A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities

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The book that scared publisher Cornell University Press half to death because it was one of their bestsellers of all time.

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Attempting to recreate the most influential book of his youth - Gould & Pyle's Anomalies & Curiosities of Medicine - Bondeson goes one better and writes a truly popular but learned text on human obsession with the exotic.

In this book of amazing oddities, Jan Bondeson explores unexpected, gruesome, and bizarre aspects of the history of medicine. He regales us with stories of spontaneous human combustion; vicious tribes of tailed men; the Two-Headed Boy of Bengal; Mary Toft, who allegedly gave birth to seventeen rabbits; and Julia Pastrana, exhibited around the world as the Ape Woman.

Bondeson combines an historian's skill in showing us our timeless fascination with the grotesque with a physician's diagnostic abilities, as he examines the evidence and provides likely explanations for these peculiar events.

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Author Jan Bondeson
Publisher W.W. Norton
Page Count 250pp
Publication Size 6 x 8.75
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date April 1, 1999
ISBN 978-0393318920

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