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World of health
Narins, Brigham, 1962-
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [2000]

Physical Description:
viii, 1424 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 29 cm
An alphabetical collection of articles on health and medical topics, theories, discoveries, concepts, and the people behind them.
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R130.5 .W67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Reference

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This reference offers data on theories, concepts, discoveries and people concerning the origins of medical practice and how health issues affect individuals and society today.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

These titles provide information on important individuals and concepts in chemistry and health in an encyclopedic format. They are part of a series that also includes World of Biology [RBB S 1 99]. World of Chemistry contains more than 1,000 entries, from Abel, John Jacob (American pharmacologist) and Absorption spectroscopy to Zirconium, Zosimos of Panopolis (Egyptian alchemist), and Zsigmondy, Richard (German colloidal chemist). This volume will prove useful for learners who need basic information on introductory concepts (e.g., Acids and bases, Buffers, Lone pair, Periodic table) as well as those interested in more advanced topics. Entries treat scientific laws and physical constants, scientific instrumentation and techniques, and phenomena and processes, such as Dehydration, Endothermic reactions, and Polarization of light. Excellent information can be found on important compounds, all elements, and functional groups such as alcohols and ketones. In addition, more than 400 entries give biographical information on important scientists in chemistry-related fields from ancient times to the present. Several entries provide general background on major subdisciplines in chemistry, such as Immunochemistry, Materials chemistry, and Polymer chemistry. World of Health contains about 1,400 entries, many of them brief biographies of important personalities in health and medicine. Other entries give information on diseases, disorders, and conditions or describe drugs, medical procedures, and equipment. Still others treat concepts related to the practice of medicine and the health-care system, such as Durable power of attorney for health care, Medical ethics, and Sports medicine. Each entry for disease or disorder includes details on alternative treatments, and there are several main entries relating to alternative medicine (Acupuncture and acupressure, Massage, Meditation, Tai chi). Entries are arranged in alphabetical order in both resources, with cross-references indicated within the text in bold. Additional cross-references are listed at the end of some entries. Both publications suffer from lapses in editing in the text of the entries and in cross-references within the entries. The latter appears to be caused by an overreliance on automated indexing. There are many instances where cross-references lead one down the wrong path (for example, to Sodium instead of Sodium chloride). In other examples, the cross-reference is not indicated at all. However, the works use accessible language to explain terms, and the writing level and degree of detail is appropriate for the intended audience of high-school students and the general public. Completing the volumes are high-quality indexes, chronologies of important events, and bibliographies listing books, articles, and Web sites. Both volumes are light on illustrations. The strengths of these resources are the accessible writing style and the fact that they contain information on both individuals and scientific concepts. Some information is duplicative of other Gale reference products that many libraries already own. Entries for health conditions and disorders in World of Health are reproduced almost exactly from Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine [RBB Mr 1 99]. Biographical sketches in both books are identical to those found in other Gale products such as Notable Black American Scientists [RBB Fe 15 99] and Notable Women Scientists (1999). If these other Gale titles are not already part of the collection, then World of Chemistry and World of Health would be good investments for the high-school or public library.

Library Journal Review

This one-volume encyclopedia contains 1400 alphabetical entries that provide concise information about various aspects of health and medicine--information that is always in demand. These include diseases, organs, systems, drugs, medical and surgical procedures, and biographies of scientists and physicians who made important discoveries. The book also has a chronology of medical history from 5000 B.C.E. through 1999. The articles are easy to understand, and ample cross references will help readers find related information. The biographies include many women scientists as well as researchers from all over the world. Most have pictures, though these illustrations are sometimes awkwardly placed on the page after the article. Although the information here is readily available in other sources, such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (LJ 2/15/99) and the Encyclopedia of World Biography (Gale, 1998. 2d ed.), this will be a useful source for school, consumer, health, and smaller public libraries that do not own the larger, more expensive sources.--Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The word that best describes this book is "unique." Unlike any reference source of its kind, it combines medical dictionary, medical history book, collective biography, and allied health encyclopedia. Instead of just defining "bedsore," one is shown in grisly detail. Other unexpected items include not just text about Virginia Apgar but a picture, not just a description of what part of the brain aroma therapy affects but a vivid illustration. It is the perfect book for commonly asked medical reference questions that need a clear, concise explanation but cannot be answered from a general encyclopedia. The 1,400 entries reveal a well-thought-out attempt to include common medical buzzwords people hear or read about. Moderately priced, it is essential for all libraries. J. King; San Jose City College