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Collca eBooks – Ancient Medicine: Sickness and Health in Greece and Rome

Collca eBooks – Ancient Medicine: Sickness and Health in Greece and Rome | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it
In the West, we trace the origins of modern medicine back to Classical Greece, but what did doctors in the Ancient World actually believe?
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Modern medicine has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome.  This ebook traces the rise of rational medicine from the myths and philosophy of the Greeks to the army surgeons of the Roman Empire and beyond, offering a fun, engaging overview of this fascinating aspect of history.

Easy to read and assuming no prior knowledge, Ancient Medicine concludes with a look at how these ancient theories shaped the birth of modern science and the influence they still have on us today. The perfect introduction for students and the curious alike. 

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Keith Mielke's curator insight, February 28, 6:42 PM

Ancient Greece is believed to been where modern medicine plated its roots, from explanations by socrates and by other ancient text we can see when doctors actually came into play and how humans began to cheat death.

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Collca eBooks – History of the English Bible

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The history of the English Bible is unknown to many people who regularly read scripture. It is a story of deprivation, perseverance and achievement.
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The Bible was translated into English by incredibly brave men who defied ten centuries of Church prohibition on any translation other than Latin. Despite threats of excommunication and execution they produced the scripture in beautiful English which could be read by the common man. They took on the might of Popes and Kings to spread the Bible throughout the world. Some, like William Tyndale, gave their lives in the endeavour.

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Collca eBooks – Self-Hypnosis: Simple Steps to Dynamic Empowerment and Full Potential

Collca eBooks – Self-Hypnosis: Simple Steps to Dynamic Empowerment and Full Potential | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it
A powerful myth busting revelation about hypnosis. For those curious, but afraid to try this proven and most powerful method for transformation and for those who have always wanted to know more.
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The intent of “Self-hypnosis” is re-programming.  This book explains how early programming may have been damaging to accessing your full potential and how some simple techniques and powerful insights will free you from the bonds that are hidden in your subconscious.  Each of us wants to create success and happiness in our lives, but subconscious mind viruses are planted in all of us by early, often well meaning programmers family, tradition, peers, and educators. This book will help you to uncover them and then replace those that show up as non- useful or even damaging, with beneficial re-programming.  You may even see a bit of yourself in the case studies presented.

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New ebook biography of Beethoven published by Collca

New ebook biography of Beethoven published by Collca | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered how someone might go about composing music with rapidly deteriorating hearing? Beethoven did just that and with amazing results, producing such timeless pieces as Fur Elise, the Moonlight Sonata and his Symphony No. 5.

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This BiteSize Biography is a very good introduction to Beethoven -- a brilliant pianist and one of the greatest composers of all time. Learn how he went from an unhappy childhood to studying under Haydn as a young man, and from an exceptional career as a musician and composer to losing his hearing, and becoming involved in a bitter custody battle. This biography will interest almost everyone and not just those who love classical music already.

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Short History of Utopia: How to Design Superficial Societies

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What are the essentials of perfect society? How do we want society to be? Utopian thinking helps us to answer questions like these. Utopias are imaginative societies and alternative social realities. They help us to rediscover the basics of the good society.  Short History of Utopiacontains attractive, theme-based coverage of utopian thinking.

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What are the essentials of perfect society? This Short History of Utopia offers easy entrance to classic and new utopias. Great ebook. Thought-provoking.

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From Apes to Apps

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Our brains are structured to make sense of the world in the form of narratives – stories. Not only that, we are primed to believe the stories we hear. How could this have happened? And why does it matter?

 

In the easy style of the storyteller, social anthropologist, Trish Nicholson, discusses current research in neuroscience, psychology, archaeology and linguistics to explore these two key questions. It matters because adaptations that enabled us to thrive in prehistoric times leave us vulnerable in the changed environment of our global digital age.

 

From Apes to Apps: How humans evolved as storytellers and why it matters, is a cautionary tale none of us can afford to ignore.

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This is the latest ebook from Trish Nicholson the author of the acclaimed travelogue "Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon".  "From Apes to Apps" combines her scientific knowledge as a social anthropologist with her easy-to-read writing style.

