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  • Title: Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth
  • Author: Trevor Norton
  • ISBN: 9781846055690
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth is a hilarious celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind, written with all the wit, humour and eye for the beauties of nature and machinery and scientific equipment that have gained Trevor Norton a cult following and critical acclaim.Many have followed the aSmoking Ears and Screaming Teeth is a hilarious celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind, written with all the wit, humour and eye for the beauties of nature and machinery and scientific equipment that have gained Trevor Norton a cult following and critical acclaim.Many have followed the advice of the great Victorian scientist Jack Haldane to never experiment on an animal if a man will do and never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn t do yourself He and his father inhaled poisonous gasses to test the efficacy of the prototype gas mask they had invented When breathing gasses under pressure he suffered the smoking ears and screaming teeth of the title.The stories are astonishing, disturbing or absurd the Marquis de Sade meets Monty Python John Hunter pioneered self experimentation and deliberately infected himself with venereal diseases by the puss transference method and gave his name to chancre of the penis The zoologist Frank Buckland made a concentrated effort to widen the nation s diet by personally testing everything that crossed his path, from boiled elephant s trunk to bluebottles He published recipes for such delicacies as slug soup Some medics deliberately contracted deadly blood diseases in the hope of finding cures Then there was the surgeon who got the sack and won the Nobel prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart.Trevor Norton writes that self experimentation is still a component of much scientific research In our health and safety obsessed society, we need people who are willing to risk themselves to make life safer for us.
    Trevor Norton
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    Commentaires:

    Melki
    We are all curious by nature, none more so than scientists.------------------------------------------------In the attic of his home Haldane had kitted out a laboratory with an airtight chamber so that he could investigate the effects of various gases. He sometimes enlisted his daughter Naomi to keep an eye on him and, if he collapsed, to flush out the poison gas, drag him out of the chamber and perform artificial respiration.She was twelve at the time.Oh, those wacky scientists! Where would we b [...]

    Alina
    Even if it took me over a year to read this, it was a wonderful read! For a very long period, I had the volume in the car and I was reading it only on long trips, aloud, so both me and my husband (who was the one driving) would enjoy this remarkable work.It is a VERY interesting book, about (pretty mad) scientists (and not only) who performed dangerous experiments on themselves, all for the benefit of humankind. Thank you, all you mad and brave people, for helping us get to the way things are to [...]

    Dov Zeller
    I loved this book! It jumps around a lot, from disease to deep sea diving, from surgery to sharks, but it's all interesting and the writing is good. Perhaps even better than good. The book starts out in the 18th century with surgeon and inveterate (obsessed, arrogant, and at times highly unethical) cadaver collector, John Hunter. The first chapter opens, "In the eighteenth century medical men were either cultured physicians well-versed in the theory of medicine, or surgeons, practical men with s [...]

    David James
    The first half of this book is five stars all the way. Reading about early efforts at amputations, self experimentation with anesthesia, self exposure to diseases in order to discover how they transmit and what their effects are, and eating anything and everything to broaden the national dietyou can't make this stuff up. It's both lose-your-lunch nauseating and laugh-out-loud funny. They are also impossible to quit reading.The book slows down a bit in the second half as Norton turns his attentio [...]

    Tara
    This book is not very tightly organized, with a tendency to stray from the point into yarning and tangents. I recognize that this can be quite frustrating for people (indeed it was for me at times), but overall I felt like the rambles gave context to the derring-do and made the bravery of self-experimenters more poignant.

    Karen
    I always get a huge kick out of books like this. As a professor of sciences, especially anatomy and physiology for nurses, I love hearing new stories about the medical profession or scientists who went out of their way to test ideas or concepts or new advancements. Yes, it is sad that some of them hurt themselves or killed themselves, trying to advance the field of medicine or chemistry or other fields by trying things out on themselvesbut frankly, that's preferable to these corporations today w [...]

    Jianghengqiang
    #引言《冒烟的耳朵与尖叫的牙齿》是英国科学家特雷弗·诺顿编写的一本科普小品文集。书名副标题中自体实验者是指以医学家和生理学家为代表的科学家甘冒生命危险,通过在自己身上做实验来验证理论,获取知识的故事。#主要内容本书的附录中列出了书中所阐述的科学家、生卒年月和其主要事迹。概括一下,医学和生理学部分主要涉及到如下内容:解剖与麻醉、药学、寄 [...]

    sandra
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    Nicolas Ward
    I checked this one out from the library at work. It's a basic collection of science anecdotes, mostly from the Enlightenment period up through WWII. The author is a British marine biologist, so most of the scientists mentioned are British, and the modern-day stories in particular naturally focus on the author's mostly British contemporaries in the marine sciences.One fairly clear agenda that the author has is wanting to recognize various scientists who made major "home front" contributions durin [...]

