Name of Collection: Health Sciences

School Name: Curtis High School

Address: 105 Hamilton Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10301

Phone: 718-390-1885

Fax: 718-556-4800

Librarian: Rita M. Dougherty

Librarian's e-mail:


The Licensed Practical Nurse Program at Curtis High School has been in existence in excess of 40 years. More recently, within the last 15 years, our Nursing Department has added the Nursing Assistant Program. With this in mind, know that our Health Sciences collection has been developed through the cooperative efforts of librarians, RNs, and LPNs.

Questions for Inquiry:

What impact does nutrition have on overall health?
How does physical fitness contribute to mental well-being?
Are herbal medicines and nutritional supplements viable alternatives to prescription drugs?



Subject Headings:

Hygiene, medical science, nursing, pharmacology

Dewey Decimal Classification(s):

363.19 - specifically food safety
610, 611, 612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, and 641

Key Books:

610 ALT Langwith, Jacqueline, Ed. Introducing Issues with Opposing Viewpoints: Alternative Medicine. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, -c2009. Summary: The pros and cons of alternative medical procedures such as acupuncture and chiropractic; effectiveness in fighting diseases such as cancer and autism; the roles of alternative medicine in US health care.
610 FOR Forde, Ralph Quinlan. The Book of Tibetan Medicine: How to Use Tibetan Healing for Personal Wellbeing. London: Gaia, - c2008. Summary: A holistic approach combining dietary and behavioural changes, herbal cures, massage, and meditation to healing.
610.69 GER Gerdin, Judith A., Ed. Health Careers Today. St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby, -c2012. Summary: A practical overview of over 45 health careers, discussing roles and responsibilities as well as foundational skills required.

611 FRI Fridell, Ron. Decoding Life: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Genome. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, - c2005. Summary: A history of the study of genetics and its application in science and medicine today.

612.4 END Rogers, Kara, Ed. The Endocrine System. New York: Britannica Educational Publishing, -2012. Summary: Comprehensive explanation of the regulative activities of the endocrine system and its maintenance of hormone levels, cellular fluids, and metabolic chemicals.
612.6 PAN Panno, Joseph, Ph.D., Aging: Modern Theories and Therapies. New York: Facts On File, Inc., - c2011. Summary: Contains information on age-related diseases, aging theories of organisms, characteristics of aging, clinical trials, geriatrics, history of gerontology, longevity genes, and rejuvenation.
613 LAS Lassek, William D., M.D. and Gaulin, Steven J.C., Ph.D. Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever. New York: Hudson Street Press, -c2012. Summary: Challenges myths perpetrated by media and the food industry, authors are proponents of "eating like your grandmother did."
613.2 DET deToledo, Francoise Wilhelmi, M.D., and Hohler, Hubert. Therapeutic Fasting: The Buchinger Amplius Method. New York: Thieme, -c2012. Summary: Enables readers to learn patterns of healthy behavior while incorporating various natural healing concepts and practices.

613.2 NUT Smolin, Lori A., and Grosvenor, Mary B. Basic Nutrition. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, - c2005. Summary: Includes important information re effects on the human body of a balanced diet.

613.2 POL Pollan, Michael. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. New York: Penguin Press, -c2011. Summary: Posits that dietary habits of past generations may be more conducive to healthy eating than findings of science, industry or government.
613.7 POR Porter, David, and Green, Gerard K. Winning Weight Training for Girls. New York: Facts on File, Inc., -c2004. Summary: A guide for young women who participate in sports; demonstrations of exercises and techniques.
613.7 SMO Smolin, Lori A., Ph.D., and Grosvenor, Mary B., M.D., R.D. Nutritiion for Sports and Exercise. New York: Chelsea House, -c2010. Summary: This book explores the dangers athletes may face when they neglect their nutritional needs and provides valuable information about how athletes can best achieve optimal nutrition.
613.7 UND Silver, Julie K., M.D., and Morin, Christopher, Eds. Understanding Fitness: How Exercise Fuels Health and Fights Disease. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, -c2008. Summary: Explains how and why exercise powers us and promotes longer life; exercise for specific conditions, e.g. arthritis, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, is addressed.

613.81 ARE Aretha, David. On the Rocks: Teens and Alcohol. New York: Franklin Watts, - c2007. Summary: An overview of the degenerative and deadly scope of alcohol abuse among adolescents.

614.4 GOL Goldstein, Natalie. Germ Theory. New York: Chelsea House, -c2011. Summary: Examines the major epidemics in world history, the work of major scientists who helped develop the field, and the potential global impact of drug-resistant germs.
614.4 ODO O'Donovan, Diarmuid. The State of Health Atlas. Berkeley: University of California Press, -c2008. Summary: This atlas vividly demonstrates regional differences in health and its determinants, i.e. poverty and inequality.

614.5 CAN Cantor, Norman F. In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death & The World It Made. New York: The Free Press, - c2001. Summary: Provides a wide perspective of biomedical issues and history.

