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      health reference series

      Eating Disorders Sourcebook, 4th Ed.

      By: Keith Jones
      Library binding. 528 pages. April 2016.
      978-0-7808-1466-0.

      Provides basic consumer health information about risk factors, causes, and complications of eating disorders, along with facts about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources.

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      Web Price: $85.00

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      Mental Health Disorders Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

      By: Keith Jones
      Library binding. 720 pages. April 2016.
      978-0-7808-1484-4.

      Provides basic consumer health information about the signs, symptoms, and treatment of various mental illnesses, and the special mental health concerns of children and adolescents, older adults, and other groups, along with tips for maintaining mental wellness. Includes index, glossary of related terms, and other resources.

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      Web Price: $85.00

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      Alzheimer Disease Sourcebook, 6th Ed.

      By: Keith Jones
      Library binding. 568 pages. April 2016.
      978-0-7808-1470-7.

      Provides updated basic consumer health information about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer disease and other dementias, along with tips for coping with memory loss and related complications and advice for caregivers. Includes index, glossary of related terms and directory of resources.

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  • Passover—April 22-30, 2016

    Passover (or Pesach) is an eight-day celebration commemorating the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. According to the book of Exodus, when Pharaoh refused to let Moses lead the Jews out of Egypt, God sent a number of plagues—including locusts, fire, and hailstones—but Pharaoh still was unmoved. A tenth and final plague, during which the Angel of Death was sent to kill the Egyptians’ first-born sons, finally persuaded Pharaoh to relent. All the Jews had been instructed to sacrifice a lamb and sprinkle the blood on their doorposts so that the Angel would “pass over” and spare their sons. When the Egyptians discovered what had happened, they ordered the Israelites to leave the country immediately. The heart of the Passover celebration is the Seder, a ceremonial dinner featuring symbolic foods, as well as reading of the Haggadah, a text that guides the Seder rituals and retells the story of the Jewish emancipation.

    free resource button small  Passover—April 22 30, 2016More information about the many customs and traditions associated with Passover is available in this entry from Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition.

    More than 300 holidays and festivals from the United States and around the world are covered in Holiday Symbols and Customs, 5th Edition, with information on more than 1,000 symbols and customs associated with these special events.

    Posted: April 18, 2016

  • The U.S. Declares War Against Spain—April 25, 1898

    On April 25, 1898, the U.S. Congress formally declared war upon Spain and so began the Spanish-American War, a conflict that would result in a decisive victory for the U.S., ending Spain’s colonial empire in the Western hemisphere and establishing the U.S. as an imperial power in the Pacific. The war was preceded by a three-year battle by Cuban revolutionaries to gain freedom from Spanish rule, a struggle that captured the sympathies of the American public; the unexplained sinking of the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor further increased demands for intervention. Following a one-sided conflict that lasted a mere ten weeks, the war officially ended with the December 10, 1898 signing of the Treaty of Paris, which guaranteed Cuba’s independence and forced Spain to cede Guam and Puerto Rico—and sell the Philippines—to the U.S.

    free resource button small  The U.S. Declares War Against Spain—April 25, 1898Two weeks before the declaration of war, on April 11, 1898, President William McKinley addressed Congress and asked for approval to send American military troops to Cuba and remove the island from Spanish control. McKinley asserted that the United States had a moral obligation to go to the aid of the long-suffering Cuban people, and that military intervention was necessary to protect American business interests that had been injured by the ongoing violence. Excerpts from his address are provided in this selection from Defining Moments: The Spanish-American War.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following the Spanish-American War, plus biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Spanish-American War.

    Posted: April 18, 2016