Medical Mysteries: Science Researches Conditions from Bizarre to Deadly

Medical Mysteries: Science Researches Conditions from Bizarre to Deadly

by Scott Auden
     
 

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How does someone become ill? And why are previously healthy people sometimes afflicted with bizarre and terrible conditions? Medical researchers are currently at work studying a broad range of uncommon illnesses. Using all of their scientific curiosity and creativity, they are struggling to discover causes and cures for Progeria, Morgellons Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jacobs… See more details below

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How does someone become ill? And why are previously healthy people sometimes afflicted with bizarre and terrible conditions? Medical researchers are currently at work studying a broad range of uncommon illnesses. Using all of their scientific curiosity and creativity, they are struggling to discover causes and cures for Progeria, Morgellons Disease, Creutzfeldt-Jacobs Disease, and more. These men and women are using the latest technology as they work to bring hope to those whose ailments can best be described as medical mysteries.

It is National Geographic's mission to explore the world and all that's in it and to bring scientific discoveries and knowledge to the widest array of people possible. National Geographic Investigates introduces young people to cutting-edge techniques of scientific investigation, the most recent research, and the way current discoveries benefit every part of the natural world.

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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:
08/12/2008
Series:
NG Investigates Science Series
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,438,691
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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