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School Library Journal
Each title provides a straightforward and clear discussion of its topic. The authors focus on how a discovery or invention by one individual can lead to a chain reaction of discoveries by others and follows it through time to its current applications. Cowpox discusses vaccines and medicines from prehistory to the present time. Laughing Gas introduces transplant surgery. Colorful photographs and illustrations appear on every spread. In both books, boxed areas offer specific quotes from scientists that highlight amazing facts or answer specific questions. There are also many personal stories that will grab readers' attention. The volumes conclude with a list of brief biographies of key individuals in their respective fields. Useful additions to school and public libraries.
—Maren OstergardCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.