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Recent Books by Alumni Authors

Bringing Back Eight

Bringing Back Eight
Stuart Spitalnic ’88
Academy Chicago Publishers, 2004

In Bringing Back Eight: A Novel About Medical Malpractice on Trial, Dr. Joseph Charles is one of eight physicians being sued for not diagnosing an infection that has left a man paralyzed. He tells his story as it happens. The trial reveals the often surprising ways the lives of both the plaintiff and the defendants are affected. Often funny, yet with a serious theme, this first novel is an inside look at a medical malpractice trial, told by a physician-defendant thrust into the bizarre, sometimes Alice-in-Wonderland world of a civil trial.

Stuart Spitalnic ’88, M.D., is assistant residency program director and assistant professor of medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital.

Joining of Materials and Structures

Joining of Materials and Structures
Robert Messler ’65
Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004

Joining of Materials and Structures is a comprehensive reference to all major joining technologies. It covers both traditional and evolving technologies for most known major joining methods, including new welding technologies, new adhesives, cements, bonds, and mortars. All new areas of welding, including laser and fusion welding, along with new advances in composite and polymer bonding, are covered. This book is written to all engineers, including those in mechanical, materials, and manufacturing engineering, and will even inform those working on biotechnical problems involving tissue to non-tissue bonding.

Robert Messler Jr. ’65, Ph.D. ’71, is associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer.

If My Boss Calls…Get His Name

If My Boss Calls…Get His Name
Jerry Shaff ’54
Clear Light Publishers, 1999

Nothing in Professor Ray Pendleton’s classroom experience at Harvard Business School prepares him for the machinations that confront him as a newly minted executive in the automotive industry. Set during the 1970s when corporate consolidation and no-holds-barred competition began to change the way the nation did business, this novel is both a portrait of corporate culture gone haywire and the story of one man’s rueful journey toward wisdom.

Gerald Shaff ’54 is a former executive in the automotive parts industry, working in both engineering and marketing for Echlin and Tenneco Automotive. Since 1988 he has managed his own company in North Haven, Conn.

A Trout in the Milk and Other Tales of Visual Discovery

A Trout in the Milk and Other Tales of Visual Discovery
Howard Wainer ’65
Princeton University Press, 2004

This book is the first to explore the chronological development of graphical data display. It plots humankind’s efforts to visualize data, from a key 17th-century precursor — England’s plague-driven initiative to register vital statistics — right up to the latest advances. In a story of invention and inventor that mixes science and politics, intrigue and scandal, revolution and shopping, the author validates Thoreau’s observation that circumstantial evidence can be quite convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk.

Howard Wainer ’65 is distinguished research scientist for the National Board of Medical Examiners and adjunct professor of statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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