• Kay's Marvellous Medicine

  • A Gross and Gruesome History of the Human Body
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay, Jan Ravens, Dan Tetsell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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By: Adam Kay
Narrated by: Adam Kay,Jan Ravens,Dan Tetsell
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The brand-new, hilarious book from best-selling, record-breaking author Adam Kay. 

The olden days were pretty fun if you liked wearing chainmail or chopping people's heads off, but there was one tiny little problem back then...doctors didn't have the slightest clue about how our bodies worked. 

It's time to find out why Ancient Egyptians thought the brain was just a useless load of old stuffing that might as well be chucked in the bin, why teachers forced their pupils to smoke cigarettes, why hairdressers would cut off their customers' legs and why people used to get paid for farting. (Unfortunately that's no longer a thing - sorry.) 

You'll get answers to questions like:

  • Why did patients gargle with wee?
  • How did a doctor save people's lives using a washing machine, a can of beans and some old sausages?
  • What was the great stink? (No, it's not what doctors call your bum.)

If you're sure you're ready, then pop a peg on your nose (there was a lot of stinky pus back then), pull on your wellies (there was a lot of poo there, too), wash your hands (because they certainly didn't) and explore this gross and gruesome history of the human body!

©2021 Adam Kay (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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performance boooooo

performance was worse than kays anatomy ( please edit some ) anything than that, awsome!

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  • Offonmyholidays
  • 12-14-21

Amazing

Loved it lised to many times (so good) please get it I hope you can get it

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  • PP
  • 11-15-21

Amazing book reviewed by a 9 year old

I am going listen to this on repeat till Adam Kay writes a new book. It is the best

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  • Nisha C.
  • 12-12-21

Adam Kay is so funny!!

I love this book even more than the last book(Kay’s anatomy) Kay’s marvelous medicine is even better I gave everything 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-07-21

Kay’s marvellous medicine

BEST BOOK EVER!🤩 Who new that in the olden days humans were so stupid.🤦‍♂️ Thank goodnesses that doctors nowadays know what they are doing .😷 Quite gruesome but very funny.😂

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  • Matt Hunt
  • 10-14-21

Elsa’s lovely review

I love this book because it has lots of tips on how to be a good doctor
I really recommend this to everyone

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  • Miu S.
  • 10-07-21

Loved it .

LLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDD It. just as much as Kay's anatomy I liked it just as much an hope you wright another one please please please.

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  • Alex Lake
  • 11-28-22

My family review

I found that the plot was funny and the stile of writing was impeccable I thought great aunt Prunellas dialog was informed but I wasn’t convinced that she was actually a real woman but she was so funny and I thought it was a hilarious, and I learned a LOT! Nye. L

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-18-22

funny, Entertaining, Educational, Historical

I'm a 46yr old mum of 3 children and even I found it funny, gross, amusing and very interesting. The way it's narrated is excellent. Adam Kay tells you the history of the human body in a way that's appealing to both children and adults.
I have learnt a lot of facts about how modern medicine was developed. mostly by accident it appears and by killing a number of people off accidently along the way.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants a light hearted book full of fun and at times discussing facts that will make you laugh and be grateful you wasn't born in the middle ages (⁠◔⁠‿⁠◔⁠)ʘ⁠‿⁠ʘ(⁠✷⁠‿⁠✷⁠)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-15-22

The best book ever

I wasn’t really into reading before I read this book and now I love it ( I also recommend Adam Kays other book Kay’s anatomy)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-15-22

Epic!

Amazingly read and really funny 😋 Really informal and explained everything really well.

We really enjoyed it

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  • Michael McGroarty
  • 06-02-22

exceptional book

absolutely loved this book! one of the rare books i’ve enjoyed reading with my children. already a big fan of Adam Kay - SO pleased he was able to seamlessly transfer to kids writing. SO GOOD!