Strange Medicine casts a gimlet eye on the practice of medicine through the ages that highlights the most dubious ideas, bizarre treatments, and biggest blunders. From bad science and oafish behavior to stomach-turning procedures that hurt more than helped, Strange Medicine presents strange but true facts and an honor roll of doctors, scientists, and dreamers who inadvertently turned the clock of medicine backward: • The ancient Egyptians applied electric eels to cure gout. • Medieval dentists burned candles in patients’ mouths to kill invisible worms gnawing at their teeth. • Renaissance physicians timed surgical procedures according to the position of the stars, and instructed epileptics to collect fresh blood from the newly beheaded. • Dr. Walter Freeman, the world’s foremost practitioner of lobotomies, practiced his craft while traveling on family camping trips, cramming the back of the station wagon with kids—and surgical tools—then hammering ice picks into the eye sockets of his patients in between hikes in the woods. Strange Medicine is an illuminating panorama of medical history as you’ve never seen it before.
It's easy to take a pill when we aren't feeling well. But did you know that the art of making medicines goes back thousands of years? Early remedies weren't always so easyor effective. Some seemed downright disgusting. Wine infused with a venomous snake was used to cure fatigue and hair loss. Snail slime soothed burns, and a mixture of ear wax and mud treated headaches. Discover more about how medicine was practiced centuries ago and how, eventually, scientists discovered some truly amazing remedies, from the magic bullet that treated syphilis to the insulin used for diabetes.
Author: Virginia Loh-Hagan
Publisher: Cherry Lake
Release Date: 2017-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Take a look at the world's weirdest cures--from snake oil to maggots. These stories are too strange to be made up! Written with a high interest level to appeal to a more mature audience and a lower level of complexity with clear visuals to help struggling readers along. Considerate text includes tons of fascinating information and wild facts that will hold the readers' interest, allowing for successful mastery and comprehension. A table of contents, glossary with simplified pronunciations, and index all enhance comprehension.
Returning from tour, Ed finds New Philadelphia overwhelmed by a freak desert teaming with hostile creatures. People who wander onto the shifting sands vanish, as do sections of town, and a swirling energy vortex rises beyond the dunes. This is no ordinary fallout from climate change or the virus plaguing mankind.Kokopelli and others in the dream world warn of an ancient force reaching from the past to corrupt magic and threaten all the realms. Answers lie beyond the vortex, a place where gods may not tread. Aided by friends, a quirky forest sprite, and his candy-loving imp, Ed must travel to a land from legends where alien creatures serve a malevolent deity. But danger lurks around every turn and fixing the problem may take some very strange medicine.
Author: Allen Verhey
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2003-12-11
Author of such major books as Remembering Jesus: Christian Community, Scripture, and the Moral Life, Allen Verhey has become one of today's most trusted Christian voices in contemporary ethics, including the moral challenges that new medical technologies pose to Christian faith and decision-making. With this new book Verhey brings the biblical tradition to bear on contemporary bioethical concerns. Drawing on an unmatched depth of insight in these two realms, Verhey explores how the Bible can illuminate and guide medical ethics. He argues that churches are called to think and speak clearly about bioethical concerns, and he lays out here the scriptural tools for them to do so. After firmly grounding Christian ethical discourse in Scripture, Verhey shows how the Bible can be applied to such pressing questions as suffering, genetic intervention, abortion, reproductive technologies, end-of-life care, physician-assisted suicide, and more. Filled with faith-based wisdom and apt illustrations of the moral dilemmas discussed, this book is a must-read for Christians grappling with the ethical dimensions of medicine today.
