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Local Physician Author to Speak at Next Omaha Science Cafe

Dec 4, 2017

Dr. Lydia Kang

Oddities in medicine is the topic of the next Omaha Science Café. The featured speaker is Dr. Lydia Kang, a Nebraska Medicine physician and author.  Kang co-authored the book:  Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways To Cure Everything.

Kang says although people are aware of old approaches like blood-letting and leeches, most will be surprised about a lot of the practices she discovered when researching this book.

“One of my favorites, and the most bizarre one, is probably cannibalism. Eating dead human beings was considered a mainstream part of medicine for several centuries, and people are pretty shocked when they hear about that. And we’re not talking about just ground-up mummies, but also drinking blood and things like that. So, it’s pretty horrific, macabre stuff, but also kind of interesting at the same time.”

Dr. Kang will also be available for a book signing at this Omaha Science Cafe. 

It takes place tomorrow night, December 5th, at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th Street, beginning at 7 p.m.

More information is available at unmc.edu/sciencecafe