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A cabinet of medical curiosities

Author: Jan Bondeson
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 1999, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Discusses several strange diseases, remarkable malformations, uncommon and gruesome ways of death, and unlikely feats of fasting or gluttony, which proliferated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' medical literature, and shows that sometimes these curiosities did occur.
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Miscellanea
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Bondeson
ISBN: 0393318923 9780393318920
OCLC Number: 41362495
Notes: "First published as a Norton paperback 1999. Published by arrangement with Cornell University Press"--Title page verso.
Description: ix, 250 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Spontaneous human combustion --
The bosom serpent --
The riddle of the lousy disease --
Giants in the earth --
Apparent death and premature burial --
Mary Toft, the rabbit breeder --
Maternal impressions --
Tailed people --
Three remarkable specimens in the Hunterian Museum --
The strange story of Julia Pastrana.
Responsibility: Jan Bondeson.

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Discusses several strange diseases, remarkable malformations, uncommon and gruesome ways of death, and unlikely feats of fasting or gluttony, which proliferated in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries' medical literature, and shows that sometimes these curiosities did occur.

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