Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation

Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation


A witty party of the nice eccentrics who've played harmful experiments on themselves for the advantage of humankind.

Many scientists have the recommendation of the good Victorian health professional Jack Haldane to “never test on an animal if a guy will do” and “never ask a person to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.” He and his father inhaled toxic gases to check the efficacy of the prototype fuel masks they'd invented. whereas respiring gases stressed, he suffered the smoking ears and screaming enamel of the title.

The tales in Norton’s new booklet are striking, annoying or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a targeted attempt to widen the nation’s nutrition by way of individually trying out every little thing that crossed his course, from boiled elephant’s trunk to slug soup. a few medics intentionally gotten smaller lethal blood illnesses within the desire of discovering treatments. Then there has been the healthcare professional who was once fired and consequently received the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his personal beating middle.

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