The Importance of Having a Brain

Tales from the History of Medicine

by Tonse N. K. Raju


Book Details

The fascinating world of the history of medicine

Navigate through the rich and delightful history of one of man's oldest of creeds—the medical profession (not the other, its less illustrious competitor). Told with a perfect blend of historical accuracy, wit, and humor, these assorted stories from the annals of medicine are informative, illuminating, and entertaining. This is a medical history book in small doses. In this book you will discover: -Why do we call smallpox "small"? -Was Julius Caesar called “Caesar” because he was delivered through a c-section? -Who was the British clergyman who measured blood pressure for the first time, and the other whose discovery led to the development of aspirin? -Why did a doctor in the early 20th century exhibit premature babies in circuses, boardwalks, and country fairs in U.S. cities? -What led a 16th century anatomist to discover that men and women have the same number of ribs? -Why did a 19th century Boston surgeon cry out, "Gentlemen, this is no humbug!"? -Why did a German psychiatrist intentionally inject blood from malaria patients into the arms of his psychiatry patients, and what was his reward for this brutal therapy? -What disease killed more people in the 20th century alone than all of battles, armed conflicts, and wars of the 20th century combined? -Why do we call blood banks “banks”?


About the Author

Tonse N. K. Raju

Tonse Narayana Krishna Raju, formerly a professor of pediatrics at the University of Illinois, now works at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Raju has taught and written on the history of medicine for over thirty years. A former president of the Society of Medical History of Chicago, Dr. Raju is a member of the American Osler Society. In 2007 he gave the Thomas E. Cone Jr. Lecture on Perinatal History at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition. His other books include: The Nobel Chronicles (2002); Don’t Stand in Front of a Palace or Behind a Horse: An Illustrated Book of South Indian Proverbs (2002); Poems and a Novella by A. K. Ramanujan (co-translated from Kannada with Molly Daniels-Ramanujan, 2006); and four books of fiction in Kannada, a south Indian language.