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The immune system
Edelson, Edward, 1932-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, [2000]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Examines the workings of a complex structure, the body's defense against disease and infection.
General Note:
Originally published in series: The encyclopedia of health. Healthy body.
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QR181.8 .E34 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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-- Provides a wealth of knowledge about the human body, its systems and conditions -- Important information for young people -- Complements school curriculum -- Ideal for research or class use -- Written in accessible, easily understood language The body's disease-fighting mechanism is explained in easy-to-understand detail.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Two books in the Encyclopedia of Health series look at the body's immune system and the diseases and disorders associated with it. Science writer Edelson writes clearly about microbiology, beginning with the structure of cells and the development of antibodies. He talks about allergies (caused by the malfunctioning of the immune system), autoimmmune disease, immune deficiency diseases like AIDS, and developments in genetic engineering. Devoting a whole chapter to cancer, he is frank in stating that immunotherapy is mostly "a history of disappointed hopes," and in discussing the relation of emotions to immunity, he makes clear that, while stress is a factor in illness and recovery, no proof exists that positive thinking cures cancer or anything else. Shader and Zonderman's style is dull and impersonal, and there's some overlap with Edelson in the discussion of topics like vaccination and the body's immune response. But teens will be interested in the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of mononucleosis (a disease that is most common in YAs). The writers talk about a wide range of infectious diseases, from childhood chicken pox and measles to sexually transmitted infections. Tables show infectious diseases with their appropriate vaccines and a recommended schedule of immunizations. Both books look at AIDS as the challenge of future research, which will focus on the prevention of the disease and what it can reveal to researchers about the immune system. Both include a long, useful glossary, a list of organizations to contact, a brief bibliography, and an index. The diagrams are helpful, but the photographs too often tend to be of the generic white-coated laboratory researcher peering into a microscope or holding a test tube up to the light. Gr. 7-10. --Hazel Rochman

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Flashy new covers, new forewords, a new series name, and rewritten introductions by Dr. C. Everett Koop are the most visible changes in these volumes that were published in 1989 as part of the "Encyclopedia of Health" series. Although nothing in the books indicates that they are revisions or second editions, the texts and black-and-white photos and drawings are basically the same as in the earlier titles except for some updated statistics. Internet addresses and a few titles have been added to the appended lists in the books. The Immune System adds a few sentences about new vaccines and how beta interferon is now being used. Both volumes cover their subjects adequately with emphasis on the history, but the changes are minimal.-Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



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