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After their successful book speculating on What Killed Jane Austen, Dr Jim Leavesley and Dr George Biro turn their attention to How Isaac Newton Lost His Marbles and more medical mysteries. The life and death of this hypochondriac scientist is just one of over 50 intriguing stories of famous patients, doctors, medical experiments, disasters and triumphs. ? Why did Byron refuse dinner invitations? ? Why did Laurence Olivier need steroids? ? What troubled Don Bradman? ? How can you be murdered with an umbrella? ? Have you heard of the bizarre Stockholm Syndrome? ? What is the story behind Vivien Leigh's mental state? ? Why would you want a monkey gland injection? ? What inspired Dicken's concern for crippled children? ? Did a medical mistake cause World War I? These are just a few cases over which the authors cast a jaundiced eye and perform a clinical and historical checkup. This latest collection tells you more than you ever needed to know about many famous figures and medical marvels. It is bound to satisfy the most morbid curiosity.

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