Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine

Tom Solomon

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ISBN: 9781781383391

Publication: September 13, 2016

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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.

In this unique book, the award-winning science communicator Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after the nation’s favourite children’s author towards the end of his life, examines Dahl’s interest in everything medical. Taking examples from Dahl’s life, and illustrated with excerpts from his writing, the book uses Dahl as a starting point to explore some extraordinary areas of medical science. At the same time the book is 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.

Intimate and compelling, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine will fundamentally change your understanding of some of the best-loved stories of childhood.

Tom Solomon is a doctor, world-leading researcher, and an award-winning science communicator. Nowadays, as a Professor of Neurological Science and Director of the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool, he confronts global health challenges such as Ebola and Zika virus, but in 1990 he was a junior doctor tasked with looking after Roald Dahl. He tweets @RunningMadProf.

About the Author

Introduction

Prologue

PART ONE: A TOWERING GIANT

Chapter 1: The Witching Hour
Chapter 2: Prodding and Poking
Chapter 3: Into Africa
Chapter 4: Crash

PART TWO: THE GREAT INVENTOR

Chapter 5: A Lucky Piece of Cake
Chapter 6: Tales
Chapter 7: Threats and Dangers

PART THREE: AN ENORMOUS SHADOW

Chapter 8: 'It'll Be Good for Them'
Chapter 9: A Clue Here
Chapter 10: A Shot in the Arm

PART FOUR: GOBBLEFUNKING

Chapter 11: A Bubble Bursts
Chapter 12: The Mysterious Joy of Language
Chapter 13: The Cabbage and the Giant
Chapter 14: Thousands Across the Country

PART FIVE: NO BOOK EVER ENDS

Chapter 15: Rusting to Pieces
Chapter 16: The Patient
Chapter 17: The Last Night

Acknowledgements

Bibliography

Notes

Photo Credits

Index

Charity Support

Solomon’s book shows how deeply medicine and illness permeated Dahl’s life, explaining much about his character, his achievements and even (perhaps) his creativity.
Tom Shippey   TLS

Format: Paperback

Size: 234 x 156 mm

256 Pages

ISBN: 9781781383391

Publication: September 13, 2016

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