When it comes to medical books, the most famous might be perhaps Gray’s Anatomy – a basic textbook on human anatomy. In fact, the name of the TV series Grey’s Anatomy was based on a play on words with regards to this particular book title.
Over at the Medical Library, here are some other alternative medical themed books which might provide an interesting, if slightly off-beat and perhaps surreal reading experience:
“”It was a million-to-one-shot, Doc.”
“My hands were full.”
These and many other ludicrous excuses are what emergency room doctors hear every day from patients who check in with various objects inserted where the sun don’t shine, stuck in various orifices or ingested in other ways. How exactly did they end up there? Read and find out for yourself.
Stuck Up! features hilarious X-ray images of the most outrageous kind, accompanied by short texts about the patient’s excuse, the potential reasoning behind the insertion, and the method of removal.
“It is the business of the forensic pathologist to investigate… unnatural deaths through autopsies and observations at the scene of the crime … each wound and mark tells a story.”
Taking a peak at the case files of Prof Chao Tzee Cheng, Singapore’s most well-known forensic expert, who was himself a colourful character in his own right, the reader finds out how meticulous medical detective work, together with police investigations, bring to light the truth behind each tragic case.
Even if you are not a CSI fan, this book is definitely an intriguing read.
The individual in the title suffers from visual agnosia. A condition in which one has otherwise normal visual functioning and can see, but is unable to interpret or recognize what he or she is seeing. Welcome to the world of neurological disorders.
Collected in this book are stories of individuals afflicted with perceptual and intellectual disabilities: patients who have lost their memories and with them their past; those no longer able to recognize people and objects; who have been dismissed as retarded yet gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.
“If inconceivable strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr Sack’s splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human.”