Nancy's Reviews > Swallow: Foreign Bodies, Their Ingestion, Inspiration, and the Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them

Swallow by Mary Cappello
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Feb 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: did-not-finish
Read from February 07 to 16, 2011

The title conveys that could be a very interesting topic. Unfortunately the writing style is rather like a college freshman term paper.

I read the first quarter or so then poked through the rest of the book a bit. There are good gee-whiz anecdotes and some interesting history on treatments for ingested items and throat damage. (Stories about children drinking lye is pretty horrific. Government labeling and bottling requirements were important is stopping this damage.)

A much better book could have been written with the same material.

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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy The Curious Doctor Who Extracted Them--that's the most interesting part of the title. Makes me curious too, but not enough to sit down and read a whole book about it. Gotta wonder about someone who'd go to the trouble to write a whole book about it.

Nancy What amazes me is that this book is getting a lot of reviews. There was just one in the Wall Street JOurnal, of all places.

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