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Book Roundup: University Leaders’ Books Cover Topics from Surgery to Obstetrics to Social Justice

NMS Surgery: Seventh Edition

Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), and professor of surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM); Stephen M. Kavic, MD, professor of surgery, UMSOM; and Eric D. Strauch, MD, professor of surgery, UMSOM. “NMS Surgery: Seventh Edition” (National Medical Series for Independent Study, 2021).

NMS Surgery: Seventh Edition now is in a portable pocket-sized format packed with high-yield information, updates, and revisions that reflect the current practice of surgery. The new edition retains the elements that have made it a dependable, go-to resource for a generation of medical students and a quick review resource for practitioners preparing for recertification. Featuring new study aids, full-color illustrations, concise, high-yield coverage, and United States Medical Licensing Examination-format questions, the new edition helps students successfully complete their clerkship and prepare for the shelf/end-of-rotation exam. In addition, it is packaged with access to the interactive eBook version with an online quiz bank.

Clinical Obstetrics: The Fetus & Mother: Fourth Edition

E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, executive vice president for medical affairs, UMB, and dean and professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences, UMSOM, and et al. “Clinical Obstetrics: The Fetus & Mother: Fourth Edition.” (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2021).

From preconception care through all aspects of care of the pregnant mother and newborn infant, Clinical Obstetrics provides comprehensive, authoritative information on today’s obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine. The fourth edition has been streamlined, with chapters summarizing clinical content for busy practitioners. The book offers residents, trainees, and all obstetrics and maternal-fetal practitioners a comprehensive resource featuring the most up-to-date guidelines, decision algorithms, and evidence for clinical practice. It has been expanded to include a global perspective with international co-editors and contributions from global experts in all areas of obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine, including embryology, fetal biology, genetics, prenatal diagnosis and imaging, maternal and fetal infections and diseases, and teratology. Its 14 new chapters cover topics such as fetal surgical interventions, obesity in pregnancy, health disparities in obstetrics, thrombophilias, neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, invasive diagnostic procedures, and the fourth trimester.

Designing Bioactive Polymeric Materials for Restorative Dentistry

Mary Anne Melo, DDS, MS, PhD, clinical associate professor and director of Operative Dentistry Division, University of Maryland School of Dentistry. “Designing Bioactive Polymeric Materials for Restorative Dentistry” (CRC Press, 2020).   

Restorative biomaterials in dentistry are designed to restore the shape and the function of teeth. Their applicability is related to restorative procedures, such as dental restorations, dentures, dental implants, and endodontic materials. This book reviews the current state of the art for restorative biomaterials and discusses the near-future trends in this field. It also examines the biomaterials utilized in restorative dental applications such as bonding, composites, cements, and ceramics, and assesses the design for these materials and role of nanotechnology.

Social Policy and Social Justice

Michael Reisch, PhD, distinguished professor emeritus, University of Maryland School of Social Work. “Social Policy & Social Justice: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Society, Fourth Edition” (Cognella, 2022).

Social Policy and Social Justice: Meeting the Challenges of a Diverse Society is built on a clear, conceptual social justice framework and provides up-to-date rigorous analyses of contemporary social policy issues, written by experts in their areas of research and practice. The book explores the relationship of social policy to economic, social, and culture transformation and the ongoing conflict between universal and population-specific conceptions of social welfare.

This edition provides readers with the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analyses related to social policy and social justice. It discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on socioeconomic inequality in the United States; the Trump administration’s impact on social policy; policy initiatives undertaken and proposed by the Biden administration; and the implications of the Black Lives Matter movement on the development of anti-racist social policies. The text examines political and ideological conflicts on social policies that affect women; the consequences of recent changes in the Supreme Court and federal judiciary on social policy; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care access, cost, and quality; and the emergence of environmental justice and climate change as key social policy issues.

Next Generation Kinase Inhibitors

Paul Shapiro, PhD, professor of pharmaceutical sciences, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. “Next Generation Kinase Inhibitors: Moving Beyond the ATP Binding/Catalytic Sites” (Springer Nature 2020).

Protein kinases are fascinating enzymes that maintain the proper function of nearly every task performed by the cells of the human body. By extracting a phosphate from the energy molecule ATP and linking it to another protein, protein kinases alter the structure and ultimate function of other proteins. In this way, protein kinases help monitor the extracellular environment and integrate signaling cues that, for the most part, are beneficial for human health and survival. However, protein kinases are often dysregulated and responsible for the initiation and progression of many types of cancers, inflammatory disorders, and other diseases. Thus, decades of research have revealed much about how protein kinases are regulated and approaches to inhibit these enzymes to treat disease. However, nearly 30 years since the identification of the first clinically beneficial small molecule protein kinase inhibitor, there are only a few examples where these drugs provide sustained and durable patient responses. The goal of this book is to provide biomedical scientists, graduate, and professional degree students insight into different approaches using small molecules to block specific protein kinase functions that promote disease.

Patients as Art

Philip A. Mackowiak, MD, MBA, professor emeritus, UMSOM. “Patients as Art: Forty Thousand Years of Medical History in Drawings, Paintings, and Sculptures” (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Patients as Art explores the capacity of art to provide a unique perspective on the history of humankind. Featuring over 160 full-color works of art, this book offers a pictorial review of medical history stretching from Paleolithic times to the present, reflecting the ideals and sensibilities of the times in which they were created, and communicating formal, spiritual, and scientific values. Rarely have experts considered the potential clinical implications of such works or their collective value as an archive of medical history. The works included in this book were chosen both for their esthetic appeal and for the skill with which they depict important developments in medicine over time.

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Jen Badie

Jen Badie is the managing editor in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

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