Understanding Birth Defects

Understanding Birth Defects

by Karen Gravelle
     
 
What birth defects are, their genetic and environmental origins, and what can be done to help, plus the problems of low birth weight, AIDS, and Lyme disease are all discussed in this information-packed book.

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What birth defects are, their genetic and environmental origins, and what can be done to help, plus the problems of low birth weight, AIDS, and Lyme disease are all discussed in this information-packed book.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7-12-- This well-organized survey explains the causes of birth defects and how to prevent and treat such conditions. It includes a discussion of low birth weight, which is not really a birth defect, but is often a problem for teenage mothers. Diseases are grouped and discussed by causes: hereditary, such as Down's syndrome and cystic fibrosis; environmental, such as those brought about by radiation and chemical pollutants; and combinations of both, such as RH disease and PKU. Using fictional cases, Gravelle explains genetic counseling and prenatal care; the facts and figures are supported by footnotes, and new theories and treatments are presented. This information is sometimes touched on in books such as The New Teenage Body Book (Body Pr, 1987) by McCoy and Wibbelsman. Also available is Solomon Snyder's Birth Defects (Chelsea House, 1989). --Martha Gordon, South Salem Lib . , NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531109557
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/1990
Pages:
128
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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