New Books from School of Medicine and Public Health Faculty
Check out these new books authored by faculty from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul
Here, Giulio Tononi, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and Distinguished Chair in Consciousness Science, weaves together science, history and many art forms in a unique exploration of different facets of consciousness.
In one section, Tononi describes why certain parts of the brain are important and others not, and why consciousness fades with sleep. In another, he presents his theory of consciousness, called integrated information. When the brain integrates, or shares, information from single neurons or networks of neurons, consciousness occurs. As more integration of information occurs among more networks of neurons, more consciousness arises.
In the third part, he ponders how consciousness is an evolving, deepening awareness of ourselves in history and art. Tononi tells the story through imaginary dialogues in which Galileo, the famous 16th-century scientist, talks in his dreams with Francis Crick, Alan Turing, Charles Darwin and many other scientists.
Integrative Medicine, 3rd Edition
In this book, David Rakel, MD, associate professor of family medicine at the School of Medicine and Public Health and director of UW Health Integrative Medicine, provides practical information on ways to safely and effectively integrate complementary and alternative treatment modalities into traditional practice.
A key textbook in the field, it draws on solid scientific evidence to match the most effective therapy to the uniqueness of the individual with a goal toward symptom resolution.
The book explains how integrative therapies can help fight diseases that do not respond readily to traditional treatments and presents therapeutic guidance on a full range of diseases and conditions, including autism, stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome and various forms of cancer. The text is divided into three sections:
- The philosophy and application
- Integrative therapy for common conditions
- Practical tools for the clinician that explore how to advise patients on an efficient path toward health and wellness
It offers advice on topics such as meditation, diet and exercises for back pain. The book comes with a code to access the text electronically online.
Sleep Disorders: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis and Management
Despite the importance of sleep deprivation, education in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders is often neglected in undergraduate and post-graduate medical training. As a result, many physicians are uncomfortable assessing or treating even common sleep problems.
In this concise, portable book, Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine and Public Health and director of Wisconsin Sleep, provides an essential reference on current, evidencebased medical approaches for effective diagnosis and long-term management of common sleep disorders. The volume includes chapters on all major sleep disorders; each chapter describes a disorder and its symptoms, suggests diagnostic criteria and recommends methods of evaluation and treatment options.
In addition, it features useful tools and resources, such as a sleep diary, instructions for commonly used behavioral techniques and guidelines for the implementation of sleep disorder behavioral treatments. The book is part of the Oxford American Neurology Library.
This article appears in the winter 2013 issue of Quarterly.
Date Published: 03/12/2013