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VOYAThis new health series—whose four volumes cover muscular and skeletal systems, the circulatory and respiratory systems, digestive and urinary systems, and reproductive and nervous systems—distinguishes itself by highlighting environmental issues that affect health. These include pollution, chemicals, biological agents such as bacteria, diet, smoking, and lifestyle. Many common and less common health problems are described, along with sophisticated new diagnostic procedures. Drug therapies are not mentioned often, but appropriate lifestyle changes are stressed. The volumes are organized so that each body system, for example the endocrine system, is described anatomically with helpful illustrations, and the working of that system is explained. The second chapter then describes various diseases of the endocrine system such as Addison's disease. A third chapter on environmental factors causing health disorders of the system follows, such as Type 2 Diabetes or Seasonal Affective Disorder. Information given is up-to-date and accurate. When the role of environmental factors in causing disease is suspected but not fully understood, it is presented as theoretical. It must be noted that prions, BSE, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, coronavirus, and SARS do not get a mention. Although admittedly quite uncommon, they are sure to be in the news for some time. The indexes are excellent but specific for each volume, which also contain individual bibliographies that include suggested Web sites. Well-chosen illustrations enhance the text, which is accessible without being trivial. This series has much to offer students looking for research material. Although particularly appropriate for studentsthrough ninth grade, it will also be a useful starting place for older students. 2003, Greenwood, 576p. in 4 vols.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio., PLB. Ages 11 to 18.