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Strange Medicine

A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Ages

Nathan Belofsky (Nathan Belofsky)



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25 September 2013
Strange Medicine is an illuminating panorama of medical history as you've never seen it before.

Strange Medicine casts a gimlet eye on the practice of medicine through the ages that highlights the most dubious ideas, bizarre treatments, and biggest blunders. From bad science and oafish behaviour to stomach-turning procedures that hurt more than helped, Strange Medicine presents strange but true facts and an honor roll of doctors, scientists, and dreamers who inadvertently turned the clock of medicine backward- The ancient Egyptians applied electric eels to cure gout. Medieval dentists burned candles in patients' mouths to kill invisible worms gnawing at their teeth. Eighteenth-century physicians instructed epileptics to collect fresh blood from the newly beheaded. Dr. Walter Freeman, the world's foremost practitioner of lobotomies, practiced his craft while traveling on family camping trips, cramming the back of the station wagon with kids?and surgical tools?then hammering ice picks into the eye sockets of his patients in between hikes in the wood. Strange Medicine is an illuminating panorama of medical history as you've never seen it before.
By:   Nathan Belofsky (Nathan Belofsky)
Imprint:   TarcherPerigee
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 127mm,  Spine: 14mm
ISBN:   9780399159954
ISBN 10:   0399159959
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   25 September 2013
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nathan Belofsky is the author of The Book of Strange and Curious Legal Oddities, which has been featured in the New Yorker and on Salon. He lives in Manhattan.

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