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1952 Vincent Black Lightning (2001 Digital Remaster)
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (2001 Digital Remaster)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Sep 2014
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Dad's Gonna Kill Me
Dad's Gonna Kill Me
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Sep 2014
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D.I.Y
D.I.Y
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Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine (Oxford Medical Handbooks)
by Murray Longmore
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5.0 out of 5 stars all good, 14 Sep 2014
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Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry
Shorter Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry
by Philip Cowen
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Oh! What a Lovely War: The Special Collector's Edition [DVD] [1969]
Oh! What a Lovely War: The Special Collector's Edition [DVD] [1969]
Dvd ~ Wendy Allnutt
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh what a lovely war dvd, 29 May 2014
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A prompt delivery of a good example of this show / film. I did not see it when it was first released, but the recent World War 1 publicity reminded me to view it. I found it skilful in a theatrical sense, and a useful contribution to my historical perspective on the conflict (along with War Horse and books such as All Quiet on the Western Front and Goshawk Squadron).


Practicing Positive CBT: From Reducing Distress to Building Success
Practicing Positive CBT: From Reducing Distress to Building Success
by Fredrike Bannink
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Practicing Positive CBT, 31 Oct 2012
This book describes Fredrike Bannink's own synthesis of Positive Psychology, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and solution-focused brief therapy. She names this Positive CBT. The emphasis is on both losing negative thoughts and emotions, and enhancing positive experiences. As usual with her work, Fredrike has read very widely, including neuroscience, Appreciative Inquiry, Motivational Interviewing and many variations on the theme of CBT. In the text she demonstrates how to adapt Positive CBT to a number of the existing models and styles. The writing is clear and engaging. There are many illustrations with intriguing and apt stories about humans and other species. Case studies and exercises demonstrate how Positive CBT may be applied.
Fredrike Bannink is skilled in mediation and conflict management. Given the present ideological split between `traditional' CBT and Positive Psychology methods, this book may begin an interesting rapprochement between these therapists and practitioners.
Dr Alasdair J Macdonald MB ChB FRCPsych DPM DCH
Consultant Psychiatrist, UK


Beggar's Opera [DVD]
Beggar's Opera [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laurence Olivier
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5.0 out of 5 stars beggars opera, 8 Oct 2012
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A fascinating social document,first published in 17th century but very modern in style. Olivier does well, and the dvd has survived the analog-digital process well.


Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society
Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society
by Nortin M Hadler
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rethinking aging: a realist's perspective, 22 July 2012
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This timely book examines the effects of corporate involvement in research and the financial incentives for doctors within the healthcare system. Hadler is a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology in North Carolina. This book addresses the presentation of new research in medicine, especially that funded by external agencies and corporations. He remarks that a study of 10 000 persons which shows a risk reduction from 6 cases / 10 000 to 3 cases / 10 000 does not justify the statement `50% decrease in risk'. Also, endpoints for studies may be chosen arbitrarily from available parameters, sometimes for marketing reasons. This may create false goals for treatment.

He regards meta-analyses (normally the gold standard for research) as being an attempt to show an effect from countless tiny (ie non-significant) results. He prefers small targeted studies, which he says will demonstrate any clear and true result.

Hadler emphasises the pitfalls of `seeding' or phase 4 trials. These are designed to encourage doctors to use a new drug for a small number of patients, often in return for a small incentive payment.
Hadler's reanalysis of major studies suggests that factors such as diet, weight and lifestyle are only significant because they correlate with socio-economic class and absence of social adversity. His review of actual risks versus benefits supports hip surgery for the elderly, but does not support many common interventions for coronary heart disease or screening for certain cancers.

Dr Alasdair J Macdonald, consultant psychiatrist.


The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy
The Heart and Soul of Change: Delivering What Works in Therapy
by Barry L. Duncan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £45.13

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review of second edition, 21 May 2012
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I found this book to be a valuable step forward from the first edition. The summary of common factors research is useful. I especially liked the chapter on client factors, which are probably much the most important variables in our work.


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