and the disease continues to present a threat to the modern world, both as a mosquito-borne epidemic and as a potential biological weapon. Drawing on firsthand accounts and contemporary sources, this book traces the history of the viral infection that has claimed countless victims across the United States, Central America and Africa, and of the global effort to combat this challenging and deadly disease.
This week, get 20% off all books about women’s studies—over 300 titles—when you enter the code MARCH! Click here to browse.
We’re exhibiting at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia! Attendees, visit us in booth 1611!
Managing Hypertension: Tools to Improve Health and Prevent Complications
Sandra A. Moulton
Series Editor Elaine A. Moore
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common chronic disease affecting people of different ages, cultural backgrounds and socio-economic statuses worldwide. Research links hypertension to increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease and cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of death worldwide. This book provides an up-to-date illustrated overview of research findings concerning hypertension, covering risk factors, increase in prevalence, cultures affected and challenges to treating and managing the disease in specific populations. Pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods for effectively managing hypertension are discussed.
Robert Koch and American Bacteriology
In bacteriology’s Golden Age (roughly 1870–1890) European physicians focused on bacteria as causal agents of disease. Advances in microscopy and laboratory methodology—including the ability to isolate and identify micro-organisms—played critical roles. Robert Koch, the most well known of the European researchers for his identification of the etiological agents of anthrax, tuberculosis and cholera, established in Germany the first teaching laboratory for training physicians in the new methods.
Bacteriology was largely absent in early U.S. medical schools. Dozens of American physicians-in-training enrolled in Koch’s course in Germany, and many established bacteriology courses upon their return. This book highlights those who became acknowledged leaders in the field and whose work remains influential.
Three years of resolute weightlifting had not gone as planned for this scrawny 18-year-old. But it was 1980 and a legal prescription for the magic elixir, anabolic steroids, was just $20. Now he would transform himself while away at college and return home with trophy-winning strength and a body like a Greek god—a Charles Atlas magazine ad come to life.
That didn’t go quite as planned either. This revealing memoir recounts an athlete’s experiences with performance enhancing drugs at a time when the public and law enforcement knew little about them. Venturing into the “steroid underground,” the author used and sold them, was featured in muscle magazines, went under a surgeon’s knife and faced interrogation by a federal marshal.
Mammography and Early Breast Cancer Detection: How Screening Saves Lives
Alan B. Hollingsworth, M.D.
Early detection of breast cancer is critical. Yet efforts to cut back on mammography or even stop screening altogether have been gaining ground in the medical community’s decades-long debate over testing and treatment. It is not a purely scientific debate—back-room politics and hidden agendas have played as much a role as clinical data, leading to some surprising conclusions.
Written by one of the first physicians in the country to specialize in breast cancer risk assessment, genetic testing and high-risk interventions, this book focuses on the screening controversy and explains the arguments used on both sides. The author covers the history of screening, from the first mobile unit on the streets of Manhattan to the cutting edge imaging technology of today.
The June 2016 issue of Choice is now available, and features a review of Cannabis Extracts in Medicine: The Promise of Benefits in Seizure Disorders, Cancer and Other Conditions! The reviewer wrote: “Policy makers in states considering legalizing marijuana for medical purposes should read this well-researched book for one side in the debate…recommended.”
This week, through April 24, 2016, get 20% off all LGBTQ Studies titles when you use the coupon code #WeAreNotThis.
We’re in Denver for the 2016 Public Library Association Conference! Be sure to visit McFarland at booth 1240 in the exhibit hall!
Behind the Mask of Moebius Syndrome: A Memoir
Foreword by Ronald M. Zuker, M.D.
Moebius syndrome is a rare congenital neurological disorder affecting two to 20 out of every million newborns. Patients suffer from total facial paralysis and often cannot even close their eyes or move them from side to side. Unable to smile, frown or otherwise express emotion, their everyday personal relationships are deeply affected. Even eating (chewing) is a problem.
