Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge (Hardcover)

The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine

By J. Marin Younker

Zest Books, 9781942186328, 112pp.

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/20/2018)

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Riots over the medical use of cadavers. Public access to institutions for the insane. And full-blown surgeries without the aid of anesthetics or painkillers. Welcome to the middle ages of American medicine. Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge exposes the extraordinary practices and major players of American medical history, from the colonial era to the late 1800s. It’s hard to believe that today’s cutting-edge medicine originated from such crude beginnings, but this book reminds us to be grateful for today’s medical care, while also raising the question: what current medical practices will be the horrors of tomorrow?

About the Author

J. Marin Younker worked as a public librarian for thirteen years, book-talking in the schools, leading book groups, talking to teens, and managing teen collections. She earned a degree in History from Western Washington University, and now lives in the Seattle area with her family and animal menagerie.

Praise For Bleed, Blister, Puke, and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine

 "An engrossing, entertaining history of medicine for those who enjoy it told with a heavy dose of blood and guts.”—Kirkus
"A compelling read that will be useful as a companion text for early U.S. history curricula and for students with an interest in the macabre.”—School Library Journal