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The World Has Curves: The Global Quest for the Perfect Body

by Julia Savacool

American women today are faced with a paradox: they uphold an ideal of beauty—long, lean, toned—that increasingly bears little resemblance to truth about their size. Women around the world are spending more time, money, and energy pursuing this ideal than ever before. So why does the "perfect body" remain so elusive? And why does the definition of "ideal" vary so widely between countries and cultures? The World Has Curves is journalist Julia Savacool's attempt to answer these questions. She takes readers on a world tour—from China, where the plastic surgery industry is booming; to South Africa, where a heavier shape signals health in a country ravaged by disease; to Afghanistan, where the burka once again reigns supreme. Through extensive reporting and intimate interviews, she offers readers an understanding of how body ideals—in America and abroad—have come to be inextricably linked to the economics of a culture and the impact of globalization. From news programs to reality shows, from prime time comedy to national advertising campaigns, the topic of women's bodies and our collective judgment of the perfect shape is ever-present. This engaging narrative is newsworthy and provocative and will advance our cultural conversation.

The World of Dreams

by Henri Bergson

Bergson incorporated the best of contemporary thinking in all his works. These thinkers included A. Krauss, Delage, Freud, and W. Robert. Bergson talks about how our sensory organs (eyes) are involved in dreams so that we think we perceive something but when we open our eyes it vanishes. This book is not a dictionary of dreams but a stunning example of how dreams work and function. Henri-Louis Bergson was a major French philosopher, influential in the first half of the 20th century. One of Bergson's main problems is to think of novelty as pure creation, instead of as the unraveling of a predetermined program. His is a philosophy of pure mobility, unforeseeable novelty, creativity and freedom, which can thus be characterized as a process philosophy. It touches upon such topics as time and identity, free will, perception, change, memory, consciousness, language, the foundation of mathematics and the limits of reason.

The World of Hospice Spiritual Care: A Practical Guide for Palliative Care Chaplains

by Douglas G. Sullivan

The World of Hospice Spiritual Care: A Practical Guide for Palliative Care Chaplains offers a comprehensive study of spiritual care in hospice. Dr. Sullivan's ability to express the role of the spiritual counselor in creative and insightful ways is refreshing. Chaplains serve in interdisciplinary teams to relieve pain and suffering and to improve patients' quality of life. Members of hospice teams must have specialized knowledge in their area of expertise. Hospice chaplains must be familiar with other areas of hospice work and their functions because hospice care components interrelate. Working in the hospice environment offers tremendous satisfaction and challenges. Doug skillfully addresses those challenges and equips chaplains to allow God's presence to shine through them as they minister effectively in palliative care outreaches. <p><p> This practical guide examines hospice movement history, philosophy and concepts of care, program models, and interdisciplinary teams. Then Dr. Sullivan discusses the psychosocial and spiritual aspects of pain; spiritual assessments and spiritual care plans; the role of spiritual care staff; grief, bereavement, and mourning; and staff grief and stress management. A thorough analysis of these topics introduces caregivers to the world of hospice, which helps the critical role of the spiritual counselor (hospice chaplain) to emerge. Thus, a better understanding of these concepts and the resulting increased technical competence allows hospice chaplains more freedom to impact patients', families', and caregivers' lives through the ministry of presence. <p><p> The World of Hospice Spiritual Care: A Practical Guide for Palliative Care Chaplains prepares chaplains to offer comfort, kindness, and care to the dying in their communities in their greatest hours of need. The emotional, spiritual, and practical helps hospice chaplains provide through the ministry of presence can make all the difference in the world for their neighbors. Indeed, hospice chaplains are ordinary people inspired by extraordinary purpose, allowing God's manifest presence to change people's lives through palliative care ministry.

