The Medical Miscellany - Manoj Ramachandran
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The Medical Miscellany is a book that has been written by Manoj Ramachandran (who is an orthopaedic surgeon amongst other things) and Max Ronson (who is a freelance journalist), and is as the name would suggest in a bit of a round about way - it is a miscellaneous collection of anecdotes and whimsical items that relate to the world of medicine and nursing.It looks at medical musings down the ages, and takes in things such medicine that is represented in various forms in areas such as music; drama, and literature. Taking a very informal look at things, it looks at many things such as famous people who suffered with a wide variety of conditions such as deafness; joint replacements; diabetes, and epilepsy.
Going on from this, there are also many others sections that include famous pop songs that are based on medical terminology (Oxygen; Night Nurse; The Drugs Don’t Work, and so on); famous doctors that aren’t really doctors in the medical sense (Dr Who; Dr Dolittle; Dr Pepper; Dr Jekyll) - this section also contains doctors that are named in song titles; the different forms of slang that medical staff use to describe certain conditions such as ‘eating in’ (geriatric ward); ‘house red’ (blood), and the ever popular ‘smurf sign’ (patient blue or going blue).There are many other useless bits of information that are help within this book, many of which you won’t need to make any use of but some that may come in useful in a pub quiz. Things such as name any Agatha Christie book where someone was killed by being poisoned; another word for contraception/ breasts/ male or female genitalia, and so on.
This is one of those books that is very similar to Marmite, inasmuch as you will either love it or hate it - and I love it! There may well be some people that will be offended by some of what is contained within this book, but the whole point of it is just for people to take a more of a light hearted look at the world of medicine - after all, isn’t it the mark of a profession if it can be laughed at without affecting its standing in society?But with this said, there are also a number of other more serious points that are contained in it. For example, it does also contain the Hippocratic Oath that doctors have to take upon entering their profession. There are also various pieces of poetry that is related to medicine in some way, and various explanations of different words and their origins from the original Greek or Latin roots.
As I have already said, this is a book that I love - not because I come from a nursing background, but because I can understand some of the things a little better that is in the book. It is also a good thing to have, as there are some areas that the book has taught me a little bit more on. Therefore, if you have not yet come across this book then I would strongly advise you to do so. One thing that a friend of mine said to me however, is that as he has no experience of the 'medical world' at all from a more professional point of vieew then there were some areas that he was a little unsure of before I had to explain them to him (but then he is a Tory...).It has got 174 pages in total, and the price of it as actually printed on the inside cover of the book is £9.99. Published by Hammersmith Press in 2005, it can be found in all good book shops and online. The ISBN number, is 1-905140-05-3.
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Product Information : The Medical Miscellany - Manoj Ramachandran
Manufacturer's product descriptionISBN: 1905140053
Title: The Medical Miscellany
Publisher: Hammersmith Press Limited
Author: Manoj Ramachandran
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