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    The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2003
    by Ken Park
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (23 November, 2002)
    list price: $11.95
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Best Almanac Available, But Where are the Elections?
    The World Almanac is the standard.Every year it's got all the information you need: economic statistics, historical data, states and presidents and sports.It's great again this year, except that the publishers rushed it to print and ignored the 2002 Congressional elections.Election data, state-by-state returns, are one of the key attractions of the Almanac, so this is a sore disappointment.Suggest that future readers, before buying, check to see if it covers the elections returns.If not, give it a pass.

    4-0 out of 5 stars a lot of info
    Contains a lot of (mostly) up-to-date information for the curious/bored mind.For your money, best value in Alamanacs.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An essential reference work for a "shrinking" planet
    I recently bought a copy of "The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2003" for my workplace, and the book has gotten a lot of use. It's both a practical source of useful information and a fun thing to read in spare minutes.

    The book reviews the top news stories of 2002, and includes coverage of the war on terrorism. There is a chronology covering 11 Oct. 2001 to 15 Oct 2002. The almanac is packed full of data in many categories: the U.S. government, arts and the media, awards, languages, religions, astronomy, nations of the world, etc. To make the book easy to use there is not only a one-page quick reference index and a more extensive general index, but also a quick thumb index on the back cover.

    So if you want to know the salary of the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, the name of the winner of the 1918 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, the surface area of the island of Elba, the number of Buddhists in Europe, or a huge number of other global facts, you've come to the right source. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0886878829
    Sales Rank: 159890
    Subjects:  1. Almanacs    2. Almanacs, American    3. Reference    4. Statistics    5. Reference / Almanacs   


    National Geographic Atlas Of The World 7th Edition
    by National Geographic
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 1999)
    list price: $150.00
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    Editorial Review

    When National Geographic published its first Atlas of the World more than 35 years ago, the world was indeed a different place. In order to cover today's world--including its oceans, stars, climate, natural resources, and more--National Geographic has published its seventh edition of the Atlas of the World. With each new edition, National Geographic strives to make its atlas more than just maps. You'll learn that the coldest place in the world is the Plateau Station in Antarctica, where the average daily temperature is minus 56.7 degrees Celsius; the most populated continent is Asia, with more than 3.6 billion people, or 60.8 percent of the world's population; the driest place on earth is the Atacama Desert in Chile; a flight from New Delhi to Rio de Janeiro covers 14,080 kilometers; life expectancy in the Republic of Zambia is 37 years; and the literacy rate in Turkmenistan is 98 percent.

    Flip through the pages of this impressive book and you will feel as though the world is literally at your fingertips. Full-page spreads are devoted to more than 75 political and physical maps (political maps show borders; physical maps show mountains, water, valleys, and vegetation). There are many new touches to be found in this edition, including increased usage of satellite images, an especially helpful feature when researching the most remote regions of the earth; more than 50 updated political maps that record the impact of wars, revolutions, treaties, elections, and other events; and the use of the latest research on topics such as tectonics, oceanography, climate, and natural resources. The sheer size of the atlas's index--134 pages--offers insight into just how much information is packed into 260-plus pages. The book is so physically large, in fact, that when it's open, the reader is staring at three square feet of information, a surface area larger than many television screens. The potential uses of this book for a family are vast, from settling a friendly argument to completing a school report. In the end, though, the atlas is still mostly about maps. Pages and pages of maps. Maps that force us to see how wonderful and dynamic our world is. Maps that remind us of where we've been and where we'd still like to go. --John Russell ... Read more

    Reviews (26)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Family Resource
    I've had the new atlas for 60 days and find myself looking something up every 2-3 days. It's really been fun looking up remote places like Palmyra Atoll, Kerguelen Island, the Fly River and other obscure places I read about.

    And now I've found an interesting use for the password protected online atlas as well. The online Atlas gives you high-resolution access to all the Atlas map plates. You can print, copy or email maps or portions of maps. I expect the online Atlas to come in handy for school projects.

    If you've read through the reviews you'll know the Iranians are upset about the "renaming" of the Persian Gulf. OK, since I'm at work, I'll log in to the password protected Atlas website, pull up Plate 75 and take a look. The Persian Gulf is labeled "Persian Gulf" but underneath it in parentheses is the label "Arabian Gulf". Apparently "Arabian Gulf", even in parentheses, is an affront to Iranian pride.