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Collca publishes the inspirational autobiography of a lifelong arthritis sufferer

Collca publishes the inspirational autobiography of a lifelong arthritis sufferer | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it

My Enemy, My Friend by Lauren Vaknine is the harrowing and moving true story of how a broken girl in a wheelchair used her positive attitude to overcome crippling arthritis.

 

Diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of two, Lauren’s anger towards her disability drove her into a rapid downward spiral of self-destruction......

 

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A truly inspiring read of how a very young girl grew up into a beautiful successful lady despite having to live with severe rheumatoid arthritis from a very early age. Not only is Lauren a talented interior designer, she is also a spokesperson of The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Trustee of British Homeopathic Association and a public speaker.

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New illustrated ebook biography of Edgar Degas

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Imagine discovering everything about one of the World’s most famous artists captured in one manageable format. ‘Edgar Degas: The Innovative Impressionist’ provides all the information you need without having to reference lots of different books to research every aspect of his life and work. It’s an invaluable reference for students, art lovers and general interest, for academic or leisure purposes.

 

Edgar Degas was a painter, poet and sculptor. A lonely and often difficult man to befriend. His working life was  torn between the possibilities of capturing real moments in time and his loyalties to the classical tradition. Although classically trained Degas was influenced by modern technology.  He interpreted much of his work adopting the impressionist ideology of the time which challenged traditional replication.

 

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A great BiteSize Biography about an influential artist who extensively used innovative techniques.

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Bright Shiny News - Discovering The Hobbit's real life location of Middle-Earth: New Zealand

Bright Shiny News - Discovering The Hobbit's real life location of Middle-Earth: New Zealand | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it

Describing itself as the home of Middle-Earth, you cannot avoid any references to The Hobbit.  Watch the safety video on Air New Zealand and just a few familiar faces start appearing. Gandalf is told not to smoke his pipe; the hooves of ponies are seen trotting up the aisle Gollum crawls along illuminating the safety lights....

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Brief introduction to the subject covered by the author's latest ebook in the "In the Footsteps of...." series: "Tolkien's The Hobbit: Go There!"

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The Old Testament Story: heroes & villains who made Biblical history

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"Meet the pioneers, prophets, villains and kings who forged the destiny of Israel and the ancient world. This accessible book traces the vivid historical narrative running through the Old Testament.

 

Set against the socio-cultural background, it sheds new perspectives on events that shaped history. From Noah’s ark to Daniel in the lions’ den, discover the historical truth behind stories both familiar and strange."

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Great introduction to the background of the largely familiar tales of the Old Testament. You'll be surprised how much you learn.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:28 AM

An example of what BiteSize e-books —the CliffsNotes of e-reading— can do for you.

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Collca eBooks – Trans-Siberian Odyssey: 5,000 miles by train from Beijing to Moscow

Collca eBooks – Trans-Siberian Odyssey: 5,000 miles by train from Beijing to Moscow | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it
This memorable tale is the end result of journalist Kate Young’s wacky Trans-Siberian Writing Challenge in 2008.
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Journalist Kate Young decided to combine the trip of a lifetime with a wacky writing challenge to raise money for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight.

Starting from post-Olympic Beijing, she lost her soul to the Mongolian steppes; survived the hurly-burly of Ulaanbaatar; escaped amorous advances near Lake Baikal and made it to the Tsarist majesty of Moscow in a poignant trip of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Collca eBooks – Historic Treasures of Uzbekistan: Journey of Discovery Along the Silk Road

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'Historic Treasures of Uzbekistan: Journey of Discovery Along the Silk Road' is a fascinating insight into the author’s journey along part of the Great Silk Road through Uzbekistan where he discovers a wealth of original and restored architecture...
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Uzbekistan? Where’s that?

Genghis Khan came, conquered and destroyed it in the 13th century. Local hero, Temur rebuilt its unique architecture and made it the centre of his great Empire in the 14th century. The Russians and the British spied on it in Victorian times. The Russians kept it under wraps until 1991 and now you can come and explore its hidden treasures. Peter Clarke did just that and this book reveals his experiences.

