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Title:
Orphan diseases : new hope for rare medical conditions
Author:
Murphy, Wendy B.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Twenty-First Century Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Looks at rare diseases, such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, and sickle-cell anemia, which are neglected by researchers and drug manufacturers for fiscal, political, and practical reasons.
Language:
English
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/fy031/2001007157.html
ISBN:
9780761319191
Format :
Book

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Looks at rare diseases, such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, and sickle-cell anemia, which are neglected by researchers and drug manufacturers for fiscal, political, and practical reasons.


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Gr. 7^-12. There's a note of hope in this exploration of rare diseases that have begun to attract more attention from the medical profession and the media, thereby paving the way for more aggressive research. In separate chapters, Murphy discusses autism, sickle cell anemia, dwarfism, cystic fibrosis, and SCID (the "Bubble Boy" disease). There's also a chapter on obsessive-compulsive disorder. Subtopics in each chapter cover genetic origin, causes and treatments, and suggestions for living with the illness. The text is dense and filled with useful information, and the photographs (usually of celebrities who have played characters with the disorder or who have the condition themselves) lighten the tone and help break up the tightly packed text. A glossary and chapter notes will help researchers. Roger Leslie