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HIV/AIDS

Alan Whiteside.

January 2008; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: infectious diseases. 168 pages.

HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction studies what is without doubt the worst epidemic to hit humankind since the Black Death. Despite rapid scientific advances there is still no cure and the...

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Psychiatry

Tom Burns.

September 2006; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: psychiatry; psychology. 160 pages.

Psychiatry: A Very Short Introduction explains what psychiatry is, and what it is not. It identifies the major mental illnesses and explains why they are no longer considered just...

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The Brain

Michael O'Shea.

December 2005; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: medicine and health; neuroscience. 152 pages.

How does the brain work? The Brain, A Very Short Introduction provides a non-technical introduction to the main issues and findings in current brain research, and gives a sense of how...

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Drugs

Leslie Iversen.

August 2001; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: medicine and health; pharmacology. 144 pages.

Drugs: A Very Short Introduction explores the upsurge of research on drugs. Improvements in disease control, along with the introduction of the oral contraceptive, have altered all of our...

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Cancer

Nick James.

May 2011; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: medicine and health. 152 pages.

Cancer: A Very Short Introduction explains, in non-technical language, what cancer is and what it does. Why, despite constant improvements in treatment techniques, has cancer proved to be...

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Anaesthesia

Aidan O'Donnell.

April 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: anaesthetics; clinical medicine. 160 pages.

Anaesthesia: A Very Short Introduction examines the modern anaesthetic practice. Anaesthesia is a mysterious and sometimes threatening process. What is anaesthesia? How is it produced? How...

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Plague

March 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: history of medicine; public health and epidemiology. 152 pages.

Plague: A Very Short Introduction explores the historical impact of plague over the centuries, focusing on how people coped with the disease and how governments fought it. It examines the...

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Madness

Andrew Scull.

August 2011; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: history; history of medicine; psychology. 152 pages.

Madness: A Very Short Introduction examines the social, cultural, medical, and artistic responses to mental disturbance across more than two millennia, Madness is something that frightens...

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Food

John Krebs.

September 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: cookery, food, and drink; public health. 144 pages.

Food: A Very Short Introduction provides a brief history of man's relationship with food, spanning from the time of our remote ancestors 3 million years ago to the present day. Food has...

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Nutrition

David Bender.

June 2014; published online June 2014.

Book. Subjects: public health and epidemiology. 128 pages.

Nutrition is a topic of wide interest and importance. In spite of a growing understanding of the underlying biochemistry, and health campaigns such as ‘five-a-day’, increasing obesity and...

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