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.|
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 peoplethe 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)