Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Ages

From bad science and oafish behavior 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. Renaissance physicians timed surgical procedures according to the position of the stars, and 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 woods.

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. Perigee Books.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

Foremost among them: Charles D. Meigs, an influential obstetrician who loathed Mütter’s “overly modern” medical opinions. In the narrative spirit of The Devil in the White City,  Dr. He wore pink silk suits to perform surgery, added an umlaut to his last name just because he could, and amassed an immense collection of medical oddities that would later form the basis of Philadelphia’s renowned Mütter Museum.

Brilliant, and brazenly handsome, outspoken, Mütter was flamboyant in every aspect of his life. T. Barnum of the surgery room. ”. Although he died at just forty-eight, mütter was an audacious medical innovator who pioneered the use of ether as anesthesia, the sterilization of surgical tools, and a compassion-based vision for helping the severely deformed, which clashed spectacularly with the sentiments of his time.

A mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities   Imagine undergoing an operation without anesthesia, performed by a surgeon who refuses to sterilize his tools—or even wash his hands.

Mütter’s marvels interweaves an eye-opening portrait of nineteenth-century medicine with the riveting biography of a man once described as the “P. Award-winning writer cristin o’keefe aptowicz vividly chronicles how Mütter’s efforts helped establish Philadelphia as a global mecca for medical innovation—despite intense resistance from his numerous rivals.

This was the world of medicine when Thomas Dent Mütter began his trailblazing career as a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia during the mid-nineteenth century.

Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything

Workman. With vintage illustrations, and advertisements throughout, photographs, Quackery seamlessly combines macabre humor with science and storytelling to reveal an important and disturbing side of the ever-evolving field of medicine. Looking back with fascination, quackery recounts the lively, at times unbelievable, and not a little dash of dark, horror, knowing humor, history of medical misfires and malpractices.

What won’t we try in our quest for perfect health, and the fountain of youth? Well, beauty, just imagine a time when doctors prescribed morphine for crying infants. Ranging from the merely weird to the outright dangerous, here are dozens of outlandish, by spiritualists and snake oil salesmen yes, they literally tried to sell snake oil—that were predicated on a range of cluelessness, morbidly hilarious “treatments”—conceived by doctors and scientists, trial and error, and straight-up scams.

When liquefied gold was touted as immortality in a glass. And when strychnine—yes, that strychnine, the one used in rat poison—was dosed like Viagra.

The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine

These pioneers knew that the aftermath of surgery was often more dangerous than patients’ afflictions, and they were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. She introduces us to lister’s contemporaries―some of them brilliant, the dead houses where they studied, some outright criminal―and leads us through the grimy schools and squalid hospitals where they learned their art, and the cemeteries they ransacked for cadavers.

Eerie and illuminating, the butchering Art celebrates the triumph of a visionary surgeon whose quest to unite science and medicine delivered us into the modern world. Winner, 2018 PEN/E. O. Wilson prize for literary science writingshort-listed for the 2018 wellcome book prizea top 10 science book of fall 2017, bestselling author of Dead Wake In The Butchering Art, Publishers WeeklyA Best History Book of 2017, The Guardian "Warning: She spares no detail!" ―Erik Larson, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of nineteenth-century surgery and shows how it was transformed by advances made in germ theory and antiseptics between 1860 and 1875.

She conjures up early operating theaters―no place for the squeamish―and surgeons, who, working before anesthesia, were lauded for their speed and brute strength. Workman. At a time when surgery couldn’t have been more hazardous, an unlikely figure stepped forward: a young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister, who would solve the riddle and change the course of history.

Fitzharris dramatically reconstructs Lister’s career path to his audacious claim that germs were the source of all infection and could be countered by a sterilizing agent applied to wounds.

Get Well Soon: History's Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them

In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. Get well soon delivers the gruesome, morbid details of some of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, as well as stories of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the suffering of their fellow man. Workman.

Then more. In late-seventeenth-century england an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome―a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure. With her signature mix of in-depth research and storytelling, and not a little dark humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s most gripping and deadly outbreaks, and ultimately looks at the surprising ways they’ve shaped history and humanity for almost as long as anyone can remember.

Henry Holt and Co. And in turn-of-the-century new york, an Irish cook caused two lethal outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that transformed her into the notorious Typhoid Mary. Throughout time, humans have been terrified and fascinated by the diseases history and circumstance have dropped on them. Some of their responses to those outbreaks are almost too strange to believe in hindsight.

A witty, in a small town in alsace, to leprosy, to polio―and a celebration of the heroes who fought themIn 1518, irreverent tour of history's worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn’t stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon thirty-four more villagers joined her.

The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery

In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox, an eccentric, surgeon John Hunter was a medical innovator, and the person to whom anyone who has ever had surgery probably owes his or her life. Henry Holt and Co. Workman. In this sensational and macabre story, lord byron, we meet the surgeon who counted not only luminaries Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, and Thomas Gainsborough among his patients but also “resurrection men” among his close acquaintances.

A captivating portrait of his ruthless devotion to uncovering the secrets of the human body, performing pioneering medical experiments, and the extraordinary lengths to which he went to do so—including body snatching, and infecting himself with venereal disease—this rich historical narrative at last acknowledges this fascinating man and the debt we owe him today.


