Cuban Blindness Book

Cuban Blindness


  • Author : Gustavo C. Román
  • Publisher : Academic Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-30
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9780128041192

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On May 4, 1993, Cuba asked the international health community and the World Health Organization (WHO) to find the cause of a mysterious epidemic of blindness that was spreading uncontrollably. Contradictory hypotheses confronted the team of scientists on this mission. Is the epidemic the result of a plot to topple Castro, as the Cubans believe? Or exposure to radioactivity or an unidentified nerve toxin accidentally released by the Russian Army withdrawing from Cuba? Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is a firsthand account of the epidemic of blindness and the hardships of life in Cuba at the time of the "special period" that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the tightening of the US embargo. Dr. Román—who was at the time Chief of Neuroepidemiology at the US National Institutes of Health—was a participant in this scientific mission and describes the neurological symptoms experienced by the victims of this epidemic disease, and narrates the epidemiologists’ detective work struggling to solve the mystery. This book combines neuroscience and scientific discovery with political intrigue, finally bringing the reader to the unexpected solution provided by a WWII survivor of Changi POW Camp in Singapore. Cuban Blindness: Diary of a Mysterious Epidemic Neuropathy is a description of the neuroepidemiological study undertaken to identify the cause of the epidemic neurological disease that affected Cuba in 1993-1994. Summarizes clinical manifestations in prototypical case reports Analyzes possible neurological and neuroepidemiological causes from possible viruses to toxins Discusses the health ramifications of political decisions surrounding the Cuban Embargo Describes the implementation of treatment and preventive measures

Cuban Ballet Book
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Cuban Ballet


  • Author : Octavio Roca
  • Publisher : Gibbs Smith
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781423615408

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Cuban Ballet Excerpt :

Just as Russian dancers defected from the former Soviet Union in the 1970s, Cuban dancers are now fleeing Castro's regime in droves. Their unique style of ballet is galvanizing the world of dance. This beautifully illustrated book explores the history of Cuban ballet by focusing on the life and career of the indomitable Alicia Alonso. The author also spotlights many of the young dancers who are now part of the growing Cuban Diaspora and who are changing the face of ballet: Lorena Feijoo, Lorna Feijoo, Joan Boada, Taras Domitro, Jose Manuel Carreno, and Carlos Acosta to name but a few.

Blind over Cuba Book

Blind over Cuba


  • Author : David M. Barrett
  • Publisher : Texas A&M University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603447683

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In the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis, questions persisted about how the potential cataclysm had been allowed to develop. A subsequent congressional investigation focused on what came to be known as the “photo gap”: five weeks during which intelligence-gathering flights over Cuba had been attenuated. In Blind over Cuba, David M. Barrett and Max Holland challenge the popular perception of the Kennedy administration’s handling of the Soviet Union’s surreptitious deployment of missiles in the Western Hemisphere. Rather than epitomizing it as a masterpiece of crisis management by policy makers and the administration, Barrett and Holland make the case that the affair was, in fact, a close call stemming directly from decisions made in a climate of deep distrust between key administration officials and the intelligence community. Because of White House and State Department fears of “another U-2 incident” (the infamous 1960 Soviet downing of an American U-2 spy plane), the CIA was not permitted to send surveillance aircraft on prolonged flights over Cuban airspace for many weeks, from late August through early October. Events proved that this was precisely the time when the Soviets were secretly deploying missiles in Cuba. When Director of Central Intelligence John McCone forcefully pointed out that this decision had led to a dangerous void in intelligence collection, the president authorized one U-2 flight directly over western Cuba—thereby averting disaster, as the surveillance detected the Soviet missiles shortly before they became operational. The Kennedy administration recognized that their failure to gather intelligence was politically explosive, and their subsequent efforts to influence the perception of events form the focus for this study. Using recently declassified documents, secondary materials, and interviews with several key participants, Barrett and Holland weave a story of intra-agency conflict, suspicion, and discord that undermined int

Undaunted by Blindness  2nd Edition Book

Undaunted by Blindness 2nd Edition


  • Author : Clifford E. Olstrom
  • Publisher : eBookIt.com
  • Release Date : 2012-07-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780982272190

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Undaunted by Blindness 2nd Edition Excerpt :

The purpose of this book is to provide concise biographical information about 400 notable blind persons. The people in this volume are but a small sample of many thousands of notable blind persons in history. Most of the information about their lives comes from secondary sources. Where feasible, some of the subject's own words were used.

The biology of hypogean fishes Book

The biology of hypogean fishes


  • Author : Aldemaro Romero
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2013-06-29
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 376
  • ISBN 10 : 9789401597951

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The biology of hypogean fishes Excerpt :

Hypogean (cave, artesian) fishes have fascinated researchers even before they were described in the scientific literature in 1842. Since then, a number of scientists have used them to justify their own evolutionary ideas, from neo-Lamarckism to neo-Darwinism, from neutral evolution to selectionist approaches. Research in recent years has shown that these fishes are much more complex in their adaptations to the subterranean environment than previously believed: there are those with features expected from living in total darkness (complete blindness and depigmentation) and poor in nutrients (extremely low metabolic rates); others differ very little, if any, from their epigean (surface) ancestors in their morphology and physiology (but not so in their behavior). Some of them even live in nutrient-rich environments. Actually, one of the most overlooked facets of these animals is that there are more species of hypogean fishes without troglomorphisms (blindness, depigmentation) than with troglomorphic ones. The study of these apparently `unadapted' fishes is providing new insights into our understanding of the evolution of phenotypic characters, founding effect, behavioral, and physiological adaptations. The 86 species of troglomorphic fishes described so far belong to 18 different families, many of which would hardly fit the notion that they were 'preadapted' to conquer the underground environment. Further, many troglomorphic `species' show very little genotypic differentiation when compared with their putative ancestors, indicating that massive phenotype changes can be achieved via little genetic reorganization, a reorganization that mostly affects regulatory genes. These and many other topics are discussed in this volume containing 29 papers, written by 41 authors from 9 countries. Hopefully, this volume will convince many other researchers that hypogean fishes represent a unique opportunity to study a concept in evolutionary biology that is only superficially understo

