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The poet’s skull and a boy’s bowels

The Scottish surgeon Archibald Blacklock is chiefly remembered today for the events of the night of March 31st, 1834, when he was one of a small group who entered the family mausoleum of Robert Burns in order to make a plaster cast of the poet’s...
From: Thomas Morris on 29 Aug 2016

The cure of Thomas Tipple

In 1840 an American physician, Dr Pliny Earle, visited the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He wrote an account of what he saw there, subsequently published in The American Journal of the Medical Sciences.  It’s...
From: Thomas Morris on 14 Aug 2016

Reattached with a sticking plaster

Today’s surgeons are quite adept at reattaching parts of the body when they have been severed. Fingers, hands and even entire arms have been successfully reunited with their owners. You might think that such feats were only made possible by the...
From: Thomas Morris on 10 Aug 2016

The missing tobacco pipe

In 1855 The Lancet reported the proceedings of the most recent meeting of the London Medical Society. Here is one highlight:  Mr. Henry Smith showed a portion of tobacco pipe, nearly two inches in length, which he had extracted...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Aug 2016

Conceived by a bullet

There are many cases of supposed virgin births in the early medical literature, but few are as wonderfully unlikely as this one published in The Lancet in early 1875:  The following rich gynaecological contribution is reported in the columns of the...
From: Thomas Morris on 31 Jul 2016

A saw head

I’ve documented a few extraordinary injuries in this blog, but perhaps none as remarkable as this one. The New England Journal of Medicine for 1869 contains this arresting case, submitted by a Dr Wardwell from New Hampshire: I was summoned by telegraph...
From: Thomas Morris on 12 Jul 2016

The man with the wax face

In May 1884 The Lancet’s Paris correspondent reported the following:  There is to be seen at Landrecies, in the Department of the North, an invalid artillery soldier, who was wounded in the late Franco-German War, when he was horribly mutilated...
From: Thomas Morris on 3 Jul 2016

Amputating the bowels

Browsing an 1869 edition of The Lancet I stumbled across a short news article with this promising headline: A cutting from an American paper gives us an account of a remarkable operation for umbilical hernia, in which the operator,...
From: Thomas Morris on 21 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

Two spoonsful of brain on the pillow

Here’s a story so replete with ghastly details that if it happened today it would immediately be featured in a TV reality documentary about emergency medicine, complete with dramatic reconstructions and lavish amounts of tomato ketchup. This...
From: Thomas Morris on 5 Jun 2016

The deserter

Here’s an entertaining snippet from Guy’s Medical Jurisprudence from 1812, concerning a young man who really didn’t want to be in the army: Phineas Adams, a soldier in the Somerset Militia, aged 18 years, was confined in jail for...
From: Thomas Morris on 1 Jun 2016

The wandering musket ball

A miraculous recovery today, taken from the pages of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. This report was published in 1708 and, unusually, written by the patient, himself a doctor. Dr Robert Fielding practised in Gloucester, and during...
From: Thomas Morris on 22 May 2016

The dreadful opening

In 1807 the Philadelphia Medical Museum was sent an extraordinary case report by a local doctor who had been ‘sent it by a friend’. Neither he nor anybody else appeared to know who had written the report, so its authenticity is doubtful –...
From: Thomas Morris on 20 May 2016

Boiling water and birch twigs

In 1843 a Dr T.O. Ward wrote to the London Medical Gazette on the subject of pain. A previous correspondent had suggested that victims of asphyxiation felt nothing and were insensible to pain.  Dr Ward begged to differ, drawing on his own childhood...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 May 2016

Mass delusions

An article published in The Lancet in 1848 contains a remarkable and early example of the power of the placebo effect.  James Turnbull, a doctor at the Liverpool Northern Hospital, wrote an article about the history and effects of scurvy, the condition...
From: Thomas Morris on 6 May 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

The redoubtable Mrs H

In 1857 the Nashville Journal of Medicine and Surgery reported this unusual case of childbirth. What is particularly remarkable about it is that the birth itself was straightforward, and both mother and child were completely healthy – but it still...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Apr 2016

The man who coughed up a knife

Here’s an arresting story from 1870, reported to the Chicago Medical Times by a Dr J.F. Snyder:  James Thompson, sixty years of age, stout and robust, usually of active habits, suddenly commenced declining in health, without apparent cause....
From: Thomas Morris on 29 Mar 2016

Lost and found

Years ago I remember watching a TV documentary about the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition, a yearly tournament in which rival teams of gunners race to disassemble and transport a large and immensely heavy antique field gun across an obstacle course, before...
From: Thomas Morris on 3 Mar 2016

Mütter’s operation – plastic surgery, 19th-century style

In 1855 the editor of the Western Lancet, Dr T. Wood, published an article in his own journal on the subject of plastic (reconstructive) surgery. This clinical sub-discipline was still in its infancy, but a handful of surgeons had achieved wonders in...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Feb 2016

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