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Dr Huxley's Bequest: A History of Medicine in Thirteen Objects Paperback – 15 Jan 2018

ISBN-13: 978-0648165132 ISBN-10: 0648165132 Edition: 2nd ed.

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Shortlisted for the 2018 Young People's History Prize

"Intriguing and beautifully produced … Cooper approaches the history of medicine with the same eclectic verve, pace and off-beat imagination as she demonstrates in her historically based novels … the reader is positively bombarded with fascinating information."

Magpies Magazine

"Channelling Sherlock and Watson, Rosy and Jaz journey through the history of medicine … This thoroughly researched chronology of medicinal inventions, discoveries and disasters is presented in an interesting and engaging manner. Dr Huxley’s Bequest is a fascinating look at the role science, pseudo-science, and convenient accidents have had on the well-being of humanity."

Reading Time

"…strong characters and a believable purpose combine with a deft writerly touch to produce an interesting and engaging narrative that educates and, as I mentioned, provides a positive perspective on research and the quest for knowledge, and this cannot be undervalued. I can see this being picked up by young readers for pleasure, but I would also commend it to teachers to consider as a class text, due to its quality and relevance to learning."

Tehani Croft, The Book Nut

"…this book offers something special – a compendium of skeptical conclusions on a wide variety of scientific and pseudoscientific topics. If you have teenage girls with an interest in science, or maybe teenage boys, or just know some teenagers, or you know some adults who should know better, then this book deserves a place on your shelf."

The Skeptic Magazine

"Recommended … The mystery technique is a fantastic way to tell the story of medicine from ancient Egyptian times to current genetic testing … Given the current STEM emphasis in education this book would be ideal in the library for over 12 year olds."

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About the Author

Michelle Cooper is the author of 'The Rage of Sheep' and 'The Montmaray Journals' trilogy. The first Montmaray novel, 'A Brief History of Montmaray', won a NSW Premier's Literary Award and was listed in the American Library Association's 2010 Best Books for Young Adults. Its sequel, 'The FitzOsbornes in Exile', was shortlisted for the NSW and WA Premier's Literary Awards, named a Children's Book Council of Australia Notable Book and listed in Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2011. The final book in the series, 'The FitzOsbornes at War', received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and was listed in Kirkus Reviews' Best Teen Books of 2012. Michelle has a science degree, worked as a speech pathologist for many years and is now a hospital administrator. Visit www.michellecooper-writer.com for more information about Michelle and her books, including teaching resources.

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