The Early Modern Commons

Thomas Morris

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A watch spring, a bean and a clove of garlic

2 April 2019

An 1868 issue of a French journal, the Bulletin général de thérapeutique médicale et chirurgical, contains this case report contributed by Paul Pamard, chief...

The lemonade enema

23 March 2019

The following remarkable narrative was published in The Medical and Physical Journal in April 1812. The author, Stephen Love Hammick, was in his mid-thirties when he reported this case;...

The practical joke

6 March 2019

In 1873 a physician from St Louis, Dr Walter Coles, recorded a particularly unusual home visit he had recently been asked to make. His report was published in the St Louis Medical and...

Jules Cloquet: the surgeon as artist

27 February 2019

The French surgeon Jules Germain Cloquet was a man of many talents. A member of the Paris Academy of Medicine, he made his name as an authority on hernias and took an interest in the...