Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth

Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth

A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-experimentation

Book - 2011
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Many scientists have followed the advice of the great Victorian doctor Jack Haldane to "never experiment on an animal if a man will do" and "never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn't do yourself." He and his father inhaled poisonous gases to test the efficacy of the prototype gas mask they had invented. While breathing gases under pressure, he suffered the smoking ears and screaming teeth of the title.The stories in Norton's new book are astonishing, disturbing or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a concentrated effort to widen the nation's diet by personally testing everything that crossed his path, from boiled elephant's trunk to slug soup. Some medics deliberately contracted deadly blood diseases in the hope of finding cures. Then there was the surgeon who was fired and subsequently won the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Pegasus Books : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., c2011.
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books cloth ed.
ISBN: 9781605982540
1605982547
Branch Call Number: 616.027 N
Characteristics: xi, 404 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.

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lkucharski
Apr 04, 2015

While you read with the knowledge of what happens due to the work of these people, you wonder how anyone survived to get the information to us! A great way to see just how hard a few people work to really give the future generations help- takes smarts and craziness! Written with a bit of humorous insights as well.

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fiferboy
Feb 29, 2012

Engrossing, educational and entertaining. Might change the way you look at scientific experimentation

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