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The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases Paperback – April 26, 2005
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“Lambshead is just what the doctor ordered.”
Top Customer Reviews
If you're a lover of elaborate hoaxes and like humor mixed with your fantasy/sf, you'll enjoy this immensely.
There are a lot of genre-oriented writers posing as doctors (such as Dr.'s Alan Moore and Michael Moorcock), but the appeal is in no way limited to people who like to read fantasy, science fiction, etc. In particular, all medical doctors (real ones, that is), should own a copy of this book. If you have a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional on your gift list, grab one of these and give them some good laughs.
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Anyone who likes a laugh
My Thoughts: If you want to know what sort of lunacy to expect from this book, here is just a tiny taste.
Discussing Ballistic Organ Syndrome: “In rare cases, the Ballistitis virus infects the patient's entire body. Eventually, some event causes one or more cells to rupture, after which the patient's body is disrupted in an explosive ejection of all bodily organs. This manifestation of the syndrome frequently occasions the death of the patient; at best, the loss of all bodily organs will cause considerable inconvenience and distress (as set out in Doctor Buckhead Mudthumper's Encyclopedia of Forgotten Oriental Diseases).” [pg. 4]
Letter to Dr. Wexler, of whom the writers are not fond: “Dear Sir: Kindly send your anthrax-soaked missives elsewhere. And if you want to get serious about contagious letters, then invest in some smallpox like a normal person.” [pg. 286]
There are also a couple cookbooks mentioned that sound interesting: “French Cuisine with Codeine” and “Mousses with Morphine”.
I will point out that I would not say this book is lavishly illustrated. Each entry generally has only a single illustration; sometimes there is a second at the end of the section. Now, The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, which I'll be reading and reviewing next, does have a lot of pictures. But this one, not so much.
Still, if you like a laugh, you'll enjoy the clever way each author creates a “character” for themselves, and the creative uses of real information mixed with their own creations that fill this satirical book. I enjoyed it a lot.
Disclosure: I bought this book for myself.Read more ›
Structured alphabetically, but warranteed to be sought for further random consultation as needed.
Some almost sound real, the bone leprosy has an air of possibility, whereas the Nepalese bubos are so patently ridiculous as to remove all possible suspension of disbelief.
I must admit an error on my part is that when I first picked it up I assumed that it was strange diseases which people HAD been diagnosed with in the past (of which I think would make a much better read given the stuff I have read in seventeenth century medical texts) so I was quite disappointed.
It has some bright moments and I would have given it a 3.5 stars for amusing without challenging me. I think it is fairer to say it is 4 stars because I picked it up to read under my own misconception. There is some excellent writing in here even if it isn't my cup of tea, but I do think that the style is too patchy to really hold my attention for all of them.
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This book is full of goofy fun. I can see why some medical libraries keep it on the shelf. Some of the diseases are so far out there that you have to wonder about the authors.Published on December 25, 2012 by NWFantasy
Wonderful idea. Great gift idea for the medical professional in your life. And the idea is just about where it ends. Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Indiana Joe
This book is based on a clever concept and the faux-disease names are amusing. I expected it to be hilarious. Instead, it made me yawn. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by ski