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David Suzuki with Eileen Thalenberg and Peter Knudtson.
Toronto, ON: General Paperbacks, 1987.
96pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 0-7736-7153-6. CIP.

Subject Heading:
AIDS (Disease).

Grades 8 and up / Ages 13 and up

Reviewed by Kenneth Elliott.

Volume 16 Number 1
1988 January

Dr. David Suzuki co-authored this volume with writer Eileen Thalenberg and biologist Peter Knudtson. The CBC TV's production of "The Nature of Things: AIDS, A Report" was the basis for the present work.

In seven chapters the authors cover in detail the history, cause and effects of the dreaded AIDS virus. The language although detailed from a biological and medical standpoint, is written with the average reader in mind.

The eleven black-and-white charts and illustrations underscore various points made in the chapter. They are clear and easy to read. Teachers using this book to supplement their courses on AIDS will find these suitable for enlargement. The only mistake this reviewer found among the illustrations appears on p. 21 where the position of the tonsils and the adenoids was reversed!

The absence of a table of contents is an unfortunate oversight on the part of the authors; however, the adequate margins and large print make for easy reading.

The seventh chapter offers the reader an interesting set of thirty-seven questions and answers on the subject. Throughout the text the authors provide the reader with a broad background of data which puts the menace of AIDS in proper perspective. This is aimed at defusing irrational fear about how the disease is acquired and at helping those unfortunate persons fallen ill.

This work will provide excellent current information for the general population. Specifically, teachers at all levels will find these pages useful for their classes. Every school library should invest in several copies at this attractive price.

Kenneth Elliott, Laval Catholic High School, Chomedey, PQ.
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