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9.3: Additional Resources

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For all readers-Parents, teachers, and children:

  • Asimov, Isaac. How Did We Find Out About Blood? (Walker, 1986). Details the structure and function of the circulatory system. Describes the discovery of the purpose and makeup of blood.
  • DeBakey, M. et al. The Living Heart (Raven Press/Simon and Schuster, 1984). Reviews early modern knowledge about the heart and circulation. Explains the function of the heart, blood, and metabolism. Discusses congenital abnormalities, coronary heart disease, stroke, and hypertension. Reviews prevention and treatment.
  • Harvey, William. The Anatomical Exercises: De Motu Cordis and de Circulatione Sanguinis in English Translation (Dover Publications, Inc., 1995).
  • Heath, D. Open Heart (R and E Research Associates Inc., 1982). One man's “diary” of his severe heart problems and quadruple bypass surgery. Describes his feelings and troubles while in the hospital.
  • Lister, Clair and Baldwin, Dorothy. Your Hem1 and Lungs (Bookwright Press, 1984). Describes the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • McGowen, Tom. The Circulatory System: From Harvey to the Artificial Heart (Watts, 1988). Details the early theories about the Circulatory system held by the ancient Egyptians and traces the development of those ideas to the medical miracles of today.
  • Pagem Haje, Blood: The River of Life (U.S. New Books, 1981). Explains how blood transports essential substances, disposes of waste, and protects the body from infection.
  • Richards, N. Heart to Heart (Atheneum, 1987). Explanation of heart disease and open-heart surgery from the informed patient's perspective. Includes discussion of risk factors for coronary heart disease and how to change one's lifestyle to eliminate such risks.
  • Settel, Joanne and Bagett, Nancy. Why Does My Nose Run? (And Other Questions Kids Ask About Their Bodies) (Atheneum, 1985). Answers children's common questions about the workings of the human body.
  • Wertenbaker, L. To Mend the Heart (The Viking Press, 1980). Chronicles the history of heart surgery, including discussions of important surgeons and inventors.

For the younger or less-able reader

(Sixth-grade reading level and below)

  • Allison, L. Blood and Guts: A Working Guide to Your Own Insides (Little, Brown, and Co., 1976). Easy to read, step-by-step explanation of the cardiovascular system. Covers the anatomy and physiology of the circulatory system. Includes suggested experiments for children.
  • Allison, Linda and Ferguson, Tom, M.D. The Stethoscope Book and Kit (Addison-Wesley, 1991). An easy-to-assemble stethoscope and more than 60 activities. Includes information about healthy behavior.
  • Baldwin, D. and Lister, C. Your Heart and Lungs (The Bookwright Press, 1984). Explains blood type groups, the function of blood cells, and the anatomy and function of the heart and lungs. Great illustrations!
  • Gaskin, John. The Heart (Watts, 1985). Simple presentation of the circulatory system.
  • Kalina, S. Your Blood and Its Cargo (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Co., 1974). Explains concepts of blood pressure and how oxygen and nutrients are transported by the blood.
  • LeMaster, Leslie Jean. Your Heart and Blood (Children's, 1985). Easy introduction to the functions of the heart and blood.
  • Parker, Steve. The Heart and Blood (Watts, 1990). Discusses blood vessels, the heal1 as a pump, how the heart beats, the pacemaker, arteries, blood pressure, oxygen carriers, white blood cells, plasma and platelets, lymph ducts system, and artificial hearts.
  • Showers, Paul. Drop of Blood (Crowell, 1989). A simple introduction to the composition and the functions of blood.
  • Vevers, G. Your Body 2: Blood and Lungs (Lothrop, Lee, and Shepard Books, 1984). Explains the anatomy of the heart and the path of circulation. Compares the work of the heart during rest and during exercise.
  • Ward, Brain R. The Heart and Blood (Franklin Watts, 1982). A simple introduction to the circulatory system with clear diagrams and pictures.

