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The teen health book : a parent's guide to adolescent health and well-being
Lopez, Ralph I.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2002]

Physical Description:
508 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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RJ140 .L67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
RJ140 .L67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
RJ140 .L67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Young Adult
RJ140 .L67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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In this bible for parents of teens, a pioneer in the field of adolescent medicine discusses the full spectrum of adolescent issues from sexual development and eating disorders to acne, growth issues, and alcohol and drug use. 15 line drawings.

Author Notes

Ralph I. Lopez has practiced adolescent medicine for more than thirty years. He is an associate professor at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, in New York.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A practicing specialist in adolescent medicine and professor at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, Lopez covers key health issues affecting teenagers, such as the physical and emotional changes of puberty, eating habits, sex, sleep deprivation and more. For the most part, Lopez focuses on physical conditions and "lifestyle" concerns. He gives a comprehensive overview of teen nutrition (including a section on eating disorders), skin care and sports injuries, and the last third of the book is a head-to-toe troubleshooting guide to the most common teen complaints and ailments. Extensive chapters on drugs and alcohol explain the physical and mental effects of different substances, and advise parents on talking to their teen about drug use. Likewise, the section on sex includes detailed pros and cons of various birth control methods, and the best way for parents to guide their teens in sexual decision making. On the other hand, teenagers' emotional lives are summed up in a single brief chapter, which means that issues like depression and suicide receive only cursory treatment perhaps insufficient given the statistics on this subject. Throughout the book are real-life scenarios from Lopez's practice, including, for instance, sample diets that show the dismal eating habits of many adolescents. Lopez's guide is a useful resource for overall health, but parents with questions about their teen's emotional well-being may need to go elsewhere. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A decades-long practitioner of adolescent medicine, Lopez (Weill Medical Coll., Cornell Univ.) has written a terrific book for parents of teens (and preteens). Divided into five parts, it explores puberty, health, lifestyle issues (such as sleep and nutrition), sexuality issues, and substance abuse while offering a whole-body, top-to-bottom review of common ailments from headaches to toenail infections. The explanations are easily understandable, the line drawings are clear, and short case histories aptly illustrate points. Lopez writes with empathy and good humor and clearly has a thorough grounding in and affection for his specialty. While there are scores of "how-to" books for parents of newborns and toddlers, few titles for parents address health topics for their teenagers. This will be a fine addition to any general health or parenting collection. Recommended. Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.