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The Open Globe This is a short practical guide which uses videos, animations and interactive knowledge reviews to teach the basic microsurgical principles involved in the repair of penetrating ocular trauma.
The ultimate and best guide for ocula trauma
Quite simply THE authoratative text for ocular injuries! No trainee nor experienced ophthalmic surgeon should be without this very useful, “all you need to know” practical guide to ocular trauma. Particularly valuable immediately prior to surgery.
Paul Sullivan Modern retinal surgery has transformed the outcome for many previously blinding eye conditions. The surgical techniques used are complex and difficult to learn. Technical errors during surgery may have catastrophic consequences for the patient. This book uses modern educational techniques and interactive multimedia to demonstrate the correct surgical techniques as well as highlighting potential difficulties and pitfalls. The author is a senior vitreoretinal surgeon and Director of Education at the largest eye hospital in Europe and has many years of experience supervising and teaching ophthalmology residents how to operate safely and effectively.
Paul Sullivan This is a short practical guide which uses videos, animations and interactive knowledge reviews to teach the basic microsurgical principles involved in the repair of penetrating ocular trauma.
Paul Sullivan Iceland is one of the most unique and fascinating countries in the world. A visually stunning island full of glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the homeland of Bjork now boasts a thriving pop-music scene, its capital, Reykjavik, recently acquiring a reputation for being one of the most painfully hip locales in Europe. Once perceived as a cold, isolated European outpost, Iceland is now one of the most desirable travel destinations in Europe, a place so happening Damon Albarn of Blur even bought a house there. Music is a key reason for Iceland's radical image change and this guide looks at not only the music scene, but also the city and country in general. It provides advice on where to stay, the best clubs, DJ bars, music festivals and night clubs, and where to find guided tours for those essential day trips out.
Paul Sullivan Today, foreigners travel to the Yucatan for ruins, temples, and pyramids, white sand beaches and clear blue water. One hundred years ago, they went for cheap labor, an abundance of land, and the opportunity to make a fortune exporting cattle, henequen fiber, sugarcane, or rum. Sometimes they found death.
In 1875 an American plantation manager named Robert Stephens and a number of his workers were murdered by a band of Maya rebels. To this day, no one knows why. Was it the result of feuding between aristocratic families for greater power and wealth? Was it the foreseeable consequence of years of oppression and abuse of Maya plantation workers? Was a rebel leader seeking money and fame—or perhaps retribution for the loss of the woman he loved?
For whites, the events that took place at Xuxub, Stephens’s plantation, are virtually unknown, even though they engendered a diplomatic and legal dispute that vexed Mexican-U.S. relations for over six decades. The construction of “official” histories allowed the very name of Xuxub to die, much as the plantation itself was subsumed by the jungle. For the Maya, however, what happened at Xuxub is more than a story they pass down through generations—it is a defining moment in how they see themselves.
Sullivan masterfully weaves the intricately tangled threads of this story into a fascinating account of human accomplishments and failings, in which good and evil are never quite what they seem at first, and truth proves to be elusive. Xuxub Must Die seeks not only to fathom a mystery, but also to explore the nature of guilt, blame, and understanding.
Paul Sullivan Calligans Wake, which is set in Manhattan in the Seventies, begins by introducing the reader to Byron Culligan and two of his friends, Kevin Cassidy and Bull Finch. We see Culligans creativity at work, unfortunately commingled with his lack of responsibility and excess of carnal appetite. After some misadventures which shed some light on the Culligan character, we meet Janet Culligan, his wife, and learn more about her fathers interest in Byron and Janet. We start to see how Culligans zest for independence (which may have suggested he not marry in the first place) will misinterpret his father-in-laws gestures, lead to rebellion expressed in a number of ways (almost always involving drinking and sex), and finally to really irresponsible behavior that destroys his marriage. Culligan, as we see him, is not a likable man, but one who manages to create and carry off humorous situations and provide laughs. There is, however, a nuance of true humanity and decency in this self-centered rogue.
As the book evolves, we meet Riley, a huge bear of a man who owns a lavish place called The Beatiary in Greenwich Village, a refuge for Culligan from the Upper East Side where he and Janet live. Riley seems to have some source of wealth and is generous in spending it and in providing support in other ways. In short, Riley is the quintessential friend we would all love to have, We also meet Tiffany...a lovely and understanding woman. Culligan starts to find himself attracted to herm and she to him. This is a different relationship and may offer some hope. The tempo picks up as the clock marches towards St. Patricks Day and the inevitable celebrations in New York.