When Honoré Greenwood sits down to tell his tale, people listen. Friend of such stalwarts of the West as Kit Carson, Thomas Fitzpatrick, John Hatcher, and the Brent brothers, Charles and William, Honoré, at ninety-nine, has lived the life that has become the dime novel. As a young schoolboy, Jean Guy was considered a genius. The only thing distracting him from his love of books was his love for a kitchen maid, Nicole. When Nicole is raped and brutalized, Jean exacts revenge, murdering the rapist and stowing away on an English packet bound for New Orleans. It is there that the young Jean Guy changes his name and becomes Honoré Greenwood, soon to become one of the legends of the American West. New Orleans is an exciting place for the young Honoré, but falling in love with Gabriela Badfillo-a beautiful young woman from Taos, New Mexico, who is promised to another in an arranged marriage-forces Honoré to flee, brokenhearted into the wilderness. He volunteers for a most dangerous project, building a fort right in the heart of Comanche country. His orders are to establish trade with the warlike, horse-rich Comanches. The Mexican War and the California Gold Rush usher chaos into the plains. And the Comanches are a proud, powerful, and unpredictable people, but Honoré earns their trust, but the vile whiskey trader, Bill Snakehead Jackson, is happy corrupting the Comanches and breeding violence between them and their ancient enemies, the Apaches. It will take all of Honoré's genius and his strange power to hold the trade together. Because his power follows the phases of the moon enabling him to go without sleep for days, the Comanches dub it Moon Medicine. Through it all, Honoré becomes a successful trader and ransom negotiator, earning the title Plenty Man. But when Gabriela desperately calls for help, Honoré will risk everything he has for the woman he still loves. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Virgil J. Vogel
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Release Date: 2013-05-01
Genre: Social Science
The purpose of this book, says the author, is to show the effect of Indian medicinal practices on white civilization. Actually it achieves far more. It discusses Indian theories of disease and methods of combating disease and even goes into the question of which diseases were indigenous and which were brought to the Indian by the white man. It also lists Indian drugs that have won acceptance in the Pharmacopeia of the United States and the National Formulary. The influence of American Indian healing arts on the medicine and healing and pharmacology of the white man was considerable. For example, such drugs as insulin and penicillin were anticipated in rudimentary form by the aborigines. Coca leaves were used as narcotics by Peruvian Indians hundreds of years before Carl Koller first used cocaine as a local anesthetic in 1884. All together, about 170 medicines, mostly botanical, were contributed to the official compendia by Indians north of the Rio Grande, about 50 more coming from natives of the Latin-American and Caribbean regions. Impressions and attitudes of early explorers, settlers, physicians, botanists, and others regarding Indian curative practices are reported by geographical regions, with British, French, and Spanish colonies and the young United States separately treated. Indian theories of disease—sorcery, taboo violation, spirit intrusion, soul loss, unfulfilled dreams and desires, and so on -and shamanistic practices used to combat them are described. Methods of treating all kinds of injuries-from fractures to snakebite-and even surgery are included. The influence of Indian healing lore upon folk or domestic medicine, as well as on the "Indian doctors" and patent medicines, are discussed. For the convenience of the reader, an index of botanical names is provided, together with a wide variety of illustrations. The disproportionate attention that has been given to the superstitious and unscientific features of aboriginal medicine has tended to obscure its real contributions to American civilization.
Author: J. C. McKeown
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2017-01-02
Genre: Medicine, Ancient
There are few disciplines as exciting and forward-looking as medicine. Unfortunately, however, many modern practitioners have lost sight of the origins of their discipline. A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities aspires to cure this lapse by taking readers back to the early days of Western medicine in ancient Greece and Rome. Quoting the actual words of ancient authors, often from texts which have never before been translated into English, J. C. McKeown offers a fascinating glimpse at the origins of surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, pharmacology, diet and nutrition, and many other fields of medicine. This book features hundreds of passages from Greek and Roman authors, with gentle guidance from McKeown, giving a vividly direct picture of the ancient medical world, a world in which, for example, a surgeon had to be strong-minded enough to ignore the screams of his patient, diseases were assumed to be sent by the gods, medicine and magic were often indistinguishable, and no qualifications were required before setting oneself up as a doctor. On the other hand, McKeown reveals that some ancient medical attitudes were also surprisingly similar to our own. Beyond the practice of medicine, McKeown highlights ancient views on familiar topics, such as medical ethics and the role of the doctor in society. A fascinating exploration of the bizarre - and sometimes grotesque - medical beliefs of the past, A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities will delight anyone with an interest in the history of medicine or the ancient world.