A World of My Own: A Dream Diary

by Graham Greene

The British author shares the “strange . . . inner layers of his playful, guilty imagination” in this glimpse into a brilliant novelist’s subconscious (The New York Times). Culled from nearly eight hundred pages of the author’s “dream diaries” kept between 1965 and 1989, this singular journal reveals “the feverish inner life of an intensely private man, providing an uncanny mirror-image of [his] novelistic obsessions, insecurities, and moral preoccupations” (Publishers Weekly). In what Greene calls My Own World—as opposed to the Common World of shared reality—he accompanies Henry James on a disagreeable riverboat trip to Bogota, is caught in a guerilla crossfire with Evelyn Waugh and W. H. Auden, strolls in the Vatican garden with Pope John Paul II who’s doling out Perugina chocolates like hosts, offers refuge to a suicidal Charlie Chaplin, and stages a disastrous play in blank verse for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also shares his headspace with Goebbels, Castro, Cocteau, Queen Elizabeth, D. H. Lawrence, and talking kittens. And the landscape is just as wide: from Nazi Germany to Haiti to West Africa to Bethlehem 1 AD and to Sweden where he seeks treatment for leprosy. Greene is a criminal, spy, lover, assassin, witness, and writer. Encompassing life, death, war, feuds, and career, and alternately absurdist, frightening, funny, and revealing, these fertile imaginings—many of which found their way into Greene’s fiction—comprise nothing less than “an alternate autobiography . . . a uniquely candid self-portrait” of one of the giants of English literature (Kirkus Reviews).

The World of Psychics: Hay House Psychics on the Topics that Matter Most

by David Wells Gordon Smith

Hay House’s psychics will show you how to improve a host of psychic skills with this free guide. There are many tools and techniques you can employ to fully develop your sixth-sensory perception, and this guide features some of the best advice for implementing it, from psychics with an amazing track record.The World of Psychics will tell you about:• How to Develop Psychic Abilities – Heidi Sawyer• What the Afterlife is like – Gordon Smith• Heaven for Dogs – Talking with Dead Pets – John Holland• The Meaning of Tarot Cards – David Wells• Understanding Skeptics and Cynics – Lisa Williams

A World of UFOs

by Chris A. Rutkowski

UF0s are a truly global phenomenon. Although many of the best-known cases have taken place in North America, amazing stories of witnesses encounters with strange disc-shaped objects (and their occupants) have come from every corner of the globe. From a floating platform watched by dozens in Indonesia, to a Saturn-shaped object that flew over a ship off the coast of Brazil, to a landing Down Under, UFOs have been baffling witnesses and making headlines around the world. What are some of the most interesting cases? Which ones seem most mysterious? And what can one of the worlds most active UFO researchers and investigators tell us about UFOs, from A to Z? Join Chris Rutkowski as he takes us on a tour of A World of UFOs.

The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony

by Will Tuttle

Living the Revolution, Our Cultures Roots, The Nature of Intelligence, Inheriting our Food Choices, The Intelligence of HumanPhysiology, Hunting and Herding Sea Life, The Domination of the Feminine, The Metaphysics of Food, Reductionist Science and Religion, The Dilemma of Work, Profiting from Destruction, Some Objections Answered, Evolve or Dissolve, Journey of Transformation, Foods Power.

The World to Come: The Guides' Long-awaited Predictions for the Dawning Age

by Ruth Montgomery

In The World to Come, best-selling author Ruth Montgomery presents a wealth of new material revisiting and recasting predictions made in her earlier books about who we are, where we are headed, and how we can cope with political and natural upheavals that loom in our future. During the 1960s, while working as a syndicated political columnist, Ruth Montgomery had an encounter with psychic phenomenon. Highly skeptical in the beginning, her exploration of the phenomenon eventually led to a series of articles and books. Through these writings, Ruth Montgomery has been at the forefront of popularizing such subjects as reincarnation, extraterrestrial visitation, life after death, and cataclysmic Earth changes. Many rank her remarkable powers of foresight with those of Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce. Now, in her first book in more than a dozen years, she again uses these powers to offer her readers a glimpse into our future. With the clarity and candor that has won her so many fans, Ruth gives a tour of the next century and beyond. She again discusses the dramatic shift of the Earth on its axis that her Guides say will be later than previously predicted, and she now provides information about what areas will be safest as the severe global weather patterns continue to intensify. Also, her Guides indicate that both the walk-in president and his nemesis are already here, but they will not reach major political positions until sometime in the next decade. In addition, Ruth shares the stories of numerous people from ancient Palestine, including herself, who have been reincarnated at this time to help bring peace and healing to the world. Finally, in what she intends as her farewell book, Ruth offers a warm and fascinating look at her own life and work.

A World Waiting to Be Born: Civility Rediscovered

by M. Scott Peck

Just as The Road Less Traveled provided hope and guidance for individuals seeking growth, this major new work by M. Scott Peck, M.D., offers a needed prescription for our deeply ailing society. Our illness is Incivility--morally destructive patterns of self-absorption, callousness, manipulativeness, and materialism so ingrained in our routine behavior that we do not even recognize them. There is a deepening awareness that something is seriously wrong with our personal and organizational lives. Using examples from his own life, case histories, and dramatic scenarios of businesses that made a conscious decision to bring civility to their organizations, Dr. Peck demonstrates how change can be effected and how we and our organizations can be restored to health. This wise, practical, and radical book is a blueprint for achieving personal and societal well-being.

