This published work is appropriate for all those who wish to properly understand the competing influences in Medicine and the Pharmaceutical Industries.
Heckenlively and Mikovits have produced an excellent primer for anyone who seeks the truth of corruption in Big Pharma.
Dr. Judy Mikovits is an extraordinary polymath and an incredibly accomplished medical researcher. She made her mark in the scientific community with her findings that led to changes in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection (HIV), and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Dr. Mikovits is a recognized leading scientist.
Problems began for Dr. Mikovits when she challenged the use of animal tissue in medical research that was producing diseases in their human patients.
Dr. Mikovits tells her story of almost 40 years of experience in the research science field. She describes her professional association over three decades with the one of the co-founders of the discipline of Human Retrovirology, Dr. F. Ruscetti.
It is a rare thing indeed for a doctor to endanger her integrity, professional standing, and reputation to champion a cause. Dr. Mikovits had much to lose and yet her morals demanded that she reveal the truth. I genuinely sympathize with her precarious position and admire her commitment to science.
This manuscript does possess its detractors, and I have seen some extreme reviews that based their views on partial information. In my opinion this was a book that was required to correct the current situation in Medicine and the Pharmaceutical Industries. I heartily recommend this work to you, if you are willing to suspend your disbelief.
My sincere thanks go to: Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovit (Authors), NetGalley, and the Publisher Skyhorse for affording me the opportunity to review Plague of Corruption.
Thomas Morris was
a successful radio producer for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) for many
years. He is now a freelance writer and medical historian. His first book,
The Matter of the Heart: A History of the Heart in Eleven Operations, wonthe Royal Society of
Literature and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation award. The award is one of
three annual awards, one of £10,000 and two of £5,000, offered to authors on
their first works of non-fiction. Mr. Morris now lives in London.
WHO IS THE TARGET AUDIENCE?
This book is for
everyone 16 or older. The
Mystery of the Exploding Teeth is
written for the masses and not just for those who want to learn about historic
medicine. The book is full of individual cases hand-picked through time to
provide the reader with a glimpse of common medical procedures, some uncommon
medical procedures, and allot of very interesting cases.
The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth:
And Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine, is a sojourn into some of the most interesting medical
cases and the procedures used in those cases. It is told through the eyes of
the people who were actually there. This book is a conglomeration of notes, letters,
personal views of the doctors, and sometimes the patients. The author does a
great job of finding the most interesting cases in history. There are some interesting
cases that include various items escaping the bodies from all different places,
some not very good places. How about the surgeries where the patient is not anesthetized and
is an active participant? There is a chapter of patients who survived extreme
injuries, some lived normal lives after their injuries.
After reading this book, I listened to the audible version and the narrator added so much more to the enjoyment. He does a great job with the inflection of his voice and the bits that are in French. The little jokes he throws in are awesome. This tome, at times, had me laughing, cringing, crying, and always wondering about the historic doctors and their sometime weird practices. The cases offer a wide variety of injuries and maladies; the causes of some of these will haunt me. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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Mütter Museum: Historical Medical Photographs Is a cornucopia of high quality photographs taken by professional photographers. Between the 1860s and the 1940s, photographers took pictures of these oddities as records for physicians to share among medical colleagues. They also functioned, at the time, to demonstrate various techniques used in medicine such as micrography and X-ray. During the earliest days, they utilized the method of photography known as the daguerreotype. This processing method required the photographer to polish a sheet of copper plate with silver halide coated to a mirror finish, and treat it with fumes that made its surface light sensitive. There is much more to the Mütter Museum however, and it is not for the squeamish.