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Medical Minutiae

By: Bancroft, Barb

Price: $13.80

Publisher: Lake Villa, IL, CPP Associates: 1994

Seller ID: 001812

ISBN: 0945115024

Condition: New with no dust jacket

This book is loaded with incidents of medical mistakes, misinformation, and just plain nuttiness. Some of the information is gleaned from surveys, some from simple surveys Barb Bancroft has done (how many of each color M & M in a bag) and then interpreted the results - sort of. It includes old-fashioned dietary treatments for diseases that used to be quite serious, and odd treatments for minor ailments. ". It was once thought that a healthy sneeze served to cleanse the brain. Hippocrates, in all of his infinite wisdom, considered the sneeze as dangerous sign of lun disease, but also a cura... View more info

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The Last Alchemist: Count Cagliostro, Master of Magic in the Age of Reason

By: McCalman, Iain

Price: $11.04

Publisher: Scranton, Pennsylvania, U. S. A., Harpercollins: 2003

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 001591

ISBN: 0060006900

Condition: New in New dust jacket

Who was the mysterious Count Cagliostro? Depending on who you ask, he was either a great healer and mystic or a dangerous charlatan whose revolutionary notions and influences threatened to undermine the monarchies of France and Russia. He was the leader of an exotic brand of Freemasonry, and was indisputably one of the most influental and notorious figures of the latter eightenth century, overcoming poverty and ignoble birth to become the darling - and bane - of upper-crust Europe. The author documents how Cagliostro crossed paths - and often swords - with Catherine the Great, Marie Antoinette... View more info