Kay's Marvellous Medicine

Kay's Marvellous Medicine

A Gross and Gruesome History of the Human Body


The hilarious history book for kids, all about the human body, from bestselling, record-breaking author and illustrator Adam Kay and Henry Paker.

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 delve into history and get some answers to some big questions, like:

  • Why did patients gargle with wee?
  • Why did people used to get paid for farting? (Unfortunately that’s no longer a thing – sorry.)
  • 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!

Praise for Kay's Anatomy:

'An enjoyably gross look at the human body. Hours of gruesome fun guaranteed' - i

'Like listening to a teacher who makes pupils fall about' - Sunday Times

'Totally brilliant!' - Jacqueline Wilson

'Fun and informative' - Malorie Blackman

'Very funny - this exciting book is bound to inspire the next generation of medics' -Sunday Express

About the author

Adam Kay

Adam Kay is a former doctor who has written five million books and sold seven copies. No, hang on – he’s written seven books and sold five million copies. His debut book, This is Going to Hurt, is a literary sensation: a Sunday Times number one bestseller for over a year, winning a record-breaking four National Book Awards and selling over 3 million copies. Kay adapted This is Going to Hurt as a BAFTA-winning comedy-drama series for the BBC. Adam Kay’s children’s books have been translated into 29 languages and sold over 750,000 copies, making him one of the UK’s bestselling children’s authors. Kay’s Anatomy became the fastest-selling children’s general non-fiction hardback of the decade. His first picture book Amy Gets Eaten was published in 2023. His first children’s fiction hardback, Dexter Procter the Ten-Year-Old Doctor will be published in Autumn 2024.
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