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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth: And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine | Thomas Morris
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"Delightfully horrifying."--Popular Science This wryly humorous collection of stories about bizarre medical treatments and cases offers a unique portrait of a bygone era in all its jaw-dropping weirdness. A puzzling series of dental explosions beginning in the nineteenth century is just one of many strange tales that have long lain undiscovered in the pages of old medical journals. Award-winning medical historian Thomas Morris delivers one of the most remarkable, cringe-inducing collections of stories ever assembled. Witness Mysterious Illnesses (such as the Rhode Island woman who peed through her nose), Horrifying Operations (1781: A French soldier in India operates on his own bladder stone), Tall Tales (like the "amphibious infant" of Chicago, a baby that could apparently swim underwater for half an hour), Unfortunate Predicaments (such as that of the boy who honked like a goose after inhaling a bird's larynx), and a plethora of other marvels. Beyond a series of anecdotes, these painfully amusing stories reveal a great deal about the evolution of modern medicine. Some show the medical profession hopeless in the face of ailments that today would be quickly banished by modern drugs; but others are heartening tales of recovery against the odds, patients saved from death by the devotion or ingenuity of a conscientious doctor. However embarrassing the ailment or ludicrous the treatment, every case in The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth tells us something about the knowledge (and ignorance) of an earlier age, along with the sheer resilience of human life.
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JessNevertheless
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Five books, three completely from start to finish, and I'm done! Feel like this readathon has helped take my mind off other stresses, while also pushing me to take time to enjoy things I love. It's been great reading with you all! #24in48 #readathon @24in48

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24in48 Amazing! 6mo
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LibrarianRyan Yeahh. ⭐️👍💗 6mo
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Rj6578
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It‘s crazy to think about what we did 100+ years ago. Makes me wonder what advances we will have in the future that make our current techniques look barbarian!

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JessNevertheless
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My building will start balcony repairs in about a week, blocking my view and favorite reading space all summer 🙁. Making the most of the time I have left though and the favorable temperatures to read outside as much as I can today. Starting off the morning with coffee and this delightful medical history book! ☕👩🏻‍⚕️

cariashley Wow great view in the meantime! Where are you? 10mo
JessNevertheless @cariashley I'm in DC! Even if I'm losing this view for a few months, at least I'm a short walk away to the cherry blossoms 🌸🌸 10mo
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howjessreads
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So weird and so interesting. #howjessreadsin2019

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Elle_Skeldon
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Hey folks! Taking a minute to say hello and I miss you!! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you so much for dropping me a line via snail mail. It really helped snap me out of a serious grad school meltdown. I can‘t post as often anymore, and I def have less time to read for fun, but I will try to be better at checking in! I did start this the other day and so far I am loving it. Here‘s hoping I get to finish it before I finish my MLIS 🤪

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!! We miss you!! ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
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BeththeBookDragon
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Starting a new book tonight!

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rabbitprincess
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With a title like that, how could I resist? This was indeed wryly hilarious and is one of those books you'll read aloud to people until they tell you to stop (apparently my BF didn't need play-by-play of the woman who peed through her nose). Recommended if you like reading about the history of medicine.

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Gina
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So if your a fan of medicine AND history this book is calling to you. I must say those Victorian doctors sure loved to use enemas. And the poisons they thought would cure people, it's a wonder we are still here!

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Gina
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WoW! These are some fancy shindigs.

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Gina
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John K King used and rare books. They hand you a map when you walk in cuz the store is so big! Ummmm, yes please!

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/john-k-king-used-rare-books?utm_medium=atlas...

speljamr Road trip! 13mo
Gina @speljamr oh heck yeah! 13mo
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rachlols
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Lots of fun stories from the history of medicine, though some are not suitable for the weak of stomach! Quick read, and the author's commentary was a cheeky and enjoyable addition. #history #scientificnonfiction

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Grrlbrarian
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I love nonfiction! This bingo challenge👌 Got my first square sorted yesterday with this amusing if grisly collection of anecdotes from medical history. 10/10 would recommend, and on I go. Thanks, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa #NonfictionMatters

twohectobooks Ooh, great idea! Something to try in a future year maybe.. 13mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great start!!! 13mo
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Grrlbrarian
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Pre-dinner reading. Believe it or not, the wry humor in the writing renders this book laugh-out-loud funny 😂😂😂

Reviewsbylola This sounds awesome! Stacking. 13mo
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Liberty
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Lunch reading! 🦷💥📚

scowler1 I've heard of exploding teeth in extreme cold. OMFG!💥OWWW! 14mo
Tamra Oh good grief! 14mo
Jess I love that you just happened to have teeth lying around for this picture! Nice. 14mo
Liberty @Jess They‘re magnets! 🧲 🦷 14mo
Bklover What @Jess said! 14mo
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