A MATTER OF LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY: Health Sciences Today by Essie E. Lee

A MATTER OF LIFE AND TECHNOLOGY: Health Sciences Today

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On the cutting edge of spectacular medical progress, as presented by a knowledgeable health educator. Lee takes us along on an exciting journey, nicely meshing headline makers (Baby Laura and her heart transplant, David the ""bubble boy,"" Briget Gurney, whose legs were crushed under a 50-ton crane) with the wonders that hospitals provide for ordinary people every day. Focusing mostly on well-known New York hospital facilities, Lee tells of gene probes, lasers, telemetry, endoscopy, and also helicopter ambulances, artificial hearts, lab detective work, and devices for the handicapped, such as a paper-money identifier for the blind. Throughout, computers are stars for our future, as supports for the doctor-patient relationship. Especially valuable is the information on illnesses youngsters have heard of but know little about, e.g., sickle cell anemia and AIDS, and more valuable still are the photos, because many children have not visited hospitals. Lee closes her intriguing book with a look at hospital support services from machine repair persons to pharmacists, and lists ways teem can get involved in biomedical science. Useful and intriguing.

Pub Date: March 2nd, 1987
Page count: 194pp
Publisher: Messner