Pox, Pus and Plague

Pox, Pus and Plague

by John Townsend
     
 

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Read this history of disease and infection and find out what part pox, pus, and plague played in the spread and treatment of illness. Learn why British sailors were called limeys, and which disease turns the skin bright yellow. Discover why disease spread quickly. Read these real-life stories and fascinating news reports to learn how hospitals and medical treatment

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Read this history of disease and infection and find out what part pox, pus, and plague played in the spread and treatment of illness. Learn why British sailors were called limeys, and which disease turns the skin bright yellow. Discover why disease spread quickly. Read these real-life stories and fascinating news reports to learn how hospitals and medical treatment has changed throughout the years. Eye-catching photographs help you visualize medical treatment and conditions in this painful history of medicine book.

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School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Gangrenous feet, zippered wounds, and members of the Guinea Pig Club (airmen with bad burns requiring special skin surgery) are just some of the sights to be found in these titles. The books are organized chronologically, beginning with "Ancient Times" and "The Middle Ages" and include major events-for example, the discovery of penicillin (Disease)-before concluding with present times. Each page is dominated by black-and-white and color photographs or illustrations, often graphically gross. Scurvy (Disease) is illustrated with rotting teeth; in Hospitals, a picture of rats running on patients depicts the unsanitary conditions of the Middle Ages, and in Medication, a photo of an exceedingly ugly wart accompanies mention of an ancient cure. This unusual treatment of the history of medicine is certain to attract browsers, who will ooh and giggle as they page through the books. Basic facts are presented plainly, making the titles accessible to a wide range of researchers as well. Vocabulary words are highlighted at the bottom of the pages and in glossaries, which is a bit confusing. This is a minor flaw in books that are sure to be a hit.-Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410913388
Publisher:
Heinemann-Raintree
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
A Painful History of Medicine Series
Pages:
56
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

John Townsend has been in teaching for 25 years, and has been a full-time writer since January 2003. He has written more than sixty books for young people, on such wide-ranging subjects as monsters, urban legends, spiders, computer crime, and spies. He has also written the recent thrillers The Hand and The Omen and the Ghost. He lives in England.

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