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Created by a team of doctors and health education experts based at the du Pont Hospital for Children, this user-friendly, accessible reference work presents the most accurate and up-to-date information available on 280 diseases and conditions from Abscess to Zoonoses that students are curious about. Ranging from a half-page for minor topics like Dandruff to seven pages for major topics like Heart Disease, the clearly designed sections include prevention and lifestyle guidance where appropriate. In addition to photographs, special features include marginal definitions with pronunciations, fact boxes, historical/literary sidebars, and process diagrams, as well as an introduction on how the human body works. Full analytical index.
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Grade 9 Up—Originally published in 2000 with two supplements issued a few years later, this revised, substantially expanded, and even more widely focused edition of a well-received resource offers 450 entries on a host of diseases and conditions. It also covers less-expected conditions such as "Homelessness," "Internet Addiction," and "School Avoidance." A select number of biographical sketches (with the contributions of women particularly highlighted) and discussions of related enrichment topics from "Brain Chemistry" to "Vaccination" broaden the scope even further. Each of the alphabetically arranged articles opens with a brief definition and, typically, a case study, then goes on to explain, in specific but not overwhelming detail, known causes, symptoms, diagnosis methods, treatments, and prognosis. Special terms or subjects receive once-overs in the broad margins, and each entry closes with a list of further resources and relevant organizations. Generous "see" references supplement the comprehensive set index. Though the occasional small color photos or diagrams are more decorative than enlightening, and the further-reading resources have all been needlessly cumulated into huge sections in the final volume, this set makes an appealing alternative to the plethora of one-volume health encyclopedias. A worthy choice for readers needing specific but not heavily technical medical background.—John Peters, New York Public Library
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