The History of Medicine in 100 Facts
Amberley Publishing 15 December 2015
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The history of medicine is a vast subject, encompassing the whole of humanity in every region of the globe. For millennia, our ancestors have sought to combat disease, relieve pain and postpone the Grim Reaper’s inevitable victory, doing so with a fortitude and humour that makes their experiences resonate with us today. In this book packed full of facts from medicine’s long and often shocking past, Caroline Rance gives concise introductions to some of the more well-known (and not-so-well-known) episodes, dispelling a few myths and celebrating a few neglected figures along the way.
The Quack Doctor: Historical Remedies for All Your Ills
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The History Press Ltd 1 Oct 2013
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From the harangues of charlatans to the sophisticated advertising of the Victorian era, quackery sports a colourful history. Featuring entertaining advertisements from nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain, this book investigates the inventive ways in which quack remedies were promoted and suggests that the people who bought them should not be written off as gullible after all. There’s the Methodist minister and his museum of intestinal worms, the obesity cure that turned fat into sweat, and the device that brought the fresh air of Italy into British homes. The story of quack advertising is bawdy, gruesome, funny and sometimes moving and in this book it takes to the stage to promote itself as a fascinating part of the history of medicine.
What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages
Old House Books (Shire Publications) 10 August 2014
Troubled by toothache? Dogged by dipsomania? Perhaps you have been poisoned or accidentally got a bottle stuck up your bottom? This compendium of tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies is your go-to guide for how not to seek medical relief.