Author: Steven D. Carter
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2014-10-21
Genre: Literary Collections
A court lady of the Heian era, an early modern philologist, a novelist of the Meiji period, and a physicist at Tokyo University. What do they have in common, besides being Japanese? They all wrote zuihitsu—a uniquely Japanese literary genre encompassing features of the nonfiction or personal essay and miscellaneous musings. For sheer range of subject matter and breadth of perspective, the zuihitsu is unrivaled in the Japanese literary tradition, which may explain why few examples have been translated into English. The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays presents a representative selection of more than one hundred zuihitsu from a range of historical periods written by close to fifty authors—from well-known figures, such as Matsuo Basho, Natsume Soseki, and Koda Aya, to such writers as Tachibana Nankei and Dekune Tatsuro, whose works appear here for the first time in English. Writers speak on the experience of coming down with a cold, the aesthetics of tea, the physiology and psychology of laughter, the demands of old age, standards of morality, the way to raise children, the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the thoughts that accompany sleeplessness, the anxiety of undergoing surgery, and the unexpected benefits of training a myna bird to say "Thank you." These essays also provide moving descriptions of snowy landscapes, foggy London, the famous cherry blossoms of Ueno Park, and the appeal of rainy vistas, and relate the joys and troubles of everyone from desperate samurai to filial children to ailing cats.
This novel is an exhilarating story of a group of Black Americans led by one man who travels the nation to establish a National Afro-American Society. The oppositions they encounters from government and racists both in and outside the government provide many obstacles to overcome. Intrigues and murder within the Society add to the groups troubles. Dresden Macomb, the leader, is a determined man and he fights on, building a cadre of associates who help him structure the Society for the betterment of blacks everywhere. The Regional Centers of the Afro-American Society houses Community Centers for unrestricted assistance to blacks and the needy. The Societys aim was to clear the welfare rolls of America and provide meaningful jobs, education and health benefits for the nations forgotten. Dresden wanted to build the Afro-American Society to give blacks pride and self-respect. He had known the depravity of living poor and in the South. He had seen the mistreatment and discrimination of people in the South. His mothers family was victims of this mistreatment and he sought to rectify all the ills of a society that could denigrate its citizens. He wanted desperately to find some means whereby the black citizens of the United States could be respected and appreciated by the entire country. The search for this unifying commodity was fraught with suspense and foreboding. Dresden was introduced to a leader and emissary of the Church world, David Kristaff, who wanted to join forces with the Society and present a united front: the Christian world, with their Community Centers and the Afro-American Society combining all their resources to lift all blacks out of poverty. This International Christian Church worked in African on scientific experiments in the field of medicine and gene alterations. David Kristaff was a fountain of inspiration and a buttress for Dresden Macomb as he battled the forces around him that sought to destroy the Society. Mounting intrigue within the Society and governmental harassment from Washington D.C. kept the Society reeling from suspicions, attacks and assassinations. The CIA was secretly active in trying to get the medical and scientific information that the Society had developed by any means possible. Those in government who oppose the Society demand Congressional hearings about the supposed plots and espionage of the Society. Congressional hearings were filled with caustic acrimony, drama and explosive revelations. During the Congressional hearings Senators who were friendly to the Society uncovered a plot in the higher echelons of the Armed Forces to overthrow the government of the United States of America. The Society was enlisted to be the eyes and ears of the United States Government. Since blacks were virtually in all levels of the Armed Forces and throughout government they provided a ready network of secret agents for those who supported the Constitution of the United States. The Societys work in the African Scientific Academy, stationed in Zaire, hit pay dirt when an incredible discovery was made. In a little village far up in the hills of Zaire, isolated unto themselves, an astonishing tribe of people with an amazing gene property was uncovered. The scientist of the African Scientific Academy developed this remarkable gene discovery into The Thusulian Theory. This scientific theory brought benefit to all mankind. The plot to overthrow the government was aborted. The military plotters with their Congressional backers were exposed and arrested. Finally the worth of the Afro-American Society was firmly established.
