May 5, 2014

Strange medicine

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures
by Carlyn Beccia

Caterpillar fungus, skunk oil, spider webs, mustard plasters .... early medicine was filled with many strange cures that sometimes worked. Using a question-and-answer format, Beccia describes some of the methods used to treat coughs, colds, sore throats or stomachaches.

A very funny book!

Would You Believe...Cobwebs Stop Wounds Bleeding?
by Richard Platt

While Carlyn Beccia's book primarily features Western medicine, Platt's book takes a look at medical cures throughout the world. His book is filled with interesting facts, with just enough gore to keep kids reading. They'll also enjoy the photos of ancient scalpels, needles, and blood-letting kits.

Would You Believe...  (Oxford University Press) was published in the United States under a different title - Doctors Did What?! The Weird History of Medicine - but with a cover that was less than appealing.

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