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Medicine and Health
     

Medicine and Health

by Nigel Hawkes
 

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-A brief introduction to modern medical technology. Double-page spreads cover some of the various devices used in the areas of diagnosis, testing, gene therapy, drug design and delivery, surgery, transplants, heart repair, implants, and fertilization. Approximately two thirds of each double-page spread is composed of full-color photographs or diagrams. A few sentences describe how the innovation works and what it does, while pictures and captions illustrate its particular uses. Readers are often left hanging; e.g., the caption to one photo states that ``Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease in which the gene for making fluid in the lungs is defective, causing frequent infections. Above, a researcher sprays a virus containing the correct gene into the lungs of a sufferer.'' To what end? Use of terminology is uneven, possibly due to the British origin. Pap smears are referred to as ``cervical smears''; mammograms are simply X-rays. A table of transplant operations lists those done in Britain in 1992, while the chronology of medical advancements features illustrations of European innovators, plus Christian Barnard, but no Americans. More comprehensive information can be found in Nicholas Wickham's somewhat dated Medical Technology (Watts, 1986; o.p.). Most libraries will want to wait for something better to come along.-Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805034172
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
New Technology Ser.
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.56(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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