The Cure for Catastrophe

Author: Robert Muir-Wood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780465096473

Category: Nature

Page: 368

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We can't stop natural disasters but we can stop them being disastrous. One of the world's foremost risk experts tells us how. Year after year, floods wreck people's homes and livelihoods, earthquakes tear communities apart, and tornadoes uproot whole towns. Natural disasters cause destruction and despair. But does it have to be this way? In The Cure for Catastrophe, global risk expert Robert Muir-Wood argues that our natural disasters are in fact human ones: We build in the wrong places and in the wrong way, putting brick buildings in earthquake country, timber ones in fire zones, and coastal cities in the paths of hurricanes. We then blindly trust our flood walls and disaster preparations, and when they fail, catastrophes become even more deadly. No society is immune to the twin dangers of complacency and heedless development. Recognizing how disasters are manufactured gives us the power to act. From the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 to Hurricane Katrina, The Cure for Catastrophe recounts the ingenious ways in which people have fought back against disaster. Muir-Wood shows the power and promise of new predictive technologies, and envisions a future where information and action come together to end the pain and destruction wrought by natural catastrophes. The decisions we make now can save millions of lives in the future. Buzzing with political plots, newfound technologies, and stories of surprising resilience, The Cure for Catastrophe will revolutionize the way we conceive of catastrophes: though natural disasters are inevitable, the death and destruction are optional. As we brace ourselves for deadlier cataclysms, the cure for catastrophe is in our hands.
Principles of Sustainable Finance

Author: Dirk Schoenmaker

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780198826606

Category: Finance

Page: 394

View: 852

Combining theory, empirical data, and policy this book provides a fresh analysis of sustainable finance. It explains the sustainability challenges for corporate investment and shows how finance can steer funding to certain companies and projects without sacrificing return, speeding up the transistion to a sustainable economy.
The Cure Within: A History of Mind-Body Medicine

Author: Anne Harrington

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393333978

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 336

View: 437

Citing the roles of stress and a positive attitude in influencing the survival chances of seriously ill patients, a history of mind-body healing provides coverage of such topics as psychoanalysis, the placebo effect, and meditation to consider the validity of ancient Eastern techniques. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Seeking the Cure

Author: Ira Rutkow

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439171738

Category: Medical

Page: 368

View: 363

A timely, authoritative, and entertaining history of medicine in America by an eminent physician Despite all that has been written and said about American medicine, narrative accounts of its history are uncommon. Until Ira Rutkow’s Seeking the Cure, there have been no modern works, either for the lay reader or the physician, that convey the extraordinary story of medicine in the United States. Yet for more than three centuries, the flowering of medicine—its triumphal progress from ignorance to science—has proven crucial to Americans’ under-standing of their country and themselves. Seeking the Cure tells the tale of American medicine with a series of little-known anecdotes that bring to life the grand and unceasing struggle by physicians to shed unsound, if venerated, beliefs and practices and adopt new medicines and treatments, often in the face of controversy and scorn. Rutkow expertly weaves the stories of individual doctors—what they believed and how they practiced—with the economic, political, and social issues facing the nation. Among the book’s many historical personages are Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington (whose timely adoption of a controversial medical practice probably saved the Continental Army), Benjamin Rush, James Garfield (who was killed by his doctors, not by an assassin’s bullet), and Joseph Lister. The book touches such diverse topics as smallpox and the Revolutionary War, the establishment of the first medical schools, medicine during the Civil War, railroad medicine and the beginnings of specialization, the rise of the medical-industrial complex, and the thrilling yet costly advent of modern disease-curing technologies utterly unimaginable a generation ago, such as gene therapies, body scanners, and robotic surgeries. In our time of spirited national debate over the future of American health care amid a seemingly infinite flow of new medical discoveries and pharmaceutical products, Rutkow’s account provides readers with an essential historic, social, and even philosophical context. Working in the grand American literary tradition established by such eminent writer-doctors as Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Carlos Williams, Sherwin Nuland, and Oliver Sacks, he combines the historian’s perspective with the physician’s seasoned expertise. Capacious, learned, and gracefully told, Seeking the Cure will satisfy armchair historians and doctors alike, for, as Rutkow shows, the history of American medicine is a portrait of America itself.

Author: J. C. Clover-Cook

Publisher: HMS Press

ISBN: 9780919957954

Category: Art

Page: 100

View: 743

Committing suicide simultaneously by shooting themselves in the head was practically all Joseph and John had talked about for the past year. According to their plan their self-induced deaths were to take place concurrently in a small rowboat off the coast of Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean sea. The reason for their taking their own lives was to put an end to their perpetual suffering. The constant pain that they had been forced to endure on a daily basis had reached the point of being unbearable, but their pain, though on par with one another, stemmed from different sources. John had Kaposi's Sarcoma covering his hands and face, cancer of his lymph nodes, and a vast variety of afflictions ranging from a to z. He was also on the verge of becoming insane due to what his doctor diagnosed as "the beginning stages of dementia." John's best friend, Joseph, was no better off. Weak, and weighing only ninety eight pounds he had succumbed to a syndrome referred to as "wasting." He was also completely blind in his right eye, while only forty percent of the vision in his left eye remained. His rapid loss of sight was being caused by CMV Retinitis. The ravaging illnesses of the two men were the result of the same deadly disease, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, more commonly called AIDS.

