The Girl Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: A True Medical Mystery

The Girl Who Gave Birth to Rabbits: A True Medical Mystery

by Clifford A. Pickover
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573927945

ISBN-13: 9781573927949

Pub. Date: 04/28/2000

Publisher: Prometheus Books

This can justifiably be called history's most fascinating medical mystery, a dark, true-life Alice in Wonderland tale with a streak of horror. Why should we care today about a poor, eighteenth-century girl who gave birth to monstrosities? Mary Toft's story bears uncanny parallels with our own time and contains perennial themes: science and superstition

Overview

This can justifiably be called history's most fascinating medical mystery, a dark, true-life Alice in Wonderland tale with a streak of horror. Why should we care today about a poor, eighteenth-century girl who gave birth to monstrosities? Mary Toft's story bears uncanny parallels with our own time and contains perennial themes: science and superstition separated by the flimsiest of curtains, justice and morality, crime and punishment, and the greed and basic fears at the core of human nature. Prepare yourself for a shattering odyssey as acclaimed polymath Clifford Pickover takes you to the ultimate frontier of medical speculation. With numerous illustrations, this is an engrossing and thoroughly unique introduction to eighteenth-century science and its metaphor for today's scientific superstitions and politics. For Mary, conspiracies are everywhere, the line between good and evil lost, and the consequences exceed her most unthinkable, private desires.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573927949
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.34(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations9
Acknowledgments11
Introduction13
Cast of Characters29
1. In the Beginning33
2. St. André and King George I47
3. Rabbit Dung61
4. Why Sex and Animals?81
5. Chaos in the Bath House117
6. What Ever Became of Mary Toft?155
7. Some Final Thoughts193
Appendix I: Sexual Superstitions Through Time209
Appendix II: Animal Superstitions Through Time211
Further Reading221
Index225

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