A Cabinet Of Medical Curiosities / Edition 1

A Cabinet Of Medical Curiosities / Edition 1

by Jan Bondeson
     
 

"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
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… See more details below

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"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
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393318920
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,054,450
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Spontaneous Human Combustion1
The Bosom Serpent26
The Riddle of the Lousy Disease51
Giants in the Earth72
Apparent Death and Premature Burial96
Mary Toft, the Rabbit Breeder122
Maternal Impressions144
Tailed People170
Three Remarkable Specimens in the Hunterian Museum186
The Strange Story of Julia Pastrana216
Note on Sources245

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