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Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth [Paperback]

Trevor Norton
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3 Feb 2011

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 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 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.


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (3 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099533596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099533597
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a rip-snortingly entertaining omnium gatherum of the riskiest and most extraordinary experiments in the history of science and medicine, told in breezy-pop science manner" (Daily Mail)

"Wonderful ... Professor Norton writes with engaging fluency and is easily understood by the non-scientist" (Independent)

"This book is guaranteed to make you wince, laugh and marvel at the bravery and foolhardiness of the people who, through their own discomfort, have made our own lives a good deal better" (Telegraph)

"packed full of amusing anecdotes ... delightful" (Mail on Sunday)

"His research has been intensive and his material is rich and plentiful...This book may not be for the squeamish or the very gentle of disposition but you soon come to share Norton's admiration for these crazed men and women" (Spectator)

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A witty celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 17 May 2010
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I purchased this book for my husband and he has thoroughly enjoyed it. Informative and funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific oddities 24 Mar 2010
By JF
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A fascinating account of all the oddball experiments over the ages - thank goodness there was no 'Health and Safety' legislation around, otherwise we would all be the poorer! A superb book - I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read. Very infomative. 15 Mar 2010
By Martin
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This is a wonderful book which explains in an easy to understand way what various individuals have been prepared to put themselves through for the betterment of mankind. As you get to the end of a chapter it is very hard not to continue to the next despite the time if it's getting late! For anyone interested in this subject it is the perfect book. It is well researched and well written and maintains the interest of the reader throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky 19 Jan 2011
By KMAb
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A quirky book that people love to read. Can be picked up for a few facts but doesn't need to be read for a prolonged period of time. An excellent present for 'the man who has everything'
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