Everyday doctors perform surgeries that were unheard of only a few years ago. They continue to make advances that improve people's lives. Using surgery as an example, this book challenges kids to think about innovation and how anything is possible.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$29.93 $20.95
$47.07 $32.95
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Dewey 617
Lexile
ATOS Reading Level 7.2
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781602792241), PDF (9781602793736), ePub (9781631379949), Hosted ebook (9781602793736H), Kindle (9781624319709)
Copyright 2009
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics

School Library Journal

Brief in scope, these titles make medical topics accessible. Surgery begins with a child needing stitches, then turns to a history of the field, with references to new techniques. In Disease, a doctor giving an injection to a youngster explains how it is easier to fight disease today than in the past. The bulk of the text discusses discoveries over the ages in diagnosis and treatment. Transplants opens with two brothers watching Frankenstein; the focus of the work is on the history and future of transplants, and cell biology. It updates Sandra Giddens and Owen Giddens’s more comprehensive Future Techniques in Surgery (Rosen, 2003). The medical terminology in these volumes is explained clearly and supplemented by sidebars. Well-captioned color and black-and-white photographs and reproductions break up the sometimes dry text. A few of the illustrations, such as that of a kidney being removed in Transplants, may be too graphic for squeamish students. The books supply enough material for short reports or for children interested in the topics. They fill a need for current children’s medical materials and are worthy purchases.

— Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH

Author: Judy Alter

Judy Alter is the author of numerous books for young readers, as well as novels for young adults and adults. Recent titles include Souvenirs from the Stars, John Barclay Armstrong: Texas Ranger, and Martín de Leon: Tejano Empresario. Alter has been director of a small university press for twenty years. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her Australian shepherd, Scooby, and her cat, Wynona.

  • A Brief History of Surgery
  • The Development of New Techniques
  • Using New Techniques
  • The Future of Surgery
  • Some Famous Medical Innovators
  • Glossary
  • For More Information
  • Index
  • About the Author