For the advanced reader

(Seventh-grade reading level and above)

  • The American Heart Association. Heartbook: A Guide to Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases (Dutton, 1980). Discusses heal1 function and cardiovascular disease. Explains the hazards of smoking and the importance of diet, nutrition, and exercise. Details and differentiates the various types of cardiovascular problems.
  • Limburg, P. The Story of Your Heart (Coward, McCann, and Geoghegan, Inc., 1979). Presents the anatomy and function of the heart and blood. Explains common problems with the heart, such as heart attack and arrhythmia. Discusses solutions to these problems—heart surgery, transplants, and prevention.
  • Silverstein, A. and Silverstein, V. Heart Disease: America's Number One Killer (Lippincott, 1985). Traces the history of heart disease in America. Explores possible causes and methods of prevention and treatment, including the artificial heart and heart transplant.


Current Health 1

  • Edit: Curriculum Innovations Group, 60 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062
  • Subs: 4343 Equity Dr., Columbus, OH 43228 Monthly during school year: September-May (9 issues)
  • A health magazine intended for students in grades 4 to 7. Major areas addressed in each issue are “Nutrition,” “Drugs,” “First Aid and Safety,” “Psychology,” “Disease,” “Fitness and Exercise,” “Personal Health,” and “Your Healthy Environment.”

Current Health 2

  • Intended for grades 7 to 12. Covers the same broad subject areas as the magazine for younger children, but discussions are in keeping with the abilities and interests of adolescents.

Current Science

  • Edit: 245 Long Hill Rd., Middletown, CT 06457
  • Subs: 4343 Equity Dr., Columbus, OH 43228 Biweekly during school year (18 issues)
  • Alerts students in grades 6 to 10 to news in the sciences. Reports recent developments in earth, physical, and life sciences. A special point is made of covering health.

Films and Videos


  • Human Body: Circulatory System. Coronet Films, \begin{align*}12\;\mathrm{minutes}\end{align*}12minutes, 1980
  • Incredible Voyage (Human Body). MGHT, \begin{align*}26\;\mathrm{minutes}\end{align*}26minutes, 1969


  • Blood: The Microscopic Miracle. Encyclopedia Britannica
  • Eat Smart. A MacNeil/Lehrer Special Production, PBS Home Video
  • Heart Disease. Films for the Humanities and Sciences, INC Hearts and Arteries in Trouble. \begin{align*}11.5\;\mathrm{minutes}\end{align*}11.5minutes; Churchill Films, 662 North Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069
  • The Silent Killer. NOVA, KQED
  • Smith, Becky. Choices. (Stanford: Stanford Adolescent Heart Health Program, Stanford Heart Disease Prevention Program, 1984). Short video depicting a group of adolescents; their eating habits at school, at home, and at a party; and their parents' eating and drinking habits. Follows four main characters throughout video.
  • What We Eat. American Heart Association

Laser disks

  • Bio Sci II. Videodiscovery


  • Photomicrographs of Atherosclerosis in Arteries. American Heart Association


  • Pumping Heart Model: Operating Plastic Model Construction Kit, Linberg Kit #1332


  • The Circulatory System: corresponding student worksheet also available; American Heart Association


  • “Up and Down-All About Blood Pressure”: Temco

Pamphlets From the American Heart Association

  • “The Heart and How it Works”
  • “The Heart and Blood Vessels”
  • “Your Heart Is Just About the Strongest Part of Your Body”
  • “Smoking and Heart Disease”
  • “About Your Heart and Blood Pressure”
  • “Risko”
  • “Understanding Angina”
  • “Facts About Stroke”
  • “Stroke-Why Do They Behave That Way?”


  • A.D.A.M. The Inside Story, A.D.A.M Software, Inc. 1996
  • Body Works, SoftKey Multimedia Inc., 1995
  • How Your Body Works, Mindscape, AW Publishing Group, 1995
  • Mayo Clinic: The Total Heart, IV! Publishing, 1993
  • HumBio: How the Heart and Lungs Work, Program in Human Biology at Stanford University, 1997

Internet Resources

Toll-Free Hot lines

  • Child Abuse Hot Line 1-800-422-4453
  • American Diabetes Association 1-800-232-3472
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse 1-800-662-HELP
  • National Help Line 1-800-DRUG-HELP
  • Just Say No Kids 1-800-258-2766
  • Epilepsy Foundation of America 1-800-332-1000
  • National Hearing Aid Help Line 1-800-521-5247
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 1-800-638-CPSC
  • Center for Drug Control National STD Hot Line 1-800-227-8922

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