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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine (Hardback)
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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 18/10/2018
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* A mysterious epidemic of dental explosions... * A teenage boy who got his wick stuck in a candlestick... * A remarkable woman who, like a human fountain, spurted urine from virtually every orifice... These are just a few of the anecdotal gems that have until now lain undiscovered in medical journals for centuries. This fascinating collection of historical curiosities explores some of the strangest cases that have perplexed doctors across the world. From seventeenth-century Holland to Tsarist Russia, from rural Canada to a whaler in the Pacific, many are monuments to human stupidity - such as the sailor who swallowed dozens of penknives to amuse his shipmates, or the chemistry student who in 1850 arrived at a hospital in New York with his penis trapped inside a bottle, having unwisely decided to relieve himself into a vessel containing highly reactive potassium. Others demonstrate exceptional surgical ingenuity long before the advent of anaesthesia - such as a daring nineteenth-century operation to remove a metal fragment from beneath a conscious patient's heart. We also hear of the weird, often hilarious remedies employed by physicians of yore - from crow's vomit to port-wine enemas - the hazards of such everyday objects as cucumbers and false teeth, and miraculous recovery from apparently terminal injuries. Blending fascinating history with lacerating wit, The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth will take you on a tour of some of the funniest, strangest and most wince-inducing corners of medical history.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780593080320
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 501 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Delightfully horrifying." * Popular Science *
"Blending fascinating history with cutting wit, surgical historian Thomas Morris mines the medical journals and explores some of the strangest cases that have perplexed doctors across the world." * Big Issue *
"A Ripley-esque collection of 'compellingly disgusting, hilarious, or downright bizarre' medical oddities... accompanied by the author's witty and often humorous, colloquial commentary." * Kirkus Reviews *
"Replete with tales such as "the human pincushion" and "suffocated by a fish", The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth is a bewildering walk through medical history that will astonish readers. This book proves that truth is indeed stranger--and more stomach-churning--than fiction. Between the toasting forks projectiles and deadly dentures, there are lessons a-plenty on how not to die." * Lydia Kang, MD, author of Quackery *
"This delightfully bizarre compendium of medical mishaps will certainly tickle you--what's not to love about exploding teeth?--but something deeper is at work. Morris offers a wryly generous view of the fallibilities of the body and psyche (read: the sailor who wouldn't stop swallowing knives) and doctors' inventive, often heroic attempts to remedy same, as medical science developed. At heart, this is an exploration of our humanity, in all its absurdity and valour." * Dawn Raffel, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Couney *

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“Hilarious and intriguing”

I work at Waterstones in Barnet and was kindly sent a copy of this book by the publisher. And I absolutely love it! It's written in a brilliantly witty and engaging way, with a tone that's easy to follow and... More

Hardback edition
9th November 2018
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“Funny and wince-inducing”

Covering crazy remedies, self-inflicted injuries, horrifying operations and a few tall tales, this funny, eye-opening and often wince-inducing collection is very hard to put down. The chapter titles of course tell you... More

Hardback edition
31st October 2018
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