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Medicine in the News
  • Format
  • Authored by: Brian R. Shmaefsky, Ph.D., Consulting Editor: Yael Calhoun
  • From the Series: Science News Flash
  • Trim Size: 6 x 9
  • ISBN-10: 0791092569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7910-9256-9
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $31.95
  • Imprint: Chelsea House
  • Published: 06/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 610
  • Reading Level: Grades 6-12
  • Pages: 144


Medical advances are being created at the fastest pace ever experienced in human history. These new developments facilitate the ability for physicians to cure and diagnose a variety of diseases and health conditions. The rapid capacity to detect and treat disease is becoming more critical as human populations swell and new diseases emerge globally. Using simple terminology and concrete conceptualizations, Medicine in the News surveys the major categories of medical advances appearing in the news today. The various innovative tools currently being used for diagnosing degenerative, genetic, and infectious diseases are discussed and detailed at length, as are the unique medical treatments based on modern biotechnology inventions. Topics such as gene therapy and tissue engineering are also covered, and thought-provoking predictions are made about the possible future directions in medical technologies and treatments.


Full-color photographs and illustrations. Sidebars. Glossary. Further reading. Web sites. References. Index.

About the Author(s)

Brian R. Shmaefsky, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and service learning coordinator at Kingwood College near Houston, Texas. He was an industrial chemist in the biotechnology industry before becoming a college professor. Shmaefsky studied at Brooklyn College in New York and did his graduate work in physiology at Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois. He continues to consult in the biochemistry and biomedical industries and serves on many science boards and committees.

Consulting editor Yael Calhoun is a former science teacher and environmental planner who has worked on waste, water, and land management projects, as well as groundwater protection plans.

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“…recommend[ed]…a necessary component to help students become aware of happenings in medicine while providing them with a perspective from past, to present, and the future.”
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