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Roald Dahl's marvellous medicine, Tom Solomon

Label
Roald Dahl's marvellous medicine
Title
Roald Dahl's marvellous medicine
Statement of responsibility
Tom Solomon
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Most people know Roald Dahl as a famous writer of children's books and adult short stories, but few are aware of his fascination with medicine. Right from his earliest days to the end of his life, Dahl was intrigued by what doctors do, and why they do it. During his lifetime, he and his family suffered some terrible medical tragedies: Dahl nearly died when his fighter plane went down in World War II; his son had severe brain injury in an accident; and his daughter died of measles infection of the brain. But he also had some medical triumphs: he dragged himself back to health after the plane crash, despite a skull fracture, back injuries, and blindness; he was responsible for inventing a medical device (the Wade-Dahl-Till valve) to treat his son's hydrocephalus (water on the brain), and he taught his first wife Patricia to talk again after a devastating stroke. His medical interactions clearly influenced some of his writing - for example the garbled language of the BFG was inspired by the gobbledegook Patricia spoke as she relearned English. And sometimes his writing impacted on events in his life - for example the research on neuroanatomy he did for his short story William and Mary later helped him design the valve for treating hydrocephalus. In this unique book, Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, examines Dahl's fascination with medicine. Taking examples from Dahl's life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl's medical interactions as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. Solomon is an award-winning science communicator, and he effortlessly explains the medical concepts underpinning the stories, in language that everyone can understand. The book is also peppered with anecdotes from Dahl's late night hospital discussions with Solomon, which give new insights into this remarkable man's thinking as his life came to an end
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Solomon, Tom
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR6054.A35
LC item number
Z877 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dahl, Roald
  • Dahl, Roald
  • Dahl, Roald
  • Medizin
Label
Roald Dahl's marvellous medicine, Tom Solomon
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part one: a towering giant
  • Part two: the great inventor
  • Part three: an enormous shadow
  • Part four: gobblefunking
  • Part five: no book ever ends
Control code
ocn950637941
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9781781383391
Lccn
2016435779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781781383391
  • (OCoLC)950637941
Label
Roald Dahl's marvellous medicine, Tom Solomon
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-220) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Part one: a towering giant
  • Part two: the great inventor
  • Part three: an enormous shadow
  • Part four: gobblefunking
  • Part five: no book ever ends
Control code
ocn950637941
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
253 pages
Isbn
9781781383391
Lccn
2016435779
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781781383391
  • (OCoLC)950637941

Library Locations

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