This was a fascinating book that I read in one day!
It covers 51 unusual (and sometimes gross!) medical conditions that have actually been documented. There is the woman who swallowed a toothbrush like the title suggests (she accidentally swallowed it while using it to force herself to vomit) to the man who had a swollen and distended abdomen, and the scars from trying to remove what was in it (after his death, the autopsy showed he had swallowed a number of metal objects).
I recommend reading this book alongside Dennis DiClaudio's THE HYPOCHONDRIAC'S POCKET GUIDE TO HORRIBLE DISEASES YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE, which is just as fascinating -- and tongue-in-cheek hilarious!!
This is a really good book about bizarre medical cases. I've followed a lot of such stories online but had not heard about 99 percent of these. The stories are short, 2-3 pages, and the author throws in a bit of humor here and there. At times, that humor got on my nerves, keeping my rating of the book down a bit, but overall, its a good, fast read; easy to put down and pick up again when youre ready.
Some of these tales are interesting, some predictable, some tedious. I did find the actual medical information quite interesting. The writing style wore on me a little as there was a predictably tongue-in-cheek, inside-joke quality. I'd call this a perfectly decent book to set somewhere and read a chapter or two, then lay it down. It is not gripping enough for me to continue reading for long.