614.5 SFA Sfakianos, Jeffrey N., and Hecht, Alan, D.C. West Nile Virus. New York: Chelsea House, -c2009. Summary: This book looks at this disease's symptoms and transmission, treatment, prevention, and recent research.
615 BRU Briton-Seal, Julie and Seal, Matthew. Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, -c2009. Summary: This full-color handbook is essential for ayone who wants to harvest and make herbal remedies from wild plants.
615 COV Covey, Herbert C. African American Slave Medicine: Herbal and Non-Herbal Treatments. New York: Lexington Books, - c2007. Summary: Inventories many of the herbal, plant, and nonplant remedies used by African American folk practitioners during slavery.
615 HEC Hecht. Alan, D.C. Antidepressants & Antianxiety Drugs. New York: Chelsea House, -c2011. Summary: Examines the medications prescribed for depression and anxiety and their effects upon a variety of biochemical pathways and areas of the brain.
615 OFF Offit, Paul A., M.D., F.A.A.P., and Moser, Charlotte A. Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction. New York: Columbia University Press, -c2011. Summary: Explains how vaccines work, how they're made and tested, and risk factors.
615 OLI Olive, M. Foster, Ph.D. Ecstasy. New York: Chelsea House, -c2010. Summary: Explains the history, science, and risks of this illegal hallucinogen and stimulant.
615 PET. Petersen, Christine. Frequently Asked Questions About Vaccines and Vaccinations. New York: Rosen Publishing, -c2011. Summary: Briefly delves into the development of various types of vaccines, their effects and risks.
615.5 BEN Benedetti, Fabrizio. Placebo Effects: Understanding the Mechanisms in Health and Disease. New York: Oxford University Press, - c2009. Summary: Critically reviews the mechanisms of placebo and placebo-related effects across all medical conditions, diseases, and therapeutic interventions.
616 PAN Panno, Joseph, Ph.D. Stem Cell Research: Medical Applications & Ethical Controversies. New York: Checkmark Books, -c2010. Summary: Includes information on controversy and debate over research, ethical issues, induction, legal issues, medical applications, stem cells, therapeutic cloning, and unreal expectations of research.
616.1 AGA Agatston, Arthur, M.D. The South Beach Heart Health Revolution: Cardiac Prevention That Can Reverse Heart Disease and Stop Heart Attacks and Strokes. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, - c2007. Summary: Explains how to assess cardiac risks and encourages rethinking eating and exercise habits to avoid cardiovascular disease.
616.1 KAT Katzenstein, Larry and Pina, Ileana L., M.D. Living with Heart Disease: Everything You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Health and Take Control of Your Life. New York: Sterling Publishing, -c2007. Summary: Offers abundant practical advice about living with heart disease on a day-to-day basis.
616.3 KES Keshav, Satish, and Culver, Emma. Gastroenterology: Critical Cases Uncovered. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, -c2011. Summary: Features investigations and treatment options available for patients with upper and lower GI disorders, liver disease, biliary and pancreatic disease, and problems of nutrition.
616.3 LIP Lipski, Elizabeth, Ph.D., CCN, CHN. Digestive Wellness. New York: McGraw Hill, -c2012. Summary: Practical solutions to common gastrointestinal disorders and their systemic effects.
616.8 GIN Gingold, Jeffrey N. Facing the Cognitive Challenges of Multiple Sclerosis. New York: Demos Health, -c2011. Summary: Biographical study of a patient's coming to terms with managing this disease.
616.8 MUL Kalb, Rosalind C., Ph.D., Ed. Multiple Sclerosis: The Questions You Have, The Answers You Need. New York: Demos Health, -c2012. Summary: Comprehensive explanation of the disease, various treatments, and coping skills for patient, family, and friends.
616.86 ALC Langwith, Jacqueline, Ed. Alcoholism. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, -c2010. Summary: Discusses the use and abuse of alcohol, and the physical, mental, emotional, and economic ramifications of alcoholism; describes various avenues for understanding and treating this disease.
616.9 ALL Allman, Toney. Inside Science: Infectious Disease Research. San Diego: Reference Point Press, -c2012. Summary: Discusses the history of infectious diseases, treatments, and prevention.
616.9 EMM Emmeluth, Donad, Ed.D. Botulism. New York: Chelsea House, -c2010. Summary: Discusses the history and causes of the disease, its symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
616.9 GOR Gormley, James J. and Tishfield, Caren Feingold, R.D. Basic Health Publications User's Guide to Natural Treatments for Lyme Disease. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, - c2006. Summary: Explains how to best avoid Lyme disease and how to benefit from safe treatments.
616.99 PAN Panno, Joseph, Ph.D. Cancer: The Role of Genes, Lifestyle, and Environment. New York: Facts On File, Inc., -c2010. Summary: Contains information on cancer genes, cancer progression, carcinogens, clinical trials, common types of cancer, international impact of cancer, normal versus cancer cells, and therapies and treatments.
617 WIL Wilder, Robert; O'Connor, Francis; and, Boden, Barry. 101 Sports Medicine Tips/Facts: Vol. 2 - Managing Common Athletic Injuries. Monterey, CA: Healthy Learning, -c2008. Summary: A reference for key aspects of sports medicine, including: common sports injuries, foot and ankle injuries, hand and wrist injuries, etc.
617.1 OAK Oakes, Elizabeth H. The A to Z of Sports Medicine. New York: Facts On File, Inc., -c2006. Summary: Encylopedic reference for amateur athletes, coaches and parents; lists injuries, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
618.2 LEI Leifer, Gloria, RN, MA, CNE. Maternity Nursing: An Introductory Text. St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders, -c2012. Summary: Designed to enable the LPN/LVN to provide safe, effective, and comprehensive nursing care to mothers, newborns, and their families.
618.92 FRE Freedman, Jeri. Tay-Sachs Disease. New York: Chelsea House, c-2009. Summary: This book discusses the nature of this disease, why it affects certain groups of people more often than others, how genetic screening can help detect carriers, and what options genetic testing and counseling provide for people having children.
618.92 INS Koplan, Jeffrey P.; Liverman, Catharyn T.; and, Kraak, Vivica I., Eds. Preventing Childhood Obesity. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, -c2005. Summary: Examines the nature, extent, and consequences of obesity in U.S. children, including social, environmental, medical, and dietary factors at work; provides a prevention-oriented action plan.
618.92 MAY May, Suellen. Ritalin & Related Drugs. New York: Chelsea House, c-2010. Summary: Explores the prevalence of Ritalin and related drugs in our society and highlights their benefits and potential dangers.
618.92 PED Suskind, David L., M.D. and Lenssen, Polly, MS, RD, CD, FADA, Eds. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, -c2011. Summary: Outlines step-by-step nutritional processes for pediatric patients from birth through adolescence.
620 MON Mongillo, John. Nanotechnology 101. Westport: Greenwood Press, -c2007. Summary: Explains nanotechnology and its applications in monitoring health care, delivering drugs, curing diseases, and repairing damaged tissues.
641.5 KAS Kastan, Kathy, LCSW, MA ED and Banfield, Suzanne, PhD. WomenHeart's All Heart Family Cookbook. New York: Rodale, - c2008. Summary: Features 40 good-for-you foods that have been shown to promote heart health with 175 simple recipes.

