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The man with three testicles

In September 1842 a young man called William Howard went to the army recruiting depot at Coventry, hoping to join the 35th Infantry Regiment.  As is usual on these occasions, he was examined by the medical officer, one Dr Macann.  The good doctor...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Mar 2016

An intestinal… mouse?

As regular readers of this blog may be aware, early medical journals often carried tales of unlikely creatures found living inside the human body.  Examples include beetles found in the bladder, millipedes and winged insects in the stomach, and the...
From: Thomas Morris on 29 Feb 2016

The man with a tooth in his ear

In 1847 a Dr Mervin Coates wrote to The Lancet to tell them a funny story, an unusual case which he came across in his practice on the Isle of Wight: In the summer of 1846, being myself absent from home, a friend was called upon to attend an old, poor...
From: Thomas Morris on 24 Feb 2016

Oshkosh, by gosh

Here’s a spectacular head injury (and recovery) reported in the Transactions of the Wisconsin State Medical Society in 1869.  This lucky, lucky man survived an accident which left him with a large portion of his brain hanging out of his skull....
From: Thomas Morris on 20 Feb 2016

Trees do not grow in humans

In June 1879 the Chicago Telegraph made quite a splash with a story published under this headline: Probably the most wonderful phenomenon that has ever come under the observation of the medical fraternity of this city developed itself at the Montcalm...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Feb 2016

Penis in a bottle

A regular feature of any hospital accident and emergency department is the patient who turns up in an embarrassing and self-inflicted predicament. When questioned about the nature of the injury and how it came about, they come up with an utterly implausible...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Feb 2016

Fruit, feathers and hair

In 1838 a French specialist in bladder stones, Professor Civiale, wrote a remarkable paper for the Gazette des Hôpitaux in which he recorded the extraordinary variety of objects which he had been asked to remove from the urinary systems of his patients....
From: Thomas Morris on 23 Jan 2016

Suffocated by a fish

Here’s a ‘news in brief’ item which appeared in the British Medical Journal in 1863, under this headline:A warder of the Bagne at Toulon, has just met his death in the following manner: he was amusing himself, while off duty, with fishing...
From: Thomas Morris on 21 Jan 2016

A dismal tail

We’ve all heard of student pranks that went too far, but this story takes youthful high jinks to a truly excessive, even psychopathic, level. This case was reported by an Italian doctor, Marchetti, in the 17th century, and documented by the New...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Jan 2016

A medical old wives’ tale

This story, attributed to the great American physician Benjamin Rush and repeated in a medical journal in 1839, is almost certainly apocryphal – but it has a good punchline.  We are apt to believe a merry companion the happiest fellow in the...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Jan 2016

Killed by a cough

In 1734 James Jamieson, a surgeon from Thurso in the Scottish borders reported this case in the Medical Essays and Observations.  It began with a common-or-garden accident: Some Slates falling from the Roof of a House four Storeys high, upon the...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Jan 2016

The seven-foot tumour

This brief case report is a reminder that there are certain medical horrors which were once commonplace but which are never seen today in the developed world. Untreatable conditions would progress unhindered, often resulting in terrible deformity. Tumours...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Jan 2016

Unfortunate injury of the decade

Here’s a story published 150 years ago in the British Medical Journal which made me wince on at least four separate occasions. At a seminar at the Liverpool Medical Institution in January 1863, the cases presented for discussion included the following:...
From: Thomas Morris on 6 Jan 2016

Impaled on a stake

How about this for a lucky escape?  It’s the sort of grisly farm accident which might be featured in a medical documentary like 24 Hours in A&E, with one significant difference. Anybody unlucky enough to be impaled by a stake today could...
From: Thomas Morris on 1 Jan 2016

A beetle in the bladder

Insects and spiders colonising the human body were a regular feature of medical journal articles in the 19th century.  For instance, there’s the woman with spiders in her eyes, and the remarkable case of the boy who appeared to have a millipede...
From: Thomas Morris on 16 Dec 2015

There was an old woman who swallowed a fork…

In 1868 the Medical and Surgical Reporter contained a report of an unusual case received from the physicians of the insane asylum at Zutphen, a town in the Netherlands. The patient was a woman 64 years old, affected with lypemania… Lypemania is...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Dec 2015

Somewhat silly in his manner

Fans of nominative determination – the idea that a person’s name can have a bearing on their choice of career – may enjoy this little tale from the Virginia Medical Journal, reported in 1857.  It concerns a urologist from Guy’s...
From: Thomas Morris on 12 Dec 2015

Pipe dreams

HMS Grampus, a battleship launched in 1802, ended her days as a hospital ship moored off Greenwich.  Between 1816 and 1831, when she was replaced by another retired naval ship – HMS Dreadnought – a steady stream of naval patients was...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Nov 2015

Trouble at t’mill

Last week I revealed the dangers of working in the mirror manufacturing trade in 19th-century Bohemia.  Here’s another tale of occupational peril, published in The Western Journal of the Medical and Physical Sciences in 1833. Mr. J., about...
From: Thomas Morris on 9 Nov 2015

Glass half-empty

The remarkable headline above graced the pages of the American Journal of the Medical Sciences in April 1849.  In case you’re wondering, the two injuries are not related: the author just thought he’d put his two most spectacular cases...
From: Thomas Morris on 28 Oct 2015

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