Quacks and Con Artists

The Dubious History of Doctors

From the Series The Sickening History of Medicine

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

People have always needed doctors. But the doctors of the past might not look like the doctors you are used to seeing! Sometimes their healing methods were weird, disgusting, or even dangerous. Doctors in the Middle Ages sniffed patients’ urine to diagnose disease, and barbers might cut off a person’s injured arm or leg. The ancient Chinese fought smallpox by blowing powdered pus up the nose. Many of these old remedies turned out to be dangerous, but others paved the way for modern blood transfusions, vaccines, and anesthetics. If you’re not too squeamish, read this book to learn more about the history of doctors!

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978-1-5124-1560-5
$27.99 $20.99
978-1-5124-3077-6
$7.99 $7.99
978-1-5124-2712-7
$42.65 $31.99
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand Hungry Tomato ®
Imprint Hungry Tomato ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 7.6
BISACS JNF025000, JNF024020
Dewey 610.69/5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 970
Guided Reading Level X
Features Glossary, Index, Reviewed, and Table of contents

Reviews

School Library Journal

“Reluctant readers, history enthusiasts, and trivia buffs are but a few of the kids who will enjoy the content in these repulsive reads.”—School Library Journal

Illustrator: Venitia Dean

Venitia Dean is a freelance illustrator who grew up in Brighton, UK. She has always loved drawing, ever since she could hold a pencil! As a teenager, she discovered a passion for figurative illustration, and then when she turned nineteen she was given a digital drawing tablet for her birthday and started transferring her work to the computer. She hasn't looked back since! As well as illustration, Venitia loves reading graphic novels and walking her dog, Peanut.

Author: John Farndon

John Farndon is Royal Literary Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, UK, and the author of a huge number of books for adults and children on science, technology, and nature.