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Gordon, Richard 1921-2017

Works: 172 works in 1,043 publications in 16 languages and 10,603 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Anecdotes  Drama  Humor  Historical fiction  Humorous fiction  Horror films  Medical fiction  History  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Performer
Classifications: PR6057.O714, 823.914
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Great medical disasters by Richard Gordon( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Man's activities have been tainted by disaster ever since the serpent first approached Eve in the garden. And the world of medicine is no exception. In this outrageous and strangely informative book, Richard Gordon explores some of history's more bizarre medical disasters
The alarming history of medicine by Richard Gordon( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wonderfully humorous - and decidedly unorthodox (!) history of medicine from Hippocrates to the present. Delightfully witty and richly informative, this new book by the author of the classic Doctor in the House is a collection of anecdotes describing how the historical breakthroughs in medicine were really made. Using hilarious stories, based on actual facts, Gordon shows that most monumental discoveries were originally accidents. The microscope, for instance, was
The private life of Florence Nightingale by Richard Gordon( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This harsh and gritty story of Florence Nightingale does little to perpetuate the myth of the gentle lady of the lamp. Instead, through the eyes of his impassioned narrator, Richard Gordon lays bare the truth of this complex and chilling character
Doctor in love by Richard Gordon( Book )

44 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this hilarious romantic comedy, Richard Gordon develops a headache. It takes him a while to realise he is ill? after all he is a doctor! Dr Pennyworth diagnoses jaundice and prescribes a spell in hospital. There, he falls in love with his very own Florence Nightingale. However he soon learns he has a rival and sets out to impress!
Doctor at sea by Richard Gordon( Book )

62 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Gordon is moving rapidly towards middle-aged lethargy. Desperately in need of an antidote, he signs on with a Steamboat Company. What follows is a hilarious tale of nautical diseases and assorted misadventures. He also becomes embroiled in mysteries - what is in the Captain's stomach remedy? And what happened to the previous doctor?
The invisible victory by Richard Gordon( Book )

15 editions published between 1977 and 2014 in English and Czech and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young chemist struggles to find work in nineteen-thirties Britain. He moves instead to Germany and finds himself perfectly placed to undertake top-secret work for the British war effort. His ensuing role in counter-espionage takes him on a high-speed spy-chase through Europe, only just ahead of the invading Nazis
Doctor at large by Richard Gordon( Book )

55 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Richard Gordon''s first job is at St Swithan''s as a Junior House Surgeon. However, following some rather unfortunate incidents, promotion passes him by - going instead to his odious rival. Gordon cuts his losses and visits a medical employment agency. Anyway, he could always turn to general practice?
The sleep of life : a novel by Richard Gordon( Book )

19 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and German and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monk the little mouse learns from his parents that practice is the way to succeed--whether it is in playing baseball or in playing music
The facemaker by Richard Gordon( Book )

15 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Graham Trevose is a pioneer of reconstructive surgery, but this is received with deep suspicion by orthodox medicine. The ethical debates which perplexed medical men in post-First-World-War London are the same that face today's doctors over the issues of human cloning, animal organ transplants and embryo-screening
Jack the Ripper by Richard Gordon( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 287 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the evidence concerning the identity of Jack the Ripper and looks at a number of characters, including an oversexed surgeon, his idle anaesthetist, and even Sigmund Freud, to arrive at a conclusion
Doctor and son by Richard Gordon( Book )

27 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 278 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Realising his honeymoon was not as anticipated, Simon Sparrow can at least look forward to home life. But that was before Dr Grimsdyke took to using it as a place of refuge from his various misdemeanours - especially from the actress demanding immediate asylum. And then Simon's godfather, Sir Lancelot Spratt, arrives. Chaos and mayhem follow
Doctor in clover by Richard Gordon( Book )

36 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Now Dr Grimsdyke is qualified he finds practising medicine less congenial than anticipated. Porterhampton is suddenly rife with difficulties - as is being a waiter, or a writer. And writing obituaries is just plain depressing. Doctor in Clover finds the hapless Grimsdyke in a hilarious romp through misadventures, mishaps and total disasters
An alarming history of famous and difficult! patients : amusing medical anecdotes from Typhoid Mary to FDR by Richard Gordon( Book )

2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented in the witty and erudite style that is Richard Gordon's hallmark are thirty-one cases of maladies and malingerers, among them: At Waterloo, Napoleon was incommoded with prolapsed piles, hardly the strategical equivalent of Nelson's blind eye at Copenhagen; A mortally ill King Charles II was offered a bracing Julep with forty drops of Spirit of Human Skull, which soon sped him on his way to a more heavenly kingdom; Hitler took laxatives and gave himself camomile enemas to lose weight (a mystical German leader could not be potbellied); and Dissatisfied with his medical advisers, Stalin ordered nine doctors thrown into chains, beaten to a pulp, and ground into powder - a most difficult patient indeed
Great medical mysteries by Richard Gordon( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 2014 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Great Medical Mysteries is a hilarious catalogue of medical mysteries and trivia - mysteries of history, mysterious addictions and everyday medical mysteries are all pondered with Richard Gordon's famed wit. The result is a deeply humorous, often bawdy, novel that explores the fancies and bodily functions of human beings through the ages
Doctor on toast by Richard Gordon( Book )

26 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Grimsdyke falls in love with a model, only to find she is married. A cruise turns into a disaster and his role as Sir Lancelot's biographer leads to misadventure. And then there is the hypochondriac Bishop, the murder specialist Dr McFiggie, and the alarming girl from Paris. Grimsdyke and Sir Lancelot do, however, narrowly avoid imprisonment!
A question of guilt : the curious case of Dr. Crippen by Richard Gordon( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Doctor in the house by Richard Gordon( Book )

40 editions published between 1952 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His acceptance into St Swithan's medical school came as no surprise to anyone, least of all him. Surely he was set for life. It was rather a shock then to discover that, once there, he would actually have to work and quite hard. Fortunately for him, life proved not to be all dissection and textbooks after all
The captain's table by Richard Gordon( Book )

40 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain of a tramp steamer, promoted to the bridge of a passenger liner, is involved in hilarious difficulties with passengers and an unpredictable group of officers
The literary companion to medicine : an anthology of prose poetry by Richard Gordon( Book )

7 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the author of The Alarming History of Medicine comes the perfect gift and reference book for doctors and medical students: a unique and entertaining anthology devoted to literature about medicine. A sampling of the writing in The Literary Companion to Medicine includes: the unforgettable Bob Sawyer of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola's send-up of Lourdes, Thomas Mann's vanished world of Swiss TB sanatoria, Brillat-Savarin's ironic table-talk of nineteenth-century slimmers, James Boswell's disorderly sex life, and the hilarity of the Parisian music hall star Le Petomane
Doctor in the swim by Richard Gordon( Book )

22 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr Grimsdyke was pleased to sit next to the luscious Lucy on a flight. Several hours in her company was bound to go well - despite Anemone waiting back home! As if juggling two women wasn't enough, the Jellybone sisters then enter the scene with a troupe of female contortionists. Grimsdyke falls headlong into a series of hilarious mishaps
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Alternative Names

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The alarming history of medicineThe private life of Florence NightingaleDoctor in loveDoctor at seaThe invisible victoryDoctor at largeThe facemakerDoctor and son