How To Remove A Brain: Book Review


And Other Bizarre Medical Practices and Procedures

David Haviland

Genres: non-fiction, humour

Publication: 10th August 2017


“Hilarious, and sometimes stomach-turning, vignettes.”~New Scientist

• How was history changed by a single Soho water pump?

• Where is the soul found?

• How long does it take to digest chewing gum?

•• What are hiccups for?

• Does organ theft actually happen?

• Did Christopher Columbus import syphilis to Europe?

• Was King George V killed by his doctor, in order to meet The Times’ deadline?

Taking in everything from the outrageous (yes, Hitler was addicted to crystal meth) to the eye-watering (such as the renowned surgeon who accidentally cut off his patient’s left testicle) to the downright disgusting (like the ‘cure’ for toothache used by the Egyptians involving dead mouse paste), this book proves that medical science is not for the faint-hearted, lily-livered or weak-stomached!



I always enjoy reading Did You Know GK facts that are printed in magazines so when I got hold of this book, I was very very excited to read it. And as expected I totally enjoyed reading this book.

The entire book is filled with really bizarre facts and I had a seriously humorous adventure reading about these facts.

Reading this book was quite an enlightening journey too, apart from been humorous. Through this book I got know about few people who made some groundbreaking discoveries that played a significant part in helping people and improving there lives. I also got to know about different diseases, bizarre techniques that were implemented to cure diseases and weird diagnostic methods that were applied to know what a person suffered from. I was thanking God that I am born in an age where science and medicine has advanced so much, even though I was having a laugh reading those bizarre healing techniques and diagnostic methods the people previously believed in.

Other two portions that I quite enjoyed reading were, first was where some of the diseases famous people suffered from was mentioned and second was where how People got famous because they were linked to a particular disease was mentioned.

I just have one complaint about this book, i.e, in some places I would have liked a bit more detail.

Final words

This is a kind of book that I think everyone will enjoy reading, so I ask you all to click on the buy links and order your copy now.




*Received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*


One of the most hilarious quote present in the book:

‘Optimistic lies have such immense therapeutic value that a doctor who cannot tell them convincingly has mistaken his profession.’ ~George Bernard Shaw

What others are saying

I never thought a book titled How to Remove a Brain would be so incredibly brilliant. David Haviland, I don’t know you, or why you create books like this and Why Dogs Eat Poop, but you are clearly smarter than your maturity level.” Kick Ass Book Reviews

“Any fan of the absurd and/or obscure is sure to delight in this strange (and slightly stomach-turning) book. I love trivia and this book delivers.” As the Page Turns

“Contains“Contains fascinating insights into medical history, in spite of its off-beat title.” Irish Medical Times

“Delightfully disgusting.” Whatchamacallit

“A hilarious look at medicine throughout history… a painstakingly researched compendium of bizarre facts from the world of medicine, administered with a healthy dose of humour… a must for fans of the bizarre, and perfect prep for livening up dull dinner party conversations.” GQ

“A GP Christmas stocking must… From the ‘Wisdom of the Ancients’ through to diseases, diagnoses and cures, this rip roaring journey through the wonders of medical advancement misses little. The content is without doubt one of the funniest recaps of the great, good and unbelievable of medicine. 9/10” Pulse Magazine


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