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The Phantom Museum: And Henry Wellcome's Collection of Medical Curiosities

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Businessman and philanthropist Sir Henry Wellcome—co-founder of Burroughs Wellcome & Co., one of the first giant pharmaceutical companies—was fascinated by anthropology and the history of medicine. His great ambition was to trace the story of the human body, in sickness and in health, through the entire sweep of history. By the time he died in 1936, he had built up one ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Profile Books
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karen
May 15, 2009 karen rated it liked it
so this is a collection of (mostly) fiction based on this one crazy mans collection of all things medical and bodily. i wanted it only because of the blegvad because i heart book of leviathan like crazy. and its fine - the images are great - artificial limbs galore and a delightful shrunken head. but some of the stories (and there are only 6) are eh. the a.s. byatt one i hated, truly. the blegvad is good, but i just think it is cute that he has a milk obsession. it makes him even more charming. ...more
Emily Brown
May 22, 2009 Emily Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, history
other than the first story (which is way too long and not interesting at all), these stories are very creative--the wellcome museum asked six authors to write about anything in the museum, creating six widely different stories, some fiction, some not. the best are by hari kunzru and peter blegvad.
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Peter Blegvad is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and cartoonist. He was a founding member of the avant-pop band Slapp Happy, which later merged briefly with Henry Cow, and has released many solo and collaborative albums. He is the son of Lenore and Erik Blegvad, who are respectively, a children's book author and illustrator.

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