    I want to be fair on this so I decided to check out some other atlases at my local bookstore to see how they handle the Gulf label. Most of the atlases use the term Persian Gulf by itself, but several prominent, highly-rated Atlases use the label "The Gulf" with no Persian or Arabian modifier, so there is legitimate debate in the cartographic world about how to refer to this body of water. For nationalistic reasons the Iranians want it only to be called the Persian Gulf, but I suspect the other countries bordering the Gulf would disagree. Most people will continue to call it the Persian Gulf, and the NGS Atlas appropriately uses that name as the primary label.

    However, Iran does not own the Persian Gulf, and if a different name is now used by millions of people, then you have to admire the NGS for including both labels and not bowing to pressure from any political group, unlike the Atlases that meekly call it "The Gulf". I sympathize with the Iranian's anger over what they perceive to be psychological warfare by the Arabs, but I would still prefer to know if an alternate name is in use locally, and that is what the NGS atlas provides. Geographic names evolve, and the NGS continues its strong history of providing up-to-date cartography.

    The new NGS World Atlas is among the top two or three World Atlases available, and the discounted price from Amazon makes it a relative bargain, especially when you consider you also get an online Atlas that mirrors the printed edition.

    I for one feel the maps in the NGS World Atlas are as accurate and beautiful as you will find anywhere and now they're available online as well. This is a great family resource.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but doesn't live up to all advertisements
    With a limited number of printings and a three-digit price, you expect great things from National Geographic's Altas of the World. And, for the most part, the book delivers. In lieu of a long review, I though I'd just come up with some pros and cons to explain why I gave the book the rating I did.

    Pros: amazing quality of pictures/maps, city maps, intresting nation and political information, wealth of information, built-in bookmark.

    Cons: not 400 pages like amazon claims (137 pages sans index), index is almost as long as rest of book, will not fit in any bookcase you own, poor binding for such an expensive book, hard to fit back in cover.

    The last atlas I owned was a child's atlas from 1987. I bought the National Geographic version because I took it to be the diffinitive atlas. And it is. I'm happy with the 8th edition and I'm sure it will be a usefull reference for years to come. But given how few pages it is and how much money it cost, I'm not sure I would buy the 9th edition.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best general atlas
    I have both the 7th and 8th editions of this book, as well as recent editions of most of the other major world atlases.

    In my opinion, this latest (8th) edition blows away the competition (_and_ the National Geographic's own 7th edition).

    Having bought and owned world atlases for almost 50 years, I strongly recommend this atlas for home, school, or library use. I find this latest edition exceedingly accurate, especially in the areas of the Middle East (*despite* the protestations from certain _very_ organized political factions <ahem>).

    Magnificent satellite photos, along with revised and improved political and geo-physical maps, set this one apart from the rest. Much of the "supplemental" map sections of the previous edition are expanded.

    Regarding the reviewer who indicated that the 7th edition is "cloth-bound":well, the 7th edition (that I own) actually has a *cloth-textured* dark blue *paper* overlay on hardboard. The internal hinges are "binders' mull" (cloth) _but_ so are those of the plastic-coated covers of the 8th edition! Both editions should hold up very well. The main difference in the covers is the aesthetics, and the 8th edition is indeed quite pleasing in that department.

    I most highly recommend the 8th edition of this atlas, and you certainly won't go wrong if you purchase it from Amazon.
    A great addition to the panoply of atlases, and a huge treat for addictive map lovers! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0792275284
    Subjects:  1. Atlases    2. Atlases - General    3. Atlases - World    4. Earth Sciences - Geography    5. Reference    6. Reference / General   


    DK Atlas of World History
    by Jeremy Black
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 2000)
    list price: $50.00 -- our price: $31.50
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Making History a Journey
    The DK World History Atlas brings the DK uniformity of style and lots of helpful illustrations to something that's more than a collection of maps.I really use this book frequently and find it well-organized and indexed.The companion to this book is the DK Timelines of History.The only complaint is one that another reviewer raised.The 20th century is short-changed given the density of boundary-moving events.

