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The long road to recovery

Today’s post is something of a rarity, since it comes from a medical journal which only existed for a year, and was read by a very select group of physicians. The Confederate States Medical and Surgical Journal was published between January 1864...
From: Thomas Morris on 5 Jun 2017

An extraordinary surgical operation

Last week I came across an article which took my breath away. It was published in 1858, in an American journal, the Medical and Surgical Reporter, and it describes an operation of such audacity and skill that I can’t believe it isn’t better...
From: Thomas Morris on 23 May 2017

Like finding a needle in a pharyn

In November 1828 several English-language journals picked up a case which had appeared in the Revue Medicale, a French medical journal, the previous month. It begins promisingly: A man, aged twenty-five years, was irritating his nostril with a needle…...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 May 2017

An unwanted buzz cut

In 1869 The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal reported the following unusual case which had taken place a few years earlier in California: On our recent tour through Mendocino county, we made the acquaintance of B. F. Chase, a foreman in the Caspar...
From: Thomas Morris on 3 May 2017

Pitched upon a pitchfork

After countless hours reading dreadful stories in medical journals I’m rarely shocked by a case, but this one [no need to stop reading – there’s a happy ending!] really gave me pause for thought. It was reported in The American Journal...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Apr 2017

Spirits go straight to your head

I recently stumbled across this intriguing snippet in John Cooke’s A Treatise on Nervous Diseases (1824): I am informed by Mr. Carlisle, that “a few years since a man was brought dead into the Westminster Hospital who had just drunk...
From: Thomas Morris on 17 Apr 2017

The man who peed a bullet

Gunshot wounds have always been a particular challenge for the medic. Some of the oldest surgical manuals contain advice on removing balls or bullets lodged superficially – it was often possible to remove missiles from soft tissue or bone near the...
From: Thomas Morris on 10 Apr 2017

Sleeping with the fishes

One of the overwhelming priorities of medicine in the eighteenth century was the improvement of resuscitation methods. Drowning was a major cause of death, and physicians realised they needed better emergency procedures to treat those who had fallen into...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Mar 2017

Better late than never

Today’s medical journals pride themselves on their topicality, publishing the latest research as soon as it’s available – but those news values did not apply in 1845, when the Provincial Medical and Surgical Journal agreed to publish...
From: Thomas Morris on 6 Feb 2017

Up the spout

One of the things that strikes me every time I look at a medical journal published between about 1850 and 1900 is quite how dangerous the early railways were. More or less every issue contains a report of a major accident in which passengers were killed,...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 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

A bayonet through the head

In June 1809 a French military surgeon, M. Fardeau, read a paper at a meeting of the Société de Médecine de Paris. I can find little information about M. Fardeau, but he evidently served with distinction in the Napoleonic Wars, being...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Dec 2016

Mother knows best

Sometimes doctors don’t have all the answers. Here’s a case in which the medics actually gave up on their patient, who was then cured by her own mother.  This story is taken from Dr S.D. Gross’s Practical Treatise on Foreign Bodies...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Nov 2016

A most fortunate escape

Here’s a tale of misadventure so stupid that it wouldn’t be out of place in the annual Darwin Awards. This case was reported to the Ohio Medical and Surgical Journal in 1849 by a Dr William Lindsay. On the 27th of Nov., 1844, he [Dr Linsday]...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Nov 2016

The spear and the eucalyptus tree

In 1891 The Lancet printed this case report by Andrew Ross, a doctor who some years earlier had been practising in the small Australian settlement of Molong in New South Wales:  On Dec. 25th a messenger arrived requesting my attendance on one “Harry,”...
From: Thomas Morris on 9 Nov 2016

A most remarkable accident

Here’s a case from The Medical Museum published in 1764 – more than seventy years after the patient had been treated and cured. To be fair to the tardy journal editor, it is a pretty unusual story: A most remarkable accident befell...
From: Thomas Morris on 2 Nov 2016

A hopeless case?

In 1868 the Richmond Medical Journal reported an extraordinary accident which had befallen a 9-year-old boy at a cotton press in Missouri. Since few of my readers are likely to have an instant mental image of one of these pieces of machinery, here’s...
From: Thomas Morris on 24 Oct 2016

Cured by a nightmare

Here’s a strange little tale which – unusually for this blog – does not involve a single doctor, since the patient recovered from a long-standing medical condition as the result of a dream.  It comes from a short paper which was...
From: Thomas Morris on 17 Oct 2016

In one side and out the other

Volume 6 of the Medical Facts and Observations, published in London in 1795, includes four cases submitted by a Dr Henry Yates Carter, who described himself as “surgeon at Kettley, near Wellington, in Shropshire”.  He was no mere country...
From: Thomas Morris on 22 Sep 2016

Severed, replaced, reunited

In June 1852 the New Jersey Medical Reporter printed an article about brain injuries. The following month a doctor from Newark, W. Mortimer Brown, wrote in with his own striking contribution:  The cases, published in your last number, of injuries...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Sep 2016

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