The Strange Case of the Walking Corpse: A Chronicle of Medical Mysteries, Curious Remedies, and Bizarre but True Healing Folklore

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Did you know that bananas can cure warts; chewing on raw ginger can relieve nausea; sniffing vanilla can help suppress your appetite; or that raw potato can soothe a burn?

Healing is full of curious remedies-some based on time-honored folklore, others straight from the medical journals. Nancy Butcher has gathered together some of the most unusual natural cures that have been proven effective today, and even throws in some unbelievable ...

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Overview

Did you know that bananas can cure warts; chewing on raw ginger can relieve nausea; sniffing vanilla can help suppress your appetite; or that raw potato can soothe a burn?

Healing is full of curious remedies-some based on time-honored folklore, others straight from the medical journals. Nancy Butcher has gathered together some of the most unusual natural cures that have been proven effective today, and even throws in some unbelievable and-thankfully-abandoned therapies from times past.

Filled with case histories of unique illnesses, historic documentation of strange medical practices, and the author's own insightful commentary, this book explains not only how to cure headaches, sleep better, and improve your sex life, but also that people with Cotard's syndrome actually believe they are dead.

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Butcher, the author of numerous books for children and adults, returns to her childhood fascination with all things medical, drawing on case literature, web sites, folklore, and medical texts. While other authors tend to focus on physical abnormalities, Butcher covers these and other aspects of medicine: treatment regimens and folk remedies, mental illnesses, hospital tales, sleep and sexual disorders, and the extreme quest for beauty. Organized into thematic chapters (most of which are prefaced with short historical background), the descriptions are often brief-an advantage for the casual reader, who may wish to browse sections simply for morbid or interesting highlights. Many entries are truly exotic (e.g., formicophilia, arousal from insects crawling on genitals), while some are now so well known that they detract from the novelty of the others (e.g., Ebola, leprosy, and insulin therapy). More than half of Butcher's sources stem from the Internet, and although most refer to educational or association sites, a few of the more outlandish ones are a bit suspect. Jan Bondeson, in comparison, contributes more academic research on physical abnormalities in such books as A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities and The Two-Headed Boy and Other Medical Marvels. Butcher's is a work of more breadth if less depth and is a useful addition to public libraries.-Andy Wickens, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583331606
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/5/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Butcher has written on health and wellness subjects for WholeHealthMD.com and other websites as well as creating wellness booklets for Time-Life Books. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book It's Snow Problem, and 101 Ways to Stop Eating After Dinner.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the lure of the strange and morbid 1
1 Uncommon diseases and disorders 9
2 Uncommon treatments 40
3 Parasites and other unwelcome guests 76
4 Unusual mental illnesses 97
5 Sexual maladies 118
6 Sleep dysfunctions 137
7 Hospital stories 148
8 Beauty [actual symbol not reproducible] 156
9 What medicine holds for your future 170
Bibliography 181
Index 195
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