Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth by Trevor Norton
A Celebration of Scientific Eccentricity and Self-Experimentation

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A witty celebration of the great eccentrics who have performed dangerous experiments on themselves for the benefit of humankind.

Many scientists have followed the advice of the great Victorian doctor Jack Haldane to “never experiment on an animal if a man will do” and “never ask anyone to do anything you wouldn’t do yourself.” He and his father inhaled poisonous gases to test the efficacy of the prototype gas mask they had invented. While breathing gases under pressure, he suffered the smoking ears and screaming teeth of the title.

The stories in Norton’s new book are astonishing, disturbing or absurd. The zoologist Frank Buckland made a concentrated effort to widen the nation’s diet by personally testing everything that crossed his path, from boiled elephant’s trunk to slug soup. Some medics deliberately contracted deadly blood diseases in the hope of finding cures. Then there was the surgeon who was fired and subsequently won the Nobel Prize for thrusting a catheter into his own beating heart.

About Trevor Norton

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Trevor Norton is an emeritus professor at the University of Liverpool, having retired from the Chair of Marine Biology. He has published widely on ecological topics. His much acclaimed books include Stars Beneath the Sea; Reflections on a Summer Sea; Under Water to Get Out of the Rain; and Smoking Ears and Screaming Teeth.
Published September 1, 2011 by Pegasus. 288 pages
Genres: History, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction

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At times, the author shoehorns in too much detail, but readers will likely forgive Norton’s choice to err on the side of inclusion, given the liveliness of his prose, the preposterousness of his stories and the surprising ties he makes to current events.

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This fascinating, funny book brings to life the scientists who carried out dangerous tests on themselves in the name of their profession.

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