Author: Charles Edwin Price
Publisher: The Overmountain Press
Release Date: 1994-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
The Infamous Bell Witch of Tennessee is the account of the creepy doings of Tennessee's most malevolent, puzzling, and notorious bugbear. The story begins when Kate first entered the home of John Bell, in 1817, and continues to the present day.
Author: W. John Diamond
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2000-09-26
"Western Medicine", "Alternative Medicine", "Complementary Medicine", "Holistic Medicine", and "Natural Medicine." There is really only one "medicine" that heals and puts the whole patient, not the disease, at the center of care: Integrated Medicine. This practice integrates all modalities of healing to produce not merely a medical cure, but a deeper healing of the patient on his or her own terms. The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine is a scientifically based text that informs and leads the practitioner easily through the maze of alternative therapies. Unlike other books that address the different alternative modalities, this text integrates homeopathy, acupuncture, chinese herbology, western herbology, and clinical nutrition, then combines them with traditional medicine. The author explains the new paradigm of patient-centered and Integrated Medicine and includes an extensive section on the physical underpinnings of this new paradigm, a paradigm that employs thermodynamics, non linear dynamics, chaos theory, and fractal geometry in an easy to understand discourse. The book incorporates the author's fundamental training in the alternative modalities and his ten years of clinical practice, a practice in which multiple integrated modalities of healing were utilized in the healing of over 10,000 patients. The Clinical Practice of Complementary, Alternative, and Western Medicine is a tremendously valuable reference for practitioners who want to learn about and practice alternative therapies and those who want to be more informed about what their patients may be doing and taking, and the influences those self-administered therapies may be having on their care.
Three exciting stories with all the magic, fun and adventure we’ve come to expect from the world’s best-loved children’s author, Enid Blyton. The Circus stories are one of Blyton’s best loved works, featuring the adventures of Mr Galliano’s famous travelling circus. Meet the elephants, monkeys and clowns and step into the ring of the most famous circus of them all! A fantastic bumper volume of classic children’s stories including Mr Galliano’s Circus, Circus Days Again, and Come to the Circus. Short chapters and beautiful illustrations make the Circus Collection perfect bedtime reading for children aged six and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children’s author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Enid takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain’s true heritage children’s authors. 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' – Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse.
Author: Fitzhugh Mullan
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Release Date: 2002
"Mullan gets it right! His 'big doctors' are the unsung heroes of American medicine. Their stories --and they are great stories--tell us where we have to go to build a medical system that will work for everybody. And I mean everybody - the CEO, the family on welfare, you, and me."--Studs Terkel, author of Working, The Good War, and Coming of Age "Big Doctoring is a unique undertaking. We hear people in the frontlines of medicine tell us their story, and tell it in their own voices. In these pages, which are a joy to read, we find proof that medicine is, and always will be, both art and science."--Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of The Tennis Partner "Big Doctoring is an extraordinarily compelling effort by a dedicated and idealistic physician -- who offers us, through the voices of his informants, a clearly written narrative that tells of a profession's contemporary challenges and difficulties. Here is documentary work of the most instructive and telling kind -- a nation's healers become witnesses and teachers for us readers."--Robert Coles, M.D. "At a time when both doctors and patients in record numbers abhor the shadowy mass of gloomy economics and gruesome bureaucracy that has overtaken American medicine, Mullan shows us a path out of the darkness. And his is a desperately needed map, as physicins and nurses are now quitting in droves, tens of millions of Americans are losing their health insurance, and millions more, though insured, are forbidden treatments and primary care that could save their lives. Bravo!"--Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague and Betrayal of Trust