Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

by Michelle Cooper
Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

by Michelle Cooper

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A mysterious bequest sends Rosy and Jaz on a race against time to identify thirteen strange and wonderful objects – which turn out to tell the story of medicine, from the superstitions of ancient Egypt to the modern-day ethical dilemmas of genetic testing.

Can unicorns cure leprosy?

What secrets of the brain did Michelangelo conceal in his Sistine Chapel paintings?

Did a zombie discover the cure for scurvy?

Does homeopathy actually work?

Why did an Australian scientist decide to drink dangerous bacteria?

Is grapefruit evil?

Did the bumps on Ned Kelly’s head predict his fate?

And how exactly did parachuting cats save a village from the plague?

An exploration of the beauty and power of scientific reasoning, for thoughtful readers aged twelve years and up, from the award-winning author of The Montmaray Journals.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Young People's History Prize (NSW Premier's History Awards)

Print edition includes illustrations, author's note, bibliography and index. Teaching resources available.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780648165132
Publisher: Michelle Cooper
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michelle Cooper is the author of 'The Rage of Sheep' and 'The Montmaray Journals' trilogy. The first Montmaray novel, 'A Brief History of Montmaray', won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was listed in the American Library Association's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Its sequel, 'The FitzOsbornes in Exile', was shortlisted for the NSW and WA Premier's Literary Awards, named a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book and listed in Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2011. The final book in the series, 'The FitzOsbornes at War', received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and was listed in Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2012. Michelle has a science degree, worked as a speech pathologist for many years and is now a hospital administrator. Visit www.michellecooper-writer.com for more information about Michelle and her books, including teaching resources.

Table of Contents

Chapter One

Afterwards, Rosy always blamed the turtle...

Chapter Two

‘I’m convinced that a controlled disrespect for authority is essential to a scientist.’

Chapter Three

‘I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.’

Chapter Four

‘The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.’

Chapter Five

‘The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence.’

Chapter Six

‘Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine …’

Chapter Seven

‘Good science and good art both require imagination.’

Chapter Eight

‘Science is nothing but trained and organised common sense.’

Chapter Nine

‘Chance favours only the prepared mind.’

Chapter Ten

‘Science moves, but slowly, slowly …’

Chapter Eleven

‘Science is much more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking.’

Chapter Twelve

‘… now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.’

Chapter Thirteen

‘Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.’

Chapter Fourteen

‘What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.’

Chapter Fifteen

‘In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.’

Chapter Sixteen

‘It is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.’

Chapter Seventeen

‘Mystics exult in mystery and want it to stay mysterious. Scientists exult in mystery for a different reason: it gives them something to do.’

Chapter Eighteen

‘We’ve never had a woman in the laboratory before, and we think you’d be a distracting influence.’

Chapter Nineteen

‘It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast.’

Chapter Twenty

‘Did science promise happiness? I don’t think so. It promised truth …’

Author’s Note



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