Medicines Strangest Cases
- By: Helen Barratt
According to many consultants, you cannot hope to practise medicine, let alone pass finals without an extensive knowledge of medical history. If you have ever been humiliated in a ward round for not knowing who Foley and Fogarty* were, despite knowing the history, examination findings, laboratory results, and shoe size of each patient, you will know what I mean.
Assuming that you are not completely put off, Medicines Strangest Cases provides an accessible summary of over 500 years of the medical profession from Hippocrates to the present day. Michael ODonnell provides over 100 tales—some hilarious, some salutary, and some downright tragic. As well as more famous stories, such as how John Snow ended Londons cholera outbreak in 1854, the book covers some of the more bizarre tales from the history of medicine. These include the doctor who gave syphilis its name by writing a poem about it, the man who