Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Free Kindle Books 12-31-13

General notes to free Kindle book posts

From the top 100 free list
As is typical, there are also several religious and recipe books on the list today, along with the usual assortment of romance, porn and near porn. I don't call them out because they don't interest me. Click on the link above and search through the Free List Tab if you are interested in such books.

Back Pain: How to Treat Upper and Lower Back Pain with America's Foremost Expert
Back Pain: How to Treat Upper and Lower Back Pain is written for Medical Professionals as well as patients. This book serves as an educational and discovery guide to help diagnose and treat chronic pain issues. For those on a journey to discover the cause of their pain, this book will lead you on a path to realize something you may have thought to be impossible, "a life without pain."

As a spine pain physician, I meet many patients who have spent years bouncing around the medical system with little to show for their efforts. Often, their previous physicians have told them that:

"Back problems are just part of getting older."
"You’d feel better if you lost weight."
"According to the x-rays, you’re fine."
"Let’s continue physical therapy and see what happens." (Even though nothing’s happening.)
"Here’s another prescription."

Eric is one such patient. When we met, he was forty-two and had suffered from back pain for seventeen years. Despite occasional flare-ups, he led an active life that included golf, softball, skiing, and tennis. The pain was a nuisance, but he could usually manage it with ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medicines.

Six months before he visited our center, Eric’s back problems worsened. At his first appointment with us, he was an 8 on a 0-10 pain scale (with 10 representing intolerable pain). His discomfort was so severe that he could no longer work or even stand long enough to shower. He’d consulted specialists at several university hospitals, including an orthopedic spine surgeon, and wasn't given much hope. The main message he’d heard was that he needed to accept the pain and “learn to live with it.”

Eric: Relief at Last

Eric didn't want to "live with" chronic, debilitating pain. He was relentless about finding answers. Fortunately, he discussed the impasse with his family physician, who referred him to our center.

Understanding a patient’s back pain requires quite a bit of detective work. Clues are sought and suspects eliminated. Eric’s history, physical examination, imaging studies, and lab work showed no red flags of a serious underlying problem like cancer or infection. His medical workup was also negative for extra-spinal problems presenting as “referred” back pain (kidney stones are a common example). This meant his pain most likely originated within his musculoskeletal system—the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, discs and joints that support and move the body.

At our clinic, we take a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment rather than focusing on the back alone. In Eric’s case, this was fortunate indeed. A head-toe-examination yielded an important clue: a tender ligament in his left foot. What’s more, his heel-ankle joint was frozen to the point where I was unable to move it with my hands.

"Have you ever sprained this ankle?" I asked.

Eric laughed. "How’d you guess?"

If you are like Eric and want relief from your pain; this book is packed with information that will help you take the mystery out of your back pain. My goal is to help you discover how you can begin a path to greatly reduce and even eliminate chronic pain not only in your back, but also in the other areas in your body you may not realize is a direct result of your back issues.

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Duval and the Infernal Machine (Napoleon's Police)
Based on the real life attempt to assassinate Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800.

Invalided out of the French Army, Alain Duval joins the Ministry of Police in Paris, led by the infamous Joseph Fouché.

Newly appointed and off duty, he is strolling through the city when he sees a crowd waiting for Napoleon, the First Consul, not yet Emperor. He is jostled by some men leaving the area in a hurry and shortly afterwards a bomb, the 'Infernal Machine' explodes.

Next day, Duval describes the men to a police artist and joins the hunt for the bombers. Horse-shoes and barrel hoops send him searching all over Paris. Eventually he finds the warehouse used by the bombers and his mentor is killed in the subsequent fight.

Some of the bombers are captured but others escape, then Napoleon puts an abrupt end to the search, blaming others for the outrage.

But the story is not over. Duval falls in love with his mentor's daughter, and together they find another of the bombers, leading to a surprise ending.

5 star:(12)
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[#12 - been free before. I have not read it.]

Panic (Wildfire Chronicles Vol. 1)
Michael Evans is only in rural St. Davids to maintain a low profile after his time spent as a city cop ended in disaster. The town is perfect for him: isolated. A tiny population. Virtually no crime.

Until the night the strange canisters fall from the sky and the town priest starts killing people with his teeth. To Michael, the bloodbath looks like a murder case that the quiet town's two police officers can't possibly handle.

But this isn't just a crime scene.

And the priest is just the beginning...

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[#14 - another take on zombies.]

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