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Great Medical Disasters

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Man’s activities have been tainted by disaster ever since the serpent first approached Eve in the garden. And the world of medicine is no exception. In this outrageous and strangely informative book, Richard Gordon explores some of history’s more bizarre medical disasters. He creates a catalogue of mishaps including anthrax bombs on Gruinard Island, destroying mosquitoes i ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by House of Stratus (first published 1983)
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Fishface
This was sort of a fun read describing all kinds of terrible medical mistakes made by professionals who ought to have known better. Not recommended for people with white-coat phobia.
Kristin
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While this made an OK book to read while on the treadmill at the gym, I felt the focus on medical disasters of the 18th century and older, particularly those that occurred in England, prevented me from enjoying it fully. I did find it interesting to learn about Typhoid Mary and other errors that lead to the preventable spread of disease, as well as advances that were made, albeit too late to save the original victims. The author's phrasing, perhaps because he was British and perhaps because he m ...more
Melissa
Feb 11, 2013 rated it liked it
I thought the book was overall interesting and I learned many things about the history of medicine that I hadn't known before. However, it was written in "Brittish English" which has many sayings that I have no idea what he was saying. I got the overall jyst of it though. Also, some of the references to other historical events were beyond me, probably because I don't particularly like history. Overall good.
Elizabeth
I picked this up at the Hospital book sale.
Rhianna Schoonover
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trivia, medical
Very interesting trivia for those who like just knowing silly things. A really light read, but still something worth your time if you've got a few minutes, or hours, to just read for enjoyment.
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Hilarious light reading and a peek into the medical world. Would be reading it again!
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Richard Gordon is the pen name used by Gordon Ostlere (born Gordon Stanley Ostlere on September 15, 1921), an English surgeon and anaesthetist. As Richard Gordon, Ostlere has written several novels, screenplays for film and television and accounts of popular history, mostly dealing with the practice of medicine. He is most famous for a long series of comic novels on a medical theme starting with D ...more
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