Friday, March 10, 2017

Review: Twisted True Tales from Science: Medical Mayhem by Stephanie Bearce

Synopsis: Ground-up mummy bones, leeches sucking human blood, and a breakfast of dried mouse paste. It sounds like a horror movie, but those were actual medicines prescribed by early doctors. Medical students studied anatomy on bodies stolen from graves and had to operate on people while they were awake. Learn about the medicines that came from poison and doctors who experimented on themselves and their families. It's a twisted tale of medical mayhem, but it's all true! (from the back of the book)

Review: This book is intended for a younger audience. The writing is about a third-fourth grade level. But this doesn’t mean that Bearce dumbed down the science. She uses clinical terms, even Latin, and talks about microbes, chemicals, and human body parts with intelligence and openness. The book is organized in a time-line, starting with ancient medical remedies and moving to modern medicine. Accompanying the text are funny illustrates, side notes about science, and even how-to experiments! There is some reference to some gross and graphic medical procedures, but nothing inappropriate for younger minds. She is honest about issues as well, explaining how social convention often was at odds with scientific evidence. There is no reference to sex or sexually transmitted diseases in the book, in case parents are concerned about that issue.
This would be excellent for home-school or classroom use. Interesting and engaging, while staying true to scientific principles, kids will enjoy reading and learning from this book. 

Note: I received this book free through LibraryThing's Early Review Program, in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.

Bookmarks: 4 of 5

Awards: None

ISBN: 976-1-61821-572-7
Year Published: 2017
Date Finished: 3-6-2017
Pages: 147

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