Monday, November 29, 2010

I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat

Beccia, Carlyn. 2010. I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures.  New York: Houghton Mifflin.
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When you're trying to relieve a sore throat, do you prefer a frog down your throat, a necklace made from earthworms, or a dirty sock tied around your neck?  None of these? Well, I'm not surprised, but these were the cures of choice for Medieval Europeans and early 20th century Americans. Have a stomachache?  Have you tried urine, dirt, or millipedes? Medieval Europeans, Ancient Native Americans and 17th Century Britains did!

 Did any of them work?
 Yes!
To find out which ones, you'll have to read the true, humorously illustrated new book, I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History's Strangest Cures. It's science, history and mystery combined!
Disclaimer: Side effects from reading this book may vary. Patients may experience rapid brain growth.
Highly recommended.

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  1. Barry Lane talks about how great nonfiction is full of WOW facts. I bet this book fits the bill. Of the three choices above, I think I'm going with dirt. Thanks for sharing.

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