Item description for The Humor Of Healing: An Amusing History of American Medicine by Donald A. Johnson...
With anecdotes from three centuries, Dr. Donald A. Johnson shatters the physician facade with a hilarious look at mishaps, bizarre treatments, malaprops and malfunctions in American medicine. Here are a few examples:
* A trick used by midwives to bring on childbirth was to blow snuff up the expectant mother's nose, causing her to sneeze. (Page 37)
* The husband of a sick woman became concerned when the doctor came out of her room several times asking for a small piece of wire with a hook, a pair of pliers and a small hammer. When the husband asked what was wrong with his wife, the doctor replied, "I don't know. I haven't been able to get my bag open." (Page 97)
* A surgeon once prayed with a patient in his room, asking God's help in the next morning's operation. The patient promptly cancelled the surgery, saying, "If you need that much help, I need another surgeon." (Page 182)
* When a man was having a heart attack, his son tried to give him CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) but didn't know how. In desperation, the son finally grabbed a toilet plunger and used it vigorously on the chest, bringing his father back to life. (Page 206)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2005
Publisher Badger Books LLC
ISBN 1932542132 ISBN13 9781932542134
Availability 0 units.
More About Donald A. Johnson
Donald A. Johnson is a physician who has practiced in Minnesota. He has practiced medicine for over 50 years and also has studied 17th Century literature.