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I Feel Better With A Frog In My Throat: History's Strangest Cures

It wasn’t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one's head.  Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let’s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.Carlyn Beccia takes readers on a colorful and funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today’s most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now.

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (October 25, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0547225709


Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,817,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #39 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > First Aid #1046 in Books > Children's Books > Education & Reference > Science Studies > Anatomy & Physiology #1386 in Books > Children's Books > Geography & Cultures > Cultural Studies > Customs, Traditions, Anthropology

Age Range: 6 - 9 years

Grade Level: 1 - 4

Most youngsters remember when Mary Poppins cheerfully claimed that, "Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down," but many, many years ago there were some pretty nasty, gnarly cures for whatever might ail a person. Take for example, in medieval times if you had a sore throat you just might have ended up with a real live frog down your throat or had a necklace strung with earthworms hanging around your neck. It sounds totally disgusting, but while the earthworms wouldn't have helped one iota, there was a faint possibility that the frog down the throat bit may have worked. When "certain species of frogs get annoyed, they secrete poisonous slime out of their skin." More than likely some poor kids got "terrible tummy aches," but these days "frog slime is sometimes used in antibiotics and painkillers." In pill form that is.In this marvelously entertaining book there are cures aplenty to make you roll your eyes or chuckle as you imagine someone trying to inflict some awful cure on you. Some of these cures actually worked and, in some instances, are the basis for modern cures. There are cures for everything, but the most common school skipping excuse is the stomachache. Take a look at these three "cures:" A Urine B Dirt C Millipedes (YUK!) No, yes, no. Dirt really has been used throughout the centuries to cure stomachaches. You'll read all about why it has been and will find that Philips milk of magnesia has white clay as the main ingredient.This tantalizingly fun (and sometimes gross) book of cures will give the reader a case of the giggles and a learning experience rolled into one. There are a selection of "cures" for the cough, cold, sore throat, wound, stomachache, fever, headache, and "every sickness.

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