Author: Sasha Lilley

Publisher: PM Press

ISBN: 9781604868043

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 986

We live in catastrophic times. The world is reeling from the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression, with the threat of further meltdowns ever-looming. Global warming and myriad dire ecological disasters worsen—with little if any action to halt them—their effects rippling across the planet in the shape of almost biblical floods, fires, droughts, and hurricanes. Governments warn that there is no alternative to the bitter medicine they prescribe—or risk devastating financial or social collapse. The right, whether religious or secular, views the present as catastrophic and wants to turn the clock back. The left fears for the worst, but hopes some good will emerge from the rubble. Visions of the apocalypse and predictions of impending doom abound. Across the political spectrum, a culture of fear reigns.? Catastrophism explores the politics of apocalypse—on the left and right, in the environmental movement—and examines why the lens of catastrophe can distort our understanding of the dynamics at the heart of these numerous disasters—and fatally impede our ability to transform the world. Lilley, McNally, Yuen, and Davis probe the reasons why catastrophic thinking is so prevalent, and challenge the belief that it is only out of the ashes that a better society may be born. The authors argue that those who care about social justice and the environment should jettison doomsaying—even as it relates to indisputably apocalyptic climate change. Far from calling people to arms, they suggest, catastrophic fear often results in passivity and paralysis—and, at worst, reactionary politics.?
The Cure

Author: Bhatupe Mhango-Chipanta

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 9781628579888

Category: Fiction

Page: 160

View: 917

In present day Malawi, several lives cross paths and stare human morality stark in the face. We meet Eliza, the 19-year-old timid, but loyal housemaid to Matamando, a young and successful lawyer and entrepreneur. Matamando shares with us her illicit liaison with a popular politician, Dr. Forrester Tidzakumananso, a twice-elected member of parliament, and her complex relationship with God. Through her spirituality, we meet renowned Pentecostal Pastor Reverend Duku Duku, whose faith teaches him to practice what he preaches. But the story really starts with Ricardo Pascale, a Spanish former globe-trotting scientist recalled from retirement to authenticate results of an ongoing medical research in the Ntcheu district in the central region of Malawi. A common adversary has them encountering each other and many facets of themselves over and over again. The question is not just how they will each respond to the threat, but how each of us, given similar circumstances, would too. This is a story about life and love. It’s a story of sisterhood, secrets, and what we hold most sacred. This is a story that affects us. All of us.
The Cure

Author: Karl Dorr

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460205785

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 970

The story begins where it will end. A woman is laying dead in a Chicago town house, a mysterious man standing over her body. The man is a Vampire and he tells this story with the intimate details of one who has lived it. He is the hero of the story. We never learn his name. Vampires have evolved a governing body and social order over the long centuries since they came to live on this earth. Now The Kind, as the Vampire's call themselves, are threatened with a virus. It has risen out of nowhere and a human Doctor, Kristin Dunbar, is the key to the Kind's survival. She has a cure that the Kind needs. It is the cure for AIDS. The man and his lover Monroe, are assigned to watch over the human doctor and snatch the cure for use by the Kind. However, things go terribly wrong and he must face a formidable enemy alone in order to save his beloved Monroe. He is too late and Monroe is dead. Now, utterly alone, he takes his revenge, and finds himself standing over the dead woman. With her death the story ends...or does it?
The Cure

Author: Nikolai Krementsov

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226452859

Category: Medical

Page: 282

View: 610

List of IllustrationsCast of CharactersPrologueAct I. DiscoveryRoskin: A Man and His MicroscopeA DiscoveryA Scientist at WorkAct II. InnovationKliueva: Making of a BacteriologistResearch and DevelopmentBoy Meets GirlAct III. WarRetreatThe War and Soviet MedicineRevivalVeber's PloyAct IV. PoliticsThe American AmbassadorKR Comes to the New WorldBetween WorldsAct V. IdeologyThe Cold WarThe Honor CourtThe TrialThe KR AffairAct VI. CultureOn Stage: Alien ShadowOn Screen: The Court of HonorFiction and RealityAct VII. AmbitionsBuilding the La 'Turf WarsCompetitive ExclusionAct VIII. IdeasKR on TrialBetween Bench and Bedside"Trypanosa" and "Cruzin"EpilogueList of AbbreviationsNotesAcknowledgmentsIndex Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

The Cure

The Cure

Author: Morad Zaffron

Publisher: Real African Publishers

ISBN: 9780987034755

Category: Fiction

Page: 394

View: 953

Corporate greed meets scientific altruism in Morad Zaffron's white-knuckle thriller, The Cure. Dr. Susan Conner, a beautiful but traumatized, drug-dependent widow, goes to work for a global pharmaceutical company dispensing a cure for a lethal virus. At first patients get better, but soon they begin vanishing or dying, and Susan suddenly finds her own life on the line. Believing her salvation might lie with Dr. Vincent Bach, the young scientist who developed the cure, she is desperate to find him; but she is on the run as a fugitive from the police and the FBI and is also being hunted by assassins hired by the drug corporation. A taut, tense medical drama, The Cure explores big business, new medicine, and whether true love can indeed conquer all.
After the Cure

Author: Martin A. Levin


ISBN: STANFORD:36105028482011

Category: Medical

Page: 288

View: 142

Envisioning a day in which there actually is an effective AIDS vaccine, Levin (political science, Brandeis U.) and Sanger (urban policy analysis, New School U.) foresee significant distribution, economic, and political impediments to the successful inoculation of the United States population. They review a number of large scale public health initiatives and draw conclusions about how to best implement the management of an AIDS cure. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR