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Very Introductory, but not really bad
on April 9, 2009
This book is acceptably written and edited, but it is extremely introductory. It says things like "There is potential danger of damaging your internal organs or bones, so read up on the subject before actually starting this process." It was certainly my assumption before buying this book that I was "reading up" about the topics covered, but as long as the reader is aware they are buying a shallow, introductory overview of the topics covered, they won't be too disappointed.
There are a handful of good color photos in the edition I purchased (2004) and some decent illustrations, but I would not recommend this book as a primary book to someone who has more than a passing interest. It may be a good book for parents or concerned family members of people who have gotten into piercing or body modification? I don't really know, I didn't have the patience to read through the whole book as I felt like skimming and skipping over most of the sections.