Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen unveil the forgotten experimental medical procedures that suggest practices were torture, rather than ways of making poorly people feel better in their new book (pictured inset). From amputations (illustrated left), lobotomies to smoking to kill germs (pictured right), the book features accounts of the history of pharmaceutical and medical notions, not for the squeamish.
Flappers: the feminists who knew how to have fun! wild women, hunger marches and tea with Churchill - our top history picks
Tony Rennell reveals the best historical books to gift other this Christmas. His top picks include the memoir, Winston Churchill And Me as well as well as an insight into the glorious, boozy party after World War I in Lost Girls: The Invention Of The Flapper (pictured left). Churchill also shows up in the dynamic personal account of World War II given in Train To Nowhere.