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Alphabetically arranged articles present medical information on more than 400 diseases, discussing sources, symptoms, stages of the disease, its likelihood of striking, treatments, prevention, and long-term effects.
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Written for middle- and high-school students, these volumes are a revised edition of a set originally published by Grolier in 1997 (and well reviewed in RBB). More than 500 diseases or conditions are arranged in alphabetical order, each identified as a disease (viral, mechanical, genetic, etc.), symptom (Hives), body system (Thymus), disorder (Albinism), injury (Whiplash), or reference (Tropical diseases). More than 40 entries are new or have been heavily revised. Most entries are at least a page or two, describing cause, incidence, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and disorders. Often included are see also references, such as those to Abscess, Digestive system, Inflammation, Large intestine, and Peritonitis from the entry Appendicitis. See references are also found throughout the text (e.g., "Babesiosis see Parasites and disease ").
Writing is understandable without being oversimplified, and many entries include pronunciations. The introductory pages claim "special attention has been paid to diseases and disorders that affect young people (ranging from Acne to Warts )," but many others are also included (Finger and toenail fungus, Mastitis, Tourette's syndrome ). Often the text changes from narrative to give direct advice, such as "Tips to allergy-proof your home," "You can drain a painful blister," or "Call a physician immediately."
Illustrations are occasionally helpful (Aneurysm clearly shown, Heimlich maneuver demonstrated in a photo on Asphyxia ), but many drawings are just cartoonish. A few first-aid books and newsletters plus health Web sites are listed in volume 1, but listing Web sites at the end of some articles would have been even more useful. Certainly this browsable set is appropriate for students or where an overview is adequate, and libraries where the first edition has been popular will want to update their collections. RBB
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Grade 6-9-About 20 percent of this revision of the 1996 edition is new, and the rest has been updated to some extent. Covering approximately 400 maladies and susceptible body parts, the one- to four-page articles systematically convey, as relevant, causes, symptoms, incidence statistics, treatments, and preventive strategies. The articles are geared more toward helping general readers to recognize the nature and gravity of ailments than to serve as reference for self-treatment, or even more than basic first aid. An urgent-looking "Phone Doctor" icon appears next to any condition that may require immediate attention. Access is a breeze, thanks to sheaves of see references (29 accompany the article on "Blood" alone) and a comprehensive index at each volume's end. Though enhanced by a sprinkling of small photos and diagrams, this is, by and large, a textual resource; that, and the near total lack of leads to further information, gives David Newton's Sick! Diseases and Disorders, Injuries and Infections (UXL, 2000) a leg up. Still, with its broader coverage and greater currency, this alphabetical catalog of ailments, from "Anthrax" to "Anxiety," and "Hypothermia" to "Fifth disease," will satisfy most curiosity and assignment-driven inquiries.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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