Reference Reviews, September 1, 2012

Moore, Elaine A. & Lisa Moore. Encyclopedia of Alzheimer’s Disease: With Directories of Research, Treatment and Care Facilities. 2d.ed. McFarland. 2012. 456p. illus. index. ISBN 9780786464586. pap. $95. Ref Online: EBL, ebrary, MyiLibrary, & eBooks on EBSCOhost

Intending their work as a “comprehensive reference…for anyone involved in the care, treatment, and day-to-day concerns of patients with Alzheimer’s and related disorders,” immunohematology and toxicology professional Elaine A. Moore and Lisa Moore (coauthor with Elaine A. Moore, Graves’ Disease: A Practical Guide) provide technical information to “those interested in learning more about the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to both early and late onset Alzheimer’s disease.” The brief, cross-referenced entries, which range from a single sentence (e.g., “Abeta”) to a whole page (e.g., “Amyloid Beta Protein”) often resemble dictionary entries more than encyclopedia articles. Black-and-white illustrations enhance some articles (e.g., “Cognitive Assessment” includes a diagram of the brain with a flow chart of the learning/thought process). The presentation is uneven, as some entries, for example that on Apolipoprotein A (APOA), are written in heavily scientific jargon while others are written for lay readers. Information on prevention, holistic therapies, novel theories, and treatment centers have been expanded in this second edition. The detailed index covers encyclopedia entries, research facilities, and treatment centers. While this book’s usefulness for all patrons could be improved by longer, more detailed entries and a simplification of the scientific language, it will be of interest to anyone looking for a current bibliography, a list of research centers, or a (partial) list of experienced treatment facilities. The articles will be of special assistance to entry-level health-care students in need of basic scientific explanations. VERDICT Despite the brief technical entries, this book fills a niche that none of the hundreds of other Alzheimer’s titles cover. Recommended.—Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX

Brackney, William H. Historical Dictionary of Radical Christianity. Scarecrow 2012. 380p. bibliog. ISBN 9780810871793. $100. Ref Online: eBooks on EBSCOhost, Overdrive, MyiLibrary, EBL, & Questia

Brackney (Millard R. Cherry Distinguished Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics, Acadia Univ.) explores numerous attempts—some highly successful, some not—at changing the Christian faith over time. Introductory material presents the “evolving nature of radical Christianity” in a time line covering periods stretching from the first five centuries CE to today. Brackney distinguishes among five general types of radical Christians: theological, ethical, reconstructive, prophetic, and sacramental—a useful typology for understanding the remainder of the text, as each entry is coded with one of these types. The concise entries cover movements, people, new religions, sects, and other related subjects that figure into the overall history of radical Christianity and include bolded keywords, indicating cross-referenced topics throughout. The bibliography is subdivided chronologically, and each section highlights primary and secondary sources; this makes it useful for further study. Brackney also provides a short explanation of the types and nature of the literature available for each period of history discussed. VERDICT One of the stronger and most clearly organized entries in this series, this is a good resource for those interested in further exploration of the nature of religious radicalism and the reasoning behind various uprisings.—Annette Haldeman, Dept. of Legislative Svcs. Lib., Annapolis, MD

Raven, Sarah (author) & Johnathan Buckley (photogs). Wildflowers. Bloomsbury, dist. by Macmillan. 2012. 512p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781408813942. $108. Ref

Broadcaster, teacher, and writer Raven’s (Sarah Raven’s Food for Friends and Family) beautiful guide to 500 of Britain’s wildflowers is arranged by habitats such as “Lane,” “Wall and Hedge,” “Meadow,” “Water & Wetlands,” and “Heath, Moor and Mountain.” Each entry contains a personal story from the author about the species as well as botanical information. The indexes make finding flowers by petal color or common, Latin, or family name quick and easy. The glossary of botanical terms includes two pages of line drawings. Buckley, winner of the Garden Writers’ Guild’s 2004 “Features Photographer of the Year” award, offers lush color photographs on almost every page. Range maps would have been a helpful addition, but this is a beautiful and informative presentation nonetheless. The size of this book lends it to leisurely and delightful browsing after a walk rather than use as a field guide. VERDICT Nature lovers and wildflower enthusiasts will delight in the author’s intimate approach and will learn from the informative and beautiful entries.—Frances Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax Cty., VA

The following titles are reviewed in the September print issue. Visit Book Verdict for the full reviews.

Health & Medicine

Cassell, Dana K. & Cynthia A. Sanoski. The Encyclopedia of Pharmaceutical Drugs. Facts On File. (The Facts On File Library of Health and Living). 2012. c.432p. ISBN 9780816062874. $75. ref Online: Infobase eBooks

The Gale Encyclopedia of Neurological Disorders. Gale. 2012. 1200p. ed. by Brigham Narins. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781414490083. $494. Ref Online: Gale Virtual Reference Library


Jurinski, James John. Tax Reform: A Reference Handbook. 2d. ed. ABC-CLIO. (Contemporary World Issues). 2012. 276p. index. ISBN 978159843224. $58. Ref Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection


Gibson, Dawn-Marie. A History of the Nation of Islam: Race, Islam, and the Quest for Freedom. Praeger. 2012. 239p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313398070. $48. Ref Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

Voices of Historical and Contemporary Black American Pioneers. 4 vols. Praeger. 2012. 1465p. ed. by Vernon L. Farmer & Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn. photogs. ISBN 9780313392245. $257. Ref Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

language & linguistics

Bradshaw, William B. The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors. Beaufort, dist. by Midpoint Trade. 2012. 135p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780825306778. pap. $12.95. Ref

Applied Science. 5 vols. Salem. 2012. 2144p. ed. by Donald R. Franceschetti. ISBN 9781587657818. $595. Ref Online: Salem Science database, eBooks on EBSCOhost, Follett Library Resources, ebrary, Gale Virtual Reference Library, MyiLibrary, Overdrive

Encyclopedia of Global Studies. 4 vols. SAGE. 2012. c.2072p. ed. by Helmut K. Anheier & Mark Juergensmeyer. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781412964296. $595. Ref Online: SAGE Reference Online

Encyclopedia of Transnational Crime & Justice. SAGE. 2012. c.544p. ed. by Margaret E. Beare. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781412990776. $125. Ref Online: SAGE Reference Online

Skrabec, Quentin R., Jr. The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia. Greenwood. 2012. 340p. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780313398629. $89 Ref Online: ABC-CLIO eBook Collection

Wiersbe, David W. & Warren W. Wiersbe. C Is for Christmas: The History, Personalities, and Meaning of Christ’s Birth: An A to Z Guide. Baker Bks. Oct. 2012. c.208p. ISBN 9780801014895. pap. $12.99 Ref

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Henrietta Verma is Senior Editorial Communications Specialist at NISO, the National Information Standards Organization, Baltimore, and was formerly the reviews editor at Library Journal.