The Victorian Book of the Dead

Resurrected from original sources, these accounts reveal the oddities and eccentricities of Victorian mourning. Packed with macabre anecdotes, this diverting, yet gruesome collection presents tales ranging from the paranormal and shocking to the heartbreaking. Chris woodyard, digs through long-buried newspapers and journals, author of the The Ghosts of the Past series, for this fascinating look at the 19th-century obsession with the culture of death.

Some of the stories in the victorian book of the dead *mourning bicycles, black boudoirs, and sable cigarettes for the up-to-date widow *a child ghost who beckoned for her father to follow her into death *black dogs and shrieking banshee who foretold death and disaster *the widow who fired the undertaker who would not give her trading stamps.

Henry Holt and Co. A corpse that spontaneously combusted in the coffin *the fiendish parrot who murdered his mistress *The petrified corpse furniture created by Professor Segato *visions of the Grim Reaper and the Angel of Death *the man who lived in the tomb of his wife *A mourning wreath made from the hair of a murdered family *interviews with undertakers, post-mortem photographers and morgue attendants And many more tales from the crypts.

Workman. The victorian book of the dead unearths extraordinary tales of Victorian funeral fads and fancies, premature burial, bizarre deaths, death omens, ghost stories, gallows humor, post-mortem photographs, mourning novelties, and funeral disasters.

Mütter Museum Historic Medical Photographs

Here, the focus is on the museum’s archive of rare historic photographs, most of which have never been seen by the public. As visual documents of what humans endured in the face of limited medical knowledge, these extraordinary and haunting photographs demonstrate how far medicine has advanced. Workman.

Featured are poignant, aesthetically accomplished works ranging from Civil War photographs showing injury and recovery, to pathological anomalies, to the ravages of diseases not yet conquered in the 19th century, to psychological disorders. Used book in Good Condition. Many were taken by talented photographers between the 1860s and the 1940s as records for physicians to share among colleagues and to track patients’ conditions, X ray, micrography, and demonstrate various techniques used in medical photography including the daguerreotype, and traditional portrait-style photography.

Henry Holt and Co. The first book on the mütter Museum contain artful images of the museum's fascinating exhibits shot by contemporary fine art photographers.

Silent Witnesses: The Often Gruesome but Always Fascinating History of Forensic Science

Landmark crime investigations examined in depth include a notorious murder involving blood evidence and defended by F. Crime novelist and former police officer Nigel McCrery provides an account of all the major areas of forensic science from around the world over the past two centuries. The book weaves dramatic narrative and scientific principles together in a way that allows readers to figure out crimes along with the experts.

. Henry Holt and Co. Edmond locard, the french scientist whose guiding principle, 000 crimes; and alphonse bertillon, the “French Sherlock Holmes”; Edward Heinrich, ” who is credited with having solved more than 2, “no two individuals share the same characteristics, “Wizard of Berkeley, ” became the core of criminal identification.

Readers are introduced to such fascinating figures as Dr. Used book in Good Condition. Workman. Lee bailey, the 1849 murder of a wealthy boston businessman that demonstrated how difficult it is to successfully dispose of a corpse, the seminal 1936 murder that demonstrated the usefulness of the microscope in examining trace evidence, and many others.


Strange History Strange Series

Whether it’s B. C. From the 20th century to the old west, boneheaded blunders, from ancient cultures all the way back to the dawn of time, reality-challenged rulers, macabre legends, Strange History is overflowing with mysterious artifacts, from the Age of Enlightenment to the Dark Ages, kooky inventions, and mind-blowing facts.

Or A. D. You’ll be wondering wtf!this exciting title from the folks at the Bathroom Readers' Institute contains the strangest short history articles from over 30 Bathroom Readers—along with 50 all-new pages. Strange History. Used book in Good Condition. Henry Holt and Co. Read about…the curse of macbethstupid history: hollywood stylethe secret lsd experiments of the 1960sin search of the lost “cloud People” of PeruThe Swedish queen who declared war on fleasUnearthing the past with the Outhouse DetectivesThe Apollo astronaut who swears he saw a UFOHow to brew a batch of 5, 000-year-old beerThe brutal bloodbaths at Rome’s ColiseumGhostly soup from ancient ChinaThe bathroom of the 1970s And much, much more! Workman.


Medicine: The Definitive Illustrated History

A complementary illustrated reference section profiles all the main body systems and organs and explains their relevance in terms of the advancement of medicine. A compelling blend of riveting stories, and striking illustrations, accessible information, Medicine shows and tells how medicine has evolved into the lifesaving discipline it is today.

Dk publishing Dorling Kindersley. Henry Holt and Co. Clear diagrams explain major diseases, such as cancer, surgical instruments, and the progression of treatment over the centuries, and enhance understanding of human anatomy, setting the great milestones of medical history in their wider social context.

. Used book in Good Condition. Strange History. Medicine tells the fascinating story of the discipline, charting developments in healing, diagnosis, surgery, from ancient times to the present day, and drugs in a vividly visual and accessible format. Follow the gory pitfalls and the miraculous breakthroughs of medical history from trepanning, bloodletting, and body snatching to the latest developments in IVF and gene therapy.