What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages

Caroline Rance


What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages

What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages

  • Title: What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages
  • Author: Caroline Rance
  • ISBN: 9781783660278
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover



Troubled by toothache Dogged by dipsomania Perhaps you have been poisoned or accidentally got a bottle stuck up your bottom This compendium of tried and tested and terrifying historical remedies is your go to guide for how not to seek medical relief From smearing mouse dung on your teeth to drinking sulphuric acid, and from mechanical chin reducing contraptions to sTroubled by toothache Dogged by dipsomania Perhaps you have been poisoned or accidentally got a bottle stuck up your bottom This compendium of tried and tested and terrifying historical remedies is your go to guide for how not to seek medical relief From smearing mouse dung on your teeth to drinking sulphuric acid, and from mechanical chin reducing contraptions to super super excellent quack medicines, here are to be found the most bizarre and alarming remedies of the last two thousand years Spanning Ancient Greece and twentieth century Britain and America, What the Apothecary Ordered positively haemorrhages with the dangerous ministrations of healers of yore Everyday illnesses, beauty, surgery, sexual performance and madness whatever the nature of the malady, here the reader will find a cautionary tale about entrusting oneself to the experts.


Recent Comments "What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures Through the Ages"

Not at all what I was hoping it would be. This book is literally just quotations from various medical sources of various quality levels from various times in history, with absolutely no context added at all. Which is actually really needed to make sense of what's being said here, unless your only goal is to gawk at medicine past. For example, one of the cures is for "felon and catarrh in the hand" and I have no idea what that could possibly be in modern terms. Likewise, I would have liked to hav [...]

A compendium of weird cures for ailments that range from the annoying to the most severe that have come from all over the world throughout the ages.What the Apothecary Ordered is best served in paper format-either hardcover or paperback-as it is not a book to be read from cover to cover, but instead delved in to at interim stages. I would suggest it was not a complete work of such cures, but more inclusive of the weirder ones, and perhaps the ones that we of the 21st Century would scoff at the m [...]

A wonderful little book to keep in the toilet, or give to your GP for Christmas. Lots of fun!

I was so eager to receive my copy of “What the Apothecary Ordered: Questionable Cures through the Ages” (or WTAO, so I won’t need a dubious ointment for tendonitis); so much so that I chose to read it before I played my long-awaited remastered “Legend of Zelda Majora’s Mask” game! I cracked the book, read the Editor’s note, and my heart sank. SynopsisThe book is true to the title; there are a plethora of medical “cures” within its pages, spanning centuries of “knowledge” as [...]

Hmm, I tried to explain this book’s style to my husband and he summarized it as “a clip show in book form”, which nails the issue. There was some interesting material here but other than the introduction, not a word of this is original writing so much as a compilation of quotes and pictures documenting various questionable treatments. Much of the material is drawn from the 1700-1800s but there are some quotes from Pliny the Elder and some early 20th century advertisements for patent medici [...]

This was a fun little book about "medicine" through the ages. I was hoping to learn a bit more about why certain cures where applied or believed to work, however this was merely a collection of snippets from old medicine books, without much explanation.

Just a collection of uncommented recipes - disappointing

You would need to be a little curious to enjoy this read!

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