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The stone-swallower

Eighteenth-century authors were fond of giving their books ridiculously long titles – often so lengthy that they weren’t titles at all, but rather pedantic descriptions of each volume’s contents. Today I came across the longest book...
From: Thomas Morris on 31 Mar 2017

The bone-breaking sneeze

I recently wrote about a case of deafness believed to have been caused by a kiss – but here’s another story – rather more plausible – about a man who broke a rib with a single sneeze. It was reported originally in a Swiss journal,...
From: Thomas Morris on 26 Mar 2017

The tin whistle

Samuel Gross was a giant of nineteenth-century American surgery, the author of numerous influential textbooks, including the first manual of pathological anatomy ever published in the United States. He is also the subject of one of the great American...
From: Thomas Morris on 6 Mar 2017

The dislocated eyeball

Here’s a wince-inducing case published in the Dublin Medical Press in 1853, and contributed by a Dr Jameson: Peter Nowlan, aged 30, a powerfully able and muscular man, a corn porter, was admitted into Mercer’s Hospital on the 3rd of November,...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Feb 2017

The tooth ant

In June 1873 a respectable American medical journal, The Clinic, published a ‘news in brief’ story which had been culled from a local newspaper in New Jersey. It was evidently reproduced more for entertainment than for its scientific value,...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Feb 2017

Firearm fires forearm

Today’s medical dispatch comes from St George’s Hospital in London, and was reported to The Lancet in 1850: A wound of a very unusual description was lately inflicted on a young man of twenty-three, who was admitted under the care of...
From: Thomas Morris on 26 Jan 2017

Evacuated with a spoon

In 1836 a doctor from rural Ireland, J.L. McCarthy, encountered a highly unusual case which he then reported to The Lancet.  The journal deemed it worthy of publication, although it is unlikely that many of its readers would ever need to know how...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Jan 2017

The ear maggots

On Saturday, May 19th 1849 the Westminster Medical Society held one of its regular meetings. Here is an extract from the minutes, as reported in The Lancet: Dr. Routh exhibited to the Society two small maggots, which had come out of the ear...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Jan 2017

Pegged out

In 1865 a young eye surgeon from Gloucester, Robert Brudenell Carter, sent a series of case reports for publication in The Ophthalmic Review. Carter was an unusually accomplished individual whose achievements went far beyond surgery. He performed with...
From: Thomas Morris on 22 Dec 2016

Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone

2016 was certainly big year and I’m just talking about moi here, let alone The World. For me, the high point was the publication in May of the book I had worked on for four years. The Disappearance of Maria Glenn tells the story of the abduction...
From: Naomi Clifford on 19 Dec 2016

Bunged up

Most of the injuries chronicled on this blog were caused by bad luck, and a few by misadventure; but here’s one which can only be attributed to rank stupidity. In 1852 The Half-Yearly Abstract of the Medical Sciences published this report from an...
From: Thomas Morris on 3 Dec 2016

Horace Cotton: The extraordinary Ordinary of Newgate

During the research for my forthcoming book Unfortunate Wretches one name kept coming up: The Reverend Horace (sometimes Horatio) Salusbury Cotton, the Ordinary (chaplain) of Newgate from 1814 to 1837. There are conflicting opinions of this man....
From: Naomi Clifford on 22 Nov 2016

Three women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836: Sophia Edney

Last in the series of 3 women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836. See also Harriet Tarver and Betty Rowland. SOPHIA EDNEY Hanged at Ilchester, Somerset on 14 April 1836, for the poisoning murder of her husband John. Aged 23. Sophia Edney, who...
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Nov 2016

Coming in 2017 – Unfortunate Wretches: Women and the Gallows 1797-1837

A heads-up on my next book to be published by Pen & Sword in 2017: Unfortunate Wretches In the last four decades of the Georgian era 131 women went to the gallows. What were their crimes? And why, unlike most convicted felons, were they not reprieved?...
From: Naomi Clifford on 8 Nov 2016

An unexpected discovery

Today’s news is culled from an edition of The Northern Journal of Medicine published in 1845. It brings a new meaning to the phrase ‘biting your tongue’: A German soldier was wounded in the battle of Gross-Gorschen (2nd...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Nov 2016

A leech in the throat

Ever swallowed a leech by accident? Me neither. Here’s a tale told by Surgeon-Lieutenant T.A. Granger, a surgeon in the British army in India, in a letter to the British Medical Journal in 1895. It might make you a bit more careful about your drinking...
From: Thomas Morris on 30 Oct 2016


The Dictionnaire des Sciences Médicales, published in France between 1812 and 1822, was the first encyclopaedic dictionary of medicine. It’s a massive work, running to 60 volumes.  To get a sense of its scale, consider the fact that...
From: Thomas Morris on 26 Oct 2016

A pin in the ear

In 1859 The Medical Times and Gazette included this report from John Robert Kealy, a surgeon from Gosport. He relates how a patient stuck a pin in her ear – and recovered it through her mouth twenty-four hours later:  About six o’clock...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Oct 2016

Three women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836: Betty Rowland

The second in a series looking at the three women hanged in England in 1836. Read about Harriet Tarver, executed on the same day, at Gloucester. BETTY ROWLAND Hanged at Liverpool on 9 April 1836, for the poisoning murder of her husband William. Aged 46....
From: Naomi Clifford on 15 Oct 2016

The missing pencil

Today’s medical dispatch comes from the Canada Medical Journal, and was submitted to that publication in 1867 by Dr Thomas Jones, a physician from Montreal. It gives a new meaning to the phrase ‘putting lead in your pencil’. Michael...
From: Thomas Morris on 1 Oct 2016

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