Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440620171

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 3355

“Phantoms is gruesome and unrelenting…It’s well realized, intelligent, and humane.”—Stephen King They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body, strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California. At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease. But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined...

Phantoms in the Brain

Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind


Author: V. S. Ramachandran

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0688172172

Category: Medical

Page: 352

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Neuroscientist V.S. Ramachandran is internationally renowned for uncovering answers to the deep and quirky questions of human nature that few scientists have dared to address. His bold insights about the brain are matched only by the stunning simplicity of his experiments -- using such low-tech tools as cotton swabs, glasses of water and dime-store mirrors. In Phantoms in the Brain, Dr. Ramachandran recounts how his work with patients who have bizarre neurological disorders has shed new light on the deep architecture of the brain, and what these findings tell us about who we are, how we construct our body image, why we laugh or become depressed, why we may believe in God, how we make decisions, deceive ourselves and dream, perhaps even why we're so clever at philosophy, music and art. Some of his most notable cases: A woman paralyzed on the left side of her body who believes she is lifting a tray of drinks with both hands offers a unique opportunity to test Freud's theory of denial. A man who insists he is talking with God challenges us to ask: Could we be "wired" for religious experience? A woman who hallucinates cartoon characters illustrates how, in a sense, we are all hallucinating, all the time. Dr. Ramachandran's inspired medical detective work pushes the boundaries of medicine's last great frontier -- the human mind -- yielding new and provocative insights into the "big questions" about consciousness and the self.

Parting from Phantoms

Selected Writings, 1990-1994


Author: Christa Wolf

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226905037

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 323

View: 7099

Parting from Phantoms is a window into the soul of the most prominent writer of the German Democratic Republic and its most famous export, Christa Wolf. The essays, diary entries, and letters in this book document four agonizing years in Wolf's personal history and paint a vivid portrait of the cultural and political situation in the former German Democratic Republic. This collection stands as an important testimony to the personal and cultural costs of German reunification. "The works in this book constitute an essential document of the history of reunified Germany, and this alone recommends it to scholars and those interested in current European events."— Publishers Weekly "Christa Wolf was arguably the most influential writer of a nation that no longer exists. . . . Parting from Phantoms traces the fever chart of her anguish. . . . In some ways, the rawness of the present volume is its greatest contribution, and its bona fides—testifying to the human cost of deception and self-deception."—Todd Gitlin, Nation "A thrilling display of ideological soul-searching."—Ilan Stavans, Newsday, Favorite Books of 1997

Feasts of Phantoms


Author: Kehinde Adeola Ayeni

Publisher: Fisher King Press

ISBN: 0981393926

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 8959

How is a well meaning mother to protect her daughter from a culture where the birth of a baby girl is met with despair because the only future open to her is that of sexual assault and teenage pregnancy, which would doom her to a life of illiteracy and poverty as it has doomed her lineage before her? Genital mutilation has many causes but at the root of all of them is fear. A fear that pushes a mother to do the unthinkable to a daughter that she loves? What does a scapegoat do with the fate she has been handed? Accept it and roll with it, or reject it? How is she to reject it when the acceptance of her role is needed for her culture's psychic equilibrium? In the theater of the mind where all springs forth, is there such a thing as an innocent victim, and a victimizer? Feasts of Phantoms is a novel that explores of all of these questions.

The Phantoms of Medical and Health Physics

Devices for Research and Development


Author: Larry A. DeWerd,Michael Kissick

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461483042

Category: Science

Page: 286

View: 2520

The purpose and subject of this book is to provide a comprehensive overview of all types of phantoms used in medical imaging, therapy, nuclear medicine and health physics. For ionizing radiation, dosimetry with respect to issues of material composition, shape, and motion/position effects are all highlighted. For medical imaging, each type of technology will need specific materials and designs, and the physics and indications will be explored for each type. Health physics phantoms are concerned with some of the same issues such as material heterogeneity, but also unique issues such as organ-specific radiation dose from sources distributed in other organs. Readers will be able to use this book to select the appropriate phantom from a vendor at a clinic, to learn from as a student, to choose materials for custom phantom design, to design dynamic features, and as a reference for a variety of applications. Some of the information enclosed is found in other sources, divided especially along the three categories of imaging, therapy, and health physics. To our knowledge, even though professionally, many medical physicists need to bridge the three catagories described above.

Navigator Fiction Year 5: Fire, Phantoms and Footie


Author: Pearson Education

Publisher: Rigby

ISBN: 0433078049


Page: N.A

View: 402

Navigator is a KS2 reading scheme which covers fiction and non-fiction. It provides material to give pupils a 20-minute guided reading sesson per week during each school year.

Phantoms of a Blood-stained Period

The Complete Civil War Writings of Ambrose Bierce


Author: Ambrose Bierce,Russell Duncan,David J. Klooster

Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Press

ISBN: 9781558493285

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 2841

Presents a collection of fiction and nonfiction writings by Ambrose Bierce based on his experiences as a member of the Union Army, composed during and in the years following the conflict, from 1864 to 1913.

Phantoms of Remembrance

Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium


Author: Patrick J. Geary

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691026039

Category: History

Page: 248

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In Phantoms of Remembrance, Patrick Geary makes important new inroads into the widely discussed topic of historical memory, vividly evoking the everyday lives of eleventh-century people and both their written and nonwritten ways of preserving the past. Through richly detailed descriptions of various acts of remembrance - including the naming of children and the recording of visions - the author unearths a wide range of approaches to preserving the past as it was or formulating the past that an individual or group prefers to imagine. By focusing on a turning point in medieval history, one in which an effort was made to make a cultural break with the previous centuries, Geary offers a dramatic example of specific mental and social structures that filtered the memories communicated by social elites and ordinary individuals alike.

Fighting Phantoms


Author: M. Zachary Sherman

Publisher: Capstone

ISBN: 1496507878

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 88

View: 2922

In late 1970, Lieutenant Verner "Hershey" Donovan sits aboard the USS Constellation aircraft carrier, waiting to fly his F-4 Phantom II over the skies of Vietnam. He's the lead roll for the next hop and eager to help the U.S. troops already on the ground. Then suddenly, the call comes in a Marine Recon unit has taken heavy fire and requires air support. Within moments, Donvan and the other pilots are into their birds and into the skies. Soon, however, a dogfight with MiG fighter planes takes a turn for the worse, and the lieutenant ejects over enemy territory. His co-pilot is injured in the fall, and Donovan must make a difficult choice. In order to save his friend, he must first leave him behind.