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Medicine and diseases

medicine_hand_epidemiologyHand, Carol Epidemiology: The Fight Against Ebola & Other Diseases
Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library

Lokere, Jillian Genetics: Unlocking the Secrets of Life
Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library

Roberts, Russell Medicine: A Matter of Life and Death
Middle school, high school     112 pp.   ABDO/Essential Library

History of Science series. Each volume traces the history of health sciences, medicine, or biology, considering the effects of discoveries and technological advancements on humans and ending with innovations in present-day science and policy. The concepts, technologies, and scientist profiles are illustrated with photographs and diagrams. Final chapters look to future challenges, including global disease and the ethics of gene therapy. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Epidemics; Genetics; Biology; DNA

jarrow_fatal feverJarrow, Gail Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary
Middle school, high school
     176 pp.     Boyds/Calkins

At the turn of the twentieth century, typhoid was a mystery. Sanitation engineer and “germ detective” George Soper consulted on a severe outbreak in Ithaca, New York. Eventually, he investigated the case of Mary Mallon (“Typhoid Mary”), an asymptomatic New York cook who left a trail of disease in her wake. This suspenseful medical mystery is illustrated with numerous photographs. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; New York (State); Diseases—Typhoid fever

murphy_breakthroughMurphy, Jim Breakthrough! How Three People Saved “Blue Babies” and Changed Medicine Forever
Gr. 4–6, middle school
   128 pp.   Clarion

Murphy tells the story of the medical team that solved the WWII-era problem of “Blue baby syndrome” — Dr. Alfred Blalock; pediatrician Helen Taussig (a woman in a male-dominated field); and Vivien Thomas, Blalock’s African American lab assistant, who developed and refined the surgical procedure. The synthesis of their stories is illuminating, serving also as social commentary on the times. Numerous black-and-white photographs are included. Bib., ind.

Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Human body—Heart; Doctors; Women—Doctors; Blalock, Alfred; Taussig, Helen; Thomas, Vivien

medicine_salzmann-dentists-toolsSalzmann, Mary Elizabeth Dentist’s Tools
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.   ABDO

Salzmann, Mary Elizabeth Doctor’s Tools
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.   ABDO

Super SandCastle: Professional Tools series. Salzmann provides details about common medical and dental tools; explanations of their uses may help allay the fears of children on their way to a visit. “Fast Facts” enhance the scant main texts. The many photographs of smiling patients, in addition to labeled pictures of the tools, contribute to the reassuring tone. Matching games and short quizzes are appended. Glos.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Doctors; Tools; Dentists

medicine_vickers_industrial-age-medicineVickers, Rebecca Industrial Age Medicine
Gr. 4-6     48 pp.   Raintree/Freestyle

Medicine Through the Ages series. From the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century, rapid changes in living conditions, technology, and scientific thought led to vast advances in Western medical knowledge and treatment. In this book, the accessible main text provides an overview; frequent sidebars add details about individuals and related topics. Archival illustrations and photos provide a sense of the era. Reading list, timeline, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Medicine, Human Body, and Diseases; Industrial Revolution

From the November 2015 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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