Weird and bizarre book - title??

Hi, all. I’m after identfying a book I once owned, and really hope you can help.

The book was paperback, maybe 8 x 5 in size, and detailed strange and bizarre facts from times gone by. Two of the stories I remember in particular, are one about the research done by a French doctor - when the guillotine was still used - into whether or not decapitated heads still retain sences. The other story was the true account of a nine-year prositute at the start of the 20th century which inspired a film starring Brooke Sheilds in the title role.

The cover was mainly white in colour, I think, with maybe some beige, and was very ‘Victorian freak show’ in style, but I can’t remember the cover illustration.

Thanks very much in advance.

Doesn’t ring any bells, but I’ll bump the thread.

Cecil, 1982: Do decapitated heads briefly remain conscious?
More to the point, Cecil, 1998: Does the head remain briefly conscious after decapitation?

I can’t help you out with the name of the book but Cecil has written a column on the subject of consciousness after beheading, you can read it here.

May I also suggest cross-posting this question in Cafe Society which is the forum for discussing books. Good luck!

Thanks very much, to you both. I actually posted the query here after reading Cecil’s account on said subject, but I’ll try the cafe whatsname now.

Thanks again.

These threads have more on decapitated heads & consciousness, including book refs and links:
Decapitation experiments
Decapitated heads & consciousness
Headless consciousness/Conscious headlessness

Thanks, squink, but none of those links lead me nearer to my goal :frowning:

Is this it? An Underground Education.

'Tis one of my favorite books.

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Er, yes, that’s the book!

Incidently, did my dicription ring a bell, or was in just incredible detective work?

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The movie Pretty Baby was inspired by the life of the photographer E. J. Bellocq.

Ah, sorry, I don’t know where I got the idea that the account detailed in An Underground Education was the inspiration. Maybe I just presumed!

Read An Undeground Education with many, many grains of salt. It credulously vectors the old myth about the origin of the phrase ‘rule of thumb’. (And also here.)

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