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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, January 09, 2017

8 out of 10

I got this fair-condition softcover from the ongoing book-sale at the Tyngsboro MA public library, for another release copy.

With chapter headings like "Eleven Blue Men," "A Pig from Jersey," and "The Liberace Room," it's an enticing collection of bizarre, sometimes-tragic, sometimes-humorous medical mysteries, most from the '60s and '70s. The process of tracking the sources of the varied symptoms is definitely similar to the detection of a crime (and many of the examples reminded me of the more extreme "search the home of the patient" sequences on the "House" TV series!).

The causes can be as simple as eating an unwashed apple from the wrong vendor's cart, or as elaborate as grafting tomatoes with high-alkaloid - and poisonous - Jimson weed and eating the resulting fruit. There are nasty viruses, carotene overdoses, and even a case or two that looks serious but turns out to be nothing at all. The scariest items had to do with mental changes; amnesia, or a sudden and inexplicable change in the patient's perception of her body - these were like the cases Oliver Sacks reports on, and I found them the most disturbing of all.  

Journal Entry 2 by wingGoryDetailswing at Pinkerton Academy, 19 N. Main St. in Derry, New Hampshire USA on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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I left this book on a window ledge in the entrance of the Pinkerton Building at around 4; hope the finder enjoys it!

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