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Mr Dendy’s egg-cup case

In 1834 the Lancet published a wonderfully unusual article by Walter Dendy, a surgeon from Blackfriars in London. The heading at the top of each page refers to it simply as ‘Mr Dendy’s Egg-Cup Case’ – a splendid description of...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Oct 2017

Media vita in morte sumus

“In the midst of life we are in death”, in the words of the funeral service of the Book of Common Prayer. That sentence expresses the Christian notion that death is not the irrevocable end, but also a new beginning. Sometimes in medicine death...
From: Thomas Morris on 9 Oct 2017

Pre-order your copy of Women and the Gallows 1797-1837

With only six weeks or so to publication date, here is your timely reminder to get your pre-orders in for Women and the Gallows, a unique look at the 131 ‘unfortunate wretches’ in En gland and Wales who were hanged for crimes as wide-ranging...
From: Naomi Clifford on 7 Oct 2017

He sliced his penis in two

This case sounds so implausible that you may start thinking it’s a spoof. I assure you it’s not: I came across it in Alfred Poulet’s Treatise on Foreign Bodies in Surgical Practice (1880), but it originally appeared almost a century...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Sep 2017

An unfortunate couple

Johann Georg Steigerthal was an eminent German medic of the early seventeenth century. In 1715 he was appointed court physician the Elector of Hanover Georg Ludwig – otherwise known as George I of Great Britain. Steigerthal was also a Fellow of...
From: Thomas Morris on 30 Aug 2017

An unwelcome visitor

A short news item published in 1843 by the Gazette Médicale de Paris contains the sort of case that would give a hypochondriac sleepless nights. It was submitted by Jean Guyon, an eminent military surgeon who spent much of his career studying tropical...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Aug 2017

The cheese knife lobotomy

This alarming headline was attached to a letter sent to The Lancet in 1838 by Dr Congreve Selwyn, a family physician in Cheltenham. His brief communication related the story of an unfortunate accident which had taken place in his practice some 17 years...
From: Thomas Morris on 30 Jul 2017

The seventy-year-old mother-to-be

Here’s a truly strange case that was reported in the Journal de Médécine de Paris in 1881. It concerns an elderly woman who was believed to have fallen pregnant. Such tales were commonly reported in the early medical literature –...
From: Thomas Morris on 28 Jul 2017

The case of the drunken Dutchman’s guts

On August 28th 1641 the 21-year-old English diarist John Evelyn visited the great university of Leiden in the Netherlands. He was unimpressed, declaring it ‘nothing extraordinary’, but one building took his fancy: Among all the rarities of...
From: Thomas Morris on 19 Jul 2017

A flaming nuisance

In 1886 a physician from Glasgow, Dr George Beatson, wrote to the British Medical Journal with a rather unusual tale. One of his patients had written to him to tell him about an alarming incident that had occurred early one morning: “A rather strange...
From: Thomas Morris on 12 Jul 2017

Hook, line and Lister

In 1844 the great surgeon Joseph Lister gave an influential series of lectures at University College London on the technique of surgery. The second lecture in this series, concerning operations on the neck, includes this unusual case: Occasionally you...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Jul 2017

The monk with a perfume bottle stuck up his bottom

Today’s dose of medical mishap is excerpted from an influential textbook published in 1837 by George Bushe, a surgeon who died at the age of 39 and about whom little is known. Born and trained in Ireland, he emigrated to the US in his twenties and...
From: Thomas Morris on 19 Jun 2017

The lancer lanced

On November 9th 1869 a private from the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, ‘Richard F.’, arrived at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley, a large military hospital on the south coast of England. He had been evacuated from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh,...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Jun 2017

A strange tale

Today’s tale is a ‘news in brief’ item published by The Medical Standard in 1895: Drs. Hart and Watts of the Bellevue Hospital staff report a case in which a machinist working at a wire machine heard something snap and felt a violent...
From: Thomas Morris on 13 Jun 2017

The golden padlock

In 1827 The London Medical and Physical Journal published a short report on what it called a case of ‘infibulation’. I was unfamiliar with this term, so had to look it up. It usually refers to an extreme form of female genital mutilation (FGM),...
From: Thomas Morris on 28 May 2017

The boy who got his wick stuck in a candlestick

The year is 1827, and if you wish to apprise yourself of the latest and most important developments in medicine you could hardly do better than browse the pages of The London Medical and Physical Journal. It is everything a medical journal should be:...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 May 2017

Painful news from the Bobbin Factory

Here’s something that will make you wince, and then marvel at the human body’s recuperative abilities. In 1849 Dr Thomas Sanborn, a surgeon from Newport in New Hampshire, wrote to the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal: A young man, aged...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 May 2017

The egested intestine

  The Annals of Medicine for the Year 1802 are the source of today’s extraordinary goings-on. This case was reported by John Bower, a surgeon from Doncaster: January 17, 1796: Ed. Cooke, aged 40, a day-labourer, was returning to his...
From: Thomas Morris on 30 Apr 2017

Broken glass and boiled cabbage

Here’s a case reported in the London Medical Gazette in 1839 which we must file under ‘unbelievably stupid things done by young men’. It comes originally from a book published in 1787 by Antoine Portal, a distinguished physician who...
From: Thomas Morris on 13 Apr 2017

Cart to heart

In 1837 the Dublin Medical Journal published a short article by a Dr Lees entitled, simply, ‘Wounds of the Heart’. According to popular belief at the time, injuries to the heart were inevitably fatal, and often instantaneously. Many doctors...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Apr 2017

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