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The History of Medicine

The History of Medicine

by Mary B. Woods, Michael Woods

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Children's Literature
The theme color of surgical green appears throughout the pages of this book, decorating the borders, the back matter, and the title pages. It really sets the right mood for this subject matter. The book starts with Louis Pasteur's study of germs in the 1860s, which began the practice of doctors washing their hands before surgery. The book talks about how difficult it was to convince the doctors of the time that washing hands could save lives. Other chapters cover vaccines, antibiotics, anesthetics, x-rays, artificial limbs and a look into the future of medical inventions. Along the bottom of every page are important dates with an explanation of the special, medically- significant event that happened in that year. Nearly every page has a bright white fact box with bold red type. These fact boxes highlight additional information such as the definition of antibiotics or the fact that scientists use x-rays to discover what is inside the Egyptian mummies. The book is well designed and organized. The illustrations are a nice mix of old photos and etchings, x-rays, CT scans, and modern photographs. The picture of a patient's foot infected with a flesh-eating bacteria is particularly graphic. The back matter contains an index, a list of web sites, a bibliography, a glossary, and a time line showing the related events in medical history. This book is part of Twenty-First Century Books' "Major Inventions Through History" series, which also includes The History of Communication, The History of Energy, The History of Everyday Life, The History of Food, The History of Transportation, and The History of Weapons. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 7 to 10.
—Sally J. K. Davies
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-These volumes help students understand how inventions have shaped our history and our lives. Herbst describes how people have defended their homes, cities, and countries over time and discusses the development of weapons from rocks and sharp sticks to weapons of mass destruction. The book also touches on the gun-control debate. Milton Meltzer's Weapons and Warfare: From the Stone Age to the Space Age (HarperCollins, 1996) is a comparable volume but does not include robotics. Landau covers fire, wind and water, coal and steam, oil and gasoline, electricity, and nuclear energy and explains how developments in these areas powered the Industrial Revolution, changed transportation, and improved the lives of people. The advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources are discussed. Steve Parker's Fuels for the Future (Raintree, 1998) covers much of the same material but lacks the historical connections. Communication describes how the printing press, telephone, radio, television, and the Internet changed how information is conveyed and how people relate to one another. Ian Graham's Communications (Raintree, 2001) contains much of the same information. Medicine gives readers an appreciation for all of the advances that have improved and extended life. Steve Parker's Medicine (DK, 2000) covers similar historical material. Each book includes an epilogue that suggests future advances in its area and a time line that runs along the bottom of the pages. All of them have an attractive layout and ample photos, reproductions, and other illustrative material in color and black and white.-Ann Joslin, formerly at Erie County Public Library, PA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
Major Inventions Through History Series
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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