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Spare Parts: From Peg Legs to Gene Splices
     

Spare Parts: From Peg Legs to Gene Splices

by Wendy B. Murphy, Wendy Barbara Murphy
 

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Children's Literature
This engaging and thoroughly researched book traces the medical history of organ transplants and artificial limbs, from the earliest wooden prosthetics to recent advances in organ transplants and gene splicing. Ms. Murphy reduces complex biological processes to easily understandable terms, suitable for readers of all ages. She explains the seeming paradox in which the greatest advances in medical science are usually made in times of violent war, where high casualties create an environment for researchers to observe and learn. We have come to the point where the only organ that cannot be replaced is the human brain. Sections called "Repair Shop" offer deeper insights into amputations and blood replacement. Ethical issues concerning organ donors and xenotransplants (organs harvested from animals for use in humans) are discussed. Particularly riveting is the story of Jeremy, a young man who lost his lower leg in an accident. With simple courage and determination, Jeremy guides the reader through the ordeal of amputation and prosthetic replacement. Photographs, notes, glossary, bibliography and index are included. 2001, Twenty-First Century Books/The Millbrook Press, $23.90. Ages 12 up. Reviewer: Christopher Moning

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761313557
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Single Titles Series
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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