What Killed Jane Austen? And other medical mysteries, marvels and
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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KURU AND THE CANNIBALS
THE NONEPIDEMIC OF 1976
Chapter 7 DISASTERS
THE BLIGHT OF THE IRISH
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?
Eccentrics reformers and pioneers
Quacks pseudologists and other phonies
Warfare and medicine
Addictions and obsessions
A final word
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
About the Publisher
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