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Fritz Spiegl's muSick notes : a medical songbook.

Author: Fritz Spiegl
Publisher: Boca Raton : Parthenon Pub. Group, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Following his immensely popular Sick Notes (also from Parthenon), Fritz Spiegl takes us on a fascinating musical tour through medicine, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. As early as 1928 The Thinnest Girl I Know warns against anorexia and, to balance it, Mr. Double Stout in the 1850s extols William Banting, inventor of slimming diets. Also music about vegetarianism, hypochondria, malingering, phrenology, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humor
Songs and music
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fritz Spiegl
ISBN: 9781842140864 1842140868
OCLC Number: 49011894
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 280 pages : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Foreword. Acknowledgements. Phrenology. Lithotomy Sonata. The Pain Killer Polka. Laughing Gas. Ju-Jah. Is There a Doctor About?. The Health Jolting Chair Gavotte. The Medical Student. Oh, Would I Were a Surgeon. The Clinical Examination. The Examiner's Song. The Pocket Gray. Mary's Ghost. The Doctor. A Medical Medley. I Don't Want a Doctor: All I Want is a Beautiful Girl. Doctor Compos-Mentis. The Drug Stores. Curious Cures. Doctor Nevill. The Dispensary Doctor. The Thyroid Gland. Mr Double Stout. Banting. The Thinnest Girl I Know. Doctor De Jongh. Germs. Then The Vegetarian. Good Luck to Beecham's Pills. The Bile Bean March. The WincarnisWaltz. Betsy Wareing. Complaints. My Heart's Good, But My Feet Won't Let Me. Oh! Doctor. Ipecacuanha. Mrs Winslow's Soothing Syrup. Hush A Bye Baby! Didn't He Yell! You Can't Hear Angels. Save Our Little Nell. The Eminent Doctor Fizz. The Lost Voice. The Quack's Song. Medicine Jack. I Knocked at the Door with a Rat-a-tat-tat.
Other Titles: MuSick notes

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"Following his immensely popular Sick Notes (also from Parthenon), Fritz Spiegl takes us on a fascinating musical tour through medicine, from the 18th to the 20th centuries. As early as 1928 The Thinnest Girl I Know warns against anorexia and, to balance it, Mr. Double Stout in the 1850s extols William Banting, inventor of slimming diets. Also music about vegetarianism, hypochondria, malingering, phrenology, the 1921 'Monkey Gland Scandal' (wickedly satirised long before organ transplants became a reality), etc; and a gavotte for a giant vibrator of 1885, "affording the fair sex a similar exercise to that given by the saddle-horse". Also patent-medicine advertising jingles which companies like Beechams cleverly persuaded patients themselves to sing. The pertinent commentaries in Spiegl's witty style, well known from his numerous BBC broadcasts, book and newspaper columns, fill in the background - just as his Sick Notes entertainments, in which he and his singing colleagues have long delighted medical audiences."--Jacket.

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