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Title: Twisted True Tales from Science
Author: Stephanie Bearce
Release Date: February 1, 2017
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Find out more about the strange history of science in Twisted True Tales from Science, a new non-fiction series that introduces kids to some of the most twisted yet completely true stories from science. These books are perfect for the gross-but-true legends of the Ripley’s Believe-It-Or-Not! stories.
Freaky Fact from Medical Mayhem
Kids in ancient Egypt never complained about a toothache or headache. It wasn’t because they were so tough, it was because the remedies were so horrible. Dentists smeared dead mouse paste on the gums and teeth of people who had oral infections or cavities. A headache could be treated with herbs or magic spells, but if that failed the doctors drilled a hole in the skull to let the evil spirits out. Sometimes the patients even lived through the treatments.
Imagine being sick in bed and the doctor pulls out a bowl of leeches. He then sticks the blood sucking worms on your arms and lets them drink your blood until they are so full they fall off. Sounds like a nightmare, but this was considered high tech medicine in the middle ages. Doctors thought that almost everything could be cured by getting rid of some blood. Unfortunately, they didn’t understand that people actually die when they lose too much blood. It caused the death of many people, including George Washington.
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Stephanie has first-hand knowledge of how to improve students' writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum and the Common Core Standards. Besides school visits and writer-in-residence programs, Stephanie also provides writing workshops for teachers' professional development conferences and in-service education.
As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Stephanie has organized numerous conferences, workshops, and retreats. She has served the SCBWI as both Regional Advisor and Assistant Regional Advisor. She is also a full member of the Missouri Writers Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers.
Stephanie grew up on a farm in Kansas where she spent lots of time riding horses, wading in creeks, and hunting for fossils and arrowheads. She received her B.S. from Kansas State University and her Master's Degree in Education and Counseling from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Stephanie has worked in the education field for 25 years and has been a science teacher, elementary classroom teacher, and school counselor. She holds certifications in regular elementary education, learning disabled, educable mentally handicapped, and counseling K-8.
Today Stephanie is a full time writer and speaker. She loves visiting schools and speaking at professional education conferences. She and her husband Darrell live in historic St. Charles, Missouri in a home that was built before the Civil War. She still loves hunting for fossils, wading in creeks, and playing outdoors in the sunshine.
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