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Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation

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Many scientists have followed the advice of the great Victorian doctor Jack Haldane to “never experiment on an animal if a man will do” and “never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.” He and his father inhaled poisonous gasses to test the efficacy of the prototype gas mask they had invented. When breathing gasses under pressure he suffered the smoking ears and screaming teeth of the title.

The stories in Norton’s new book are astonishing, disturbing or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a concentrated effort to widen the nation’s diet by personally testing everything that crossed his path, from boiled elephant’s trunk to slug soup. Some medics deliberately contracted deadly blood diseases in the hope of finding cures. Then there was the surgeon who was fired and subsequently won the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart.

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A witty celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous scientific experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind.

About the Author

Trevor Norton is an emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool, having retired from the Chair of Marine Biology. He has published widely on ecological topics. His much acclaimed books include Stars Beneath the Sea; Reflections on a Summer Sea; Under Water to Get Out of the Rain; and Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth.

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ISBN:
9781605983752
Author:
Norton, Trevor
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Author:
Trevor Norton
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
Science Reference-Experiments
Subject:
History of Science-General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 Pages of BandW Photographs
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
Reference » Science Reference » Experiments
Reference » Science Reference » General
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Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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