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The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine

Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: History, World
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine by Thomas Morris, read by Thomas Morris and Rupert Farley.

  • A mysterious epidemic of dental explosions.
  • A teenage boy who got his wick stuck in a candlestick.
  • A remarkable woman who, like a human fountain, spurted urine from virtually every orifice.

These are just a few of the anecdotal gems that have until now lain undiscovered in medical journals for centuries. 

This fascinating collection of historical curiosities explores some of the strangest cases that have perplexed doctors across the world.

From 17th-century Holland to tsarist Russia, from rural Canada to a whaler in the Pacific, many are monuments to human stupidity - such as the sailor who swallowed dozens of penknives to amuse his shipmates or the chemistry student who in 1850 arrived at a hospital in New York with his penis trapped inside a bottle, having unwisely decided to relieve himself into a vessel containing highly reactive potassium. 

Others demonstrate exceptional surgical ingenuity long before the advent of anaesthesia – such as a daring 19th-century operation to remove a metal fragment from beneath a conscious patient’s heart.  

We also hear of the weird, often hilarious remedies employed by physicians of yore - from crow’s vomit to port-wine enemas - the hazards of such everyday objects as cucumbers and false teeth, and miraculous recovery from apparently terminal injuries.

Blending fascinating history with lacerating wit, The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth will take you on a tour of some of the funniest, strangest and most wince-inducing corners of medical history.

©2018 Thomas Morris (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Fascinatingly gory!

Brilliant short stories from the history of medicine from quack cures to freakish illnesses. Not for the squeamish...

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Absolutely fascinating and thoroughly entertaining

If you've got even the smallest interest in medicine or medical science then this book is essential listening. You do not need to be a doctor as everything is explained in layman's terms.
As the title suggests this book brings together a while host of bizarre medical trauma cases or medical mystery cases along with their cleverly accurate solutions and conclusions as discovered in the 18th and 19th Centuries when physicians and surgeons did not have access to the scanners and X ray machines or clever lab tests of the 20th and 21st centuries.
One thing is for sure whilst this book is not gory it will leave you forever grateful that you were born in this era rather than in the 1700 and 1800s. Yikes!!!

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A he!p with sleeping

Whilst good in parts, I found myself often nodding off listening to this book.! Maybe it should be made into a series as it is rather long !

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brilliantly weird!

hilarious account of some eye-watering injuries, well worth a listen. the narrator delivered the authors dry humour perfectly!

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More books like this please!

Each story is as weird and wonderful as the last. I stayed awake listening to this for hours. The narration is clear and well paced. Not for anyone who might be squeamish but great for those who already have a medical mind or just interested in anatomy.

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Another good commute book

I enjoed this book, although, whilst listening to it for long periods of time I did notice it came across as a little bit samey. And although the stories were interedting they were less about medical abnormalities and more about the crazy treatments given to the people (why did the Victorians love an enema so much!?)

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It was not great.

The good thing is the chapters are short. Overall for me it was rather disappointing. Too many footnotes, whenever they were quoting someone in German/French etc it sounded ridiculous, chapters started okay but I lost interest halfway through most of them. Tried to be funny, but didn't do it for me, sorry.

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Good Subject, Poor Presentation

Good topic with excellent sources unfortunately spoilt by too many footnotes, interpretations and sarcastic interjections from the author.

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Made me weep with laughter

Bloody fantastic, made a brilliantly interesting book. Very well written and researched, fantastically narrated....sequels p!ease!!!!!!

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Fascinating, funny and gruesome!!

I loved this, but it's not for the squeamish. Interesting and funny and will make you appreciate our modern medicine!