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Joseph B. Weiss, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Diego. An autodidact and polymath, he was accepted to university at age fifteen and attended the University of Michigan, University of Detroit, and Wayne State University. Reflecting his broad interests, he had three separate majors in Medieval English Literature, Astrophysics, and Invertebrate Zoology. Following his graduation from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, he completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California. Under the auspices of the World Health Organization and others he has pursued interests in Tropical Medicine and International Medicine with extended stays in Africa, The Middle East, and Latin America. Subsequently completing a clinical and research fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of California, San Diego, he has been active on the clinical faculty for over thirty years.

Dr. Weiss is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, and a Senior Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology. Double board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, Dr. Weiss has over thirty years of clinical, administrative, and research experience. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Scripps Clinic Medical Group, Clinical Board of Governors of the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, and Chancellor's Associates of the University of California, San Diego

He is the author of more than fifteen books on health (, and has had numerous papers published in prestigious national and international medical journals, as well as in the lay press. Dr. Weiss is also an accomplished humorist and professional speaker member of the National Speakers Association, having given over two thousand presentations nationally and internationally. He has presented at universities, medical schools, hospitals and medical centers, pharmaceutical companies, YPO/WPO, Aspen Institute, Bohemian Grove, Esalen Institute, Renaissance Weekend, IDEA World Convention, International Destination Spas & Resorts (Golden Door, Canyon Ranch, Rancho La Puerta), corporate events, etc. He co-hosted a popular health care radio program on a major network affiliate in Southern California.

Artsy Fartsy

Cultural History of the Fart, Volume Two

Authored by Joseph Weiss, MD

Artsy Fartsy, Cultural History of the Fart is a fascinating overview of flatulence through human civilization and society. A cough, sneeze, hiccup, stomach rumble, burp, belch, and other bodily sounds cannot compete with the notoriety of the fart. Whether encountered live and in person, or through literature, television, cinema, art, and music, it may leave a lingering memory. The history of the fart in culture and society is a seldom told but remarkable tale. Although a natural and everyday occurrence, most of human society has considered it an unacceptable offense in the presence of others. Its release has had varied consequences, from inciting wars that led to the death of thousands, to the humorous entertainment of millions. 
This extensive volume provides an entertaining and informative survey of the often hidden influence of the fart on human history, culture, and society. Easy to read and colorfully illustrated, the book can be opened at random to unique entries, or read cover to cover. The knowledge gained will make the reader a fountain of cultural information that will certainly leave a lasting impression on others. A compendium of euphemisms of how to describe a fart without uttering the forbidden word, as well its translation into foreign languages, is also included. Additional famous quotations of the noted historical and cultural figures are incorporated to balance their reference to the lowly, but all-powerful, fart.

"Dr. Joseph Weiss' books provide an informative and entertaining approach to sharing insights about our digestive system and wellbeing." Deepak Chopra, MD

Publication Date:
1943760179 / 9781943760176
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Humor / General

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