Down Syndrome: Living and Learning in the Community

L. Nadel and D. Rosenthal

Written under the auspices of the National Syndrome Society, this book provides state-of-the-art information and advice about the latest medical advances, information about programs and services available to people with Down syndrome, and commentaries by young adults with Down syndrome, who describe in their own words their feelings and accomplishments and offer indispensable advice. “Many people recognize me from my role as Corky Thatcher on Life Goes On, an ABC-TV series for many years. Corky has Down syndrome and so do I. Only I call it Up syndrome, because having Down syndrome has never made me feel down.”—Christopher Burke

Publisher: Wiley
Paperback: 297 pages

Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders

Marc D. Feldman, M.D., and Charles V. Ford, M.D., with Toni Reinhold

“The deadly serious game of playing sick: Incredible true stories of people who search for emotional fulfillment by making themselves ill.” The young woman who faked chemotherapy for two years by dieting and thinning her hair. The husband who injected gasoline under his wife’s skin to cause abscesses. The mother who put her blood in her child’s urine sample. The woman who pierced her intestines with a yardstick, to promote internal bleeding. The mother who scrubbed her baby’s back with oven cleaner to induce a rash. “These compelling case studies read like medical detective stories as doctors try to separate fact from fiction and explore the real causes of these patients’ illnesses.” Sick, sick, sick. GR

Publisher: Wiley
Hardback: 228 pages

Rogue Asteroids and Doomsday Comets: The Search for the Million Megaton Menace That Threatens Life in Earth

D. Steel

A research astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, the author is a leading authority on the menace of killer comets and asteroids. He sounds the alarm in unequivocal terms about the likelihood of a devastating astral collision unless we earthlings get mobilized to search and destroy oncoming comets. According to Steel, at least 2,000 objects now orbiting the Earth are large enough to hit with the force of a nuclear weapon. This seems like one scientific funding request worth taking a second look at. SS

Publisher: Wiley
Hardback: 308 pages