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Three women hanged for poisoning their husbands in 1836: Harriet Tarver

The first of a series of three posts looking at poisoning murders committed by women in 1836. HARRIET TARVER Hanged at Gloucester on 9 April 1836, for the poisoning murder of her husband Thomas. The Noel Arms, Chipping Campden. Thomas Tarver worked...
From: Naomi Clifford on 29 Sep 2016

The woman who peed through her nose

This is the most extraordinary and perplexing case of all the many I’ve sifted through while finding material for this blog. It was printed in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 1827, and written by a Dr Salmon A. Arnold from Providence,...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Sep 2016

Flies in his eyes

Here’s a tale from an edition of The Lancet published in 1843 which caused me to squirm more than once. And may cause you to check there are no houseflies in your bedroom before you turn the light off at night. A case is recorded in the...
From: Thomas Morris on 3 Sep 2016

The fractured penis

On December 6th 1848 the distinguished American surgeon Dr Valentine Mott read a paper at a meeting of the New York Academy of Medicine.  It was subsequently published in the academy’s journal; and perhaps no more remarkable article ever appeared...
From: Thomas Morris on 17 Aug 2016

The extra jaw

A short story, this one, but it packs quite a punch. In 1855 the Western Lancet published a letter from an anonymous army officer serving in the Crimea: A curious thing occurred yesterday. A sapper was brought from the trenches with his...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Aug 2016

A fork up the anus

Some of the best titles in the history of medical literature are to be found in the early volumes of the Philosophical Transactions. This example comes from 1724, and was sent in by Mr Robert Payne, a surgeon from Lowestoft in Suffolk: James Bishop, an...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Jul 2016

The amputee obstacle course

It’s May 1852, and Dr Sandborn from Lowell in Massachusetts has had a very interesting morning: The patient, Mr. Wm. Mason, 18 years of age, had been for a short lime employed in the Tremont Cotton Mills, of this city, as a tender of a machine...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Jun 2016

Occupation: glass and nail eater

This case, reported in the Annals of Surgery in 1907, has one of the best patient histories I’ve ever read. The medical literature is packed with examples of people swallowing indigestible objects, but this example is surely one of the most extraordinary....
From: Thomas Morris on 19 Jun 2016

The horn of a dilemma

In 1852 the editor of the North American Lancet, Dr Horace Nelson, reported an unfortunate turn of events. His prose can best be described as florid: In the morning of one of the many days, with which we have been lately visited, when the thermometer...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Jun 2016

Killed by a corkscrew

At a meeting of the Edinburgh Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1850, a Professor Miller spoke about an unusual case from his own practice. The patient was suffering from what the doctor described as an inguinal aneurysm* – a balloon-like swelling in...
From: Thomas Morris on 10 Jun 2016

Saved for posterity

In 1875 the American surgeon Charles Brigham recorded this wince-inducing case from his practice in San Francisco. The details are contained in a volume he published the following year, Surgical Cases with Illustrations. It’s a notable book, one...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Jun 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS: ‘Fate and Fortune in Renaissance Thought’

Albrecht Dürer ~ Fortuna A one-day Colloquium to be held at the University of Warwick on 27th May 2016Keynote address: Dilwyn Knox (University College London). Respondent: Stephen Clucas (Birkbeck, University of London)The aim of the colloquium is...
From: The Renaissance Diary on 27 May 2016

Honking like a goose

This blog has on several occasions chronicled the unlikely range of foreign objects which patients have managed to get stuck in various parts of their anatomy. See, for instance, the tale of the man who swallowed knives, the wine glass up the bottom,...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 May 2016

Eye eye

Have you ever woken up after a night on the town, not entirely sure how the evening ended? In 1850 this happened to a Belgian fisherman who soon found out that the evening had ended very badly indeed. This case was first reported in a French ophthalmic...
From: Thomas Morris on 28 Apr 2016

Dancing testicles

The runaway winner of the prize for Best Book Title of 1833, had such an award existed, would surely have been James Russell’s Observations on the Testicles. This monograph was the work of a distinguished Scottish professor who was the leading trainer...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Apr 2016

Worms in the nose

In 1783 the Medical Commentaries received a striking communication on a curious subject: worms in the nose.  It came from a surgeon based in Jamaica, Mr Thomas Kilgour:  A Gentleman of Montego-bay in Jamaica, aged twenty-six, of a middle stature,...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Apr 2016

A beetroot up the bottom

On the 19th of May, 1846, a Dr Harris from Harrisville in Virginia was summoned to treat a young man who had got himself into a situation of some delicacy. This is how the doctor reported the case to the Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery: He had...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Apr 2016

The miller’s tale

In 1737 the Philosophical Transactions published a medical case so remarkable that it was still being quoted in journals well over a century later. It was reported by John Belchier, a surgeon at Guy’s Hospital in London and a Fellow of the Royal...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Apr 2016

Replete of vermin

In 1869 Dr Felix Rubio, a physician in Colombia, wrote to the Medical Times and Gazette on the subject of carbolic acid. This substance, known today as phenol, was one of the first antiseptic compounds to be used in medicine – Sir Joseph Lister...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Apr 2016

The human piggy bank

Eels seem to have featured regularly in this blog, for some reason. First there was the physician who had a shocking experience with an electric eel, and more recently we’ve had the dubious tale of the boy with an eel in his stomach. Here’s...
From: Thomas Morris on 23 Mar 2016

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