    3-0 out of 5 stars I Rate and Compare World History Atlas Books
    As a reader I like to have quick reference books at my finger tips including a new version of the Oxford English Dictionary about 3500 pages long - that I use almost daily. So I decided to add a "history atlas". In the process of doing my research I read the other amazon.com reviewers and then made three trips to two large book stores to actually look at the books and get a better feel for which was the best. I ended up buying the Oxford Atlas of World History. Here are my picks and rankings.

    Listed by My ranking, #1 is the best, #2 is a creative alternative but no substitute.

    1.Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press 2002, 368 pages, $57.80, 13.5" x 10.3" x 1.62" ranked 46,632 on Amazon.com. Hands down winner - professional - good text descriptions, outstanding maps and drawings, covers most things from the cave man forward. Negatives: Big and heavy. If you want to save a few dollars buy the "concise" version.

    2.Creative alternative: The Penguin Atlas of World History, Penguin Books 2004, $11.20, just a paperback sized, just published, 304 pages. Surprisingly impressive, lots of text and pictures mixed together and it is easy to carry around. A nice quick alternative but it will be printed in two volumes.
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    3.Timelines of World History, DK Publishing 2002, 666 pages, $27.20. 10.0" x 1.6" ranked 25,800 on Amazon.com. Second with lots of value but in some ways not as comprehensive.

    4. National Geographic Almanac of World History, National Geographic 2003, 384 pages, $28.00, 9.6" x 7.8" x 1.17" ranked 24,426 on Amazon.com. Similar to but less impressive than Oxford books. More text, narrower coverage, fewer maps and drawings.

    5.DK Atlas of World History, DK Publishing, 352 pages, $35.00, 10.96" x 14.66" x 1.28" ranked 10,716 on Amazon.com. My 4th or 5th place book seems like a giant comic book. I love the DK travel books but this seems like one step beyond DK's area of expertise. Superficially it is similar to the Oxford book and it is cheaper to buy, and some might like it but it tries to be politically correct and fails.

    6.Oxford Dictionary of World History, Oxford University Press, 704 pages, $7,66, pocketbook sized, sales rank 330,000. Mainly terms, people, and dates but has a few maps also. Limited use but an alternative. I prefer the new Penguin book but this is the best history dictionary to buy.

    Jack in Toronto

    2-0 out of 5 stars The most politically correct atlas of world history
    The DKAtlas of World History: Mapping the Human Journey is a huge top shelf book. It is divided into two parts: the first gives the reader a global view of history divided into different eras(e.g.the advent of agriculture, trade and first cities, the age of the crusades,etc.), the second describes regional history (North America, South America, Africa, Europe,West Asia, South and South East Asia, Noth and East Asia, Oceania, the Arctic and Antarctica).In both parts you will find numerous time lines with the important dates, small color illustrations and short paragraphs about the events covered.At the end of the book there is a subject index and glossary and an index with all the place names shown on the maps.Finally there is a two page bibliography.

    There is no question that this is a very beautiful book with pleasant pastel colors, pleasant, glossy paper and maps of different sizes and seen under different angles, which avoids monotony.

    Having said that, it is also clear for an attentive reader that the editor has been at pains to be absolutely politically correct, which means:
    -ostentatious use of BCE and CE instead of AD and BC
    -gross neglect of Christianity: whereas the spread of Islam is worth a double page with big maps in both sections of the Atlas, there is not a single chapter or map about the spread or history of Christianity, which is amazing, considering its importance for the "human journey". In the index, Jesus is nonchalantly called "the inspiration of the Christian religion" (is it an abstract character, one wonders), crucified as a "troublemaker in 29 CE". Strangely enough, Buddha and Muhammad are called "founders" of their respective religions, which is quite true but why deny the title to Christ?
    The entry for "Christianity" is also enlightening: here we are told that the early Christian faith, which is decribed as an "offshoot of Judaism", split from the very beginning into "many sects". Never mind the same happened to Islam, there is no mention of any heresies or infighting inside that religion at the corresponding entry.
    I also could not find a single time line showing the birth or death of Jesus and other great Christians like Paul and Peter.
    -neglect of European history: although European history is the best documented, in this atlas it is treated on the same level as Africa or Australia, which means that at least a dozen chapters and scores of maps are missing for the serious student of history.

