This is a collection of 5 short and engaging non-fiction stories. Each half-page article includes 3 to 4 reading comprehension, opinion, or application questions. Keys and a bibliography are also provided.
1. Doctor of Dilution: (solutions, dilutions, history of science) Homeopathic medicines can be so dilute that not a single molecule of the medicinal substance remains. Yet, compared to other medical options in the late 18th century, it was a life saver.
2. A Cure for Anything: (history of science, ethics) Thalidomide was meant to be the ultimate placebo. Unfortunately, the side effects were all too real.
3. The Poisoner's Poison: (chemical properties of elements, solubility, history of science) In the early 1900s, thallium was used as a hair loss treatment. Thallium is toxic.
4. Ouch Ouch: (chemical properties of elements, history of science) Zinc and cadmium have similar chemical properties. One is a necessary dietary mineral; one is toxic.
5. Just a Spoonful of Sugar: (solutions, enzymes, ethics, history of science) The S.E. Massengill Company wanted a liquid antibiotic that they could sell to children. They used antifreeze as their solvent. People died. The FDA was born.