- PLACEBO: Mind over Matter in Modern Medicine
A lucid and stimulating explanation of how the body's natural healing mechanisms work - and how they can be triggered in non-chemical ways via the 'placebo effect'.
Can we really cure ourselves of disease by the power of thought alone? Faith healers and alternative therapists are convinced that we can, but what does science say?
Contrary to public perception, orthodox medical opinion is remarkably confident about the healing powers of the mind. For the past fifty years, doctors have been taught that placebos such as sugar pills and water injections can relieve virtually any kind of medical condition. Yet placebos only work if you believe they work, so the medical confidence in the power of the placebo effect has provided scientific legitimacy to popular claims about the healing powers of the mind.
In this intriguing exploration, Dylan Evans exposes the flaws in the scientific research into the placebo effect and reveals the limits of what can and cannot be cured by thought alone. Drawing on new ideas in immunology and evolutionary biology, Evans proposes a new theory about how placebos work, and asks some searching questions about our concepts of health and disease.
- A History of Reading
This study of the history of reading goes from the earliest examples of the clay tablets and cuneiform of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt via the invention of printing in the 15th century to the birth of a mass reading public and today's digital revolution. It argues that it is the demands and expectations of the reader, acting alongside the creative will of the writer, that is the evolutionary motor of literary forms and genres. From man's first use of the written word simply as a form of reference, to the emergence of the first holy or devotional texts, and onto the development of fictions, both poetic and novelistic, this work aims to both challenge and enlighten.
- Collins Spanish Dictionary
The world's leading Spanish/English dictionary, revised to cover all the latest vocabulary, with a clear,colour layout. Ideal for advanced learners and professional users of Spanish. This seventh edition of the market-leading Spanish dictionary draws once again on Collins' unique multi-million word databases of contemporary English and Spanish to ensure the user has the most complete and accurate picture of real language available today. The dictionary is ideal for advanced learners and professionals using Spanish. * This edition has been revised to include all the latest vocabulary from a wide range of fields, with additional language and grammatical notes to tackle classic translation problems. * Special treatment of long and complex entries, with key phrases, idioms and set grammatical problems highlighted ensures that users find the right translation time. * The attractive, clear, colour layout ensures users find exactly what they need quickly and easily. Also available in the Collins Spanish Dictionary range are Collins Concise Spanish Dictionary, Collins Spanish Dictionary and Grammar and Collins Gem Spanish Dictionary.
- Leadership Wisdom From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
In this eagerly awaited sequel to the phenomenal national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, leadership guru and renowned professional speaker Robin S. Sharma shares a remarkable step-by-step system that will transform the way you lead your team and renew trust, commitment and hope within your organization. With masterful insight and brilliant simplicity, Sharma has distilled timeless wisdom for visionary leadership into a series of immensely practical lessons that leaders, managers and entrepreneurs can immediately apply to boost morale, liberate loyalty and send productivity soaring in these topsy-turvy times.
Unique among leadership books in content as well as in its parable format, Leadership Wisdom continues with the adventures of the now-famous Julian Mantle, a corporate high-flyer who, after suffering an almost fatal heart attack, journeys to an ancient culture of sages living deep within the Himalayas in search of their time-honoredsuccess principles for leadership in business-and in life. In a tale that will inspire, entertain and enlighten, Julian discovers 8 universal leadership truths that will allow you to become the kind of visionary leader who captures the hearts and imaginations of your people while guiding your organization to all-new levels of performance in this wildly uncertain age. In this groundbreaking book, you will learn:
o The Rituals of Visionary Leaderso Powerful Principles for Change Managemento The Timeless Laws of Human Relations and High-trust Teamso Leadership Truths to Energize, Encourageand Inspire Employeeso Simple Lessons for Self-renewal, Stress Mastery and Personal Leadership o Wisdom to Cultivate Creativity, Character and Spirit at Work
In the groundbreaking national bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, internationally respected author and speaker Robin S. Sharma showed us a powerful way to dramatically improve the quality of our personal and professional lives based on timeless success principles form both the East and the West. In doing so, he helped many thousands and sparked a phenomenon.
Now, in Leadership Wisdom, his much-awaited follow-up, Sharma has a new mission: to help you become the kind of visionary leader you deserve to be and transform your business into an organization that thrives in this age of dizzying change. With deep insight and compelling examples, this truly innovative thinker shares an ageless yet eminently practical blueprint for effective leadership that is certain to manifest the highest human gifts of the people you lead and unlock loyalty, commitment and creativity in the process.
Written as an easy to read and highly entertaining fable, Leadership Wisdom is the powerful story of Julian Mantle, a hard-driving corporate player who, after suffering a massive heart attack one Monday morning, decides to embark on an odyssey to the Himalayas in search of the great truths for effective leadership in business and in life. In a tale that will change the way you think about leadership forever, Julian discovers eight timeless rituals practicedby every truly visionary leader, eight rituals that you, as a leader seeking to excel in these information-crazed times, can easily use to energize your team and elevate your entire organization to world-class levels of productivity, performance and passion.
Leadership Wisdom is a unique treasure of a book that will awaken the fullness of your leadership potential, transform your company and deeply enrich the quality of your professional as well as your personal life.
- Dr. Seuss's ABC: Blue Back Book
From Aunt Annie s alligator to the colourful Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, Dr. Seuss s delightful book introduces early learners to the letters of the alphabet through an amazing array of crazy creatures.
With his unique combination of hilarious stories, zany pictures and riotous rhymes, Dr. Seuss has been delighting young children and helping them learn to read for over fifty years. Creator of the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat, and ranked among the UK's top ten favourite children's authors, Seuss is firmly established as a global best-seller, with nearly half a billion books sold worldwide.
As the first step in a major rebrand programme, HarperCollins is relaunching 17 of Dr. Seuss's best-selling books, including such perennial favourites as The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and Fox in Socks. In response to consumer demand, the bright new cover designs incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels, with the standard paperbacks divided into three reading strands Blue Back Books for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. Dr. Seuss s ABC belongs to the Blue Back Book range.