This memoir of a woman with Moebius syndrome provides a first-person view of life “behind the mask.”
College Success for Students with Disabilities: A Guide to Finding and Using Resources, with Real-World Stories
Foreword by Nido R. Qubein
The demanding workload and fast pace of college often overwhelm students. Without access to the right resources, many of the three million U.S. college students with disabilities fail or drop out—at a much higher rate than their peers.
This guide helps students, parents, counselors and psychologists find the appropriate resources and accommodations to help students with disabilities successfully transition to college.
The author explains Americans with Disabilities Act laws and outlines steps for requesting and implementing college staff, classroom and testing accommodations.
Student testimonies are included, advising on which assistive technologies and resources have worked to achieve academic success.
Typhoid Fever: A History
Richard Adler and Elise Mara
In the 21st century, typhoid fever afflicts more than 21 million people each year, primarily in underdeveloped countries. In the age before sanitation and antibiotics, the infection was even more devastating, crippling entire armies and claiming the lives of both rich and poor.
The story of typhoid is in many ways the story of modern medicine itself, with early efforts at treatment and prevention paving the way for our understanding of infectious disease in general. Many sought to understand and control the disease, including Robert Koch and Walter Reed. There were unsung heroes as well: Pierre Louis and William Gerhard, among the first to identify the disease’s unique nature; William Budd, whose studies demonstrated its transmission through feces; and Georges Widal, whose test for the disease continues to be used in some areas. This book chronicles the fight against typhoid in the words of these and other medical pioneers, showing how far we have come and how far we have yet to go.
African American and Cherokee Nurses in Appalachia: A History, 1900–1965
Phoebe Ann Pollitt
Few career opportunities were available to minority women in Appalachia in the first half of the 20th century. Nursing offered them a respected, relatively well paid profession and—as few physicians or hospitals would treat people of color—their work was important in challenging health care inequities in the region. Working in both modern surgical suites and tumble-down cabins, these women created unprecedented networks of care, managed nursing schools and built professional nursing organizations while navigating discrimination in the workplace.
Focusing on the careers and contributions of dozens of African American and Eastern Band Cherokee registered nurses, this first comprehensive study of minority nurses in Appalachia documents the quality of health care for minorities in the region during the Jim Crow era. Racial segregation in health care and education and state and federal policies affecting health care for Native Americans are examined in depth.
We’re exhibiting at the 2016 ALA Midwinter conference in Boston this week! Visit assistant sales manager Adam Phillips in booth 1611 to browse our book exhibit and to discuss your book proposal!
We’re in Milwaukee for the 2015 National Women’s Studies Association Conference!
Our brand-new holiday catalog is in the mail, but we’re giving you a sneak preview this morning—click here for great holiday gift ideas before the catalog hits your mailbox!
And, because it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping, we’re offering our biggest sale of the year! Get 30% off your purchase of two or more books when you enter the coupon code HOLIDAY2015 at checkout!
Peddling Mental Disorder: The Crisis in Modern Psychiatry
By Lawrie Reznek
Psychiatry is a mess. Patients who urgently need help go untreated, while perfectly healthy people are over-diagnosed with serious mental disorders and receive unnecessary medical treatment. The roots of the problem are the vast pharmaceutical industry profits and a diagnostic system—the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)—vulnerable to exploitation.
Drug companies have fostered the development of this system, pushing psychiatry to over-extend its domain so that more people can be diagnosed with mental disorders and treated with drugs.
This book describes the steady expansion of the DSM—both the manual itself and its application—and the resulting over-medication of society. The author discusses revisions and additions to the DSM (now in its fifth edition) that have only deepened the epidemics of major depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder and bipolar disorder.
We’re exhibiting at the biennial North Carolina Library Association conference in Greensboro, North Carolina this week! Our own Dylan Lightfoot and Stephanie Nichols are exhibiting books, and several McFarland authors are among the NC librarians attending the convention.
