Books by Jan Bondeson

Jan Bondeson teaches at Cardiff University, Wales. He is the author of many books, including The Two-headed Boy, and Other Medical Marvels; The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History (both from Cornell); The London Monster; The G


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Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Entertaining studies of classic imposters and a public inclined to be gullible even before the age of TV. (20 illustrations)"
Continuing his series of historical investigations (Buried Alive, 2001, etc.), Bondeson reconsiders perennial tales of substituted infants, royal pretenders, wild children, and claimants to lapsed inheritances. Read full book review >
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Released: March 1, 2001

"A necrobibliac classic (in the tradition of Nancy Mitford's American Way of Death): it may keep you up all night—not from fear but from fascination."
Grave matters are treated with wit and erudition in this study of premature burial throughout Western history, from physician Bondeson (The London Monster, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LONDON MONSTER by Jan Bondeson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"An attentive, subtle rendering of a strange historical episode, alternatively disturbing and absurd."
A well-told narrative of the popular hysteria surrounding a mysterious, misogynist slasher who stalked London a century before the Ripper. Read full book review >
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Released: June 1, 2000

"A sober, informative disquisition on the sundry forms that humanity can assume and endure. (85 b&w photos)"
In a companion volume to his A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities (1997), physician Bondeson explores "the history of teratology, the science of monstrous births." Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1999

"If he educates, it's as a broadly inquisitive and keen naturalist; that he amuses is not a point for debate. (63 b&w photos, 8 illustrations, not seen)"
Bondeson (A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, 1997) is back with another mind-blowing collection of scientific anomalies and mysteries. Read full book review >
A CABINET OF MEDICAL CURIOSITIES by Jan Bondeson
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Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With its numerous illustrations of these poor creatures, this in-depth Believe It or Not can be seen as a continuation of the exploitation that marked their lives."
Eight history-laden essays on bizarre beliefs, fears, and behaviors, plus two additional pieces on several unfortunate human anomalies—all serving as reminders of human gullibility, mendacity, and cruelty. Read full book review >