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Title The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine
Author Thomas Morris
Publisher Random House
Release 2018-10-18
Category Medical
Total Pages 400
ISBN 0593080343
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Delightfully horrifying."--Popular Science One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018 One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018 · 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.

Title The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
Author Thomas Morris
Publisher Penguin
Release 2018-11-20
Category Medical
Total Pages 368
ISBN 1524743690
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Delightfully horrifying."--Popular Science One of Mental Floss's Best Books of 2018 One of Science Friday's Best Science Books of 2018 This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness. A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century 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 delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled. Witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1781: A French soldier in India operates on his own bladder stone), Tall Tales (like the "amphibious infant" of Chicago, a baby that could apparently swim underwater for half an hour), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and a plethora of other marvels. Beyond a series of anecdotes, these painfully amusing stories reveal a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments that 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. However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case in The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life.

Title Summary of Thomas Morris The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
Author Everest Media,
Publisher Everest Media LLC
Release 2022-07-21T22:59:00Z
Category Humor
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The history of medicine is filled with patients who have turned up at the hospital with an embarrassing and entirely self-inflicted complaint. The human capacity for mischief, misadventure, and downright idiocy is apparently a trait that progress cannot eradicate. #2 The old sense of the word tumor is not necessarily indicating abnormal tissue growth, but a swelling of any description. This example was a cyst, and its surface eventually broke. The surgeon suspected it was an anal fistula, an anomalous channel between the end of the bowel and the skin. #3 Guillaume Dupuytren was a surgeon who lived in France in the early 1800s. He was known for his eloquence and virtuosity, and he had many landmark cases to his name. He also made mistakes, but fewer than others. #4 The heart was believed to be the seat of the emotions, the center of the human organism, and the center of life. It was natural to assume that injuring this organ would be fatal. But in the nineteenth century, cases of prolonged survival after cardiac injury were published.

Title The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
Author Thomas Morris
Publisher
Release 2021-04-29
Category
Total Pages
ISBN 9789862359136
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Selected good books from Mental Floss magazine in 2018. Selected good scientific books on National Public Radio's Science Friday program in 2018. Teeth exploded in the mouths of many patients for no reason... Crazy sailor, unable to extricate herself, she swallowed several knives one after another... The countess who applied essential oils before going to bed, mysteriously caught fire in her sleep... A woman was attacked by a rattlesnake during her pregnancy and then gave birth to half man, half snake!? Amphibious babies on land and water can be trained by their parents from an early age to benefit all mankind and prevent drowning from now on?!

Title The Electric Corset and Other Victorian Miracles
Author Jeremy Agnew
Publisher McFarland
Release 2021-10-18
Category Medical
Total Pages 287
ISBN 1476683832
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Through the Victorian and Edwardian eras, various health movements emerged in the transition to the modern age of scientific medicine. Strange medical devices and quack cures were pushed, often using crude remedies based on simplistic beliefs and the placebo effect. Currently, some of these treatments appear absurd, even cruel. Because some were properly used as appropriate therapies, it is difficult to label them altogether as bogus. This book takes a thorough look at unconventional medical gadgets, as well as the strange devices and therapies used by both fringe and legitimate healers, and places them in the perspective of modern medicine. The author argues that quackery should not be defined by the ineffectiveness of a therapy, but rather be based on the fraudulent intent of the people who pushed dishonest and deceptive remedies.

The Dublin Railway Murder by Thomas Morris

Title The Dublin Railway Murder
Author Thomas Morris
Publisher Random House
Release 2021-11-11
Category True Crime
Total Pages 384
ISBN 147357837X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A thrilling and perplexing investigation of a true Victorian crime at Dublin railway station. Dublin, November 1856: George Little, the chief cashier of the Broadstone railway terminus, is found dead, lying in a pool of blood beneath his desk. He has been savagely beaten, his head almost severed; there is no sign of a murder weapon, and the office door is locked, apparently from the inside. Thousands of pounds in gold and silver are left untouched at the scene of the crime. Augustus Guy, Ireland's most experienced detective, teams up with Dublin's leading lawyer to investigate the murder. But the mystery defies all explanation, and two celebrated sleuths sent by Scotland Yard soon return to London, baffled. Five suspects are arrested then released, with every step of the salacious case followed by the press, clamouring for answers. But then a local woman comes forward, claiming to know the murderer... 'The Dublin Railway Murder is a true-crime masterclass' Philip Gray, author of Two Storm Wood

