What Killed Jane Austen? And other medical mysteries, marvels and

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HarperCollins Australia, Nov 1, 2010 - Science - 204 pages
Jane Austen, the much-loved author of Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility,was just 42 when she died. Do you know what killed her?the intriguing nature of Jane Austen's demise is just one of a series of sometimes famous, often bizarre and always memorable stories featured in What Killed Jane Austen? Why was Louis XVI embarrassed on his wedding night? What uncomfortable maladies plagued Napoleon during and after Waterloo? Did a standin take the rap for Rudolf Hess? Was Winston Churchill fit to rule? Why did Mary tudor have phantom pregnancies and a deep voice? Have you heard about the Alabama syphilis scandal? What did the autopsy reveal about Lenin's mental state? Why did Freud dabble with cocaine?Here is a collection of always fascinating and sometimes gory anecdotes about royalty, quacks, eccentrics, reformers and pioneers, together with some astonishing tales of discoveries, disasters, diseases, addictions and obsessions.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
Chapter 1 KINGS AND QUEENS
MARIE ANTOINETTE AND LOUIS XVI OF FRANCE AND SEX
DID A MUTANT ENZYME MAKE GEORGE III MAD?
SOME ROYAL OPERATIONS
OPENING THE TOMBS
Chapter 2 ECCENTRICS REFORMERS AND PIONEERS
FRANCIS GALTON THE MAN WHO WALKED NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST
KURU AND THE CANNIBALS
THE NONEPIDEMIC OF 1976
Chapter 7 DISASTERS
THE BLIGHT OF THE IRISH
TYPHOID MARY
PAINTERS DIAL R FOR DEATH
THE ASBESTOS TRAGEDY GOES ON AND ON
SYPHILIS IN TUSKEGEE ALABAMA

MARIE STOPES CHAMPION OF CONTRACEPTION
ELIZABETH KENNY THE BUSH NURSE WHO TOOK ON THE DOCTORS
PAUL WHITE JUNGLE DOCTOR
BERTRAM WAINER ABORTION LAW REFORMER
Chapter 3 QUACKS PSEUDOLOGIST5 AND OTHER PHONIES
THOSE WHO KNOW WATER
ONCE DESPISED AND NOW REVERED
Chapter 4FAMOUS PATIENTS
WHAT KILLED JANE AUSTEN?
A MEDICAL HISTORY OF OSCAR WILDE
THE DEATH OF VI LENIN
WAS WINSTON CHURCHILL FIT TO RULE?
JOSEF STALIN AND THE DOCTORS
DID A STANDIN TAKE THE RAP FOR RUDOLF HESS?
KAFKA ORWELL CAMUS AND AUDEN
Chapter 5WARFARE AND MEDICINE
NURSES FORCE THEIR WAY INTO A MANS WORLD
Chapter 6 DISCOVERIES AND DISEASES
THE MYSTERY OF MAWSONS ANTARCTIC DISEASE
Chapter 8 ADDICTIONS AND OBSESSIONS
SIGMUND FREUD AND COCAINE
PERCY GRAINGERS AND WILLIAM GLADSTONES CURIOUS OBSESSION
Chapter 9 LONGEVITY
ALCHEMY BODYFREEZING OR VIRGINS BLOOD?
CAN IMMUNISATION ALONE SAVE THIRD WORLD CHILDREN?
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Eccentrics reformers and pioneers
Quacks pseudologists and other phonies
Warfare and medicine
Disasters
Addictions and obsessions
Longevity
A final word
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Copyright
About the Publisher
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Jim Leavesley was born and educated in the northern England seaside holiday resort of Blackpool. He graduated from Liverpool in medicine in 1953 and emigrated to Western Australia in 1957. After 33 years in general practice he and his wife Margaret retired to the vine growing area of Margaret River in the south west of the State. Here he rekindled an earlier love for history, especially the medical history of famous people, and took up the much more chancy occupation of writing about the subject. During the previous 10 years he had written a fortnightly column for the medical newspaper, Australian Doctor, but now he enlarged his horizon.

Between 1978 and 1986 and while still in active practice, he did a weekly medical talk back programme on West Australian local radio. From 1986 to date he has presented a weekly medical history segment on the radio and has been an irregular guest speaker on the Science Programmes of ABC National Radio . Out of these presentations have been published 5 books. In 1998 he teamed up with Dr George Biro and together they have written 3 books on medical history; What Killed Jane Austen, How Isaac Newton Lost His Marbles and Flies in the Ointment.

In 1993 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for 'services to medicine in general and medical history in particular'.

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