Cannabis Extracts in Medicine: The Promise of Benefits in Seizure Disorders, Cancer and Other Conditions
By Jeffrey Dach, M.D. , Elaine A. Moore and Justin Kander
As of December 2014, medicinal cannabis is legal in 23 states where news and medical journals report success stories of people recovering from diverse medical conditions such as epilepsy, cancer and chronic pain.
In states where cannabis remains illegal, users and providers risk arrest and imprisonment. While the United States government has restricted cannabis medical research, advances have been made in Israel, Spain and Italy. One such breakthrough was the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in the brain and immune system. Endogenous cannabinoids are mimicked by THC and CBD, cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, thus accounting for its medicinal effects. Focusing on the biochemical properties, medical benefits and psychological effects of cannabinoids, this book provides an overview of anecdotal case reports, animal studies and clinical trials proposing cannabis for seizure disorder, cancer, chronic pain and other medical conditions.
We’re exhibiting at the National Organization for Human Services conference in Charlotte, North Carolina this week! The theme of this year’s conference, “Diversity Matters,” focuses on celebrating diversity with clients, students, colleagues, programs and communities. McFarland president Rhonda Herman is in the exhibit hall with a display of health and human services books, and is available to discuss your book proposal.
The Mysteries of Consciousness: Essays on Spacetime, Evolution and Well-Being
Edited by Ingrid Fredriksson
For hundreds of years the Western world has believed that humans—indeed all living things—consist of more than pure biology. Not mere physical bodies, humans possess something else that helps to define them. In this collection of new essays scientists, psychologists, theoretical physicists and other experts in the mind-body connection explore the nature of consciousness and its future as a new paradigm in science.
With contributions covering near death experiences, the concept of “free will,” conscious spacetime, DNA consciousness, the role of consciousness in the evolution of life, quantum theory and the non-local universe, the scientific basis of love, and the principles and applications of self-hypnosis, this volume clarifies the meaning of consciousness and establishes a model for further exploration into a burgeoning realm of scientific study.
If you listened to National Public Radio‘s Morning Edition yesterday, you may have heard Yuki Noguchi‘s story about multiple chemical sensitivity and issues that arise when workplaces ban fragrances. That story of a little known, and little understood, medical condition is available below, and is a strongly recommended listen.
McFarland – a fragrance-free workplace – has long been interested in multiple chemical sensitivity, and we continue to publish a strong line of books about chemical and electrical sensitivity. To draw attention to this issue, we’re offering a 20% discount on all multiple chemical sensitivity titles through the end of September. Browse a list of titles below, and use the coupon code MCS at checkout!
Books About Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
The Sociology of Sports: An Introduction, 2d ed. by Tim Delaney
The Complete Baseball Scorekeeping Handbook, Revised and Updated Edition by Andres Wirkmaa
Grant Morrison and the Superhero Renaissance: Critical Essays by Darragh Greene
American Woman Suffrage Postcard: A Study and Catalog by Kenneth Florey
Celebrity Health Narratives and the Public Health by Christina S. Beck
Just in: this excellent Library Journal review of Harold Y. Vanderpool’s Palliative Health Care: The 400-Year Quest for a Good Death!
Vanderpool (emeritus, history & philosophy of medicine, Inst. for the Medical Humanities, Univ. of Texas) has drawn upon “a vast literature on clinical medicine, medical research, palliative care practices and advocacy, personal testimonials, biomedical ethics, death and dying, the law, and the history of medicine and culture” as well as his own extensive career in the fields of medical ethics, death and dying, and suffering in this wide-ranging survey of the history of palliative care. From 1605, when Sir Francis Bacon proclaimed that physicians should enable persons to “pass peacefully out of life,” to the present, when dying patients’ “rights, protections, and number of choices…are…deserving of celebration,” although the author notes that the choices are often filled with pain. Vanderpool concludes that understanding the nature of contemporary palliative care is imperative for making good decisions. VERDICT: This wise and revealing study is sure to be valuable to the dying and those who love them, as well as to the physicians and other health professionals who care for them.—Marcia G. Welsh, Dartmouth Coll. Lib., Hanover, NH
Contact us for more information on this title. Happy reading.
