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Children's LiteratureThis fascinating book opens with the sobering fact that one out of four Americans will experience some form of mental illness in their lifetime. Yet, many of us know little about mental illness, largely due to society's unwillingness to accept it as an illness rather than a mental defect. Well-researched and written, this book discusses the frightening history of mental illness and how society has dealt with it over the years. Using black-and-white photos, line drawings and an interesting layout, the book also discusses the promise that modern research has had by discovering the chemical imbalances that are often the root cause of many mental illnesses. The book ends on a note of hope as technology continues to improve the diagnosis and treatment of these diseases. Informing students at younger ages of the potential for these diseases is an excellent strategy for promoting understanding.