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Laced with a delicate (and occasionally indelicate) humour, this book is for anyone with a taste for the bizarre, the exotic and the preposterous. It is also a rich source of fascinating scientific lore and medical information: therapies involving bacon rashers, toads and other odd items; bizarre ailments such as fishy odour syndrome, priapism and colonic crunch; ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Carroll & Graf Publishers
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Many of the vignettes are interesting although the author can come off as preachy at times. Although there is a list of sources at the end of the book no attempts were made to link stories with source material. This all but defeats the point of having sources... A few inaccuracies were observed, such as attributing HeLa cells to a Helen Baker but there were not many. Despite missing out on the opportunity of being a great read (utilization of a real endnote or footnote schema would help) overall ...more
While a number of the stories in this text were factual and fascinating, the majoity were either A. Seemingly based on historical accounts with no way to verify B. More supernatural/metaphysical than medical or C. Really not that curious at all--rather bland to be honest. (Review to be contined...)