The Alarming History of Medicine: Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates to Heart Transplants

The Alarming History of Medicine Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates to Heart Transplants Delightfully witty and richly informative The Alarming History of Medicine is a collection of anecdotes describing how the historical breakthroughs in medicine were really made Using hilarious storie

  • Title: The Alarming History of Medicine: Amusing Anecdotes from Hippocrates to Heart Transplants
  • Author: Richard Gordon
  • ISBN: 9780312167639
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Delightfully witty and richly informative, The Alarming History of Medicine is a collection of anecdotes describing how the historical breakthroughs in medicine were really made Using hilarious stories, based on actual facts, Richard Gordon shows that most of the monumental discoveries were originally accidents.A must read for hypochondriacs, doctors, medical students, anDelightfully witty and richly informative, The Alarming History of Medicine is a collection of anecdotes describing how the historical breakthroughs in medicine were really made Using hilarious stories, based on actual facts, Richard Gordon shows that most of the monumental discoveries were originally accidents.A must read for hypochondriacs, doctors, medical students, and anyone fascinated by the world of medicine, The Alarming History of Medicine is clever, revealing and all true.

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    1. While there are many entertaining and interesting stories contained in this book, their presentation was too disjointed to be enjoyable - one story ends without feeling quite finished, yet the next paragraph heads abruptly into new territory. I actually enjoyed the dated British vernacular - it made the book read like the era it was telling stories from.

    2. A funny and, as promised by the title, a frequently alarming collection of anecdotes.On learning that anesthesia is better than hypnotism for surgical patients:"[Robert] Liston [1794-1847] amputated a right leg while Peter Squire, who ran a chemist’s shop in Oxford Street, gave ether from a sponge-filled inhaler like a port decanter. ‘This Yankee dodge, gentlemen, beats mesmerism hollow,’ conceded the vain, abrasive, aggressive surgeon, with powerfully significant generosity. In the painti [...]

    3. He took an interesting topic and managed to make it very boring and incongruous. There is no logical smooth flow and the writing style is too old school and difficult to read for such an intense topic. I believe that when you are addressing a heavy topic you should keep the writing light else you loose the reader quicklyThere are too many references even though it's a historical book. Overall very disappointed. There are much better medical history books available.

    4. Medicina é um tema que acaba interessando e fascinando a todos, médicos e pacientes, haja vista o sucesso que as séries médicas fazem na TV.O livro traz uma série de curiosidades sobre o tema saúde, pacientes ilustres, origem de determinados medicamentos, crendices e superstições, doenças curiosas e suas curas, médicos excêntricos e seus métodos.

    5. Interesting, but written more like notes for a book than a proper book. There are frequent oblique references to people and situations that are not previously mentioned in the book and never further explained.

    6. Rather hard to read: he writes in British vernacular that's 30 years out of date. And he's got no patience for "non-medical" healing, dismisses it out-of-hand. But some of the fact-stuff is really interesting and funny.

    7. Really dull, the author uses British English which makes it a bit difficult to understand at times. Not recommended.

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