    Being anti-Christian and anti-European are, as some have rightly said, the last acceptable prejudices. ... Read more

    Isbn: 078944609X
    Sales Rank: 8110
    Subjects:  1. Atlases    2. Atlases - General    3. Atlases - Historical    4. Historical atlases    5. Historical geography    6. Maps    7. Reference    8. Reference / General   


    $31.50

    Timelines of World History
    by PhilipLord
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 November, 2002)
    list price: $40.00 -- our price: $26.40
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not comprehensive, but a beautiful overview
    DK makes gorgeous books, and this is no exception. Other books are more comprehensive, but there's a different reason for adding this one to your collection. It has an embarrassing wealth of visuals, the timelines let you see what was happening simultaneously in different parts of the world, and the concordance provides a quick look-up for any topic (person, place, thing, concept). In the concordance, China, for example, has a brief geographic & political overview, a chronology (all in one place rather than spaced throughout time as in the first section), and lists of rulers. Page references are given to lead the reader to additional information.

    This book would make an excellent resource for world history teachers and students.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I Rate and Compare World History Atlas Books
    As a reader I like to have quick reference books at my finger tips including a new version of the Oxford English Dictionary about 3500 pages long - that I use almost daily. So I decided to add a "history atlas". In the process of doing my research I read the other amazon.com reviewers and then made three trips to two large book stores to actually look at the books and get a better feel for which was the best. I ended up buying the Oxford Atlas of World History. Here are my picks and rankings.

    Listed by My ranking, #1 is the best, #2 is a creative alternative but no substitute.

    1.Atlas of World History, Oxford University Press 2002, 368 pages, $57.80, 13.5" x 10.3" x 1.62" ranked 46,632 on Amazon.com. Hands down winner - professional - good text descriptions, outstanding maps and drawings, covers most things from the cave man forward. Negatives: Big and heavy. If you want to save a few dollars buy the "concise" version.

    2.Creative alternative: The Penguin Atlas of World History, Penguin Books 2004, $11.20, just a paperback sized, just published, 304 pages. Surprisingly impressive, lots of text and pictures mixed together and it is easy to carry around. A nice quick alternative but it will be printed in two volumes.
    .
    3.Timelines of World History, DK Publishing 2002, 666 pages, $27.20. 10.0" x 1.6" ranked 25,800 on Amazon.com. Second with lots of value but in some ways not as comprehensive.

    4. National Geographic Almanac of World History, National Geographic 2003, 384 pages, $28.00, 9.6" x 7.8" x 1.17" ranked 24,426 on Amazon.com. Similar to but less impressive than Oxford books. More text, narrower coverage, fewer maps and drawings.

    5.DK Atlas of World History, DK Publishing, 352 pages, $35.00, 10.96" x 14.66" x 1.28" ranked 10,716 on Amazon.com. My last place book seems like a giant comic book. I love the DK travel books but this seems like one step beyond DK's area of expertise. Superficially it is similar to the Oxford book and it is cheap, and some might like it but it tries to be politically correct and fails.

    6.Oxford Dictionary of World History, Oxford University Press, 704 pages, $7,66, pocketbook sized, sales rank 330,000. Mainly terms, people, and dates but has a few maps also. Limited use but an alternative. I prefer the new Penguin book but this is the best history dictionary to buy.

    Jack in Toronto

    5-0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and very highly recommended presentation
    John Teeple's Timelines Of World History packs a cross-cultural journey through human history in a timeline format which excels in color photos and drawings. High school through adult readers will find Timelines Of World History to be a delightfully easy way to absorb world history, as the colorful timelines offer the opportunity to easily compare cultural developments around the world at different points in time. An outstanding and very highly recommended presentation. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0789489260
    Sales Rank: 85001
    Subjects:  1. Chronology, Historical    2. Historical chronology    3. History    4. History - General History    5. History: World    6. Reference    7. World - General    8. History / World   


    $26.40

    Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
    by Merriam-Webster, Encyclopedia Britannica
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 April, 1995)
    list price: $45.00
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    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW-- Great Research Book
    I bought this book because it was one of the recommendations by Writer's Digest to get a large resource in a compact package that gives descriptions of most of the worlds most known authors and what they have written.I had no idea how jam-packed it is with information.Highly recommended as a textbook for all English Majors and/or wanna-be writers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Use My Copy Frequently - A Valuable Resource
    The Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature professes to be a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the world of literature - authors, works, terms, and topics - from all eras and all parts of the world. In my view this joint effort of Merriam Webster and Encyclopedia of Britannica is exactly what it claims to be. I have used this valuable resource for several years and I highly recommend it.

