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A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

In this book of amazing oddities, Jan Bondeson explores unexpected, gruesome, and bizarre aspects of the history of medicine. He regales us with stories of spontaneous human combustion; vicious tribes of tailed men; the Two-Headed Boy of Bengal; Mary Toft, who allegedly gave birth to seventeen rabbits; and Julia Pastrana, exhibited around the world as the Ape Woman. Bondeson combines an historian's skill in showing us our timeless fascination with the grotesque with a physician's diagnostic abilities, as he examines the evidence and provides likely explanations for these peculiar events. "Fascinating. . . . Well-researched and extensively illustrated with items from [Bondeson's] personal collection, it covers a wide range of medical monstrosities, and there is something for everyone." — The Lancet "Entertaining in the simultaneously creepy and amusing way of a carnival sideshow. . . . Bondeson is quick to acknowledge absurdity, and his wry humor, along with his strong personal judgments, spice up the book." — Publishers Weekly "Bondeson . . . regards his exhibits with a careful scientist's eye, discovering misinterpreted evidence, tragic genetic mutations, and, occasionally, outright fraud." — Library Journal

Synopsis:

"Dr. Bondeson dissects a dozen . . . examples of human credulity with the scalpel of a forensic historian, and the result is a colorful collection of true detective stories." — Richard D. Altick

About the Author

Jan Bondeson, a physician, holds a Ph.D. in experimental medicine and works at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology in London.

Table of Contents

Spontaneous human combustion — The bosom serpent — The riddle of the lousy disease — Giants in the earth — Apparent death and premature burial — Mary Toft, the rabbit breeder — Maternal impressions — Tailed people — Three remarkable specimens in the Hunterian Museum — The strange story of Julia Pastrana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393318920
Preface:
Bondeson, Jan
Author:
Bondeson, Jan
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Medicine
Subject:
History
Subject:
Miscellanea
Subject:
Anecdotes
Subject:
Medicine -- Anecdotes.
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
35
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Ilustrations
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in 0.81 lb

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