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Representations of Illness in Literature and Film

This book examines the ways that various syndromes, disorders and diseases appear in modern literature and film. What is especially interesting is that rather than be portrayed as an insurmountable handicap, limitation becomes the hero of the novels and films under discussion.What once would have been rejected as flawed, ill, disea...

The Clinical Presentation of Parkinson's Disease and the Dyadic Relationship between Patients and Carers

Providing care for someone with a neurodegenerative condition such as Parkinson’s disease requires an integrated approach, taking into account the needs of the person with the disorder and family members most closely involved in their care. This is only possible with an understanding of the complex nature of Parkinson’s disease, ex...

The “Calcium Paradox” and its Impact on Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases (Second Edition)

This book extends the original concept of the “calcium paradox” discovery, herein compiling more than 300 references in the field of calcium ion (Ca2+/cAMP) signalling pathways, neurotransmission and neurodegeneration, and neurological and psychiatric diseases. In this second edition, novel illustrations and tables (highlighting cu...

Rare and Uncommon Diseases

This book explores a number of uncommon diseases, including autism, Asperger’s syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, Huntington’s disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, psychosis, rabies, psoriasis, and many more. Each disease is explained with regards to its symptoms, diagnosis, causes and treatment. Keywords are also included to prov...

The Hepatitis E Virus

This volume is an account of scientific discovery related to the hepatitis E virus (HEV). HEV was first identified in Afghanistan in 1982 by a remarkably courageous act of self-experimentation by a Russian scientist. Following this, it was found that, in some developing countries in Asia and Africa, HEV was the cause of enormous ou...

Infections in Hematology

This book explores a range of infections in hematology. It draws on extensive clinical experience and the results of modern research, and identifies new directions in this area of clinical medicine. It is known that, along with progress in medicine, the evolution of microbes also occurs, with resistance to antibiotics growing and n...

Fatty Liver Disease, a Silent Killer of Human Beings

A large number of people suffer from type 2 diabetes mellitus, particularly due to the development of new, calorie-dense foodstuffs with enormous saturated fat content. This has also caused an increase in the percentage of people suffering from metabolic syndrome. Such people become obese, and may develop diabetes and in hypertensi...

Sickle Cell Disease

Since the first case of sickle cell disease was described in 1910, several efforts have been made to improve its management. However, it remains the leading scourge of our times, with a high level of morbidity and mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and India. There have been few efforts by academia in developing count...

Nutrition and Disease

Nutrition is an essential part of life. It affects our health and can be applied in the prevention and treatment of disease. Substantial interventions in dietary intake and lifestyle changes have been demonstrated to cause significant decrease in disease risk in in the general population and also in patients suffering from various ...

The Shapes of Epidemics and Global Disease

This volume investigates the multifaceted SHAPES (socio-historic, artistic, political, and ecological significance) of global disease. It challenges conventional views of infection and transmission by associating epidemics with ideologies and their accompanying institutions. It argues that the physical threat of epidemics is irrevocably linked to culture, economic resources, social class, and power. Epidemics involve both the infected and non-infected, affect the local and global, and they expose control and neglect. This book provides a radical collaborative approach, drawing contributors from closely related and vastly distant fields in the search for innovative ways to address human suffering, and to find real solutions that may determine whether people live or die. Such an approach is needed within an increasingly interconnected world where both pathological diseases and health behaviors are infectious. Experts from fifteen diverse disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities present case studies from across the world and time, demonstrating the uniqueness of each disease and epidemic in its place, but also the shared experiences that span human life and death. In order to identify, measure and control epidemics, we must understand epidemics more as long biosocial processes than abrupt events in nature or culture. Such methodology examines the meaning we attach to epidemics, as well as their material reality, and provides a more complete understanding of how epidemics shape and are shaped.