The Matter of the Heart by Thomas Morris

Title The Matter of the Heart
Author Thomas Morris
Publisher Random House
Release 2017-06-01
Category Medical
Total Pages 432
ISBN 1473524725
Language English, Spanish, and French
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'Thrilling... The “dizzying” story of heart surgery is every bit as important as that of the nuclear, computer or rocket ages. And now it has been given the history it deserves' James McConnachie, Sunday Times For thousands of years the human heart remained the deepest of mysteries; both home to the soul and an organ too complex to touch, let alone operate on. Then, in the late nineteenth century, medics began going where no one had dared go before. In eleven landmark operations, Thomas Morris tells us stories of triumph, reckless bravery, swaggering arrogance, jealousy and rivalry, and incredible ingenuity, from the trail-blazing ‘blue baby’ procedure to the first human heart transplant. The Matter of the Heart gives us a view over the surgeon’s shoulder, showing us the heart’s inner workings and failings. It describes both a human story and a history of risk-taking that has ultimately saved millions of lives.

A Sinister Gift by Jacinthe Dessureault

Title A Sinister Gift
Author Jacinthe Dessureault
Publisher Demiurge Underground
Release 2021-09-30
Category Fiction
Total Pages
ISBN 1999443136
Language English, Spanish, and French
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First-time pregnancy? Check. First-time premonition? Check. First time dealing with an immortal killer? In progress... Montréal, present day. When police social worker Elenora Bello becomes pregnant, her life takes a sharp turn for the bizarre as she starts having insights into a case assigned to her detective husband and foresees the death of a plastic surgeon gone missing. The nightmarish visions are just the beginning, and it soon becomes clear that Elenora’s newfound power is the only thing that can help stop a centuries-old murderer. Montréal, 1847. Rolland Carmichael is a penniless but dashing young man who charmed his way into the salons of high society. When a savage beating takes away his good looks, his livelihood, and the love of his life, he withdraws into the shadows. Darkness grows inside of him, pushing him to kill. And he’s set to fly under the radar for all of eternity. That is, until Elenora sees him. And he sees her back... A Sinister Gift is the first paranormal mystery in a series following a forty-year-old psychic heroine hell-bent on helping the supernaturally afflicted. If you love spirits, witches, and things that are not what they seem, then this is for you.

Under the Weather by Tom Fort

Title Under the Weather
Author Tom Fort
Publisher Arrow
Release 2007
Category Travel
Total Pages 356
ISBN 9780099461241
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Tom Fort, whose writing has been variously described as "jocund," "slightly loopy," '"unbelievably poignant," and "deeply peculiar," travels around Britain experiencing some of its extremer climates and some of its more typical, with a view to explaining the British have made of theirweather and what it has made of them. There are two interlocking strands: the story of those whomoved to an exceptional, sometimes obsessive degree by the fascination felt by so manysought to know and understandthe weather; and the story of its impact on history, culture, and ways of thought and behavior. He focuses on the peoplethe clergymen, the gentlemen of leisure, the crackpots, visionaries, charlatans, and shysters, all now largely or utterly forgottenwho volunteered and toiled for the cause, telling their stories by tracking them down to the placesusually their own gardenswhere they indulged their quiet passion for measuring rainfall, scrutinizing dewdrops, tapping their barometers, and peering at their thermometers. Once the age of the amateur scientist was over, and the business of weather forecasting was annexed by professionals with state backing, it became a less colorful affair. The historical strand is, in part, a straightforward chronology; an account of the part played by climate inBritish history; how, when the sun shone and rain fell in gentle abundance, the nationprospered and multiplied; how, when the climate cooled, bringing wet summers and savage winters, they perished by plague and famine and retreated from places made unbelievable; how in time, asthe societymatured from a rural, peasant society, the weather became less a matter of life and death (though always an absorbing interest). But beyond that there is another dimension to its influencethe moral and spiritual one. This is contentious, but intriguing: the extent to whichthe Britishshapetheir view of "our weather," and the extent to which it may have shapedthe Britishinto the peoplethey are. "