Children's Literature - Tina ChanThere was a time when no antibiotics existed to cure illnesses. Instead, people placed maggots on wounds to eat rotting and infected flesh and used moss to soak up blood. Honey was spread to seal wounds; in reality, it changed the wound’s acidity level. Mold was used although people did not know it as to be microbe that produced antibiotics. Additionally, Ignaz Semmelweis discovered that doctors who washed their hands after working with dead bodies and before delivering babies prevented pregnant mothers’ deaths. Other discoveries occurred when Louis Pasteur realized microbes cause diseases, Rudolph Emmerich and Oskar Low created pyocyanase, the first antibiotic, and Howard Florey and Ernst Chain made penicillin. The book also explains bacteria and antibiotics, including bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, and the future of antibiotics. Humorous cartoon-like illustrations in color, a timeline of antibiotics, facts about medical breakthroughs and top killer diseases, a glossary, and an index are also part of the book’s the makeup. In addition to understanding the scientific advancements made in antibiotics, readers learn and appreciate the usefulness of antibiotics and the history of science and medicine. Reviewer: Tina Chan; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal11/01/2014
Gr 5–8—Modern-day conveniences, such as cell phones and toilets, and the ingenious ways that people in the past made do without them are explored in this engaging series. Filled with bite-size facts and humorous, cartoon illustrations, the books take readers on a journey through history, showing them how science and technology have made life easier, safer, and more comfortable. Time lines chart the inventions' major developments and discoveries, providing a solid background for each subject, while brief yet interesting historical examples will appeal to even the most reluctant reader. The "ick" factor and potty humor in Toilets and Antibiotics are sure to entertain many, and interactive elements, such as the hands-on activities in "You Can Do It!," encourage experimentation and critical thinking. The books are packed with so much information that the lack of a pronunciation guide in the glossary can certainly be overlooked.
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