A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention

by Margaret I. Cuomo

A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention is a provocative and surprising investigation into the ways that profit, personalities, and politics obstruct real progress in the war on cancer—and one doctor's passionate call to action for change As a diagnostic radiologist who has watched patients, friends, and family suffer with and die from cancer and who was deeply affected by the enraged husband of one patient, Dr. Margaret I. Cuomo is inspired to seek out new strategies for waging a smarter war on cancer. This year, about 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed and more than 1,500 people will die per day. We've been asked to accept the disappointing strategy to "manage cancer as a chronic disease." We've allowed pharmaceutical companies to position cancer drugs that extend life by just weeks and may cost $100,000 for a single course of treatment as breakthroughs. Where is the bold leadership that will transform our system from treatment to prevention? Have we forgotten the mission of the National Cancer Act of 1971 to "conquer cancer"? Through an analysis of more than 40 years of medical evidence and interviews with the top cancer researchers, drug company executives, and health policy advisers, Dr. Cuomo reveals intriguing answers to these questions. She shows us how all cancer stakeholders—the pharmaceutical industry, the government, physicians, and concerned Americans—can change the way we view and fight cancer in this country.

World Without Cancer

by G. Edward Griffin

Dedicated to the millions of cancer victims and their loved ones whose suffering has been the tragic cost of scientific arrogance and political vested interest. May the story presented in this book help to arouse an indignant public awareness which alone can break the hold of these deadly forces.

Worldmaking: Psychology and the Ideology of Creativity (Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology)

by Michael Hanchett Hanson

Michael Hanchett Hanson weaves together the history of the development of the psychological concepts of creativity with social constructivist views of power dynamics and pragmatic insights. He provides an engaging, thought-provoking analysis to interest anyone involved with creativity, from psychologists and educators to artists and philosophers.

The World’s 200 Hardest Brain Teasers: Mind-Boggling Puzzles, Problems, and Curious Questions to Sharpen Your Brain

by Gary R. Gruber

FLEX YOUR brain power like never before! From acclaimed author Dr. Gary Gruber, whose proven critical-thinking methods have sold more than seven million books, this collection of mind-bending brain teasers is sure to challenge even the most experienced problem solver. Inside are logic puzzles, riddles, maddening math problems, mental games, and more! A ship is twice as old as the ship's boiler was when the ship was as old as the boiler is. The ratio of the boiler's age now to the ship's age now is what? What English word contains all the vowels, in alphabetical order? What is the three-digit number that can be made from the digits 2, 3, 5, and 7 where no two digits in the three-digit number are alike, and where the three-digit number is a multiple of each of the digits chosen? Stumped? Dr. Gruber reveals the fascinating explanations and detailed strategies for solving even the trickiest problems using his exclusive Gruber Method. DISCLAIMER: The brain teasers in this book may get you so wrapped up in critical thinking that you may not be able to do your regular work until you solve them! Any abrupt or gradual increase in creativity, intelligence, or motivation to get a better job suited to your newfound talents is strictly the reader's responsibility. For more than thirty years, Gary R. Gruber, PhD, has been recognized as a leading expert on the SAT, test-taking methods, and critical-thinking skills. His methods have been used by PBS, Sylvan Learning Centers, Grolier's Encyclopedia, and school districts throughout the country.