    This is a rather heavy, thick book and not suitable for a carrying in a backpack. I keep my copy readily accessible in my favorite reading area. Whenever I look up a topic, I pencil-in a small check mark. My little check marks are now scattered throughout this reference book.

    The short descriptive passages, generally around 100 to 500 words, are well written and often sufficiently intriguing that I find myself moving from one related topic to another. This compilation is ideal for students and teachers, but I recommend this single volume encyclopedia for anyone that enjoys literature.

    The references include literary works, classic authors, contemporary authors, mythology and folklore, literary terms, literary styles, historical literary movements, scholars and critics, and literary awards and prizes. I rarely fail to find whatever I am looking for. I would be quite surprised if this compilation did not meet your needs.

    I also have a copy of another good reference work, Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia, possibly the best-known literary encyclopedia. Benet's compilation overlaps considerably with the Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature, but the two are not identical.

    Benet's reference work contains less literary references, most notably fewer literary terms and definitions. Benet's is less likely than Merriam-Webster to have a short essay on a specific literary work or poem. For example, Benet's does not have an entry for The Name of the Rose, I Sing the Body Electric, Love in the Time of Cholera, For the Union Dead, or many other titles found in Merriam Webster.

    However, Benet's compilation is wider in scope, having many historical definitions (e.g., Napoleon Bonaparte, Congress of Vienna, Vietnam War, Vikings), more religious terms (e.g., trimurti - Hindu and tripitaka - Buddhist), and more art and music references (e.g., Grandma Moses, Picasso, and Mozart).

    I give 5 stars to Merriam Webster and 4 stars to Benet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A hefty overview
    Merriam Webster's ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LITERATURE is a 1200 page overview of literature, with entries documenting important written materials from antiquity to contemporary times.Arranged alphabetically, this volume is easy to use.Readers can look up authors, individual works, literary devices and forms, and schools of thought - the important ones are all there.Because so much is included, the entries themselves are short, usually one or two paragraphs. This volume is wonderful if you want to remind yourself of an author's major works or what the definition of a sonnet is.You can use the thumbnail entries as starting points for additional research, or as a quick way to check dates and titles.

    As an overview of literature throughout the ages, this encyclopedia is well worth owning.If you want more in-depth analysis, I suggest looking for books particular to your topic of interest. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0877790426
    Sales Rank: 67909
    Subjects:  1. Dictionaries    2. General    3. Literature    4. Literature (General)    5. Literature - Classics / Criticism    6. Reference   


    The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
    by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White, Roger Angell
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (15 January, 2000)
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    Editorial Review

    Composition teachers throughout the English-speaking world have been pushing this book on their students since it was first published in 1957.Co-author White later revised it, and it remains the most compact and lucid handbook we have for matters of basic principles of composition, grammar, word usage and misusage, and writing style. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The best.
    Simply put, this book is the best book on grammar that was ever written and ever will be written.

    Those guys on the cover know what they're talking about.Nowhere will you find such a humorous, accurate, and unique book on grammar in so few pages.If everybody wrote as they do, then the world would be a better place.

    This book is great.I will just open it up to a random page and read from there to the end of the book.If I had my choice, I'd memorize this book.

    This book is effortlessly superior to any textbook, workbook, or any grammar book every published.It deserves a place with any student, from middle school to grad school.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable tool for writer - Less is more
    Some write short sentence, others long. This book is not mean to alter your style, it helps to remove redundancies, ambiguities and shows writer to get to the point in a concise manner.It is around for many decades, and still the de facto of the subject. The book shows writer the building block of writing -- a sentence, and it does a great job. Many professional writers need to read this book to make their book thinner and more readable. It is a classics.

