Medical Mysteries: Science Researches Conditions from Bizarre to Deadly

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Medical Mysteries gives readers the inside story of the medical profession’s weirdest mysteries, and provides the scientific opinions of the experts. The narrative examines cases that have baffled the scientific community. These mysteries will satisfy every kid’s natural delight in all things gross and grizzly; the vividly descriptive text, cool photographs, and descriptive diagrams will capture the attention of every reader. Medical Mysteries is a fascinating combination of ...
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Overview

Medical Mysteries gives readers the inside story of the medical profession’s weirdest mysteries, and provides the scientific opinions of the experts. The narrative examines cases that have baffled the scientific community. These mysteries will satisfy every kid’s natural delight in all things gross and grizzly; the vividly descriptive text, cool photographs, and descriptive diagrams will capture the attention of every reader. Medical Mysteries is a fascinating combination of clinical facts and investigative research.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
Auden introduces the middle grade reader to a number of diseases and disorders that are not well-known, all having somewhat bizarre symptoms. The background of each disorder is explained in user-friendly language with no attempt to talk down to child readers. The relatively rare disorder of progenia is explored in-depth, giving historical examples as well as children who have recently been born with this condition. The story of how one recently diagnosed child's parents have used their own medical knowledge to further research in this field adds a nice human-interest touch to this section. Morgellon's Disorder is another disease that is explored deeply, starting with how scientists have determined that it is a real, physical disorder and not just something that is "all in the head" of the sufferer. Imagine your body developing sores that spew out pieces of what looks like threads from a rough fabric! Interesting and well-written, with realistic photographs and diagrams to support the text. The chapter headings are well-organized, although the first chapter could be more clear about what is coming in subsequent chapters. Part of the "National Geographic Investigates" series. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
VOYA - Christine Sanderson
Committed to "introducing young people to cutting-edge techniques of scientific investigation," this series includes additional volumes on genetics, the human brain, and meteorology among other topics. Content is developed by both the author and a consultant working in the field. Each book follows an identical formula of six chapters and supporting information as addenda. All of these eye-catching titles feature full-color photographs that readers have come to expect from this publisher. Medical Mysteries focuses on diseases that are regarded as bizarre and are often deadly, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Progeria, and Morgellons. The approach is to examine the way in which these mysterious diseases were discovered and how they are being studied to find a cure. As the book's consultant Dr. Elizabeth Brownell says, "Being a doctor is like being a detective trying to find all the right clues to solve a mystery, a medical mystery!" These books offer explanations simple enough for middle school students but with enough content to make them a useful resource for high school students as well. Reviewer: Christine Sanderson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426303562
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: NG Investigates Science Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 981,213
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Message from the Consultant     8
Timeline of Major Medical Mysteries     10
Medical Science     12
Pathology
Genetics
Heredity
Classification
Physiology
Hippocrates
Pathology     20
A new threat
The laughing death
What went wrong?
Mad cow disease
vCJD cases on the rise
Genetics     28
Putting up a fight
DNA
Trying for a cure
Heredity     34
Bizarre symptoms
Hundreds of years of mystery
Eastlack's legacy
Commitment to a cure
Complications
IFOPA
Discovery at last
Classification     42
A mystery
Searching for help
A growing body of evidence
Skepticism and the scientific method
Meet a medical researcher
Physiology     50
Learning from surgery
Early research
Are you a righty?
First, do no harm
Left- or right-brained
The Years Ahead     58
Glossary     59
Bibliography     60
On the Web     60
Index     61
About the Author and Consultant     63
Credits     64
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