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The Strange Case of the Walking Corpse: A Chronicle of Medical Mysteries, Curious Remedies, and Bizarre but True Healing Folklore (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 5. Januar 2004

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A collection of lesser-known alternative remedies draws on folklore and medical journals to present effective treatments for a range of common problems, in a volume complemented by unusual case histories and documentation of extraordinary medical practices.

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Nancy Butcher has written on health and wellness subjects for and other websites as well as creating wellness booklets for Time-Life Books. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling children's book It's Snow Problem, and 101 Ways to Stop Eating After Dinner.

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Vague writing, misleading title 13. März 2004
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This is the most vague "medical" book I've ever read. The book description is also misleading. I thought this would be a book solely based on strangely-named syndromes and bizarre remedies. Oh sure, there are a few hazy descriptions of those, but then I'm treated to endless pages on breast augmentation, Botox, and endless definitions of parasites?
Nothing in this book is described in detail. It reads more like, "I heard about this guy who heard about this girl who...." The author's attempts at humor are scattered on every page and become very irritating, especially when she keeps trying to reinforce that these are serious diseases/syndromes and should not be made light of. (And given that this IS a "medical" book, not a "humor" book, I don't really understand the "comedy" attempts.)
Also, did ANY of the information in this book come from an actual hard copy source? The internet sources are listed on almost every other page and don't lend to credibility.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, especially anyone in the medical field, as half of the information in this book is common knowledge to anyone interested in medicine already. The entirety of this book could have been condensed to a few webpage links and you would have received the same (and probably more straight-foward and detailed) information. With such a good premise, I don't really understand the "cop-out" feeling of this book.
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Tripe -- If I could give ZERO stars, I would. 17. März 2005
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This was a waste of time and money. If I had recourse to read another book, I would have, but unfortunately this was all I had on hand in the hour or so that it took to read this disgrace to publishinghouses everywhere. I could have found a better-written and more entertaining book by scouring the pages of an elementary school Scholastic book-club order form. It is unconscionable that any good editor took a look at this and let it pass through to printing in such a state.

Just as a child writes a story in crayon about their dog and scurries off to show mommy, Nancy Butcher has thrown together all the internet research she could muster in a print form and declared for all the world to see "Look, I have built a book!"

When picking up a book about medical maladies, I expect a scholarly approach. I expect footnotes and references. Nancy Butcher gives me websites. This entire book seems to be culled from the misinformed and fallible pages of the internet, with not a reputable medical book to back it up. Where one would expect even an elementary discussion of the mechanisms that cause these maladies (in addition to Butcher's amusing anecdotes), she instead leaves me with the impression that her inner monologue while writing went something like "Eww!Gross! Let me include this!" Additionally, her fixation on sexual dysfunction gets rather old, and if not for this factor, I would gladly have passed the book on to a 10-year-old child, at whose reading level this book seems to sit. Ultimately, perhaps it was my fault, for I should have had the sense not to order a book sight unseen. I've learned my lesson, and now peruse all of my books in a real bookstore before buying online.
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The strange case of the published book. 4. April 2004
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If you buy this book thinking that you are going to get the sort of insight into medical conditions that you would get from Oliver Sacks, you are going to be massively dissapointed. This book is best characterized as a thin and cursory catalog of some of the more unusual medical conditions around. As such, I guess it has a place, but there is little in it that merits the time to read it. I was left wondering how she found a publisher to print it.
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The Strange Case of the Walking Corpse 1. März 2004
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Sadly, I have read this book; worse, paid for it (far overpriced for what it offers.) The chapter "Uncommon Diseases and Disorders" is well researched and written; the others have far too much of "According to <whatever> Web site..."; while I know from my own reading some of what's said can be verified elsewhere, as a software engineer I also know that there are too many web sites that are not to be trusted or not entirely trusted. The result was for me a cobbling together of fact & possible fact with alot sounding like urban legend; wait 'til it's in your local library.
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Less In-depth than I had hoped 20. Mai 2004
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I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. That being said, I was disappointed with this book's lack of depth. Many of the descriptions read like an unfinished thought. If you have any previous interest in "Strange Diseases and Conditions," you already know too much to count this book as a worthy investment. Not unlike a previous reviewer, I too was dissapointed by the copious references to websites. I am also curious as to why the author did not illustrate more examples, rather than directing the reader elsewhere. On the upside, it was a shockingly easy and quick read.
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