CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 10 . . . . November 4, 2011
Heroes of Medicine and their Discoveries is another in the Crabtree "Connections" series. Currently, there appear to be 36 books in this series grouped in related topic groups of three. Heroes of Medicine and their Discoveries is grouped with two other books about inventors, Inventors Who Changed the World and Inventors' Secret Scrapbook.
The book covers are colour coded to indicate whether the focus of the book is Information, Instruction, Report, Persuasive, Explanation, Recount, Biography, Journalistic, and Formal. As with other books in the series, there is no explanation, and so the colour coding isn't likely to be of any particular use to young readers, but it may be a helpful system for those purchasing the books.
Heroes of Medicine and their Discoveries has a pale green spine and back cover, indicating that it has been written in a Journalistic style. The book presents information on 12 medical breakthroughs as though the breakthrough was being reported at the time it happened. For example, "The Heart is Just a Pump," reports that:
The report is dated 1628, and both the breakthrough and the controversy that ensued are highlighted. Each double-page spread also includes a section titled "What Happened Next?" This section brings young researchers up to date in this area of medicine.
The final discovery is dated Today. Titled "New Hearts in the Future," this section looks at the invention of an artificial heart developed by Professor Alain Carpentier over the last 20 years. The update box in this section is revised and reads What Will Happen Next?
Heroes of Medicine and their Discoveries follows a traditional organization with a table of contents at the beginning and an index at the end. Each book also includes a glossary and a further information page, containing both books and websites.
Like other books in the Crabtree "Connections" series, Heroes of Medicine is very colourful with an attractive layout including photos, text boxes, and illustrations with many labels. Information is chunked and highlighted in creative ways to draw attention in a very reader-friendly way. Young researchers and readers trying to decipher nonfiction text will find the content easy to access once they understand the journalistic format.
Suzanne Pierson is a retired teacher-librarian, currently instructing Librarianship courses at Queen's University in Kingston, ON.
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