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The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush
The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush
Author: Rob Myers
No two medical cases are ever exactly alike, but occasionally patients seek help for some exceptional problems -- like the woman who suffered from unwanted, spontaneous orgasms, or the man whose stomach exploded due to overeating, or the woman with mysterious chest pain who turned out to have a sewing needle embedded in her heart. An astounding ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781567316650
ISBN-10: 1567316654
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 301
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  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 41 ratings
Book Type: Hardcover
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GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush on + 5322 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This was a fascinating book that I read in one day!

It covers 51 unusual (and sometimes gross!) medical conditions that have actually been documented. There is the woman who swallowed a toothbrush like the title suggests (she accidentally swallowed it while using it to force herself to vomit) to the man who had a swollen and distended abdomen, and the scars from trying to remove what was in it (after his death, the autopsy showed he had swallowed a number of metal objects).

I recommend reading this book alongside Dennis DiClaudio's THE HYPOCHONDRIAC'S POCKET GUIDE TO HORRIBLE DISEASES YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE, which is just as fascinating -- and tongue-in-cheek hilarious!!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a really good book about bizarre medical cases. I've followed a lot of such stories online but had not heard about 99 percent of these. The stories are short, 2-3 pages, and the author throws in a bit of humor here and there. At times, that humor got on my nerves, keeping my rating of the book down a bit, but overall, its a good, fast read; easy to put down and pick up again when youre ready.
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Sandiinmississippi avatar reviewed The Woman Who Swallowed a Toothbrush on + 265 more book reviews
Some of these tales are interesting, some predictable, some tedious. I did find the actual medical information quite interesting. The writing style wore on me a little as there was a predictably tongue-in-cheek, inside-joke quality. I'd call this a perfectly decent book to set somewhere and read a chapter or two, then lay it down. It is not gripping enough for me to continue reading for long.
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Interesting read. Good if you are in to Untold Stories of the ER and Bizarre ER.


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