Saturday, August 12, 2017
Review of How to Remove a Brain by David Haviland
My first thought is that if you were suspicious of doctors, How to Remove a Brain: and other bizarre medical practices and procedures by David Haviland will drive you screaming away from them! This is a wonderful book devoted to dragging up every weird and wacky idea in medical science from times ancient to present.
Well written with a pen dipped in sarcasm, you’ll find yourself laughing and groaning. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
On a more serious note, I wanted to read this because it also has a nice little history of how Western doctors used to deal with their patients. It seems that the posh ones didn’t bother talking to their patients directly; they wrote letters to each other. Because actually seeing someone and possibly viewing nasty body bits was just too eeeeeewwww.
I have a feeling that this is what influenced early mental health practitioners to adopt the stand-back-and-don’t-engage policy that still permeates the profession today. As I’m a therapist, I found a lot of food for thought in this book as well as a lot of giggles.
I would very much recommend How To Remove a Brain. However, I do worry that with the present hate campaign against science, David Haviland’s book will add to this trend as it completely ignores all the positive innovations. Still, let the truth prevail!
I received this book from the publishers via NetGalley and am reviewing voluntarily
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