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Collca - Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady

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Every so often a politician comes along who will fundamental change their country, have an impact on the world and become part of our national identity. Margaret Thatcher is one such politician, In equal measure admired and loathed, her journey is a fascinating story; read all about it in 'Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady'.

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This is a balanced bitesize biography ebook of Britain's first (and so far only) female Prime Minister. Ideal if you want to learn more than most biographies but don't want to have to plough through hundreds of pages of a text book or a website article with hundreds of hyperlinks.

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Frida Kahlo: The Little Dove

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Frida Kahlo was one of the most important artists ever to emerge from Latin America. Born in Mexico in 1907, her life was a combination of tragedy, romance, pain and a luminous artistic talent.
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This BiteSize Biography ebook tells the story of Frida Kahlo; one of the most exciting and talented artists ever to come out of Latin America. Her life was touched by tragedy but she lived it to the full. Her work reflects both facts. The book takes the reader through her life and describes many of her works, joining the dots between her life and work. A great way to learn about an influential artist.

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6 Good Reasons to Write a One-page SynopsisTrish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | Trish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse

6 Good Reasons to Write a One-page SynopsisTrish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | Trish Nicholsons Words in the Treehouse | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it
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Has some great advice for all authors -- whether published, self-published or still writing their first masterpiece.

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Has some great advice for all authors -- whether published, self-published or still writing their first masterpiece.

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‘Fifty Shades Lighter’ is a great follow-on to ‘Lighter Shades of Grey’

‘Fifty Shades Lighter’ is a great follow-on to ‘Lighter Shades of Grey’ | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it

Following the success of ‘Lighter Shades of Grey’, Collca is now publishing ‘Fifty Shades Lighter: A (very) Critical Reader’s Guide to “Fifty Shades Darker”‘ as an ebook. This is author Cassandra Parkin’s brilliant satirical critique of the current best-selling erotic novel ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ – EL James’s second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy....

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Just as funny as 'Lighter Shades of Grey', Cassandra Parkin's follow-up 'Fifty Shades Lighter' is a hilarious but hard-hitting critque of EL James's 'Fifty Shades Darker'. So strongly does Cassandra feel about the original's apparent representation of spousal abuse that she is giving half her royalties to the Women's Aid charity.

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Travel Tales of Bhutan: Love the Boots!

Travel Tales of Bhutan: Love the Boots! | BiteSize eBooks | Scoop.it

Could you walk past these boots? Shopping in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, I could not resist them.

 

It wasn’t my fault. I was egged on by the approving smiles and nods of local men and women in the shop. When the assistant behind the counter wrapped them lovingly and seemed almost reluctant to part with them, I knew I’d made the right choice.

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Part of Trish Nicholson's adventures during her "Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon"

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What is off-road driving? - Travel Tales

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Off-road, on-road, sealed, unsealed gravel, bitumen – many travellers 
exploring Australia by car may not have thought about what kind of tracks they will be driving on. In fact, many backpackers and travellers venturing Down Under may not even be aware what the differences are and what impact their choice of route will have on their selection of vehicle they intend to hire or buy.

Unfortunately not every car can travel every stretch of land (safely) and even vehicles claiming to be off-road ready may not be suitable for every terrain. Worst case scenario is: you choose a car for a destination and have a bad breakdown. By “bad” I mean irreparable, nasty, tuttokaputto – and if worst comes to worst this doesn’t only refer to your car.

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Great introduction to off-road driving (particularly) in Australia. One of the many topics covered in her new ebook "Road Trip Around Australia"

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Journey in Bhutan

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"Journey in Bhutan: Himalayan Trek in the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon" is not a guide, it is the trip. Through informed and sensitive narrative and personal journal, Trish Nicholson shares her experience trekking and absorbing local culture and history in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the unique Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan hidden deep in the Himalayas.

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A brilliant book about the author's experience of trekking in Bhutan. It certainly gave me itchy feet! Very well worth reading.

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Collca - Feng Shui

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This ebook takes the mystery out of feng shui and makes life-enhancing wisdom accessible to all.
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