The World's Fittest Book: The Sunday Times Bestseller

by Ross Edgley

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERHow to train for anything and everything, anywhere and everywhereThe World's Fittest Book is set to become every fitness enthusiast's bible. Dubbed the body's complete user guide, it will become the go-to resource for learning all you need to know about building muscle, losing fat, eating (healthy) cake and unlocking your superhuman physical potential. Packed with workouts the author tried and tested in the pursuit of multiple world records, it's more than a book, it's the greatest training tool ever written! Designed for anyone who wants to make permanent and lasting changes to their food and fitness, it's the first book to combine the teachings, tips and tricks of Olympic and World Champions into one, easy to follow resource.This book will show you how it's possible to:Live below 10% body fat with the aid of chocolate and Mayan secretsAdd 27% more muscle mass, courtesy of tips from world heavyweight championsIncrease speed by 10%, thanks to gold medal winning Olympic sprintersSquat, deadlift and bench weights you never dreamed of lifting, with the guidance of the world's strongest menImprove endurance capacity by 60%, thanks to the knowledge of world champions in multi endurance-based sports...all of which the author has achieved during the 10-year 'Fitness Pilgrimage' that has taken him around the globe. Aiming to be the most eclectic and comprehensive fitness guide ever created, The World's Fittest Book is the sum and substance of over a decade of research and the collective wisdom of some of the greatest minds and athletic bodies in history. By learning the lessons within it, readers will understand 'fitness' better than the vast majority of the population. Every chapter will have an easy to digest workout within it and can be read individually. But if you want to read the stories and the science behind the routines, that's there too. Until now, there hasn't been a book covering such an ambitious range of areas, catering for the casual fitness enthusiast seeking clarity and guidance in their own gym routine and kitchen habits as well as the seasoned sportsperson who's hit a plateau and is searching for tips, tricks and tweaks they can make to their training and diet. This book changes that, and will take you on a journey to whatever level of fitness you want to find.

The World's Fittest You

by Joe Decker Eric Neuhaus

Joe Decker, who broke the Guinness World Record's 24-hour Physical Fitness Challenge, shows how anyone can get on the road to fitness in just one month. Readers can: <P> - Get motivated and inspired by Joe's amazing personal weight-loss story<P> - Harness the secret of interval training to get fit quick <P> - Boost metabolism with a variety of indoor/outdoor cardio activities that make fitness fun <P> - Monitor progress and keep on track with a customized workout log <P> - Jumpstart fat-burning potential with simple strength-training moves in the gym or at home <P> - Take advantage of day-to-day meal plans and recipes incorporating good carbs and good fats

The World's Greatest Unsolved Mysteries

by Lionel And Fanthorpe

People disappear without a trace. Captain Briggs, his crew, and his family vanished from the Canadian built Mary Celeste. Ben Bathurst walked around the horses harnessed to his coach - and was never seen again. People appear without explanation Kaspar Hauser arrived in Nuremberg as inexplicably as if he’d materialised from some unknown dimension. Researchers of the paranormal have investigated cases where thought-forms seem to have acquired quasi-physical properties. Madame Blavatsky claimed to have done it. There were times when Nikola Tesla, the brilliant electrical experimenter, seems to have lived in an alternative reality where mental images of his machines became solid to him. Tesla expert, Oliver Nichelson, put forward a theory connecting Tesla’s awesomely strange apparatus at Wardenclyffe, Long Island, with the Tunguska explosion of 1908. Were similar strange forces responsible for moving the Barbados coffins around in their sealed vault? Where do poltergeists, like the one that haunted Esther Cox in Amherst, Nova Scotia, get their inexplicable energy? When scores of reliable witnesses continue to report their sightings of UFOs, ghosts, crop circles, lake monsters, enormous cat-like beasts, Yeti, and Sasquatch, how can their observations be explained? We live in an immeasurably strange universe, miraculously suspended in space and time: a universe that has room for the mysteries of the ancient British King Arthur, Merlin, and the Holy Grail; the Oak Island Money Pit in Canada; the undeciphered Glozel Alphabet, and the Priest’s Treasure at Rennes-le-Chateau in France; Mermaids and Sea Monsters; the Kingdom of Prester John; the Riddle of the Pictish Stones at Meigle in Scotland; the Vampire of Croglin Grange; Zombies and Wer-beasts; the Devil’s Footprints in Devonshire; the Green Children of Woolpit; Lost Cities and Sunken Islands; Pyramids and Stone Circles; Telepathy, Telekinesis, Teleportation, and Prophecy. The list is endless. The investigations fascinating. The World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries invites the reader to accompany Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe on their many intriguing investigations in Canada and worldwide and their years of research into the unexplained.

