Cabinet Of Medical Curiosities

Cabinet Of Medical Curiosities

by Jan Bondeson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0393318923

ISBN-13: 2900393318929

Pub. Date: 04/01/1999

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393318929
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264

Table of Contents

Preface
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
Note on Sources

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