Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the Ages By Nathan Belofsky ISBN #:9780399159954
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie
Strange Medicine is unsurprisingly about medical practices throughout the ages. (Yup, I’m just quoting the title). It’s about the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Europeans. It’s about humors and eels and quite frankly, everything you’d expect from people back then and more.
This book was just okay.
If you’re into quirky facts all bound into one book, go ahead and read this one. However, if you’re like me and you need fiction to survive, don’t read this one. I don’t advise it. Sure, the first five pages might be kind of interesting, but then the next 195 or so are death. There’s only so many random facts you can read before your brain needs to go outside or eat so watermelon per se.
So I learned about Hippocrates and Aristotle. I learned about Medieval medicine and menstruation (no joke) and some other uncomfortable topics. I’m sorry to say that some younger kids got a peek into this book too, before I knew the exact contents of Strange Medicine.
Strange Medicine, Strange People, Strange Habits, Strange Book.
This isn’t the best book for a light summer read. I think it’s more of a winter read with hot chocolate, but had I known my opinion of it beforehand, I wouldn’t have bothered to read it at all.
Some books really just don’t click with you. Strange Medicine just didn’t click with me. My books need a plot. They need to be fiction with cute boys (haha) and great protagonists. Unfortunately, there is no fiction with Strange Medicine.
Or cute boys, for that matter either.
However, I’m not saying that no one will enjoy this. Definitely give it a try.