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Grisly Medicine

The Weird and Wonderful Story

John Farndon Venetia Dean

96 pages
Beetle Books

From the amazing to the ridiculous, get ready to uncover the biggest breakthroughs and blunders in medical history. Includes some lucky guesswork, toe-curling treatments, fascinating breakthroughs, potions & pills and revolting stories. Discover..

  • the germs behind some of history’s nastiest illnesses – from cholera to COVID-19
  • how alligator blood could help fight infections
  • the barbers that would cut off more than just your hair
  • Gross treatments, including leeches, pee and wine made from snakes

Includes some lucky guesswork, toe-curling treatments, fascinating breakthroughs and revolting stories. It’s a spectacular, mind-boggling read.

Author Bio
John is Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, and the author of a huge number of books for adults and children on science, technology and nature, including such international best-sellers as Do Not Open and Do You Think You're Clever? He has been shortlisted four times for the Royal Society's Young People's Book Prize for a science book, with titles such as How the Earth Works and What Happens When? He has recently been creating science stories for children for the Moscow Polytech science festival Venetia grew up in Brighton, UK. She has loved drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. After receiving a digital drawing tablet for her 19th birthday she has transferred to working digitally. She hasn't looked back since!