The Sickening History of Medicine books are published at Lerner Books publishing. It is a series who will take the readers through the history of medicine, using fascinating and sometimes gruesome illustration to describe ancient epidemics, early remedies, and the scientific discoveries that broght us to where we are today.
I have received four titles from this series.
Being sick is horrible but it used to be worse. Inside this book, you will see evidence of the plagues of the past- rotting skin, dissolving lungs, and sinister swelling all over the body. Diseases like the Black Death wiped out whole towns and villages. Tuberculosis consumed young people like a bloodsucking vampire. Smallpox left its victims scarred for life - if they survived. At the time, no one knew where these killer diseases came from or how to treat them. Eventually, doctors discovered how these diseases and others were spread. Being sick isn't quite as sickening as it was in the past.
It is easy to take a pill when we aren't feeling well. But did you know that the art of making medicines goes back thousands of years? Early remedies weren't always so easy - or effective. Some seemed downright disgusting. Wine infused with a venomous snake was used to cure fatigue and hair loss. Snail slime soothed burns, and a mixture of ear wax and mud treated headaches. Discover more about how medicine was practiced centuries ago and how, eventually, scientists discovered some truly amazing remedies, from the magic bullet that treated syphilis to the insulin used for diabetes.
People have always needed doctors. But the doctors of the past might not look like the doctors you are used to seeing! Sometimes their healing methods were weird, disgusting, or even dangerous. Doctors in the Middle Ages sniffed patients' urine to diagnose disease, and barbers might cut off a person's injured arm or leg. The ancient Chinese fought smallpox by blowing powdered pus up the nose. Many of these old remedies turned out to be dangerous, but others paved the way for modern blood transfusions, vaccines, and anesthetics. If you're not too squeamish, read this book to learn more about the history of doctors.
Tiny Killers, When Bacteria and Viruses Attacks
Invisible microbes cause sickness by invading our bodies and multiplying. But doctors didn't always know that sickness was caused by germs. Most people thought diseases came from smelly, damp air. But over time, those ideas changed. A Dutch scientist saw bacteria through his microscope. Doctors realized that when they washed their hands, fewer people died. And a doctor in London recognized that disease could spread through contaminated water. Because of these discoveries, people eventually learned that hygiene was the key to stopping disease. Hospitals used clean surgical instruments, and cities developed trash removal and sewage systems. Learn more about the discovery and defeat of bacteria!
The books are beautifully illustrated and contain fascinating information. The information found is short and direct. It is easy to read in one sitting or for reading assignments. I think they would make great starting reference book for a science assignment. I would recommend to also investigate other source of information as well.
The drawings are well made and fun to look at. These books are designed with late elementary children in mind. They are fun to read and look at. Below are examples of pages found in each of the books.
The books end with a timeline and a glossary for definitions. This series is geared for grades 3 to 6 children and is packed with interesting information about medicine. If you have a child who is interested in science particularly medicine, these would be a great series to explore.
This series can be found at your favorite bookstore.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen and Lerner Publishing Group for sending me these books for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinion expressed here are only my own.