Mothers: Their Power and Influence by the late English author Ann Dally, a psychiatrist turned medical historian, is her vintage behavioural psychology book, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1976 by Weidenfeld and Nicolson. This was intended at the time (during the 1970s) to be an accessibly-written in-depth guide to parent and child behaviours and environmental influences intended to aid mothers to better understand the psychological underpinnings of their relationships with their children.
The text draws upon the author’s extensive observations from her psychiatric practice, with true accounts of the mothers and children she encountered, as well as selected excerpts from literary authors who wrote expressively about the effects of their own relationships with their mothers.
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AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).
This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of food and health, available until 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, are as follows:
- Sugar: A Novel by Deirdre Riordan Hall, her contemporary teen life drama novel starring a girl with a difficult relationship with food and nutrition, who begins to make friends with people who care more about her personality and less about her weight, even as she comes to terms with her own struggles battling a family tendency towards obesity; from Brilliance Audio, read by Tara Sands
- The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, an award-winning Canadian journalist,, is his non-fiction food technology exposé, looking into the decades-old roots of what he perceives to be a contributing factor in the modern tendency towards poor health and increasing incidences of heart attack, diabetes, and obesity—leeching the flavour out of food and blaming carbs and fat while ignoring their benefits in moderation, instead artificially creating substitute “healthy” food which is nutritionally empty; from Dreamscape Media, read by Chris Patton
Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on July 20th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).
The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros 1919-1970 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage aviation history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1971 by Arthur Baker Ltd under the title The Dragonflies: The Story of Helicopters and Autogiros. This book covers the history of helicopters in modern times, with a brief overview of early medieval and Renaissance attempts at envisioning this form of flight, and then going on to the actual 20th century development of viable versions of it and various uses (primarily focused on military and search & rescue operations, but also a few chapters for travel and news reporting, etc.) up until the then-present day (circa 1971).
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Past Vulnerability: Vulcanic eruptions and human vulnerability in traditional societies past and present edited by Felix Riede, an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Aarhus University, is a collection of academic essays on the link between geological and human activity, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This collection of essays explores past volcanic events from 10,000s of years ago to relatively recent times, and their effects on the local cultures surrounding, via a combination of geological and archaeological and literature studies approaches to examine their physical and social impacts.
There are some pretty nifty ones which do things like look through old Icelandic literature (and the Bible and Quran) for reports on tales of eruptions handed down through various means before being recorded into an official historical document, and how people coped with the after effects (and maybe an explanation for the fabled Fimbulwinter of Norse mynthology), as well as directly examining the remains of archaeological evidence from hunter-gatherers several thousands of years BCE.
Offered worldwide through May, available from the university’s website as their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection.
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Functional Disorders and Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Assessment and treatment edited by Per Fink & Marianne Rosendal, with translation provided by Morten Pilegaard, is their specialized medical reference & education textbook, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This has won the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s Alan Stoudemire Award, and material from within is now part of the specialty training for Danish primary care physicians. The book covers findings from The Research Clinic for Functional Disorders and Psychosomatics at Aarhus University Hospital, presenting a suggested treatment programme, with some tips on cultivating the doctor-patient relationship as well.
Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured English-language Free Book of the Month selection.
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Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten (The World of Modernity: Time, science, history and art), edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet, is another volume in the Verdensbøger (Books of the World) series of Danish-language comprehensive introductory overviews to a particular “Age” in the western world, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the beginnings of the Modern Age from mid 19th through 20th centuries. Included are assorted essays devoted to developments in medicine, the study of history, economics, philosophy, literature, film, and more, both in the Nordic nations and other countries abroad, lavishly illustrated by examples of period artwork and photographs of documents and other artifacts.
Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.
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Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods by Richard B. Primack, a Professor of Biology at Boston University, is his accessibly-written natural history book cum scientific memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press
This explores climate change via seasonal nature observations, alongside scientific explanations, in a tribute to the classic nature experience memoir [Walden; or, Life in the Woods][subject-wiki-2] The author uses the device of tracking the effects of changing climate upon the modern flora and fauna of the famous site near the town of Concord, Massachussetts (hometown of philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau by comparing them with Thoreau’s own journal notes from over a century ago. There are also a few illustrations in it, and a good deal of information and analysis about Thoreau and his methods, as well as the methods used by the recording team.
Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Free Book of the Month selection.
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Tal (Number) by Henrik Kragh Sørensen, an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University, is the 47th in the Tænkepauser (Thinking Breaks) series of Danish-language accessibly-written short essays meant to introduce academic topics to a general audience, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This essay apparently explains the fiddlier points of numbers and various related mathematical concepts such as infinity and how “guess my number” games work, for the non-numerically inclined.
Offered through March 13th, available DRM-free worldwide with an accompanying MP3 audiobook.
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Statistik: viden fra data (Statistics: Knowledge from Data) by Jens Ledet Jensen, a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Aarhus University, is his Danish-language introductory guide to statistics, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Aarhus University Press in Denmark.
This is a guide intended for the not-particularly mathematically-inclined, providing a grounding in understanding the basics as well as selected example models often used in research reports and economic policy write-ups.
Offered through the month of March, available DRM-free worldwide.
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Murder, Suicide or Accident: The Forensic Pathologist at Work by Welsh author Bernard Knight, who has also written the popular Crowner John mystery series, is his vintage non-fiction professional overview cum memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1971 by Robert Hale using the Bernard Picton pseudonym. This is a combination of Q&A and true crime memoir about forensic pathology in Britain in the decades leading up to the 1970s, drawing upon the author’s own personal experience, which he would later incorporate into his bestselling mystery novels. Although this has not been updated to cover developments in the years since, the original information about investigative procedures and medical knowledge still provides a nifty snapshot of everything you might want to know about what could be detected from potential crime scenes and how it was handled back then.
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