Medical Marvels (Mysteries Unwrapped Series)

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What causes conjoined twins and “werewolf syndrome”? Have human children ever really been raised by wild animals, just like Mowgli in The Jungle Book? Can music miraculously cure people who have lost their ability to speak and move? Unwrap the mystery and find out! The latest book in the blockbuster Mysteries Unwrapped series guides kids through the most curious medical marvels that science has to offer. Find out about rare medical conditions, the marvelous machine that is our ...
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Overview

What causes conjoined twins and “werewolf syndrome”? Have human children ever really been raised by wild animals, just like Mowgli in The Jungle Book? Can music miraculously cure people who have lost their ability to speak and move? Unwrap the mystery and find out! The latest book in the blockbuster Mysteries Unwrapped series guides kids through the most curious medical marvels that science has to offer. Find out about rare medical conditions, the marvelous machine that is our brain, virulent viruses, and lots more.
The appealing, high-interest topic and cool “secret file” design will lure even the most reluctant readers!
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In this compact assortment of reports on high-interest (for some) topics, Stanley invites readers to meet the Elephant Man and Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy, to speculate on the pasts and futures of the "Monkey Boy of Uganda" and other feral children, to marvel over various brain injuries and disorders and to get squicked out from learning about the effects of Ebola ("It was soon discovered that the man's internal organs had turned to liquid") and other "Virulent Viruses." The brain chapter is perhaps the least sensational and includes a brief profile of Oliver Sacks alongside mini-articles on phrenology, schizophrenia and lucid dreaming (and Phineas Gage and lobotomies-"least sensational" does not mean "unsensational"). Cochran's full-page flights of fancy are oddly static, but along with the many pull quotes, boxed asides and black-and-white photos at least provide visual variety. Though this closes with distinctly anticlimactic "Medical Marvels Can Happen to You!" entries on yawning, sneezing and "brain freeze," overall it's well designed to attract children who are unenthusiastic readers. (notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402739309
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/5/2010
  • Series: Mysteries Unwrapped Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George E. Stanley is a former Fulbright scholar who has lived and taught in both Europe and Africa; currently he is a professor of African and Middle-Eastern Languages and Linguistics in the Department of Foreign Languages at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. He has written more than 200 short stories, articles in major linguistics journals, and over 100 children’s books. Dr. Stanley is also the author of Sterling Biographies(R): Davy Crochett and Sterling Biographies(R): Sitting Bull (Fall 2009).

Josh Cochran is an artist whose clients include Atlantic Monthly, American Airlines, the Discovery Channel, EMI Music, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN, Esquire, Fantagraphics Books, GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Wired magazine. He has received awards from several publications and organizations including Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists 2009, Art Directors Club/Young Guns 6, Society of Illustrators Silver Medal, American Illustration, Luerzer’s Archive and was recently featured on the cover of Communication Arts. Occasionally, he exhibits his work here in the States as well as abroad.

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