A look at a few noteworthy publications by UMDNJ faculty
Health Secrets of the Stone Age
by Philip J. Goscienski, MD
New Century Books
Don’t blame heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity
or Alzheimer’s disease on your genes, says the author,
who also asserts that genes don’t explain why Type 2
diabetes and obesity have tripled in little more than one
generation. “The worst is still to come,” he states,
“as the result of a lifestyle that is inconsistent with
our body chemistry.”
The book reveals how the most medically advanced civilization
in history became the fattest, and why diabetes, osteoporosis
and Alzheimer’s have become epidemic. The author contends
that the causes of all these problems are obvious and avoidable
when we learn how humans lived during the Stone Age, and suggests
applying that knowledge in a modern environment.
About the author: Philip Goscienski (UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical
School [NJMS] ’62), a pediatric infectious diseases
specialist with a 35-year career in clinical academic medicine,
is the author of several medical journal articles and textbook
Diabetic Nephropathy: Theory & Practice
by Alluru S. Reddi, MD, PhD
College Book Publishers, LLC
While diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of end-stage
renal disease in the western world and many developing countries,
recent studies have shown it is a treatable (and possibly
preventable) disease, if detected early. This text includes
a description of the pathophysiology and management of diabetic
subjects with nephropathy, with or without hypertension. Many
of the pathophysiologic concepts and management strategies
have been simplified, and there is a lengthy discussion about
glycemic and nonglycemic interventions to prevent the progression
of the disease. In addition, several recent developments linking
renal disease and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with
diabetes are presented. Both biomedical students and practicing
physicians should find the book beneficial.
About the author: Alluru S. Reddi is a professor of medicine
in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at NJMS.
The Pastoral Voice of Robert Perske
edited by William C. Gaventa, MDiv, and David L. Coulter,
The Haworth Pastoral Press, an imprint of the Haworth Press,
Robert Perske is well-known for his work as an advocate for
people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.
In recent years, he has become noted for his legal defense
of the disabled and for his position on the death penalty.
This book focuses on the papers and articles he wrote early
in his career, when he was chaplain at the Kansas Neurological
Institute. In this collection are the earliest published papers
on pastoral care and religious education for people with mental
retardation. Even after 30 years, Perske’s writings
can be applied to current issues in ministries and services
for the developmentally disabled.
About the editors: William Gaventa is an associate professor
in the Department of Pediatrics at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson
Medical School (RWJMS) and the director of community and congregational
support at the Elizabeth M. Boggs Center of Developmental
Disabilities at RWJMS. David Coulter is a faculty member of
the departments of neurology and social medicine at Harvard
In and Out of Our Right Minds:
The Mental Health of African American Women
edited by Diane R. Brown, PhD, and Verna M. Keith, PhD
Columbia University Press
This book challenges the traditional notions of mental health
and African American women, who are often portrayed as “pillars”
of their communities, determined mothers, sisters, wives and
grandmothers, who remain steadfast in the face of all adversities.
While these roles imply that African American women have few
psychological problems, the scientific literature and demographic
data present a different picture. They reveal that African
American women are at increased risk for psychological distress
because of factors that disproportionately affect them, including
lower incomes, unemployment, unmarried motherhood, racism
and poor physical health. Yet, at the same time, rates of
diagnosed mental illness are low. This book is the first comprehensive
examination of the contradictions between the strengths and
vulnerabilities of these women.
About the editors: Diane Brown is executive director of the
Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities at UMDNJ-School
of Public Health. Verna Keith is chair and associate professor
of sociology at Arizona State University. Both editors are
also contributors to this book.
How to EXCEL in Medical School, Second Edition
by Norma Susswein Saks, EdD, and Mark Ari Saks, MD, MPH
J&S Publishing Company, Inc.
While most medical students have been highly successful throughout
their academic careers, medical school is nonetheless a very
challenging environment where complex information must be
learned quickly. This handbook offers learning strategies
for specific areas of study, including anatomy, biochemistry,
cell biology, immunology, pathology and more. The authors’
studying techniques are aimed to ensure success in course
work and on step 1 of the medical licensure exam (USMLE).
About the authors: Norma Susswein Saks is the assistant dean
for educational programs, director of the Cognitive Skills
Program, and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry
at RWJMS. Her son, Mark Saks (RWJMS ’02), is a resident
in emergency medicine at Temple University Hospital.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dangerous Diseases
by David S. Perlin, PhD, and Ann Cohen
The book presents a thorough discussion of all the great
plagues and diseases of the past and explores the super microbes
of today that threaten human beings. It examines the complex
world of viruses and the origins of infectious diseases such
as AIDS, Ebola, hantavirus and Legionnaire’s disease.
The authors also discuss disease prevention, bioterrorism,
the nature of infectious organisms and how our immune system
fights them off.
About the authors: David Perlin is scientific director of
the Public Health Research Institute at the International
Center for Public Health in Newark, and a professor in the
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at NJMS.
Freelance writer Ann Cohen is also vice president of the humane
organization Bide-A-Wee Home Association.
To submit a book for review, contact Carole Walker at 973-972-3489.