The Alarming History of Medicine: Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates to Heart Transplants

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Macmillan, Sep 15, 1997 - Medical - 256 pages
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Delightfully witty and richly informative, The Alarming History of Medicine is a collection of anecdotes describing how the historical breakthroughs in medicine were really made. Using hilarious stories, based on actual facts, Richard Gordon shows that most of the monumental discoveries were originally accidents.

A must-read for hypochondriacs, doctors, medical students, and anyone fascinated by the world of medicine, The Alarming History of Medicine is clever, revealing--and all true.
 

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THE ALARMING HISTORY OF MEDICINE: Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates to Heart Transplants

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Idiosyncratic, crotchety—and very funny—history of medicine by the British author of Doctor in the House (which launched the popular 1950's-60's film and TV series) and a slew of other novels with a ... Read full review

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Ok, I don't think I will be reading anymore books by this author. The book reads like a history report, not a comedy as advertised. Also, it is written in Brittish language, and assumes that the ... Read full review

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Contents

Hippocrates and All That
1
Man Microbes and History
15
Discoveries in the Dark
41
The Conquest of Pain
74
The Goldheaded Cane
93
The Demon Barbers
121
Sex and its Snags
143
Dead Ends
161
Odd Practices
178
Freud the English Governess and the Smell of Burnt Pudding
199
Scholars Truants and Teachers Pets
217
The Body Politic
233
One Small Step for a Man One Giant Leap for Mankind
248
References
250
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Richard Gordon is a doctor who has written over forty books on or about medicine, including the famous Doctor in the House series. Dr. Gordon lives in London.

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