Dr. Ralph DePalma describes dilemmas in health care confronting doctors, patients, and health care administrators at a time when society is on the verge of initiating health care reform. He tells provocative stories about individuals and episodes of surgical care taking place during different times, in differing settings, and with differing means of financial reimbursement. He considers potential solutions for dilemmas that are barriers to achieving Ideal Health, "A state of complete physical, mental, and social well being." With each case history, the author offers penetrating insights into health and disease by focusing upon the complaints of patients, doctors and the health care establishment itself, particularly when complaints fall outside of mainstream cultural norms. This book looks back at problems and solutions for half a century to anticipate a bright future for medical care in a progressive society. Dr. DePalma, a prominent surgeon, has held leadership positions in American Surgery including Surgical Chairmanships at the School of Medicine of University of Nevada and at George Washington University in Washington DC. He has served as National Director of Surgery for the Department of Veterans Affairs where his office helped facilitate this Agency's improvements in quality of surgical care. His scientific contributions include text book and peer reviewed publications in general and vascular surgery, shock, treatment of sexual dysfunction, atherosclerosis and advanced venous disease. Cover Art Surgeons: Etching by Nancy J. Shook 1963; Author's Collection
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Karlyn Bowman was a rebel in her family, choosing not to climb the corporate ladder in order to pursue her love of art. Lonely, ostracized by the family who should’ve loved her, she pushed forward trying to become a success.
When her friend gives her a lottery ticket as a birthday present, she puts it aside and forgets it. Imagine her surprise when the knock came to her door and her life—and his—were changed forever.
Deputy Jed Bearson is a spiritwalker. He has a rule about never invading anyone’s privacy or dreams, but something pulls him to Maggie’s bedside, where he’s shocked to hear her crying out his name in pleasure. He’s stayed away from her for months, but no more...
Their connection is deep and hot, but Maggie’s reaction to Jed’s secret brings up a wall between them, and Jed wonders what she’s afraid of—magick or following her heart?
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Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I’m not.
Someone I’m not.
Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way in a world where I’ve been cursed since the moment I was prematurely ripped from my mother and planted into the womb of an innocent woman who thought me her son.
Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. To become a tool for evil. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life.
Or so I thought. In an act of betrayal that makes all the others pale in comparison, I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives.
Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her, even as everyone around me attempts to steal what little soul I have left. There’s only one person at my back and I’m not sure I can trust her either, for she was born of an enemy race. Yet sometimes the road to redemption is one that singes us to our very core. And if I fail to find the answers I need to save Phoebe, more than just my wife will die.
We will lose the world. Both human and Daimon.
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