Barbara Barnett

  • ?Take As Directed gives Canadians a much-needed guidebook to safely navigate our encounters with health-care providers and optimize the management of our own health. In recent years, evidence indicating that our health-care system can be made safer has emerged. Here, a family physician and a pharmacy professor discuss the role each of us can play in achieving the best and safest possible health outcome for ourselves and our families. In clear and engaging language, Take As Directed walks the reader through the call to the family doctor's receptionist, the examination room encounter, the pharmacy counter, a visit to the emergency department, and a stay on the hospital ward, and outlines common pitfalls in these encounters. Health-care consumers will learn how to provide critical information to their caregivers and know what information they must obtain from them. Since many adverse health outcomes are related to the use of medications, readers will learn how to safely and effectively use their prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs.

    Take As Directed is the first and definitive source book to:
    - offer down-to-earth advice on how Canadians can obtain good health care, even in a "sick" system.
    - outline communication styles of health-care providers and offer tried-and-true tips and tricks on dealing with various "bedside manners." - offer guidance on optimizing the use of medications at home and reducing the chances of experiencing an adverse drug event, one of the commonest reasons for visits to Canadian emergency departments.
    - identify trustworthy sources of health and medication information on the web.

    All health-care consumers will benefit from the sage voices of the authors, two of Canada's most respected health-care professionals.

  • "I look for zebras because other doctors have ruled out all the horses." - Dr. Gregory House

    Medical students are taught that when they hear hoofbeats, they should think horses, not zebras, but Dr. House's unique talent of diagnosing unusual illnesses has made House, M.D. one of the most popular and fascinating series on television. In Chasing Zebras: The Unofficial Guide to House, M.D., Barbara Barnett, widely considered a leading House expert, takes fans deep into the heart of the show's central character and his world, examining the way this medical Sherlock Holmes's colleagues and patients reflect him and each other; how the music, settings, and even the humor enhance our understanding of the series' narrative; what the show says about modern medicine, ethics, and religion; and much more.

    Complete with an episode-by-episode guide and numerous interviews with cast members, producers, and writers, Chasing Zebras is an intelligent look at one of television's most popular shows.

  • ?"Nikki Stafford is a godsend to Lost enthusiasts in particular and TV lovers in general. I've written about TV for several years, and have always valued her opinion and insights on all things television."
    - Amanda Cuda, Connecticut Post

    Author Nikki Stafford has established herself in the Lost fandom through her comprehensive episode analysis, which has helped thousands of viewers watch the show with a deeper understanding season after season. This final installment of the Finding Lost series will tie together all of the pieces from season 1 to the end, showing the beginnings of each plot line and tracing its development throughout the series.

    The season 6 book will include analyses on the war between good and evil and how it's been epitomized in the black and white themes, and will provide possible explanations for many of the questions that will no doubt remain unanswered at the end of the series. The book will be filled with sidebars offering summaries for many of the show's ongoing mysteries, and chapters on the show's literary precursors, Stephen King's The Stand and Milton's Paradise Lost. Stafford will also take a close look at the alternate timeline offered in the show's final season and compare it to the original timeline that played out in the first five seasons. Including exclusive behind-the-scenes photos of the filming of the season 6 episodes on location in Hawaii, Finding Lost: Season 6 will be the only book Lost fans will need when the screen goes dark (or light) one final time.

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