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VOYA - Marilyn Brien
These two slim books are part of the Diseases and People series. They will be of considerable interest to students with these particular disorders and persons who interact with them. Both books have similar formats and include information on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Sickle Cell Anemia includes information on the genetic basis of the disorder, as well as the chemistry of hemoglobins. Asthma includes historical perspectives on the treatment of the disorder, the physiology of respiration, and the allergic response. Photos of a doctor with sickle cell anemia and an Olympic athlete with asthma illustrate that persons with these disorders are able to lead successful lives. Internet sites, publications, and organizations are included as suggestions for further research. Books focusing on one disorder written in simple language, yet answering important questions for the reader are very limited. These books present much needed basic information about the diseases without overwhelming the young reader with technical terms. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Asthma, and Sickle Cell Anemia. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In both volumes, the symptoms, diagnosis, causes, and treatments of these complex diseases are explained. In the first book, having an attack of asthma is compared to trying to breathe through a straw, which helps readers understand the seriousness of the disease. In the second book, the authors explain the complexities of glucagon, insulin, and glucose, and the differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Both titles are well organized. The full-color cartoons and photos range from decorative to informative, but complement the texts.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 UpA thorough and authoritative look at the chronic lung disorder that affects millions of Americans. Beginning with a brief outline of its characteristics and effects, the authors then trace the history of asthma, its treatments, and theories about its causes. The information is clear and concise, with sufficient detail and background supplied. Diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and a consideration of societal and environmental impacts and projected research round out the presentation. Photographs and diagrams enhance the text. The Silversteins' volume is a good update to Mona Kerby's Asthma (Watts, 1989; o.p.), and offers more information than Margaret O. Hyde and Elizabeth H. Forsythe's Living with Asthma (Walker, 1995). Carolyn Simpson's Coping with Asthma (Rosen, 1995) takes a more proactive stance for asthma sufferers and has a more personal voice and approach to the topic.Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531166376
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Series: My Health Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Out of Breath 5
How Breathing Works 7
What Is Asthma? 12
What Causes Asthma? 17
How Do You Know It's Asthma? 28
Treating Asthma 34
Preventing Asthma Attacks 38
Glossary 41
Learning More 44
Index 46
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