A Story of Health - A Multi-media eBook

The Power of Personal Stories
Case-based learning has long been used in medical education. Our eBook grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience. Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, we explore how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan.

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Why you should read the eBook

When people get sick or develop a disability, they often ask their health care providers, “How or why did this happen?” In some cases, the answer is obvious. In others, it’s more complicated. A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook that explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families – Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each fictional case features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease.

Free Continuing Education for Health Professionals
The eBook offers FREE continuing education offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Each story is accredited separately with information available in the eBook, and registration for credits here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/index.html.

 

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We invite you to download the entire A Story of Health eBook, or by chapter. Note that in order to navigate the eBook properly, you must download, save, and view the book using Adobe Acrobat Reader (our recommended software for interacting with the eBook).

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Includes Introduction and 3 stories – Brett’s Story (asthma), Amelia’s story (developmental disabilities) and Stephen’s story (childhood cancer).

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(Download – pdf, 153 pages, 24.1 MB)

Remember to download, save, and then view the eBook pages through Adobe Acrobat Reader. Note that if you are using Internet Explorer (IE), save the eBook by right clicking (or if you are using a Mac, Control-Click) on the above green download button and “Save Target As” a pdf to your computer. Now you will have the intended experience of the eBook!

 

Download Brett's Story (asthma)Brett’s Story (asthma) – 60 pages.

Explore the life of Brett, a nine-year-old who lives in Southern California and is coping with asthma.

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Remember to download, save, and then view the eBook pages through Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Note that if you are using Internet Explorer (IE), save the eBook by right clicking (or if you are using a Mac, Control-Click) on the above green download button and “Save Target As” a pdf to your computer. Now you will have the intended experience of the eBook!

 

Download Amelia's Story (developmental disabilities)Amelia’s Story (developmental disabilities) – 56 pages.

Join Amelia and her family on their journey of discovery about how the environment they live in is important to their health.

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(Download – pdf, 56 pages, 15.1 MB)
Remember to download, save, and then view the eBook pages through Adobe Acrobat Reader.  Note that if you are using Internet Explorer (IE), save the eBook by right clicking (or if you are using a Mac, Control-Click) on the above green download button and “Save Target As” a pdf to your computer. Now you will have the intended experience of the eBook!

 

 Download Stephen's Story (childhood cancer - leukemiaStephen’s Story (childhood cancer – leukemia) – 71 pages.

Explore the many risk factors for leukemia, and the emotional toll this disease takes on families through the story of three-year-old Stephen and his parents.

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(Download – pdf, 71 pages, 17.6 MB)

Remember to download, save, and then view the eBook pages through Adobe Acrobat Reader. Note that if you are using Internet Explorer (IE), save the eBook by right clicking (or if you are using a Mac, Control-Click) on the above green download button and “Save Target As” a pdf to your computer. Now you will have the intended experience of the eBook!

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