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How to Remove a Brain
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Subtitle and other bizarre medical practices and procedures
By David Haviland
Published By

Thistle Publishing

ISBN 9781786080240
Non Fiction Genre Medical
Publication Date 04/07/0017
Price 7.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Remove-Brain-practices-procedures/dp/1786080249
Ebook Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Remove-Brain-practices-procedures-ebook/dp/B073HLJ347


Taking in everything from the outrageous (yes, Hitler was addicted to crystal meth) to the eye-watering (such as the renowned surgeon who accidentally cut off his patient’s left testicle) to the downright disgusting (like the ‘cure’ for toothache used by the Egyptians involving dead mouse paste), this book proves that medical science is not for the faint-hearted, lily-livered or weak-stomached!

Author's Bio

David Haviland is a writer, editor, and ghostwriter, with a number of bestselling books to his name, which have been sold to publishers all over the world and widely serialised. David has written a number of books of amusing trivia and popular science.


“Hilarious, and sometimes stomach-turning, vignettes.”
New Scientist

“I never thought a book titled How to Remove a Brain would be so incredibly brilliant. David Haviland, I don’t know you, or why you create books like this and Why Dogs Eat Poop, but you are clearly smarter than your maturity level.”
Kick Ass Book Reviews

“I’m not going to lie, I read this book with unabashed joy, and in the process I truly feel I learned a lot. Granted, I’m not sure when the information I learned will ever come into play (How many times a day does Hitler’s potential Crystal Meth addiction come into play?) but it’s still all interesting to know, and certainly fun to read, thanks to Haviland’s ability to be both educational and whimsical at the exact same time.”

“Any fan of the absurd and/or obscure is sure to delight in this strange (and slightly stomach-turning) book. I love trivia and this book delivers.”
As the Page Turns

“A GP Christmas stocking must… From the ‘Wisdom of the Ancients’ through to diseases, diagnoses and cures, this rip roaring journey through the wonders of medical advancement misses little. The content is without doubt one of the funniest recaps of the great, good and unbelievable of medicine. 9/10”

“Delightfully disgusting.”

“Haviland once again proves ideally suited for this sort of writing. His style is simultaneously breezy and matter-of-fact, bringing each vile vignette to amusing, engaging life. And it’s clear that this is a guy who does his homework. These subjects, as weird and disgusting as they might be, have been pretty thoroughly researched. It creates a reading experience that is both entertaining and – God help us – educational.”
The Maine Edge

“Contains fascinating insights into medical history, in spite of its off-beat title.”
Irish Medical Times

“A hilarious look at medicine throughout history… a painstakingly researched compendium of bizarre facts from the world of medicine, administered with a healthy dose of humour… a must for fans of the bizarre, and perfect prep for livening up dull dinner party conversations.”

“An effortlessly readable introduction to the history and practice of medicine via its most fascinating and entertaining manifestations. Find out precisely how crocodile dung was used as a contraceptive, how long it takes to digest chewing gum, and the true purpose of hiccups… A surprisingly informative little book, based on solid research but written to entertain.”
The Good Book Guide

“Reading medical books usually fills me with dread (and I’m a doctor!) but this is one with a difference – it’s hilarious! David has put together a compilation of interesting and intriguing facts that anyone would find hard not to like. I keep finding myself having to read that little bit more each time I put it down! If you’ve ever wondered why so many murderers are doctors or how frequently a person can vomit in a twelve-hour period then this book has the answer! I now know if people can grow horns, which surgeon accidentally cut off his patient’s testicle (ouch!) and why pig farmers are more likely to have their appendixes removed. My pub conversations are going to be so much better! This book is a must for anyone with a thirst for funny and far-reaching medical anecdotes. I’m hooked!”
Dr Ranj Singh – TV doctor

“Provides answers to many burning questions… It proves that medical science is not for the lily-livered.”
BMA News

“Very interesting and a little gross at times.”
Of Beauty and Nothingness

“Love the science, love the history. A fun/interesting/trivia filled read. I am a professional scientist, working in healthcare and I am not at all ashamed to admit I learned several things from this book which I’d never heard before (like the origin of the word ‘toady’ ). Cool stuff.”
Non-Stop Reader

