Medical literature is littered with strange cases of humans doing ridiculous things, and doctors trying to clean up the resulting bodily messes. Take the case of a drinking game gone horribly wrong in 18th-century France: one man challenged his drinking buddies to swallow part of his glass. He broke off a piece of the cup, chewed up the fragments, and swallowed them. Needless to say, doctors got involved, securing a place for the drunken night in the annals of history.

The true tale of the glass-swallowing gentleman is one of dozens of bizarre cases that writer Thomas Morris dug out of medical literature for his new book, The Mystery of the Exploding Teeth and Other Curiosities from the History of Medicine. Morris describes the…

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