The Scientists Behind Medical Advances

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This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at scientists who have made major advances and affected the way we live - men and women, historical and modern, and from a range of cultures. Some are household names, some deserve much greater recognition and credit than they currently receive, and others who have discovered and invented ground-breaking medical treatments.

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Overview

This addition to the Sci-Hi series looks at scientists who have made major advances and affected the way we live - men and women, historical and modern, and from a range of cultures. Some are household names, some deserve much greater recognition and credit than they currently receive, and others who have discovered and invented ground-breaking medical treatments.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
"Who swallowed harmful germs on purpose?" This and many other intriguing questions are answered in books of the "Sci-Hi" series, which introduce readers to the multitude of scientists, past and present, working in various fields. This volume explores disease and its treatment, researched by doctors, medical scientists, and medical technologists. Some scientists get spreads, others a page, and still others a short mention in a sidebar; some are famous and some will be unknown to aspiring young scientists, but all have done important work. Take French doctor Louis Pasteur, who proved germs cause disease, and Marie Curie, researcher of radioactivity and its potential for curing cancer. Or consider Alexander Fleming, who in 1928 discovered penicillin made by a fungus. Today, vaccines are more important than ever, though the first (for smallpox) was introduced by Edward Jenner back in the 18th century. Public health is today a vital concern, typified by the work of Doctors without Borders (Nobel Prizewinners in 1999), while the health of newborns is measured by neonatologists with a score developed by Dr. Virginia Apgar. Readers hoping to specialize in medicine will be drawn to explanations of new fields like sports medicine, flying doctors (especially in Africa), robot surgery, or new technology in transplants (like the amazing hand pictured). Illustrations are mostly color photos on every page, combined with areas of text and sidebars in brightly-colored circles. In an effort to create excitement, color has been added to backgrounds and often in bands around scientists' heads, adding an over-saturated look to some pages. Still, these volumes (including timelines, glossaries, quizzes, and bibliographies) can work well as source books encouraging further research for science projects, reports, biographies, and even careers. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410940551
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Sci-Hi: Scientists Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Medical Science 4

Diseases from Germs 6

New Drugs 10

Vaccines 14

Surgery 18

More Amazing Surgery 22

Public Health 24

Cancer 28

Healthy Babies 32

Sports Medicine 34

Doctors Who Make a Difference 36

The Future of Medicine 40

Timeline 42

Glossary 44

Find Out More 46

Index 48

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