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1. The challenges of dementia

1. The challenges of dementia  

Kathleen Taylor

in Dementia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2020
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Jul 2020
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9780191864674
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825784.003.0001
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9780198825784
While cognitive problems have long been associated with ageing, dementia is a relatively new concept. ‘The challenge of dementia’ shows how our understanding of it was shaped by research in ... More
9. Growth, cancer, and ageing

9. Growth, cancer, and ageing  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778100
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0010
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9780199601196
‘Growth, cancer, and ageing’ first considers growth, which can be due to an increase of cell proliferation, cell enlargement without division, or by accretion of extracellular material, ... More
7. The immune system v2.0: biological and immune therapies

7. The immune system v2.0: biological and immune therapies  

Paul Klenerman

in The Immune System: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2017
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Nov 2017
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9780191815706
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10.1093/actrade/9780198753902.003.0007
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9780198753902
This VSI examines the basic building blocks of the immune system, how they work as a team, and what happens when the teamwork breaks down. Researchers apply this basic knowledge working to ... More
Dementia: A Very Short Introduction

Dementia: A Very Short Introduction  

Kathleen Taylor

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2020
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Jul 2020
eISBN: 
9780191864674
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198825784.001.0001
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9780198825784
Dementia: A Very Short Introduction explains how dementia is diagnosed, its different types and symptoms, and its effects on sufferers and their families. Why is dementia ... More
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction

Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Tom Burns

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2018
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Oct 2018
eISBN: 
9780191865145
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198826200.001.0001
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9780198826200
Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction explores the nature of psychiatry, focusing on what it can and cannot do, and discussing why its history has been beset by dramatic shifts ... More
2. Biometrics: where should I start?

2. Biometrics: where should I start?  

Michael Fairhurst

in Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
eISBN: 
9780191846731
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198809104.003.0002
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9780198809104
‘Biometrics: where should I start?’ considers what constitutes a practical biometric system. It looks at the principles on which such a system operates, builds up a picture of the ... More
6. Where are we going?

6. Where are we going?  

Michael Fairhurst

in Biometrics: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2018
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Nov 2018
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9780191846731
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10.1093/actrade/9780198809104.003.0006
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9780198809104
‘Where are we going?’ looks at some other biometric modalities that may achieve a higher profile in future, including hand-based biometrics, keystroke dynamics, ear-shape biometrics, and ... More
7. Molecular biology in the clinic

7. Molecular biology in the clinic  

Aysha Divan and Janice A. Royds

in Molecular Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2016
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Aug 2016
eISBN: 
9780191791192
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198723882.003.0007
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9780198723882
Environmental agents can cause genetic and epigenetic changes to DNA, the consequences of which lead to deregulation of cellular processes and pathways that cause disease. Genetic variation ... More
6. The long interlude: (12th century to 7th century bc)

6. The long interlude: (12th century to 7th century bc)  

Trevor Bryce

in Babylonia: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Sep 2016
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Sep 2016
eISBN: 
9780191793288
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198726470.003.0007
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9780198726470
In the early twelfth century bc, the Greek and Near Eastern worlds were shaken by a series of catastrophic upheavals that brought the Bronze Age to an end. ‘The long interlude’ outlines the ... More
3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages

3. Politics, Law, and Religion in the Early Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0003
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9780192854025
Wales in the eleventh century was a group of small kingdoms without stable borders. They changed in accordance with law and politics. The English kings had done little to impose military ... More
6. Wealth, Population, and Social Change in the Later Middle Ages

6. Wealth, Population, and Social Change in the Later Middle Ages  

John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths

in Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2000
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191776564
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192854025.003.0006
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9780192854025
The main source of wealth in the Middle Ages in England was the land. From this wealth sprang the prosperity of individuals, institutions, and the Crown. The greatest landowners were the ... More
8. Angels and demons

8. Angels and demons  

Scott H. Hendrix

in Martin Luther: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777653
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199574339.003.0008
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9780199574339
For Luther the Reformation was a watershed because it moved Western Christendom from a long period of captivity under strict papal rule to a new age of freedom. Luther was still a medieval ... More
1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages

1. Saints, Werewolves, Knights, and a Poète Maudit: Allegiance and Character in the Middle Ages  

John D. Lyons

in French Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777516
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10.1093/actrade/9780199568727.003.0001
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9780199568727
‘Saints, werewolves, knights, and a poète maudit: allegiance and character in the Middle Ages’ explains how the protagonists of medieval texts are presented primarily in terms of their ... More
8. Culture

8. Culture  

Malcolm Gaskill

in Witchcraft: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Mar 2010
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191777158
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199236954.003.0008
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9780199236954
Witches are archetypes, stored inside individuals but originating in shared cultural sources and activated by similar experiences and emotions. The stereotype of the historic and folkloric ... More
4. The Hittite texts:                             Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa

4. The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa  

Eric H. Cline

in The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365852
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199760275.003.0004
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9780199760275
‘The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa’ looks at the Hittite records of wars in the vicinity of Troy. It is likely that ... More
3. Homeric questions:                             Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate?

3. Homeric questions: Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate?  

Eric H. Cline

in The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2013
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780199365852
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199760275.003.0003
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9780199760275
‘Homeric questions: Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate?’ examines the validity of the literary record. Little is known of Homer, ... More
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction  

Lewis Wolpert

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778100
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.001.0001
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book
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9780199601196
Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction provides a concise account of what we now know about development, discussing the first vital steps of growth, the patterning ... More
5. Germ cells and sex

5. Germ cells and sex  

Lewis Wolpert

in Developmental Biology: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2011
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Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191778100
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199601196.003.0006
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chapter
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9780199601196
The outcome of germ-cell development in animals is either sperm or an egg. ‘Germ cells and sex’ describes the three key functions of germ cells: the preservation of the genetic integrity of ... More
3. The mysteries of reproduction

3. The mysteries of reproduction  

Martin Luck

in Hormones: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jul 2014
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Jul 2014
eISBN: 
9780191780011
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780199672875.003.0003
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chapter
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9780199672875
‘The mysteries of reproduction’ begins with Pergonal (human menopausal gonadotrophin), a hormone preparation extracted from urine which contains pituitary hormones crucial to the ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

Print Publication Year: 
Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
eISBN: 
9780191784088
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198715931.003.0006
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chapter
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9780198715931
‘The Epilogue’ summarizes our current position. We are well into a cycle of warming that is certain to lead to dramatic geophysical, social, and economic changes during the next hundred ... More

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