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s basically a collection of cool/interesting/funny medical anecdotes. Loved the brief stories about medicine throughout history, and all the weird (and gross) things that have been done throughout time and across many different cultures. The stories were brief enough to relay information without overloading you on medical terminology, so even those not necessarily interested in science and medicine will learn something and have fun with it. It’s just an all-around fun book, that will teach you some new and interesting facts.”
The Nerd Herd

“This is a wonderful book devoted to dragging up every weird and wacky idea in medical science from times ancient to present. Well written with a pen dipped in sarcasm, you’ll find yourself laughing and groaning. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”
Ellen Whyte

“A fun and crazy book… If you are looking for something different, you got it! I loved it, different, strange, you won’t find this anywhere else!”
Library Thing

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. A must for information gatherers.”

“Once you pick it up it is hard to put it down.”
Renwick McConaghy – Reviewer

“I loved this book. I love this book. I’m going to read it again one day. Why? Because I forgot some things, because it is history (and I LOVE all things history), and because it makes for a great conversation starter. Even if people might look at you a little bit sideways!”
Adventures with Words

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  1. Like all his books, this was entertaining and enlightening in equal measure.

  2. Great read as always

  3. Tremendous stuff.

  4. Clever, witty and informative! Learnt more than I did at school!

  5. Great read- enjoyable book,

  6. Very fun and enjoyable non fiction

  7. Very interesting and fun book

  8. This is a book for “what ails ya!”
    A most enjoyable read, very funny!
    Very highly recommended.

  9. A hilarious and fun way of looking at ancient medicinal facts and theories.

  10. A Hilarious and entertaining way of looking at ancient medicinal facts and theories.

  11. Thoroughly enjoyed it, found it interesting and very funny, we learn more when having fun.

  12. I loved this book.

  13. This one was very unique. Be sure to have a strong stomach.

  14. Clever, witty, fun!

  15. Very interesting and I loved the title!

  16. cool, ,interesting, ancient medicinal facts and theories.

  17. I really enjoyed reading this book, it has some fascinating science facts in it.

  18. My d-i-l, a book connoisseur/ led me to this amazing novel. Being in the Medical field it was tantalizing. Interesting facts and wild theories with a humorous tone.

  19. Almost addictive… now I think I’ve got multiple problems .. really funny

  20. Some fascinating and amusing facts!

  21. I’m a nurse and this book was great. Learning about old medical procedures in a humerus (connected to the funny bone) way. I loved it and recommend it to all medical and just regular people.

  22. Hugely entertaining and informative – an accessible blend of accurate medical information, historical snippets and weird things…

  23. A bit high on the ewwww factor, but so much fun. A great mix of medical, history and weirdness.

  24. A fascinating book, full of medical vignettes that will enlighten, astound, amuse and disgust the reader.

  25. Let’s just say if you are looking for something different, you got it! I loved it, different, strange, you won’t find this anywhere else! LOL

  26. The title says it all, I think 🙂 So unusual but good as well.

  27. A different, but absorbing book.

  28. Fantastically interesting read!

  29. Such a funny, weird little book. Learned quite a bit!

  30. Gruesome but greatly entertaining

  31. Fascinating and highly enjoyable!

  32. Superb book. Perfect for an enquiring mind with a sense of humour.

  33. A really fascinating book and a good read and highly enjoyable

  34. Fantastic. A must read.

  35. Interesting, funny and weird… I loved it!

  36. Hugely informative and side-splittingly funny.

  37. Crazy, fun book – a great read

  38. An interesting and unique read!

  39. Epically disgusting and delightful in equal measure

  40. Certainly unusual and highly recommended to lovers of the bizarre – a ‘fun read’

  41. This was a great read, full of great information and interesting as always!!!

  42. As always David Haviland provides us with a fascinating read. Very interesting.

  43. Inconceivably astounding

  44. A creative, unique and out-of-the-box collection of medical facts and myth busters. Very interesting, clever and refreshing, written with easy to follow details and wit. I really enjoyed this book!

  45. An entertaining book. Out of the ordinary and well worth a read.

  46. Fascinating! Loved every page of it.

  47. Fantastic book.very QUIRKY but a intriguing read .

  48. This book I feel was not a worthy winner of the people’s book prize

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