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WORLD BOOK EXPANDS MEDICAL COVERAGE TO INCLUDE IN-DEPTH INFO ON S.T.D. CAUSES/PREVENTION

 CHICAGO Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- With its 1993 edition, The World Book Encyclopedia has greatly expanded its coverage of health and medical topics, including coverage of "Presidential" afflictions Marfan Syndrome (believed to have affected Abraham Lincoln) and Graves' Disease (which struck both George and Barbara Bush). Also added are in-depth articles on the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
 The 1993 World Book provides the following information on the major STDs: causes, how they're spread, how many people are affected, symptoms, how they're diagnosed and treated, what happens if you don't get treatment, and strategies for avoiding infection. Similar information is provided on other infectious diseases, from the flu to the common cold.
 "While World Book is a reference source, not a health manual, we cover important topics in all fields," said A. Richard Harmet, World Book vice president and editorial director. "Next to colds and the flu, STDs are the most common infectious diseases, striking millions each year. Those most at risk are young people (25 and younger) who may be embarrassed to ASK for information, but who have questions nonetheless. Now, they can look up the facts in World Book."
 Drug abuse also is extensively covered in the 1993 revision, including why people use drugs and how addiction affects a person's work, family and friends.
 Other medical/health updates included new articles on Premenstrual Syndrome, Triglyceride, and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, and extensively revised articles on Artificial Heart, Interleukin, Interferon, Cancer, and Genetic Counseling. While significant, the medical changes are a small component of the 1993 revision, which included more than 70 new articles and changes to over 6,500 pages.
 World Book publishes the world's best-selling encyclopedia, along with a wide variety of other reference materials for home and school. World Book, Inc., has 400 employees and a 26,000 member sales force of full- and part-time "World Bookers." Its parent company, Scott Fetzer Company, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Ann Murphy for World Book, Inc., 312-836-6300/


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