The World's Healthiest Foods

by George Mateljan

What are the best foods to eat? In his previous books, George Mateljan shared the basics of how to eat healthier. In The World's Healthiest Foods, he takes healthy eating to a whole new level by providing in-depth understanding of which foods are the best and why. George spent ten years with a team of nutritional scientists to write the World's Healthiest Foods, the most complete guide for the healthiest way of eating that has ever been published in one book. In The World's Healthiest Foods George reveals for the first time his secrets, recipes, and menus that make the Healthiest Way of Eating enjoyable, practical, convenient and easy. Easy to read and easy to understand, this book can help anyone to eat healthier. The Healthiest Way of Eating Plan helps you eat healthier by focusing on the delicious nutrient-rich World's Healthiest Foods, which provide the greatest number of nutrients for the least number of calories. The Plan features some of the book's 500 recipes, many of which take less than 7 minutes to prepare. He also shares with you how you can make a five course meal for two in 15 minutes using these recipes! Most Effective Way to Lose Weight and stay slim because the World's Healthiest Foods are not fattening foods but foods that provide a rich concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants (and other important nutrients) instead of calories. The Healthiest Way of Cooking Method is the culmination of George's lifelong passion for food. George wanted to improve on the traditional methods of cooking, which he found could result in a 50-80% loss of the nutrients in food. George spent years in the kitchen working to develop a better way of cooking that is healthier as well as fast and easy. It also preserves the most nutrients and brings out the great flavor of The World's Healthiest Foods without damaging fats or oils by exposure to high heat.

The World's Most Haunted Hospitals: True-Life Paranormal Encounters in Asylums, Hospitals, and Institutions (Harrowing Haunts Ser.)

by Richard Estep

If hospital walls could talk, what tales would they tell?Hospitals are the nexus point between life and death, the place into which people enter this world, but also exit it. In The Worlds Most Haunted Hospitals, paramedic and paranormal investigator Richard Estep recounts some of the most fascinatingand often chillingstories of hospital hauntings from across the globe, including:The ghostly apparitions at an old Utah hospital, now a nursing home, whose appearances are said to predict a patients death.The Italian island referred to by locals as "the gateway to Hell," where the restless spirits of thousands of plague victims prowl the dark streets and fields.The terrifying screams and violent phenomena that keep visitors away from an abandoned airbase hospital in the Philippines.The ghostly nurse in grey who haunts the corridors of a London hospital and has frightened generations of doctors and nurses encountering her restless spirit.Join Richard on this fascinating journey around the world, stopping off at a wide spectrum of haunted hospitals and asylums, old and new, and shiver at the personal encounters of doctors, nurses, patients, and others with the strange and inexplicable.

The World's Most Haunted House: The True Story of the Bridgeport Poltergeist on Lindley Street

by William J. Hall

In this unprecedented work, the story of the 1974 Bridgeport, Connecticut poltergeist is at last revealed. A crowd of more than 2,000 onlookers gathered. National media reported jumping furniture, floating refrigerators, and attacking entities.Decades after the publicity quieted, more than 40 hours of never-before-released interviews with police officers, firefighters, and others tell the story as it actually unfolded:Relive the experience, the terror, the rampant emotions, and the unexplainable events that took place in that house as they happened.Have access to revealing excerpts from actual interviews, police reports, and rare documents.Access unreleased audio, poltergeist sounds, and an old radio broadcast.Return to 1974 and feel the Lindley Street experience from the inside. Find out why it is deemed the haunting that should have brought the paranormal into mainstream science.

The World's Most Haunted Places, Revised Edition: From the Secret Files of

by Jeff Belanger

The Worlds Most Haunted Places, Revised Edition explores the history, folklore, and ghostly legends behind some of the worlds most fascinating points of interest. Now in its second edition, Belanger revisits some of the most famous haunts with new first-hand accounts, chapters, and locations.Ghostly legends abound wherever history has made its mark. Battlefields, prisons, asylums, national monumentsall of them have stories to tell. Their ghosts still lurk, demanding that we remember the past. Theyre real. Theyre out there. And Jeff Belanger has found them:President Lincoln has been walking the halls of the White House in Washington, DC, for more than a century.The Queen Mary may just be the most storied and haunted ship on the planet.The catacombs of Paris contain the skeletal remains of six million bodies...and many of their ghosts.And the Tower of London is haunted by noblemen and commonerssome still searching for the heads they lost more than 500 years ago.Take a world tour of history, the supernatural, and the macabre. You will explore libraries, museums, restaurants, inns, and landmarks from North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. But be careful: The Worlds Most Haunted Places, may make you a believer!

