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The Resource The mystery of the exploding teeth : and other curiosities from the history of medicine, Thomas Morris

The mystery of the exploding teeth : and other curiosities from the history of medicine, Thomas Morris

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The mystery of the exploding teeth : and other curiosities from the history of medicine
Title
The mystery of the exploding teeth
Title remainder
and other curiosities from the history of medicine
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Morris
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of Victorian medicine in all its grisly weirdness. A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century, with the most recent case in the 1960s, is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris has assembled the stories thematically so readers will witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1635: A hungover Dutchman swallows a knife, which is then surgically removed from his stomach), Dubious Treatments ("Take twelve young swallows out of the nest . . ."), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and many other marvels. Read together, these entertaining stories amount to far more than a series of anecdotes. They are worth reading for their entertainment value alone, but they also tell us a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments which today would be quickly banished by modern drugs; but others are heartening tales of recovery against the odds, patients saved from death by the devotion or ingenuity of a conscientious doctor. As a collection they allow the reader to learn about the evolution of medical expertise and to understand the rationale behind therapeutic regimes that would otherwise seem inexplicable today.However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life"--Provided by publisher
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Morris, Thomas
Dewey number
610
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
WZ 308
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Medicine
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The mystery of the exploding teeth : and other curiosities from the history of medicine, Thomas Morris
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-342) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 351 pages
Isbn
9781524743680
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018022919
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1062397677
  • 669942
  • (OCoLC)1062397677
Label
The mystery of the exploding teeth : and other curiosities from the history of medicine, Thomas Morris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [331]-342) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xiii, 351 pages
Isbn
9781524743680
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018022919
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1062397677
  • 669942
  • (OCoLC)1062397677

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