How to Remove a Brain by David Haviland

How to Remove a Brain: and other bizarre medical practices and procedures

By: David Haviland
Pages: 154
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
Published on: August 10, 2017
How to Remove a Brain by David Haviland

• How was history changed by a single Soho water pump?
• Which condition was treated by trapping a child inside a tree trunk?
• Where is the soul found?
• How long does it take to digest chewing gum?
• What are hiccups for?
• Did the Gauls brush their teeth with urine?
• Does organ theft actually happen?
• Is it safe to fly with breast implants?
• Did Christopher Columbus import syphilis to Europe?
• Was King George V killed by his doctor, in order to meet The Times’ deadline?

Taking in everything from the outrageous (yes, Hitler was addicted to crystal meth) to the eye-watering (such as the renowned surgeon who accidentally cut off his patient’s left testicle) to the downright disgusting (like the ‘cure’ for toothache used by the Egyptians involving dead mouse paste), this book proves that medical science is not for the faint-hearted, lily-livered or weak-stomached!

I received this book for free from Author Gifted in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


This isn’t a fiction, in fact it is a non-fiction about funny, odd, interesting, or just plain wierd things that happen in the medical field.  Such as, did you know that Snake Oil actually works, if it is really snake oil and not some form of random ingredient laced fluid?  Did you know that an unhealthy percentage of serial killers are doctors?  No I am not talking about the angels of mercy, I am talking straight up serial killer, get off on killing type of people.


This is the type of stuff that this book is full of, and I was pulled in, lock, stock, and barrel.  Little known fact about me, I was going to be a forensic pathologist before I became a historian and made my millions (HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH).  No in all honesty, I was going to be, but when I almost failed chemistry 201 in college, I decided that I would rather watch people (Sociology) and write about them (History) and I do think that it has worked out relatively well for me.  I mean I went to graduate school and met my husband, because I went into this field I met Melanie, my sister from across the US.


Back to the Book, David has divided the book into categories that have become chapters.  Each chapter has many different stories and interesting facts.  What is nice is that you can jump around if you want, or you can go through it like you would a normal book, it doesn’t matter as only in one or two cases did something actually refer back to previous chapters.


Check it out, I think that if you like the wierd, or medicine in general, this is a fun read.





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