Encyclopedia of Family Health

Encyclopedia of Family Health

by David B. Jacoby
     
 
Eighteen slim volumes (144 pages each) present an abundant amount of information at a level appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students, as well as general consumers interested in a highly visual, basic presentation. Alphabetically arranged entries of one-to-four pages or so discuss various aspects of human anatomy and physiology, diseases and other

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Eighteen slim volumes (144 pages each) present an abundant amount of information at a level appropriate for upper elementary or middle school students, as well as general consumers interested in a highly visual, basic presentation. Alphabetically arranged entries of one-to-four pages or so discuss various aspects of human anatomy and physiology, diseases and other disorders, treatments and cures, prevention and diagnosis, and human behavior. Supporting the text are color photos, drawings, and charts--something on every page--and boxed features with questions and answers about common concerns. The first edition was published in 1991, and the second in 1998; this third edition is fully updated. It is fully indexed and cross-referenced. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Children's Literature
This 18-volume set presents a large assortment of health topics in alphabetical order. The volumes are well-organized, with color-coded sidebars to indicate if the article relates to a disease, a treatment, behavioral health, etc. Photographs and diagrams are included with each article to further aid understanding. The text is clearly-written, with sufficient background information provided to explain important concepts. Each article concludes with a "see also" box for further research. Each volume contains a table of contents for that volume and an index specific to the volume; the first volume also has the Table of Contents for all 18 books. The final volume includes a first aid handbook, thematic indices, comprehensive index, glossary and suggestions for further information. The books are attractive and easy to use, inviting for general browsing as well as specific research. Although medical consultants are listed in the front, there is a team of writers involved. It would be difficult to verify the scientific merit of such a large undertaking. I perused several articles and found most of them helpful and largely accurate, but did find some problems. A small issue in the article on "Oral Contraceptives" could have been resolved by tighter editing—one page has an inset entitled "Taking the Pill" with instructions about what to do if you miss one pill, miss two pills, etc. Another inset on the facing page is entitled "Common problems and solutions" which repeats much of this same information. A larger problem appears in the article on "Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs." The sidebar very firmly states that these drugs are not recommended for children and should never be given toanyone under age 12. As ibuprofen is available over-the-counter in many formulations intended for children, this is patently incorrect. Also, many children with serious rheumatologic problems must take these medications in prescription strength, and such a black-and-white statement could be misleading. Errors such as this weaken an otherwise very impressive encyclopedia; still, the information is most likely more reliable than many on-line medical sources, and quite user-friendly. 2005, Marshall Cavendish Ages 12 to Adult.
—Dr. Judy Rowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761474869
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
3RD
Pages:
18
Product dimensions:
13.25(w) x 18.50(h) x 5.35(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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