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Medicine & Health
     

Medicine & Health

by Pennie Stoyles, Peter Pentland
 

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Without energy there would be no life; transformation of energy from one form to another makes things happen. In this appealing "Energy in Action" series, tweens and even teens can learn how energy works in many different spheres. Each book includes big double-page spreads that define energy, matter, forces, and their interactions, using examples highlighting the book's topic. In this volume, the authors show how doctors and scientists use energy to investigate the human body and treat patients. Light energy, for example, lets doctors see inside the body without surgery; X-rays can provide images of broken bones and cavities in teeth, while CT scans use computers and high-energy X-rays to produce two-dimensional sections. Focused by lenses in glasses and contact lenses, transformed light waves help patients see better. Ultrasound energy can be transformed to electrical energy to make moving images such as the picture of a fetus shown. Both sound and electrical energy are used by audiologists to test hearing and to produce hearing aids and cochlear implants. The authors stress that, while some sunlight is beneficial, too much ultraviolet light can cause skin cancer—a smiling girl at the beach demonstrates precautions like sun hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Each book is sprinkled with "It's a Fact" sidebars conveying basic information and "Snapshots" about scientists like William Rontgen, who recorded the first X-ray image and Todd Kuiken, a biomedical engineer who pioneered technology for bionic limbs. A "Future Flash" page shows two patients with artificial arms controlled by converting electrical energy from nerves into kinetic energy. The books have an energy of their own with backgrounds of lively greens, blues, lavenders, and golds; photos are placed just where they're needed, both well-selected and clearly reproduced. An excellent value for the modest price! Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608705689
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Series:
Cavendish Square Energy in Action Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.02(w) x 10.95(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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