Gr 9 Up-- This guide resembles a medical pamphlet more than a book, but the combination of down-to-earth advice, medical jargon, and explicit diagrams works. Unconventional cartoons and simple drawings are interspersed with minimal text that outlines causes, symptoms, lab tests, treatment, and prevention of all the major STDs including HIV and AIDS. Nonsexually transmitted conditions that produce similar symptoms and other common diseases associated with the genital area are also covered. An appendix includes a review of the facts in question-and-answer format and international hotline information. Fictitious case studies and an extensive glossary enhance the presentation. More entertaining than most standard works on the subject, the book will certainly attract browsers and supply readers with vital information. There is, however, no index. Nourse's Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Watts, 1992) provides more in-depth coverage, but Daugirdas's presentation will appeal to a wider audience.-- Sue A. Norkeliunas, Arlington Senior High School, LaGrangeville, NY
Though the chapter on decision making has been slightly expanded, subject coverage and organization remain much the same as in the previous edition of this helpful overview . Even so, this revision warrants a second look for several reasons. First, and probably most important, is the simplification of the language, a change that will make the text accessible to more readers. Unnecessary medical terminology has been pruned (for example, "gonorrheal pharyngitis" now reads "sore throat"), and complex sentences have been restated more directly. Also, photographs have been added, and some of the first edition's unattractive, puzzling diagrams are now gone, replaced by more pleasing illustrations. The changes make an already useful book even better.