    Bookaholic
    O carte extrem de provocatoare, Ochi holbaţi şi păr vâlvoi. Experimente medicale ciudate care ne-au salvat viaţa a lui Trevor Norton, apărută la Editura Trei în 2011, este o incursiune fascinantă în diferite perioade ale istoriei medicinii, mai exact concentrându-se pe momentele de răscruce, care au schimbat cu adevărat faţa medicinii moderne. Cartea lui Trevor Norton îţi aminteşte că nu chiar atât de demult accesul oamenilor la binefacerile medicinii nu era mai mult decât o [...]

    Rachel Berry
    If you have an interest in the history of Science, love gory stories of self experimentation or simply need ideas for your next weekend project then pick up this book. From tales of anaesthetic free surgery to anaesthetic sniffing parties, Anthrax to Yellow fever (seriously though the research on yellow fever is some of the grossest stuff in there.you need to check it out!) and the freezing heights of the stratosphere to the freezing depths of the ocean Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth will leav [...]

    Lisa Kucharski
    Reading the book from this time point, where most of the lessons the people in this book sent forward to us, you wonder how anyone lived to tell the future people ANYTHING. The book covers how people scientists and enthusiasts the how why and where of the interaction of the human body and the world. How do we catch diseases? How can we do surgery and keep the patient still while we're cutting away at 'im? How do we survive the depths of the sea, or heights of the sky? What can we eat and still l [...]

    Robert
    Usually the recommender system is busy suggesting I buy twenty other wallets like the wallet I just bought. But sometimes, really delivers with its recommendations, suggesting a book I've never heard of, but know I will love as soon as I read the description. With Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth, though, their machine learning algorithms nailed it.I love humorous, well-written books about science (Mary Roach is my spirit author). Norton's book is all over the place, but in a good way. He tell [...]

    P D
    Lots of interesting information here - a lot is said about science taking unwilling participants, so it's refreshing to see a perspective that describes just how far some will go with their own bodies, and that too for important achievements such as survival underwater, exposure to gases, infectious agents. Of course, not all of these stories have happy endings. At times the author interjects with side remarks that seem misplaced - at other times they're enjoyable - but it did feel like these se [...]

    David Vernon
    This is a fascinating book which is entertainingly written. This is a book which just proves the adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover." An appalling cover hides a book full of fascinating anecdotes, intriguing historical snippets and a celebration of a group of relatively unknown scientists and their gift to humanity.From cholera and smallpox to poison gas and breaking the sound barrier, humans have experimented on themselves to further the cause of science. This book takes a selection of the [...]

    Caitlyn Kilgore
    Full of interesting history about self-experimentation. I thought I'd be reading about how drugs and medicines were synthesized and tested. I thought the entire book would be about testing different chemicals since humans have a very long history of utilizing different plants and extracts for healing, health benefits, or rituals. While, I was a little disappointed that the book didn't go on forever about these topics, I learned a lot about a much broader scope of scientific inquiry - everything [...]

    Jamie
    I really, really enjoyed this book, especially the first 75% of it. The first 75% of the book focused on the medical world and was SUPER interesting. If you don't like sciency type stuff then you will be bored to tears. It covered things like self-experimentation with anesthesia, toxic chemicals, blood types, medicines, and how knowledge regarding diseases such as scurvy and malaria grew.Then the last 25% was about other (non chemical) experiments, such as breaking the sound barrier, diving deep [...]

    Scarlett Pulsipher
    I cannot express how happy I am that I decided to read this book. What I hoped from the back blurb was that I would be looking through a window into the exciting stories of discoveries and developments of technology and knowledge, but I got even more out of it than that. At times Norton's book reads like a fiction novel, for me, a point in its favor. I come across too much non-fiction that is dry and hard to swallow, but this book is not among that kind. It flows, and with each chapter (well org [...]

    Eva
    The book is a quick guide to self-experimentation. The book covers a wide range of topics; sharks, planes, speed, human anatomy, disease, and everything in between. I really like the book it was great and funny and it certainly made me laugh. The only problem is the organization of the book is terrible, or rather it lacks a good transitional arch. One moment you are reading about disease and then it jumps to anatomy, from sharks to the speed of sound. It's no even organized chronologically or to [...]