    If you need one book to clarify or organize thoughts into words, this is the one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book has been with me for years
    This is THE Essential Writer's Guide. I learned about this book way back in high school and I have used it extensively ever since.

    It works for those of us who are writing papers for school, work, or even just for fun.This book offers insight into many aspects of writing and shows the CORRECT way for everything.No wonder it's the reference for just about every professional writer on the planet.

    Check out "The Digital Umbrella"... another book written by an author who used Elements of Style. ... Read more

    Isbn: 020530902X
    Subjects:  1. Composition & Creative Writing - General    2. English Composition    3. English language    4. Grammar    5. Language    6. Language Arts & Disciplines    7. Literary style    8. Reference    9. Report writing    10. Rhetoric    11. Style    12. Technical Writing    13. Writing Skills    14. Technology / Technical Writing   


    $7.15

    The Merck Manual of Medical Information, Second Edition: The World's Most Widely Used Medical Reference - Now In Everyday Language
    by Mark H. Beers
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (29 April, 2003)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Cowabunga!!

    Based on the medical classic "Merck Manual" this version is written for specifically for the layperson. I like to think of it as a mini-medical encyclodpedia with a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips. A great resource for all, I give it 5 stars easy! Also liked "The No-Beach, No-Zone, No-Nonsense Weight Loss Plan, A Pocket Guide To What Works" for a good review of what the published research has to say about how to lose weight.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled Masterpiece - ALMOST PERFECT!
    Compared to other medical references available in the market such as American Medical Assoc, Harvard's, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic or British Medical Assoc medical / family health guides, etc. the Merck's Manual is definitely the best and the most complete & informative. With contributions from around 300 medical experts, no other guide comes close to it in terms of quality, readibility and relevance. However, this 1940-page awesome piece of work can yet be further improved. That's why I'm not giving it a full 5-STAR rating.

    One feature that can be added to this Medical Manual are a series of FLOW CHARTS with cross-referencing for the readers to "diagnose" their symptoms, complications etc. Doesn't have to be too many - probably around 100 symptom charts would do. These decision diagrams would be quicker and easier to use than the Index. The ones found in British MA Family Doctor Home Advisor and Harvard's Family Health Guide are very good examples.

    Secondly, the editors should use the METRIC SYSTEM for measurement units e.g. temperature in Celsius (with Fahrenheit in brackets), weight in kilograms, metres (or centimetres) for height, etc. so that everybody around the world can enjoy reading those knowledge-packed pages without having to convert and carry a calculator every time.

    Thirdly, some COLOUR CODINGS (or thumb index) should be helpful for easier referencing since the book contains over 300 chapters. At least, we don't have to refer to the Appendix or Content Page too often. If colour codings are too expensive, shades of grey, light red (as in the diagrams) etc. should still be acceptable.

    Fourthly, the middle coloured-pages section of the book (8-page colour inset) showing the various systems of the body should be placed with the flow charts (as suggested above) so that it can give an EXCELLENT OVERVIEW of the body's anatomy, physiology and related diseases and complications.

    Lastly, the Index is not that exhaustive. Not all relevant pages are listed e.g. an important page on "thalassemia" (page 994) has been missed out. And entries for common symptoms like "sneezing" cannot be found. May be a REPRINT with CORRECTIONS is advisable.

    P/S. A slightly THICKER PAPER would do justice to this book...

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great resource and a small warning
    I certainly have not read all of this work. When I have something wrong I look it up here , and try to understand the degree of seriousness. It helps. The information here is comprehensive and clearly written. It is indexed and referenced in a way which makes it easy to get to. I have a number of other medical encyclopedias and this seems to me to be the best. I would however add one word of caution, a piece of advice that I do not take always myself. A self- diagnosis is often a danger, as a skilled physician will know and understand more, and have more means available than even the most expert layman. Don't in other words use what you read here as a way of avoiding the doctor when you may really need proper medical attention. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0911910352
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    Subjects:  1. Diet / Health / Fitness    2. General    3. Handbooks, manuals, etc    4. Medical    5. Medicine    6. Medicine, Popular    7. Popular medicine    8. Reference    9. Medical / Reference   


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