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925 Grams 280 Pages  HARDBACK Dimensions: 10 1/4  x  7 3/4   Inches ISBN   18421  40868 THIS IS THE MUSICAL COMPANION-VOLUME TO SICK NOTES –     MUSIC ABOUT LOTIONS, POTIONS, MOTIONS URGES AND PURGES     Following his immensely popular Sick Notes (also from Parthenon), Fritz Spiegl takes us on a fascinating musical tour through medicine, from the 18th to the 20th centuries.  As early as […]

925 Grams

280 Pages  HARDBACK

Dimensions: 10 1/4  x  7 3/4   Inches

ISBN   18421  40868

THIS IS THE MUSICAL COMPANION-VOLUME TO SICK NOTES -

 

 

MUSIC ABOUT LOTIONS, POTIONS, MOTIONS URGES AND PURGES

 

 

Following his immensely popular Sick Notes (also from Parthenon), Fritz Spiegl takes us on a fascinating musical tour through medicine, from the 18th to the 20th centuries.  As early as 1928 The Thinnest Girl I Know warns against anorexia and, to balance it, Mr Double Stout in the 1850s extols William Banting, inventor of slimming diets.  Also music about vegetarianism, hypochondria, malingering, phrenology, the 1921 “Monkey Gland Scandal” (wickedly satirised long before organ transplants became a reality); and a gavotte for a giant vibrator of 1885, “affording the fair sex a similar exercise to that given by the saddle-horse”.  Also patent-medicine advertising jingles which companies like Beechams cleverly persuaded patients themselves to sing.  The pertinent commentaries in Spiegl’s witty style, well known from his numerous BBC broadcasts, books and newspaper columns, fill in the background – as do his Sick Notes musical entertainments, with which he and his singing colleagues have long delighted medical as well as lay audiences.

 

SOME FIVE DOZEN SONGS ON MEDICAL THEMES AND SUBJECTS, DATING FROM THE 18TH TO THE 20TH CENTURIES AND SUNG AT MANY MEDICAL ENTERTAINMENTS -

 

MANY OF THE PIECES ARE VICTORIAN, WITH SPLENDIDLY-DECORATIVE COLOURED COVERS AND TITLE-PAGES.

 

MUSICK NOTES IS A VERITABLE TREASURE-TROVE OF SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE, AS SEEN THROUGH POPULAR SONG, ENLIVENED BY INSTRUMENTAL PIECES AND OFTEN AMUSING INTRODUCTIONS.

 

With a Foreword by Professor Robert Sells  FRCS, FRCSE,

Surgeon, Conductor, Pianist, Flautist.

 

 

Books, Music


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