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Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects

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A mysterious bequest sends Rosy and Jaz on a race against time to identify thirteen strange and wonderful objects – which turn out to tell the story of medicine, from the superstitions of ancient Egypt to the modern-day ethical dilemmas of genetic testing.

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Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 15th 2017 by FitzOsborne Press
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Shanti
I adore Michelle Cooper; she wrote some of my favourite novels of all time, namely the Montmara trilogy, and also the delighful The Rage of Sheep. she hasn't published a new book for ages, which is okay, because this one was worth waiting for! Dr. Huxley's Bequest is a non-fiction book framed with a fictional framing device. It is aimed at younger people (like maybe 9-14), but honestly anyone can learn from it.
I've read some books about medical history in the last year, like Pandora's Lab and
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Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There was a lot to like about this book. As a teacher and librarian, I very much appreciated the portrayal of the thirst for knowledge and interest in a topic for its own sake, accompanied by a clearly positive take on the research process via the girls’ search for information about unknown objects. While this search often hinged on coincidental observations, this was usually an inciting incident that led to further investigation. It was interesting to see some gentle digs at academia in general ...more
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Michelle Cooper writes novels for teenagers. She is the award-winning author of Dr Huxley's Bequest, A Brief History of Montmaray, The FitzOsbornes in Exile, The FitzOsbornes at War and The Rage of Sheep.

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Michelle was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended a succession of schools in Fiji and country New South Wales, then went to university in Sydney. She worked as a speech and language
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