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

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A witty celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous scientific experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind. Many scientists have followed the advice of the great Victorian doctor Jack Haldane to a€œnever experiment on an animal if a man will doa€ and a€œnever ask anyone to do anything you wouldna€™t do yourself.a€ He and his father inhaled poisonous gasses to test the efficacy of the prototype gas mask they had invented. When breathing gasses under pressure he suffered the smoking ears and screaming teeth of the title. The stories in Nortona€™s new book are astonishing, disturbing or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a concentrated effort to widen the nationa€™s diet by personally testing everything that crossed his path, from boiled elephanta€™s trunk to slug soup. Some medics deliberately contracted deadly blood diseases in the hope of finding cures. Then there was the surgeon who was fired and subsequently won the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart.The aircrew of fighters and bombers had to be given a personal supply of oxygen so the Toronto team investigated the problems with oxygen respirators. In normal ... Edgar Pask, who hadbeen an anaesthetist inOxford, volunteered forthe job.


Title:Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth: A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation
Author: Trevor Norton
Publisher:Pegasus Books - 2012-09-27
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