Saturday, February 5, 2011

Recently Read ...The Demon Under the Microscipe

A couple of interesting medical histories....



The subtitle says it all...from battlefield hospitals to Nazi labs....one doctor's heroic search for the world's first miracle drug....Sulfa...



The Knife Man Blood, Bodysnatching and the birth of modern surgery...
In an era when bloodletting was considered a cure for everything from colds to smallpox,surgeon John Hunter (1728-1793)was a medical innovator... and he crosses paths as friend or doctor with so many famous historical figures....he advised Benjamin Franklin about bladder stones, treated King George III, James Boswell, William Pitt, David Hume, Adam Smith, lived next door to Joshua Reynolds,Joseph Haydn, advised the infant Lord Byron's mother to fit her baby with a corrective shoe...his home in London was a combination home/natural history museum, and dissecting lab...with a backdoor specifically for bodysnatchers to bring him fresh corpses...Robert Louis Stevenson used it as a model for the home of Dr. Jeckle/Mr. Hyde.


After reading The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, I was interested in reading his first two novels....very different from Racing...but I enjoy his writing style...When I read the descriptions of them on Amazon, they didn't sound very interesting, but I was drawn into them from the first pages and read each in only a couple of days...

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