Oddities in medicine is the topic of the next Omaha Science Café. The featured speaker is Dr. Lydia Kang, a Nebraska Medicine physician and author. Kang co-authored the book: Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways To Cure Everything.
Kang says although people are aware of old approaches like blood-letting and leeches, most will be surprised about a lot of the practices she discovered when researching this book.
“One of my favorites, and the most bizarre one, is probably cannibalism. Eating dead human beings was considered a mainstream part of medicine for several centuries, and people are pretty shocked when they hear about that. And we’re not talking about just ground-up mummies, but also drinking blood and things like that. So, it’s pretty horrific, macabre stuff, but also kind of interesting at the same time.”
Dr. Kang will also be available for a book signing at this Omaha Science Cafe.
It takes place tomorrow night, December 5th, at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th Street, beginning at 7 p.m.
More information is available at unmc.edu/sciencecafe.