Odd Medical Cures

Odd Medical Cures

by Michael J. Rosen, Ben Kassoy, Pat Sandy
     
 

Would you believe bee's venom could help you feel better? How about a candle in your ear, or a string running through your nostrils? People have used all sorts of kooky remedies to fight pain and illness. Some work. Others, not so much. Find out more about odd medical cures of past and present!See more details below

Overview

Would you believe bee's venom could help you feel better? How about a candle in your ear, or a string running through your nostrils? People have used all sorts of kooky remedies to fight pain and illness. Some work. Others, not so much. Find out more about odd medical cures of past and present!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
From maggots to radionics, to ear candling and mud baths, the authors describe and, to some degree, dissect medical treatments that are odd. Part of the "No Way!" series, this book contrasts slimming soap that can magically wash away fat (ineffective) with using maggots to eat dead skin away from wounds (effective—if gross). The book's only over-arching theme is the curious and perhaps gross factor of these potential cures, with each of the 13 double-page spreads describing one or two treatments in under 200 words. Most of the time, the authors very briefly outline how these treatments work. For example, in the section on cryogenics, they explain what happens when athlete's "super-cool" themselves: "Low temperatures cause the body to release chemicals called endorphins (ehn-DOHR-fihns). These chemicals ease pain and stress." Each of these spreads stands up well on its own, but I would have appreciated a greater overall structure, so that the effective but surprising treatments were separated from the ineffective and sometimes dangerous ones. Still, kids who like facts, gross things, and are curious about the history of medicine will check out this book. Back matter includes a glossary, lists for further readings, and index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761389873
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,459,685
Product dimensions:
7.08(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.31(d)
Lexile:
710L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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