The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook

by krm | Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:00 AM

The following is an excerpt from Kathy Steligo's The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook , now in its fourth edition.

If you’re facing mastectomy to treat or prevent breast cancer, you have a lot of decisions before you. Will you keep a flat chest after surgery, wear temporary breast prostheses, or have your breasts reconstructed? If you do want to have breast reconstruction, is your priority to have the shortest procedure with the quickest recovery or to pursue a method that will give you the most natural breasts possible? Does keeping your own nipples and areolae appeal to you? Do you have quite a bit of excess fat that you’d like to be rid of in the process?

Plastic surgeons have been recreating breasts for decades. Technological innovation and surgical improvements in the 15 years since The Breast Reconstruction Guidebook was first published now make reconstructive results with breast implants or your own tissue better than ever. If you’re interested in breast implants, you might choose cohesive silicone gel “gummy bears” that retain their shape and feel more like breast tissue. If you’d like to avoid the traditional method of tissue expansion that...Read More

A Decade of Community Research

by bjs | Monday, September 18, 2017 - 6:00 AM

In February 2007, the Johns Hopkins University Press published the first issue of a new journal dedicated to partnerships between academic health institutions and the communities surrounding them. Progress in Community Health Partnerships recently celebrated 10 years of publication dedicated to publishing research which will "improve the health of our communities." In the first issue of the 11th volume earlier this year, a pair of articles took a look at the lessons learned over the first decade of publication. Associate Editors Milton “Mickey” Eder, PhD and Suzanne Grieb, PhD, MSPH worked together on a Q&A to dicsuss this important milestone in the journal's history.

What does it mean to reach this 10-year milestone?

First, we recognize this 10 year milestone of exploration into community-based participatory research (CBPR) and acknowledge this accomplishment. Looking back at the journal’s publications, we can find many examples illustrating the importance of collaboration and partnership for connecting research, education, and action. We see clear indications that successful partnerships require dialogue, self-reflection, and negotiation. We also recognize that the journal’s content demonstrates that CBPR is a complex and challenging framework to implement.

We further acknowledge the vision...Read More

Stuttering and “Retraining” Left-Handed Children in Mid-Century U.S.

by krm | Friday, September 15, 2017 - 11:36 AM

My history of Tourette syndrome ( A Cursing Brain , 1999) involved observing pediatric patients at a university clinic. I noticed that the patient population seemed to have an unusually high proportion of left-handers. Being left-handed myself, I wondered whether and why this might be so. Popular literature often asserts that left-handers are more creative and, in contradiction, more often afflicted with learning disorders such as autism, schizophrenia, attention disorders, retardation, and stuttering. My search for the possible connection between left-handers, learning disabilities, and creativity is examined in my forthcoming book, On the Other Hand: Left Hand, Right Brain, Mental Disorder, and History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). Here, I want to explore whether left-handers are at greater risk of stuttering.

In the early twentieth century U. S. many educators and physicians believed that left-handers more often exhibited mental and cognitive disabilities. To reduce this risk they advocated “retraining” left-handers to become right-handed. The methods employed were often tortuous, including corporal punishment, tying a child’s left hand to immobilize it, and humiliation of children resisters. Psychoanalyst Abram Blau, chief psychiatrist of the New York City Board of Education, summed up the views of advocates of...Read More

Jewish History Journal Gets New Leadership

by bjs | Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 6:00 AM

A new editorial team has taken over at American Jewish History , a journal with more than 100 years of history. This time, a trio of editors will lead the quarterly for the next five years. Kirsten Fermaglich (Michigan State University), Adam Mendelsohn (University of Cape Town) and Daniel Soyer (Fordham University) joined us for a Q&A about their new position and plans for the future.

How did your group end up in the position as editors?

The previous editor’s term was coming to an end, and a search committee for a new one had been set up by the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society , which oversees the journal. We were approached individually by members of the committee and invited to apply for the position. The search committee came to the conclusion that we would work well as a team, and we agreed.

What does it mean to take over the leadership of a journal with such an important history?

Our journal is an official publication of the American Jewish Historical Society, an organization that claims to be the oldest...Read More

Mourning the End of an All Around Education

by bjs | Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:00 AM

Sara Dreyfuss currently serves as the Managing Editor of the journal portal: Libraries and the Academy , but she previously worked as the editorial director of the World Book Encyclopedia. Dreyfuss wrote an essay called " Out of Print " about the disappearance of print encyclopedias for the July issue of the journal . She joined us for a Q&A to talk about the importance of encyclopedias and what their demise means to her and learners in general.

What made you decide to write this essay?

Print encyclopedias have long been dear to my heart. Like many members of my generation, I have fond memories of reading encyclopedias, and I have regretted seeing those once-thriving publications go out of business one by one. It has felt like watching beloved family members grow steadily frailer and die. Today, only The World Book Encyclopedia continues to publish a new annual edition, and I fear that even World Book may soon stop producing a print set.

What memories do you have of your relationship with encyclopedias?

As a child,...Read More