Senior, Kathryn. Sick in the 16th Century. Scholastic/ Childrens Press 2014 35p $29.00 ISBN 978-0-531-21176-2 elem/ms series: You Wouldn't Want to Be Nonfiction, Humor E-BNS
This book provides a frequently humorous look at the practice of medicine in 16th-century Europe. What a fun book, and a great way to learn about the butchery of medicine in the 16th century. So many interesting tidbits are here, such as the differences among the “four humors” and information about the rudimentary prosthetics that were available. Who knew?
The illustrations, with their associated quips and informational captions, enhance the text. Each double-page spread covers a specific aspect of 16th-century medicine, and includes not just the text and illustrations, but also a “Handy Hint” that can be read as a point to be remembered. While some are also a tad sarcastic, all are valid. Very fun! The book concludes with a glossary and an index.
The You Wouldn’t Want to Be series now comprises many historical titles. Each is engagingly illustrated and written, and while intended for elementary and middle-school students, would be fun reads for all ages.
Summary: This is a frequently humorous look at the practice of medicine in 16th-century Europe. What a fun book, and a great way to learn about the butchery of medicine in the 16th century.
Medicine-History --Lynn Fisher