Becoming a Leader Is Becoming Yourself by Russ S. Moxley
David Bowie in Darkness: A Study of Outside and the Late Career by Nicholas P. Greco
“Had ’Em All the Way”: The 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates by Thad Mumau
Her Turn on Stage: The Role of Women in Musical Theatre by Grace Barnes
There is no shortage of major news items out there in recent days. What do we recommend you do in order to stay on top of it all? READ. To that end, we’d like to offer a discount on our gay and lesbian studies titles. Through July 5, 2015, get 20% off these books when you enter the coupon code RAINBOWS.
There is much to celebrate today! Our publishing duty, however, is to equip you with industry intel (some of which is less likely to be in your news feed today). Therefore, as we witness historic decisions in our country, we’d be remiss not to mention the Annual American Library Association conference, which meets over the weekend in San Francisco. Themed “TRANSFORMING our libraries, ourselves, McFarland looks forward to several days’ worth of terrific conversations about all things librarianship.
A happy coincidence—assistant sales manager Adam Phillips has THIS hotel view, providing opportunities to share the goings-on of an historic Pride Week in San Francisco.
Creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Inside Story by Robert W. Doubek
Benevolent Barons: American Worker-Centered Industrialists, 1850–1910 by Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr.
Palliative Care: The 400-Year Quest for a Good Death by Harold Y. Vanderpool
Walt’s Utopia: Disneyland and American Mythmaking by Priscilla Hobbs
Fight Sports and American Masculinity: Salvation in Violence from 1607 to the Present by Christopher David Thrasher
McFarland is traveling to the Society for Disability Studies Conference in Atlanta this week. SDS is a lively scholarly association of more than 400 artists, scholars and activist who promote Disability Studies, recognizing disability as a complex and valuable aspect of human experience.
The Nonprofit Survival Guide: A Strategy for Sustainability by Geoff Alexander
Becoming the Beach Boys, 1961–1963 by James B. Murphy
Running Through the Ages, 2d ed. by Edward S. Sears
Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2014 by Harris M. Lentz III
African Traditional Religion in the Modern World, 2d ed. by Douglas E. Thomas
Want to know more about deaf and hearing adult sibling relationships? Watch the interview with the authors of Deaf and Hearing Siblings in Conversation, Marla Berkowitz and Judy Jonas, on PBS station WXXI ‘s (Rochester, NY) “Need to Know”. Part One is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9Lzo-tV30I#action=share, and tune in for Part Two on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM.
Through May 10, 2015, get 20% off this book – and a few other outstanding books about the deaf community – when you use the coupon code DEAF!
The Fantastic Made Visible: Essays on the Adaptation of Science Fiction and Fantasy from Page to Screen by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell
Thinking Kink: The Collision of BDSM, Feminism and Popular Culture by Catherine Scott
Bullying in Popular Culture: Essays on Film, Television and Novels by Abigail G. Scheg
The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays by Meriem Pagès
Bibb Falk: The Man Who Replaced Shoeless Joe by William A. Cook
Cuban Cinema After the Cold War: A Critical Analysis of Selected Films by Enrique Garcia
A Scout’s Report: My 70 Years in Baseball by George Genovese
April 24-May 3: We’re pleased to have our titles displayed at this year’s Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair, where an estimated 2.5 million visitors will be onsite.
McFarland is in Portland! Join us at the Association of College & Research Libraries Annual Meeting.
The Boyer Brothers of Baseball by Lew Freedman
Settlers of the American West: The Lives of 231 Notable Pioneers by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Encyclopedia of Asylum Therapeutics, 1750–1950s by Mary de Young
The Complete Baseball Scorekeeping Handbook by Andres Wirkmaa
Colombia’s Narcotics Nightmare: How the Drug Trade Destroyed Peace by James D. Henderson
Developing National Power in Space: A Theoretical Model by Brent Ziarnick
Understanding Baseball: A Textbook by Trey Strecker
Chewing Gum in America, 1850–1920: The Rise of an Industry by Kerry Segrave
“The collective authors of this work deliver a thought provoking, inspiring presentation of the challenges of health care in Appalachia…highly recommended”—Choice
Spring is just around the corner! Check out our new books for spring 2015… New Books Spring 2015 Catalog.
