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The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders
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The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders
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Despite centuries of scientific study and medical research, there are still many human diseases and disorders that remain difficult to manage or are incurable. Some of these maladies are extremely rare, yet, together, they affect a substantial number of people. The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders examines seldom-seen illnesses, providing high school and college students with an excellent resource for research as well as supplying fascinating reading for general readers interested in diseases and medical science.

This book provides clear, easy-to-understand, and scientifically grounded information on the vast number of unusual medical conditions that have been recorded, covering five kinds of diseases and disorders: genetic, infectious, environmental, mental, and "other," which constitutes diseases of autoimmune and unknown origin. Examples of the medical conditions addressed include autoimmune encephalitis, Ebola, kleptomania, Morgellons syndrome, orthorexia, pneumoconiosis, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Selected case studies enable readers to better empathize with the experiences of those who have these disorders and how these afflictions have affected their lives.

Despite centuries of scientific study and medical research, there are still many human diseases and disorders that remain difficult to manage or are incurable. Some of these maladies are extremely rare, yet, together, they affect a substantial number of people. The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders examines seldom-seen illnesses, providing high school and college students with an excellent resource for research as well as supplying fascinating reading for general readers interested in diseases and medical science.

This book provides clear, easy-to-understand, and scientifically grounded information on the vast number of unusual medical conditions that have been recorded, covering five kinds of diseases and disorders: genetic, infectious, environmental, mental, and "other," which constitutes diseases of autoimmune and unknown origin. Examples of the medical conditions addressed include autoimmune encephalitis, Ebola, kleptomania, Morgellons syndrome, orthorexia, pneumoconiosis, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Selected case studies enable readers to better empathize with the experiences of those who have these disorders and how these afflictions have affected their lives.

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  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2016

    What the dickens is Pickwickian syndrome? Prolific medical writer Kelly (Alzheimer's Disease) defines this breathing problem, which is related to obesity (so named since a character in Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers demonstrates its symptoms), as well as 100 other conditions that the author deems "most unusual" in this new compendium. The book is organized into five sections: genetic disorders, mental health disorders, environmental disorders, infectious diseases, and conditions with other or unexplained origins. For each entry, Kelly discusses the ailment's prevalence (Pickwickian syndrome, for example, is on the rise), diagnosis, and treatment (if any) and provides some case-study sidebars (including Elizabeth Smart for Stockholm syndrome). Each entry features a further reading list, aligning with Kelly's plea to "please remember these diseases are real and affect real people, and should never be taken cavalierly." VERDICT Kelly presents a solid starter roundup of uncommon conditions.

    Copyright 2016 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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