Can Onions Cure Ear-Ache?
Medical Advice from 1769 by William Buchan, MD
William Buchan’s Domestic Medicine was an 18th-century bestseller, a self-help manual intended for those who could not afford professional medical assistance. It covered everything from hiccups to consumption but, as Robert Winston writes in his foreword, ‘most remedies in Buchan’s time remained distinctly dodgy’. Melanie King introduces a selection from his A–Z of often hair-raising advice.
Stop Snoring the Easy Way
And the Real Reasons You Need To
Snoring occurs when structures in the throat – the soft palate, the uvula and the epiglottis – start to flap, trapping air and momentarily creating a high-pressure build-up that produces the sound. This book explains the causes of snoring and the health risks associated with it, and sets out a series of simple daily exercises that may help to restore muscle tone in the throat and eliminate the problem.
A Short History of Disease
Over the centuries, disease has claimed more lives than natural disasters and warfare combined. Largely a social history, this book starts in prehistoric times, and moves from the Black Death of the 14th century to more modern conditions such as Ebola and MRSA. Incorporating individual case studies, the text also explores the human struggle to drive all disease to extinction.
The Birth of the Pill
How Four Pioneers Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution
In the winter of 1950, 71-year-old Margaret Sanger met the scientist Gregory Pincus in New York City. Their meeting would change the world. This gripping account tells how Pincus and Sanger, a lifelong campaigner for women’s right to control their fertility, developed the contraceptive pill, funded by the philanthropist Katharine McCormick and supported by a charismatic Catholic doctor, John Rock, who battled his own church to win public approval for the controversial new drug.
A Classic Survey on the Use and Abuse of Mind-Altering Plants
Little was known about morphine and its addictive qualities when Louis Lewin published his first study of the drug in 1874, and his continued work in pharmacology and toxicology contributed greatly to the field, culminating in this classic manual, published in 1924. The book sets out detailed information on the properties and effects of all major drugs known at the time, including opium, cannabis, peyote, cocaine, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.
Healthy Eating for Diabetes
Chef Antony Worrall Thompson, who suffered from the pre-diabetes Syndrome X, teamed up with a dietician to create the 100 recipes presented here alongside scientific information from a leading diabetes research charity. With exciting dishes for every meal of the day, including Salmon Timbales, Thai Fish Soup, Tuscan-Style Lamb and Poached Figs in Red Wine, you can enjoy your food while benefiting your overall health and improving your diabetes outlook.
The Secret Life of Sleep
Beyond the data of modern scientific sleep research, the author explores every kind of information and writing about sleep, but looks particularly at how knowledge about it exists in cultural practices, rituals, oral teachings, proverbs and song. Arranged in chapters following the progress of a night’s sleep, the book discusses topics as diverse as sleeping babies and the meaning of dreams to reveal the importance of sleep and the interdependence of our waking and sleeping lives.
Why Millions Survive Cancer
The Successes of Science
One in three people develop cancer in their lifetime but enormous strides have been taken in its treatment in recent decades. No longer a taboo subject, greater awareness has also helped contribute to earlier diagnoses and better chances of survival. This guide provides accessible explanations of what cancer is, how it is treated, recent developments in research and, most importantly, advice on lifestyle changes that can reduce the risk of cancer.