In Other News: Hyperthermia

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

That’s the technical term — hyperthermia. To most of us, it’s the gut-wrenching and heart-breaking situation of a child dying in a hot car. Each summer, the saddest of stories plays out in the news. For one reason or another, a child is alone in a car and he or she dies. There are variants to the story, and, sadly, sometimes lingering suspicions of guilt. In 2013, 44 children died from exposure inside a vehicle in the United States. There have been nearly 20 already this year. (Source)

Here are five titles that look at hyperthermia from different perspectives:

Death Investigation, 1st Edition. Elsevier Science, 2014.

Since the ancient Egyptians, scientists and doctors have been learning from those who have died. Today, crime scene investigation plays an important role in understanding situations where someone who is not in medical care dies. In this title, readers are given an overview of the science of determining cause of death.

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America, 3rd Edition. Gale, 2014.

What is the “right” way to grieve the loss of a child? In this title, readers can explore the cultural differences and significance of mourning.

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Gale, 2014

There are common themes that run through some of the world’s most read literature – poverty, war, love, and death among them. In this ongoing series, readers can explore the context of death through the writing and writers of the 20th century.

Law, 3rd Edition. Facts on File, 2010.

Are your students looking for a career in law? This approachable title offers an overview of 20 different careers in the law/legal field.

Encyclopedia of Global Health, 1st Edition. Sage Publications, 2008.

While tragic, hyperthemia is not a leading cause of death in children. Odds are great that you will never know someone to experience this. For a better understanding of the issues more likely to face you and your neighbors, explore this Sage title. With a section specifically on child safety, you can get a better understanding of issues around the world.


photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.



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