The Mystery of the exploding Teeth and other Curiosities from the History of Medicine
Believe it or not, the title actually undersells it
Author: Thomas Morris Publisher: Bantam Press Price: £14.99 / $26 Release date: Out now Described on the cover as ‘Horrible Histories for adults’, Thomas Morris’ new book is immediately given a lot to live up to. Admittedly, by calling his first chapter ‘A fork up the anus’, he makes a pretty decent fist of doing so. After all, how can you not read on after that? Galvanising this readerly good will, Morris proceeds to detail a whole host of maddening medical case studies. Not all of them are as eye-watering as the opening chapter (even though some seem to have been beamed straight out of Brass Eye, notably ‘The boy who vomited his own twin’), but each of them retains his gift for keeping you transfixed. Stylistically he recalls Bill Bryson, such is the pure compulsiveness of his factinfused prose. Honestly, we can’t remember the last time we enjoyed reading a science book so much. It may not teach you everything you want to know, but it’ll definitely regale you with a number of things you won’t ever forget.