The latter part of the book sees Finch driven from New York and let into a tragic circumstance in Washington, DC--which alerts and alarms Culligan who fears his father-in-law wants him committed so that the Culligan-Janet marriage can be annulled. Other characters, such as Rightous Richard, a semi-sane man with a messiah complex and a seeming mission, and Teddy The Torch Tomlinson, leader of the rock group The Pyromaniacs whose stage antics inevitably involve conflagrations, play larger roles in defining the world that Culligan must deal with if he is to remain free.
Calligans Wake builds to a crescendo with the St. Patricks Day celebration, and then tries to seek solutions as Easter appears on the calendar. Culligan, after a series of misadventures that are laugh producing, begins to realize that freedom may mean more than being licentious and irresponsible: perhaps the price of freedom is making choices and accepting the responsibility for them? The off and laughable happenings at The Plaza, where a clerical luncheon is taken over by Righteous Richard and LSD, leads to intimations of mortality, and Culligans eyes are opened. The book ends with Culligan, one Easter morn, walking along a New York street, into.......?
Calligans Wake is a serious story told with a comedic approach. There is a stream of consciousness that runs through it which seems to be the best way to let the reader get to know Culligan. Readers have said that Culligan comes to life, but whether or not he is someone you might want t know and to socialize with is another matter!
Paul Sullivan Don Carpenter is a talented writer, and a successful and rising talent at a San Francisco public relations firm. But Don finds that PR does not fulfill him. He feels an emptiness, a sense of uncertainty. When he is offered a position on the faculty of a university in Utah where he can not only teach in a solid creative writing workshop environment, but also concentrate on his own creative works, he finds himself at an impasse not uncommon to talented people. What to do? Money, commercial success, creative fulfillment?
Don finds some startling answers in an even more startling way. Ducking into an odd shop, the Chateau Occult, during a downpour in downtown San Francisco, Don meets a mysterious woman who inexplicably appears to know more about him than conditions warrant. When she gives Don a small vial of strange blue powder, his journey begins. and what a journey!
Don travels in time back to the days before what we call San Francisco existed. He joins Sam Brannan, leader of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons) who travel from New York by sailing vessel to the little hamlet of Yerba Buena, a sleepy place situated between the Presidio and the Mission Dolores on the shores of San Francisco Bay. Brannan and Brigham Young had agreed that Sam's people would join up with Brigham's trekkers at some point. Until gold is discovered, that is!
Don Carpenter travels back and forth to the Gold Rush days of San Francisco and sees the City actually take shape, both physically and, more importantly, spiritually and in its incipient character. The blue powder brings him back again to the heyday of Vigilante rule in the City by the Bay, and Sam Brannan's problems begin to reflect some of the difficulties facing Don Carpenter. When Don's friend, a history professor at Berkeley, assures Don that all he recounts really happened, Don wonders about the meaning of it all. When his alter ego in nineteenth century San Francisco meets a wonderful woman, the situation becomes even more unusual.
Don Carpenter is groping towards a solution to his dilemma, and hoping for an answer to his prayers, when circumstances dictate a return to the Chateau Occult, the weird shop where some answers might be had, or maybe not. This time, Don finds a shop that may not be there, but a destiny that surely is.
San Francisco has its own magic spell that it casts effortlessly over people. For Don Carpenter, the spell is especially potent, and ultimately life changing.
Paul Sullivan A century ago, European and North American archaeologists first came upon the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum—and started to converse with the Mayas who inhabited the forests of the Yucatan. In this thought-provoking history of a century-long "unfinished conversation" between the indigenous Indians and the white intruders, paul Sullivan shows how each party to the dialogue shaped the cross-cultural encounters to their own ends.
North American anthropologists preferred to see the Mayas as a primitive people and studied them, they claimed, with scientific neutrality. Yet the anthropologists hid their real intentions and lied to the Mayas, pretending to be chicle dealers or explorers, and they also (in certain important cases) worked for the United States government as covert intelligence agents. Similarly, the Mayas had their own hidden agendas—wanting guns and money from the Americans to fight the central Mexican government—and consequently charged the Americans for the tribal lore and religious secrets they imparted.
Sullivan asks us to view the history of Western-Maya dialogue as a Maya would—setting the prophecies of his ancestors, the advice of his grandparents, and the events of last week in a long continuum that extends way into the future and can foretell the end of the world. By taking this view, once can see how this particular Central American people has constituted a new life, a new past, and a new future out of the ruins of great suffering and defeat.
This surprising, moving, and intellectually stimulating book will remind us how even actions initiated with the best intentions can be perverted when tested by the realities of political violence, acute dependency, mutual ignorance, and fear.