Odd Medical Cures

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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!

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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!

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761389873
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,023,452
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael J. Rosen is the acclaimed author of some three dozen books for children of all ages (and even more for grown-ups!), including The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Poems for Birders; Our Farm: Four Seasons with Five Kids on One Famiy's Farm (which he both wrote and illustrated with some 400 photographs); A Drive in the Country; Don't Shoot!; A School for Pompey Walker; and Elijah's Angel. For over 35 years, ever since working as a counselor, water-safety instructor, and art teacher at local community centers, Michael has been engaged with young children, their parents, and teachers. As a visiting author, in-service speaker, and workshop leader, he frequently travels to schools and conferences around the nation, sharing his stories, poems, creativity, and humor.

As a talented editor and illustrator, Michael has enlisted hundreds of other authors and artists to create 15 philanthropic books that aid in the fight to end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength's national efforts, or that offer care to less fortunate companion animals through The Company of Animals Fund, a granting program he began in 1990.

For the last four years, working with the Ohio Children's Foundation, Michael created a early literacy activity book, particularly designed for kids who are likely to start school without knowing the alphabet: You, Me, and the ABCs: 100 Ready-for-Reading Activities for Kids and Their Favorite Grown-ups.

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