Another one for the coffee table
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 94 17:08:49 PST
Subject: Another one for the coffee table
From: Keith Bostic <vangogh.CS.Berkeley.EDU!bostic>
The Romance of Proctology_
I couldn't resist offering my favorite "weird book title" for the
amusement of the group. It's The Romance of Proctology: which
is the story of the history and development of this much neglected
branch of surgery from its earliest times to the present day,
including brief biographic sketches of those who were its
pioneers. The author of this gem of medical history was Charles
Elton Blanchard, M.D., and the book was originally published in
1938 by Medical Success Press and reprinted by AMS Press in 1978.
I'd also like to take this occasion to quote from the first
sentence in the book's foreword: "No one knows who was the first
doctor to examine the rectal orifice of the human frame."
_Life stories of Dying Penitents_
A 19th cent collection of essays from various people who, on their
deathbeds, tell you why you shouldn't do whatever *they* did.
_The History and Romance of Elastic Webbing_
A moving account of the lives and exploits of the men (and they were
manly men) who made the elastic webbing industry what it is today.
The last sentence is "Lest we forget, lest we forget!" I kid you
© 1994 Peter Langston