NOTE: We have an extensive circulating collection in the Health Sciences, and the aforereferenced are a sampling.


Blackford, Stacey L. (Ed.). (2002). The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders. (Vols. 1-2). New York: Gale Group.

Dawson, Dawn P. (Ed.). (2008). Magill's Medical Guide. (Vols. 1-5). Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, Inc.
Knight, Jeffrey A., Ph.D. (Ed.). (2009). Salem Health: Cancer. (Vols. 1-4). Hackensack, NJ: Salem Press, Inc.

Kohn, George Childs. (Ed.). (2008). Encyclopedia of Plague and Pestilence: From Ancient Times to the Present. New York: Facts On File, Inc.

Pick, T. Pickering, F.R.C.S. and Howden, Robert, M.A., M.B., C.M. (Eds.). (1995). Gray's Anatomy. New York: Barnes & Noble Books. 15th Ed.
Restak, Richard, M.D. (2007). Body: The Complete Human. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

Print Periodicals Subscriptions:

American Journal of Nursing
Cooking Light
Nursing 2013
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy
Prevention en Espanol
Psychology Today
Runners World

Buhrow, Suzanne Morse, DHA, RN. "Coccidioidomycosis: A Differential Diagnosis for Visitors to the Southwest." American Journal of Nursing. 113:11 (2013): 52-55.

Chillot, Rick. "Do I Make You Uncomfortable?" Psychology Today. 46:6 (2013): 70-77.

Dworkin-McDaniel, Norine. "Foods That Make You Feel Better." Health. 27:10 (2013): 106-108.

Harris, Helene, MSN; and, Crawford, Ann, PhD, RN, CNS, CEN. "Hepatitis Goes Viral." Nursing 2013. 43:11 (2013): 38-43.

Kirwan, Michelle Maybell, MSN, CRNP, CEN, DFRN, CNE. "Traumatic Brain Injury and Military Members." Nursing Made Incredibly Easy. 11:6 (2013): 26-33.

GALE THOMPSON INFOTRAC: Health Reference Center Academic; Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module.

EBSCO: MasterFile Select; TOPICsearch.

Web Sites:
Designed to provide information for alternative medicine and practices in addition to conventional. Provides up-to-the-minute news articles on important health matters.
A teen-friendly site in conjunction with Children's Hospital Boston, it contains health guides in both English and Spanish, as well as topical issues in nutrition and fitness, sexuality and health, emotional health, and advice for parents.
EXCELLENT SOURCE for extensive treament of hundreds of diseases and conditions. Most noteworthy is the comprehensive "Diseases and Treatments" guide which presents an overview, definition, symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, and much, MUCH more.


"Food, Inc." Eric Schlosser. 2009 .
Documentary focusing on America's food industry, production, and hazards to consumers' health.

"The Science of Healing." Dr. Esther Sternberg. 2010 .
Connections between the mind and physical health.

Community Resources:

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