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Each of these books contains the same foreword, stating that part of the series goal is to present "information on a current topic in a user-friendly style that invites, intrigues, and fosters understanding." Mission accomplished. The organized, uniform structure includes an opening overview of the disease or disorder, with subsequent chapters divided into three parts: text, quotations from primary sources, and "Facts and Illustrations," which includes bulleted snippets of information and color photographs and drawings. While the illustrations are helpful access points, their separation from the text can be inconvenient. The firsthand or expert accounts that open chapters and are sprinkled throughout are astutely selected and seamlessly woven into the presentation. These quality sources could be used in a variety of different ways-straight reporting for speech or debate ideas (Anorexia 's discussion of "pro-Ana" Web sites could be used in debates on free speech, for example), or as a springboard for further research.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601520586
  • Publisher: ReferencePoint Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Compact Research Series: Diseases and Disorders
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     4
Autism at a Glance     6
Overview     8
What Is Autism?     20
Primary Source Quotes     28
Facts and Illustrations     32
What Causes Autism?     37
Primary Source Quotes     45
Facts and Illustrations     49
How Effective Are Autism Treatments?     54
Primary Source Quotes     62
Facts and Illustrations     66
Will New Research Prevent or Cure Autism?     71
Primary Source Quotes     78
Facts and Illustrations     82
Key People and Advocacy Groups     86
Chronology     88
Related Organizations     90
For Further Research     94
Source Notes     97
List of Illustrations     99
Index     100
About the Author     104
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