    Tracey
    I quite enjoyed this collection of historical scientific tales. While I was familiar with a couple of the stories, I learned a bit along the way about bathyscapes and zoophagy and whatnot. The venereal disease section in particular was quite disturbing in terms of how many scientists self-experimented (and not always on oneself - the Tuskeegee Experiment is a dark blot on medical science). The research seemed solid (tho I don't think Norton cited much in the way of sources) and the writing was e [...]

    Juneau Public Library
    Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth is a brief history of scientific experimentation, featuring scientists and doctors who acted as their own test subjects, ingesting and injecting all manner of substances into their own bodies, all in the name of discovery. For example, zoologist Frank Buckland, who would eat *anything* in his quest to expand the human diet, and Nobel-prize-winning surgeon Werner Forssman, who injected a catheter into his own heart. Obviously, this book is not for the squeamish, b [...]

    Jessica
    Holy smokesWow, I have to admit some of the stories caused me to feel rather squeamish. However, it was so gosh darn interesting I read it in a day (hey it's summer)! It was a fairly light, "easy" read, and you can read the book for the gory details not revealed in the book synopsis. I have so much respect for the early scientists who advanced our understanding of medicine, etc although I'm sure their families did not appreciate their early deaths (many deaths are described in this book because, [...]

    Scottsdale Public Library
    This was a wonderful book about scientists who have risked their lives to prove their theories were correct, sometimes with disastrous results. Many of the stories involve trying out new medicines or medical procedures, but there are also stories about early submarines and airplanes. The reasons for the self-experimentation are varied, but the stories of what happened, both during the experiment and (sometimes) long afterward are uniformly interesting and offer an intriguing glimpse into the wor [...]

    Ana-Maria Bujor
    This is a book that presents the stories and sacrifices of people who experimented on themselves in order to develop scientific knowledge. It's a fun read, with a simple language (even if some humor seems forced in the translated version), but highly instructive. I knew some of the stories from watching "Dark matters", which I also recommend,but had no idea about these amazing people who risked death to allow us to receive life-saving medical treatment, travel safely or explore our world. Readin [...]

    Claire
    Bottom line of this book: don't worry about whatever you do for scientific experimentation, and get messy with it! It's always fun and educational. (But just in case stay close to the phone to get emergency help if necessary, I add, noting landlines are easier for the EMT personnel than mobile.)I adore the front cover of my edition where a scientist is drinking a smoking concoction. Was that my last "tea" mixture?The author is a marine biologist, specifically, but that doesn't matter. What he wr [...]

    Lisa
    I finished only half of this book before I had to return it to the library. I didn't think it was worth the overdue finesThe science stories were interesting but not enough for my mind to hold on to continuing. I had known about some of the stories -- the need for cadavers (and the not-so-ethical ways they were obtained) to study during the development of the medical industry. The chapter on parasites were interesting, as were the bravely idiotic stories of self-experimentation that some doctors [...]

    Eric
    I didn't finish this book. I started when I was busy and could never really get engaged with it. Something about the writing and that the stories didn't go in the direction I wanted. I expected a series of tales regarding scientists and doctors that self experimented. It had plenty of that but it more focused on their experiments on others and the medicines and treatments and much less on the actual people and what they learned from their self experimentation. I was let down enough that I passed [...]

    patrycja polczyk
    This book is great. If only you are a little bit interested in science, medicine or just people pushing themselves to various limits, go for it. I didn't expect much, but enjoyed it all the way and now it makes me want read more about some of those stories. Parts are really funny too :) So it's a good book to read if there's a even tiny bit of curiosity about life in you. And it's perfectly balanced - not too scholar and not to simple. Enjoy!

    Aaron
    The subject matter of this book is really interesting but I think it is horribly written. The chapters ramble and are poorly organized. It often seems like the author is including every fact his research turned up no matter how relevant it is or how much of a non-sequitur it is. There is a bibliography at the end but no citations in the text so I had a hard time believing some of his claims since I couldn't figure out how a particular fact was determined.

    Ben Dummitt
    This is a fairly entertaining and easy to read book which includes a good bit of medical and general innovation history in the anecdotes of self experimentation. It's probably more like 3.5 stars rather than 4. The only real complaint I have is that it's not super cohesive in regards to topic or timeline. To a certain extent that's to be expected of a book like this but I thought it was a little too all over the place.

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