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School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Flashy new covers, new forewords, a new series name, and rewritten introductions by Dr. C. Everett Koop are the most visible changes in these volumes that were published in 1989 as part of the "Encyclopedia of Health" series. Although nothing in the books indicates that they are revisions or second editions, the texts and black-and-white photos and drawings are basically the same as in the earlier titles except for some updated statistics. Internet addresses and a few titles have been added to the appended lists in the books. The Immune System adds a few sentences about new vaccines and how beta interferon is now being used. Both volumes cover their subjects adequately with emphasis on the history, but the changes are minimal.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Gr 7 Up A competent overview of the history and procedure of organ transplantation. Beginning with the ancient Indians, Kittredge outlines early attempts at transplants such as skin grafting, and discusses why most of these experiments failed. The chronology then follows the discoveries of anesthesia and antiseptic, blood and tissue type-matching, and the anti-rejection drug cyclosporine. Rather than the in-depth explanation of the various types of transplants found in Margery and Howard Facklam's Spare Parts for People (HBJ, 1987), this book takes a more comprehensive approach, with a chapter each devoted to which organs can be transplanted, how organs and recipients are matched, immune-system rejection, the case history of a kidney recipient, ethical issues, and the future of transplantation. It is smoothly written, with enough dialogue and points of interest to keep readers involved. Medical terms are defined both in the text and in the glossary. A list of organizations and ``How to Become an Organ Donor'' are also appended. Black-and-white photos, generally of researchers or patients, add interest. A few diagrams are also included; these are very basic, but do the job. Add this to the Facklams' book and Donor Banks (Watts, 1988) by Sally Lee for a comprehensive study of the field. Denise L. Moll, Lone Pine Elementary School, West Bloomfield, Mich.
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Organ Transplants is a concise, well-written book that is accurate and informative. The volume is organized into different chapters that deal with various issues surrounding the topic of the title. The initial chapters provide background information on the field of organ transplantation. In addition to affording a historical perspective, the book makes a serious attempt to clearly explain the science underlying the clinical successes in this field. With the help of appropriate examples, subsequent chapters recapitulate both ethical and moral issues surrounding organ transplantation. Finally, the appendices are informative, containing not only a list of references and information on how to contact various organizations, but also a detailed glossary of scientific terms.

The book is written with the intent of easily introducing the reader to the complexity of the field. What makes it appealing, particularly to a younger audience, is the use of many examples that relate real-life stories of people—the pain, suffering, and moral dilemmas faced by families of organ donors and organ recipients. The volume not only educates the reader on the subject, but also illustrates how medical progress can often be surrounded by serious ethical and moral considerations. (from the 21st Century Health and Wellness Series.) Recommended, Grades 7-College, General Audience. REVIEWER: Bhavani Pathak (AAAS)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780791055229
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Series: Twenty First Century Health and Wellness Series
  • Edition description: REVISED & UPDATED
  • Pages: 107
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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