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Medical guidelines set standards aimed at improving the quality of medical care. But how good are the guidelines? In a study recently published in Endoscopy (Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart, 2014), scientists found that many guidelines for endoscopic examinations did not meticulously fulfil quality standards.

Diagnostic Breast Imaging, Third Edition, by Sylvia H. Heywang-Koebrunner, MD, Ingrid Schreer, MD, and Susan Barter, MD, recently published by Thieme, has been fully updated to include advances in mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI, percutaneous interventions, and emerging technologies.

Essential Radiology, by Richard B. Gunderman, MD, recently published by Thieme, is an extensively revised and updated text that provides a highly engaging, integrated overview of the use of radiology in every specialty and subspecialty, covering all imaging modalities and organ systems. It gives medical students in radiology clerkships a solid understanding of how each imaging modality works and how a variety of pathologic conditions appear on different imaging modalities.

Professor Paul Knochel of Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich (LMU) is the new head of the SYNTHESIS editorial board. Hetakes over the position from Dieter Enders of RWTH Aachen, who will stay on theeditorial board of the English-language journal for synthetic chemistry aseditor for reviews.

Thieme Medical Publishers and the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) are pleased to announce that they have established a publishing partnership. Thieme and AAO-HNSF will produce books and supplemental materials to carry out the AAO-HNSF’s vision of “empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care.”

Thieme has expanded its global activities by opening offices on yet another continent: South America. Thieme Publicações LTDA, headquartered in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, have just published the first Portuguese-language clinical book “Endonasal: Atlas de anatomica cirúrgica”.

With the latest release 4.0 of Science of Synthesis (SOS), Thieme adds numerous new features to its acclaimed critical review of synthetic methodology. This includes the Reference Library, enriched search functionalities, a new, user-friendly interface, as well as customization options.

Periprosthetic Fracture Management, by Michael Schütz, Carsten Perka, and Thomas Rüedi, recently published by Thieme and the AO foundation, provides the latest techniques for managing periprosthetic fractures (i.e., fractures around implants) from the world’s leading experts. Covering all relevant anatomical regions, it includes surgical pitfalls, complex cases, and a new comprehensive Unified Classification System (UCS) on periprosthetic fractures that combines the original Vancouver classification with the AO/OTA Fracture and Dislocation Classification. Carefully selected case studies in thebook illustrate and describe individual solutions for complex, problematic fractures.

Seven AVMs, recently published by Thieme, is the sequel to Dr. Lawton’s best-selling Seven Aneurysms. This surgical reference focuses on microsurgical resection techniques for AVMs found in the lobes and deep regions of the brain and categorizes them into subtypes to simplify the broad spectrum of brain AVMs neurosurgeons may encounter.

Cochlear Implants, by Susan B. Waltzman and J. Thomas Roland, recently published by Thieme, has been completely revised to include the most up-to-date information on the clinical and translational sciences related to this rapidly evolving technology. It contains chapters on the latest developments in the field, including those in: genetics, neuroplasticity, expanding criteria for implantation, the application of implant technology to tinnitus and vestibular issues, music perception, and intraoperative monitoring.

Controversies in Stereotactic Radiosurgery: Best Evidence Recommendations is a comprehensive reference that compiles, synthesizes, and summarizes the most relevant scientific literature on the topic. Each succinct, problem-oriented chapter addresses a different controversy surrounding stereotactic radiosurgery. This book saves physicians significant amounts of time by distilling years of scientific research into sound guidelines that will help them make fully-informed treatment decisions.

Thieme Publishing Group is expanding its open-access range with the launch of the new platform Thieme Open. This online resource offers authors a comprehensive overview of the numerous open-access publishing options provided by Thieme. Readers can easily access the latest articles with a few clicks.

The Facial Nerve, by William H. Slattery III, MD and Babak Azizzadeh, MD, recently published by Thieme, is a concise yet comprehensive guide to the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of facial nerve disorders. Addressing important facial nerve problems such as congenital disorders and Bell’s palsy, this text contains the most up-to-date medical and surgical treatment recommendations.

Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade: Cranial, by Remi Nader, et al., recently published by Thieme, presents core surgical procedures in a concise, highly didactic format, enabling surgeons to quickly grasp their essence from the bulleted text and superb illustrations that accompany them. Expert neurosurgeons specializing in the cranial region describe how they perform common procedures and offer surgical tips and pearls.

Plates for Color Vision Testing, recently published by Thieme, is an easy-to-use manual that provides a simple and effective tool for detecting color vision deficiencies in any population. It features 32 color plates that use the principles of pseudoisochromasia (distinguishing numbers and letters on a color background) and pseudoanisochromasia (detecting characters of differing brightness on a color background) to assess and classify a wide range ofdisorders. The authors also provide practical information on administering the test and interpreting results, making the book essential for diagnosing color vision deficiency. The book includes a “cut-out E” for testing children and individuals who have difficulty reading or are unfamiliar with the alphabet.

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