Friday, April 15, 2011

This is a selection of titles focusing on health and healthcare in Asia.

Journeys In Systemic Psychotherapy: Theory, Practice And Research edited by Tan Boon Huat and Christine Lim. These ten papers are by counsellors associated with the family therapy work of the Counselling and Care Centre, Singapore. They explore many aspects of the workers' use of the self and of the goals of the relationship with the client. Many aspects of the theories and practice of "systemic psychotherapy" and of personal and family expectations in different cultures and contexts are discussed. Case material enriches much of the discussion which includes the relevance of concepts of forgiveness, approaches to divorce and parental expectations and concepts of gender roles. Ongoing research and pointers for future research are among the many matters raised. With reading list.

Successful Breastfeeding: A Practical Guide by Kang Phaik Gaik. This comprehensive and friendly instructional guide to successful breastfeeding is by a Singapore nursing sister/lactation consultant who has had wide experience of local traditions and medical policies. The practical advice, Q&As and photographs together show how breastfeeding can be a happy and important experience for fathers and other relatives, as well as for mother and child. With practical advice on common problems, returning to work, diet, the location of breastfeeding places in Singapore and support groups, relevant websites, a book list and index.

Voices from the Heart: Living with Dementia - A Resource Book for Dementia Patients and their Caregivers by Chong Mei Sian, Lim Wee Shiong et al.. Dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer's Disease, are increasingly the concern of today's society at all levels. The informative and human approach of the healthcare professionals who have written this book for families and carers is both welcome and timely. There are insights, advice, and alternative suggestions on patients' needs, and clearly set out guidelines for patients and their families. The needs of caregivers, role of professionals, and sources for equipment and support services, FAQs of patients and those involved are all discussed. The humane and sensitive but also realistic local scene is also illuminated by high quality photographs.

Asian Longevity Secrets: Seven Breakthrough Steps to Youthful Health and Vitality by Wu Ping and Taichi Tzu. Taking the best from Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, this book proposes seven "protocols" that will help each follower live longer. The seven principles use 'live energy' food, anti-stress techniques, and meditation to restore each person's natural vitality, leading to a longer and healthier life. The authors are both trained in Western and Chinese science and medicine.

Patients Beyond Borders (Singapore Edition): Everybody's Guide to Affordable, World-Class Medical Tourism by Josef Woodman. Singapore is one of the world's leading medical travel destinations (more than 400,000 patients from 60 countries come for treatment each year). This is a comprehensive guide for such travellers. Part one presents information and advice to enable patients and their families to make wise and cost-efficient decisions about healthcare. Part two gives accessible and practical details, with case illustrations, about safeguards, procedures, institutional and other healthcare facilities in Singapore. There are also notes on hotels, general information about the country, specialist travel agents, glossary, address and website list, and index.

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