As usual, we’ve had a wonderful experience at the ALA midwinter meeting!
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, 2013–2014 by William M. Simons
Anatole Litvak: The Life and Films by Michelangelo Capua
Papers for Pay: Confessions of an Academic Forger by Jeffrey Alfred Ruth
This week, we’re highlighting our large (and growing!) line of serious books about psi and parapsychological phenomena. Through January 25th, 2015, get 20% off the following books when you enter the coupon code PSI!
Evidence for Psi: Thirteen Empirical Research Reports by Damien Broderick
Neuroscience in Science Fiction Films by Sharon Packer, M.D.
We’re thoroughly enjoying these long summer days but, we’re always looking ahead, too. (And, er, behind.) Check out this awesomely autumnal catalog cover from several years back. Beautiful. And that reminds us, here’s the new fall catalog. Enjoy, folks!
George V. Higgins: The Life and Writings by Erwin H. Ford II
Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Patients and Their Families by Karen R. Brock, M.D.
Cancer, Autism and Their Epigenetic Roots by K. John Morrow, Jr.
Robert Pierpoint: A Life at CBS News by Tony Silvia
Mysteries Unlocked: Essays in Honor of Douglas G. Greene by Curtis Evans
June 27-30, the American Library Association is gathering in Las Vegas for Annual. We’re still trying to get our book display set up in the exhibit hall, with some “help” from early browsers like Allan Greenburg of Diamond Comic Distributors (pictured). McFarland is in Booth #1423, and our friends at Diamond are in Booth #2015.
On April 1st, 1979, founder Robert McFarland Franklin departed Plainfield, New Jersey, heading south in a Volkswagen bug towing a U-Haul. With wife Cheryl behind the wheel, Robert began company operations on a yellow pad in his lap.
Thirty-five years ago, libraries provided almost the sole market (but a robust one!) for the heavily-researched books that McFarland made its specialty. Over the decades, the company won ever-growing numbers of devoted readers who appreciated the care McFarland and its authors lavished on our books. Our authors, a throng of thousands now, teach us something new every day.
There’s still time, folks! Come join us in Philly at ALA!
Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s read!” Check out our New Books Spring Catalog!
Our holiday sale ends today, Dec. 31st, so don’t delay! Best wishes to all from your McFarland friends…happy reading! Enjoy 20% off your order through today. On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out. Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time). http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/2013/11/holiday-sale/
Houses of Noir: Dark Visions from Thirteen Film Studios by Ronald Schwartz
Women and Fitness in American Culture by Sarah Hentges
Dracula’s Army: The Dead Travel Fast by Andy Fish
On the McFarland website, use coupon code HOLIDAY in the cart as you are checking out. Or, call toll-free 800-253-2187 (Mon-Fri 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern Time).
Music in the Hebrew Bible: Understanding References in the Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim by Jonathan L. Friedmann
Mexican Movies in the United States: A History of the Films, Theaters and Audiences, 1920–1960 by Rogelio Agrasánchez, Jr.
Grant’s River Campaign: Fort Henry to Shiloh by Jack H. Lepa
Italian Crime Filmography, 1968–1980 by Roberto Curti
New York Yankees Home Runs: A Comprehensive Factbook, 1903–2012 by Mitchell S. Soivenski
Second Takes: Remaking Film, Remaking America by Andrew Repasky McElhinney
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 has concluded, and we’ve been receiving a few photographs from happy readers. Here, Ulrich K. Baues (senior editor at Western Mail and Country Mag) spots a copy of Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films, 2d ed. by Michael R. Pitts in the Eurospan stand.