Medical Mysteries
The Testament of a Clinical Scientist

By John Dickinson
December 2005
Distributed By Trans-Atlantic Publications
Book Guild
ISBN: 9781857769760
For Ages 14- 16
518 pages, Illustrated, 6 x 8 1/8"
$36.50 Paper Original

Inspired by Douglas Adams' assertion in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" that the answer to the meaning of life is "42", "Medical Mysteries" looks at 42 disorders and diseases that are still puzzling the medical community. For example, what really is to blame for the increase in obesity? Why does a diet high in salt cause high blood pressure in some people but not others?

What is really causing the fatigue of ME sufferers? John Dickinson has had a long and distinguished career in medicine, but he has never lost his enthusiasm for an unsolved mystery. These 42 mysteries are discussed in a plain, easy to understand style, illustrated with anecdotes that bring each mystery to life. Readers with a greater understanding of medicine will also benefit from the separate technical material in each of the 42 chapters and from the notes at the end of the book, which offer relevant sources of up-to-date thinking and research.

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