Author: Stephanie Bearce
Product Code: 5727
ISBN: 9781618215727
Pages: 160
Availability: In stock.

Ground-up mummy bones, leeches sucking human blood, and a breakfast of dried mouse paste. It sounds like a horror movie, but those were actual medicines prescribed by early doctors. Medical students studied anatomy on bodies stolen from graves and had to operate on people while they were awake. Learn about the medicines that came from poison and doctors who experimented on themselves and their families. It’s a twisted tale of medical mayhem, but it’s all true!

Ages 9–12


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by Chris
on 7/26/2017
Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem
As the parent of a ten-year-old, we've thoroughly enjoyed Stephanie Bearce’s “Twisted True Tales from Science” series, which is jam-packed with interesting facts for both kids and adults.

MEDICAL MAYHEM is broken into three sections: “Ancient Days,” “Medieval Maladies,” and “Modern Marvels.” Each section includes short, easily digestible chapters and hands-on activities (“Medical Practice”).

Before antibiotics and sterile surgical facilities, healers did the best they could, utilizing everything from herbs and leeches to garlic and dung. Readers will learn about early attempts at immunization, “mold juice” (penicillin), and King Louis XIV’s rather unfortunate malady. Squeamish readers beware: dissection, blood, pus, poop, and snot abound. Ms. Bearce also offers an excellent reference section for those who wish to delve deeper into a subject.

This is an excellent addition to any home or school library!
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Review by: Elaine Wiener, Gifted Education Communicator - May 1, 2017
These books are written for kids, but they are also perfect for adults . . . “Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem” will be loved by kids because it is scary and icky and full of blood-curdling science.
Review by: Terri Schlichenmeyer, New York Parenting - April 1, 2017
While it’s absolutely not for the squeamish, the 9- to 14-year-old with an inquisitive mind and interest in history will love every page. He’ll say that “Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem” is wicked sick.
Review by: Lori Cirucci, NSTA Recommends - March 16, 2017
This is a definite must have for any middle school science teacher.
Review by: Paula Young, - February 6, 2017
[The book] is filled with bizarre medical tales of old and ancient medical practices, sufficiently weird to delight anyone, but especially 9–12 year olds. The stories are enhanced by Eliza Bolli’s fun illustrations . . . If this is a selection you want to use with a class, I would suggest it as a hook to interest students in anatomy, human body functions, disease organisms, or history of biology. You could use a single selection to introduce a particular topic, or at the end of a unit for enrichment or extension.
Review by: Muhammed Hassanali, Seattle Book Review - February 1, 2017
This book is clearly aimed at middle-school students. Its size, illustrations, and narrative do not make it intimidating for that age group and may even entice those reluctant to read . . . highly recommended for middle-school students (and curious adults).
Review: Mom Monday Review - Reads All the Books - January 2, 2017
This is a fantastic book for any home or classroom with children from around 8 and up. Any history and science fan from the young to the ‘older’ will enjoy giving this a read. Your eyes will ‘bug out’, your stomach will churn, your thoughts will run rampant with ‘Oh’s and Ah’s’ and you will walk away feeling the curiosity bug scratching at your brain, leading you on your own search for more. This is a must for any middle grader’s library!

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