Book Review: From Leeches to Slug Glue by Roopa Pai

From Leeches to Slug Glue
Author: Sonia Mehta
Genre: Children’s book (Academic)
Publishers: Puffin Books

With the ‘Fit India’ movement doing rounds in the town, From Leeches to Slug Glue is the right book to hold on to. As humans, we often ignore the difficult things and hang on to the simpler ones. Say, for example, if we have been diagnosed with a disease, we would do all sorts of research on the Interner because ostensibly Google is the new doctor but we do not even make an attempt to understand why have we been diagnosed with the disease. Were our food habits wrong? Were we careless with our hygiene? Or is it a result of genetics? We wouldn’t know.

As said by the author, Medicine is definitely the youngest science, for every other day new inventions and new treatments make way for the headlines. Right from the leeches to slug glue, modern medicine has seen an explosive growth till now. Roopa Pai, known for writing some of the most informative books for children, presents facts related to medicine. The book explains how the orthodox methods of treatment had good intentions behind the inhumane procedures and how the same procedures can now be done with so much ease and without giving any pain to the patients.

From Leeches to Slug Glue is a book that is a storehouse of facts about the discoveries and inventions in the field of medicine. Some might argue the toss and say that this book is well-suited only for the children/ adults who are inclined towards this field. But that’s a misconception. In fact, all of us should read this because it will help us become aware and aid in understanding our body in its entirety.

However, the title of the book sounded a little misleading. Unless one reads the punchline, it might not strike that this book is about medicine. Secondly, the font is irksome. It is too small to focus and understand it right.

Nevertheless, I like informative books. Hence, it is a good choice for young adults to read this and know about the developments made in the field of medical science.

Best wishes to the author!

Buying Link: Amazon

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