Amazing Medical Stories

Amazing Medical Stories

Book - 2003
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Univ of Toronto Pr
The twenty true tales in Amazing Medical Stories give a rich and entertaining picture of the ways in which medical workers (;both real and fake); have used the keys to the mysterious kingdom of life: health, disease, and physical anomaly, birth, death, and post-mortem diagnosis. The stories run the gamut from tragedy to hilarity, from satisfaction of curiosity to evocation of terrible pity.Amazing Medical Stories deals with quacks and charlatans, the giants Angus McAskill and Anna Swan, the first case of antisocial personality disorder, as well as wonderous inventions and achievements by physicians.

Blackwell North Amer
Amazing Medical Stories explores medicine's strange borderlands with twenty true tales of healers and frauds, inventors and quacks, heroism and desperation. An American millionaire implants goat testicles in his patients to restore flagging manhood. An identity thief becomes a famous Royal Canadian Navy surgeon. A courageous black doctor performs the first successful heart operation. A clergyman stops a diphtheria epidemic, and Alexander Graham Bell develops life-saving inventions at his home in Cape Breton.
From the brain tumour of Fortress Louisbourg's would-be saviour to the valour of the medical examiner who managed the horrific aftermath of the Swissair Flight 111 crash, these tales are guaranteed to shock, amuse, and inspire. In Amazing Medical Stories, George Burden and Dorothy Grant prove, once again, that truth is stranger than fiction.

Publisher: Fredericton, N.B. : Goose Lane Editions, c2003
ISBN: 9780864923479
0864923473
Characteristics: 127 p. : ill ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Grant, Dorothy 1935-

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