Paths for Cuba Book

Paths for Cuba


  • Author : Scott Morgenstern
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Release Date : 2019-01-08
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9780822986416

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Paths for Cuba Excerpt :

The Cuban model of communism has been an inspiration—from both a positive and negative perspective—for social movements, political leaders, and cultural expressionists around the world. With changes in leadership, the pace of change has accelerated following decades of economic struggles. The death of Fidel Castro and the reduced role of Raúl Castro seem likely to create further changes, though what these changes look like is still unknown. For now, Cuba is opening in important ways. Cubans can establish businesses, travel abroad, access the internet, and make private purchases. Paths for Cuba examines Cuba’s internal reforms and external influences within a comparative framework. The collection includes an interdisciplinary group of scholars from around the world to explore reforms away from communism.

Cuban Health Care Book

Cuban Health Care


  • Author : Don Fitz
  • Publisher : Monthly Review Press
  • Release Date : 2020-06-22
  • Genre: Medical
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9781583678602

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Quiet as it’s kept inside the United States, the Cuban revolution has achieved some phenomenal goals, reclaiming Cuba’s agriculture, advancing its literacy rate to nearly 100 percent – and remaking its medical system. Cuba has transformed its health care to the extent that this “third-world” country has been able to maintain a first-world medical system, whose health indicators surpass those of the United States at a fraction of the cost. Don Fitz combines his deep knowledge of Cuban history with his decades of on-the-ground experience in Cuba to bring us the story of how Cuba’s health care system evolved and how Cuba is tackling the daunting challenges to its revolution in this century. Fitz weaves together complex themes in Cuban history, moving the reader from one fascinating story to another. He describes how Cuba was able to create a unified system of clinics, and evolved the family doctor-nurse teams that became a model for poor countries throughout the world. How, in the 1980s and ‘90s, Cuba survived the encroachment of AIDS and increasing suffering that came with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and then went on to establish the Latin American School of Medicine, which still brings thousands of international students to the island. Deeply researched, recounted with compassion, Cuban Health Care tells a story you won’t find anywhere else, of how, in terms of caring for everyday people, Cuba’s revolution continues.

The American Naturalist Book

The American Naturalist


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1872
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : BSB:BSB11033199

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Cuban Anarchism Book

Cuban Anarchism


  • Author : Frank Fernández
  • Publisher : See Sharp Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-01
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 154
  • ISBN 10 : 9781937276638

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Cuban Anarchism Excerpt :

This inspiring history of the Cuban anarchist movement is also a history of the Cuban labor movement. It covers both from their origins in the mid-19th century to the present, and ends with an enlightening analysis of the failure of the Castro dictatorship.

Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality Book

Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality


  • Author : Bonnie A. Lucero
  • Publisher : University of New Mexico Press
  • Release Date : 2021-12-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826360106

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Revolutionary Masculinity and Racial Inequality Excerpt :

One of the most paradoxical aspects of Cuban history is the coexistence of national myths of racial harmony with lived experiences of racial inequality. Here a historian addresses this issue by examining the ways soldiers and politicians coded their discussions of race in ideas of masculinity during Cuba’s transition from colony to republic. Cuban insurgents, the author shows, rarely mentioned race outright. Instead, they often expressed their attitudes toward racial hierarchy through distinctly gendered language—revolutionary masculinity. By examining the relationship between historical experiences of race and discourses of masculinity, Lucero advances understandings about how racial exclusion functioned in a supposedly raceless society. Revolutionary masculinity, she shows, outwardly reinforced the centrality of color blindness to Cuban ideals of manhood at the same time as it perpetuated exclusion of Cubans of African descent from positions of authority.

Cuban Transitions at the Millennium Book

Cuban Transitions at the Millennium


  • Author : Eloise Linger
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 387
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105110332645

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The Rough Guide to Cuban Music Book

The Rough Guide to Cuban Music


  • Author : Philip Sweeney
  • Publisher : Rough Guides
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Music
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN 10 : 1858287618

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The Rough Guide to Cuban Music Excerpt :

Cuba is home to some of the world's most vibrant popular music in the world, from son and rumba to salsa and chachacha. The Rough Guide to Cuban Music introduces the full range of Cuba's varied musical traditions and tells the story of their greatest performers, legends like Beny More, Celina Gonzalea alongside more recent stars such as Carlos Varela. Includes features on the origins and development of the various musical genres, a biographical directory of over 100 key artists, with dozens of photographs. Also draws up some critical discographies, recommending the pick of each artist's output.

Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959 Book

Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959


  • Author : Samuel Farber
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 369
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608461394

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Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959 Excerpt :

Farber provides a critical analysis of the revolution's impact and legacy on Cuba.