• Ce livre nous ouvre les portes d'un village comme des centaines de milliers d'autres en Chine. Il nous donne les clés d'une réalité habituellement dissimulée. C'est une enquête passionnante, et un retour aux sources pour l'auteur, qui a pris pour objet d'étude le village reculé de la Plaine centrale qui l'a vue naître.
    Pendant cinq mois elle a écouté avec attention, l'un après l'autre, ses compagnons d'autrefois, ses parents, et aussi les notables et représentants de l'Etat dans le village. De ces entretiens émerge une image dense et complexe de la culture et du mode de vie rural en Chine : les différents lignages, les relations entre les clans, les joies, les peines et les aspirations des villageois.
    Liang Hong possède le double regard de l'universitaire qu'elle est devenue et de la fille de paysans qui ont vécu sur cette terre depuis toujours. C'est pourquoi son enquête est à la fois si instructive, éclairante, et profondément émouvante. Elle analyse de l'intérieur les mécanismes du dépérissement accéléré de la campagne chinoise. Les jeunes migrent massivement vers la ville, les liens familiaux se délitent, les rivières sont polluées, les écoles deviennent des porcheries...
    D'une communauté villageoise ordinaire, ce livre a fait l'exemple saisissant des défis que pose la modernité à la Chine tout entière.

  • This book presents a systematic design methodology for decoding the interior structure of the Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical device from ancient Greece. The historical background, surviving evidence and reconstructions of the mechanism are introduced, and the historical development of astronomical achievements and various astronomical instruments are investigated. Pursuing an approach based on the conceptual design of modern mechanisms and bearing in mind the standards of science and technology at the time, all feasible designs of the six lost/incomplete/unclear subsystems are synthesized as illustrated examples, and 48 feasible designs of the complete interior structure are presented. This approach provides not only a logical tool for applying modern mechanical engineering knowledge to the reconstruction of the Antikythera mechanism, but also an innovative research direction for identifying the original structures of the mechanism in the future. In short, the book offers valuable new insights for all readers who are interested in the Antikythera mechanism.

  • This book covers the up-to-date advancement of respiratory monitoring in ventilation support as well as detecting the physiological responses to therapeutic interventions to avoid complications. Mechanical ventilation nowadays remains the cornerstone in life saving in critically ill patients with and without respiratory failure. However, conclusive evidences show that mechanical ventilation can also cause lung damage, specifically, in terms of ventilator-induced lung injury.
    Respiratory monitoring encloses a series of physiological and pathophysiological measurements, from basic gas exchange and ventilator wave forms to more sophisticated diaphragm function and lung volume assessments. The progress of respiratory monitoring has always been accompanied by advances in technology. However, how to properly conduct the procedures and correctly interpret the data requires clear definition.
    The book introduces respiratory monitoring techniques and data analysis, including gas exchange, respiratory mechanics, thoracic imaging, lung volume measurement, and extra-vascular lung water measurement in the initial part. How to interpret the acquired and derived parameters and to illustrate their clinical applications is presented thoroughly. In the following part, the applications of respiratory monitoring in specific diseases and conditions is introduced, including acute respiratory distress syndrome, obstructive pulmonary diseases, patient-ventilator asynchrony, non-invasive ventilation, brain injury with increased intracranial pressure, ventilator-induced diaphragm dysfunction, and weaning from mechanical ventilation.
    This book is intended primarily for ICU physicians and other practitioners including respiratory therapists, ICU nurses and trainees who come into contact with patients under mechanical ventilation. This book also provides guidance for clinical researchers who take part in respiratory and mechanical ventilation researches.

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