The World's Most Mysterious Castles

by Lionel And Fanthorpe

Castles are among the most mysterious buildings on earth. Their grimly silent stones are signposts to a past filled with high adventure, grim tragedies, and glorious victories. Ghosts, hauntings, and other paranormal phenomena are frequently reported from castles. Do strange paranormal powers lurk among their ancient ruins? The World’s Most Mysterious Castles takes you on a journey through hidden chambers and subterranean tunnels of castles all over the world. Their walls served the sinister needs of spies, traitors, and assassins. Do the spirits of attackers and defenders who died in long-forgotten sieges still linger where they fell? Screams of unbearable pain and despair were muffled within their deepest, darkest torture dungeons. Do they echo there still?

The World's Most Mysterious Murders

by Lionel And Fanthorpe

Reading of murder stimulates a powerful response. We are repelled by the horror of it, but, simultaneously, our natural curiosity is strongly aroused. We want to know who did it, and why.Most unsolved murders have no apparent motives - or too many motives. The murders of Sir Harry Oakes in 1943, one of the richest men in Canada, and Christine Demeter, found dead in a blood-soaked garage in Mississauga in 1973 - remain unsolved. In fact, history is full of unsolved murders. Who killed King William Rufus, Edward II, and the Princes in the Tower? Who was Jack the Ripper? Was James Hanratty really guilty of killing Michael Gregson? These mysteries and more are contained in The World’s Most Mysterious Murders.

The World's Most Mysterious Objects

by Lionel And Fanthorpe

Objects can carry romantic myths, embody dangerous curses, or provide links to our past. Some mysterious items, like the Hope Diamond, can still be found today, while others, like the Philosophers' Stone, have vanished into the mists of time. Gifted and sensitive psychometrists can apparently pick up an object and learn many things about its past and its previous owners. The World's Most Mysterious Objects provides a glimpse into these enigmas, exploring everything from psychic weapons and spiritual icons to alchemical experiments and strange devices. With this intriguing book, find out what secrets the world could be hiding.

The World's Most Mysterious People

by Lionel And Fanthorpe

Did Rasputin, the mad monk of Tsarist Russia, possess supernatural powers? Who was the mysterious prisoner in the Bastille who has gone down in history as "The Man in the Iron Mask"? Did he possess a priceless secret which Louis XIV desperately wanted to learn? Victorian Britain was terrorized by a weird super-athlete known to the popular press of those days as "Spring-heeled Jack." Was he just an eccentric gymnast, or could he have been an alien? Who or what was the mysterious man known as the Count of St. Germain whose abnormal powers seemed to defy both time and space – and is he still with us today? What strange powers of prophecy did Coinneach Odhar, the famous Brahan Seer, really possess? Was Bérenger Sauniëre, the enigmatic Priest of Rennes-Le-Château, one of the last guardians of a secret older than the Sphinx? Could the sinister Aleister Crowley have been merely a pathetic victim of self-deception and his own inflated ego, or did he really possess magical powers? What amazing secrets did electrical engineer Nikola Tesla control? Gurdjieff – one of the most amazing men of his time – has never been fully understood: what was the true meaning behind his strangely ambivalent messages? Was Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky a genius with strange paranormal powers, or merely a charlatan and a sensation-seeker? Francis Dashwood of Medmenham Abbey, leader of a sect of the wildest debauchees who roared their way across the eighteenth century, was an expert in the Black Arts. All of these strange, mysterious, and intriguing characters – and many others – are described, examined, and analyzed in The World’s Most Mysterious People. This is a collection of remarkable and mysterious people, from all ages and places – including our own. Some the authors have met, others were researched carefully from reliable archives. Some are Canadian, others are from the US, the UK, and all over the world. All are mysterious; all are intriguing; all are worth studying. Can anyone learn to use mysterious powers like theirs? To update what a great thinker once said: "The proper study of people is other human beings." And the more mysterious those human beings are, the more we shall learn from studying them.

Worlds of Illness: Biographical and Cultural Perspectives on Health and Disease

by Alan Radley

In recent years the study of illness as experienced by patients has emerged as an approach to understanding sickness. Descriptions of the everyday situations of people with particular diseases, provide a commentary upon the nature of symptoms and upon the relation of the body to society. This approach stresses the biographical and cultural contexts in which illness arises and is borne by individuals and those who care for them. It emphasises the need to understand illness in terms of the patients own interpretation, of its onset, the course of its progress and the potential of the treatment for the condition. Worlds of Illness examines people's experience of illness and their understanding of what it means to be healthy. The contributors are the first to offer this biographic and cultural approach in one volume, redefining the perspective further and drawing attention to its potential for questioning theoretical assumptions about health and illness.

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