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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Avery Trade (October 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583333231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583333235
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #712,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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?Dr. Ditkoff's informative and accessible book will save parents the embarrassment of making up mediocre answers to the often sophisticated questions children ask about the miracles of the human body. Pass along the knowledge with this well thought-out book.? ?Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor of "You: The Owner's Manual"

About the Author

Beth Ann Ditkoff, M.D., is a former surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and coauthor of The Thyroid Guide. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

Andrea Ditkoff is twelve years old and in the seventh grade, and Julia Ditkoff is ten years old and in the fifth grade. They provided all of the questions for this book.


More About the Author

As a physician, I am used to answering medical questions from my patients. However, friends and family also like to ask me health questions, ranging from serious topics like brain tumors to trivial ones like ingrown toenails. My two daughters, Andrea and Julia, also like to query me about medical matters. One day, my husband, Charlie Ditkoff, heard the girls ask me, "Why don't your eyelashes grow?" It is a basic questions, but one for which most people don't know the answer. As I explained to the girls about the cycle of hair growth, it gave my husband and idea. Why not write a book about everyday medical questions? Andrea and Julia would compile the questions, and I could provide the answers. Within days, Andrea and Julia had come up with dozens of questions--involving human body trivia (How many bones are in the body?), gross scientific facts (Why do we have boogers?), urban myths (Will you go blind if you sit too close to the TV?), and basic medical facts (Why do some people have innie belly buttons and others have outies?). In a little more than a month, we had more than 150 questions to answer! This book is intended for children and parents to address the everyday medical questions that come up frequently in day-to-day life. Beth Ann Zarkin Ditkoff, MD

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Breeni Books on November 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
With the aid of daughters Andrea and Julia, Beth Ann Ditkoff, M. D. has created an informal guide to the human body. Why Don't Your Eyelashes Grow? is filled with fun trivia and those sensitive questions children like to ask while grownups flounder around for answers. Even if we know the answers, as parents we sometimes have trouble forming that knowledge into a coherent response. Thanks to Ditkoff, it's all compiled within the pages of this handy book for easy reference.

The book is divided into four main sections, with an additional section for Bonus Body Trivia. "Your Body 101" leads the reader through basic facts, like why humans have earwax and what an Adam's Apple is. In "The Weird, The Ugly and the Downright Gross" Ditkoff tackles yuckier topics like nose hair, warts, and dandruff. "Body Afflictions and Everyday Strange Things That Can Happen" covers the many strange responses the human body has to external stimuli.

"Urban Myth and What If?" is greatly comprised of adages you likely heard from your mother at some point. Readers can find out if it really is bad to crack your knuckles or if you'll actually see better if you eat carrots. This can be an invaluable section for children because it will reveal if your parents are really putting you on about swallowing your gum or drinking 8 glasses of water per day. The truth is revealed!

The bonus trivia section seems dispensable. It contains only a sampling of questions compared to the first four sections. These are questions that could have been easily categorized within the earlier sections.

Almost every topic has a single dedicated page. Each one is referenced individually in the table of contents for retrieval.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rock Climber 44 on October 11, 2008
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My third grader says: I never knew the answers to half of these questions! And I never even thought of some of the questions. This book is fun and educational. The answers are very specific and scientific. I highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill A. Hyman on October 7, 2008
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Love this book! It is informative and entertaining. I truly enjoyed reading with my children. They were intrigued and wanted to know all the answers. It answered many of the questions they have asked in the past. I highly recommend it to all families.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yankee in Texas on December 19, 2008
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I got this book for a couple of little girls, age 6, because it got such rave reviews. While it does have great information, I was disappointed to find that it has no illustrations, just straight text. It would be so much more fun for kids if it did have at least little sketches to illustrate the information, especially since some of the answers are a bit technical for younger ones.
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