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What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “If any person will take the trouble to call upon me … I shall fully satisfy him of what I have here asserted.” Among the many advertisements in the July 30, 1772, edition...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 2 Aug 2022

New Tool for Treating Mental Illness, ca. 1817

The NY Times recently reported on “A New Tool in Treating Mental Illness: Building Design.”1 Looking at a couple of mental health facilities in California, one recently completed and one still under construction, the article highlights some...
From: Darin Hayton on 8 Jan 2021

The bottom feeder

A couple of months ago I wrote about a case from 1812 in which a patient with a massive facial injury was kept alive by lemonade injected into the rectum. Coincidentally I’ve just come across this report, published in 1878 in the American Practitioner,...
From: Thomas Morris on 5 Jul 2019

An English emigrant to Canada

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the time to write a blog post. The reason for this hiatus is that my wife and I have been preparing for our move to Canada, where we’ll be living for the next twelve months. We arrived in Toronto...
From: Thomas Morris on 29 Jun 2019

The child who swallowed a pin

The eighteenth-century surgeon William Boys, although a distinguished clinician and Fellow of the Royal Society, was perhaps better known as an antiquary and historian of his home county of Kent. Among his published works is an account of the Luxborough...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Jan 2019

A Tom Cat’s Tail

James Woodforde was a rather ordinary man living in the eighteenth century. He was a Church of England clergyman working as a curate in Somerset before he was offered his own living in Norfolk in 1774.1 He has, however, been assured a place in history...
From: Early Modern Medicine on 8 Aug 2018

Mr Trought’s tobacco enema

In June 1828 the Lancet published a pair of short case histories that contemporary readers must have found rather confusing. Printed on the same page, they both dealt with cases in which a strangulated hernia had been treated with a tobacco enema (yes,...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Feb 2018

The eye magnet

Today’s story first appeared in the Observationes, a collection of case reports by the German surgeon Wilhelm Fabry (1560-1634).  Fabry, also known as Fabricius Hildanus, is sometimes referred to as the ‘father of German surgery’...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 Dec 2017

The pigeon’s rump cure

Eclampsia is a serious condition affecting women before, during or after childbirth.  The name means literally ‘bursting forth’, an apt description for the seizures that characterise the condition, which arrive suddenly and dramatically....
From: Thomas Morris on 6 Nov 2017

The most eccentric physician who ever lived

Dr Messenger Monsey was one of the best-known physicians in eighteenth-century London, although probably not one of the most capable. He began his career as an obscure country doctor in Suffolk, but his fortunes changed after he was summoned to the bedside...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Oct 2017

Normal for Norfolk

If you lived in rural Norfolk in the nineteenth century and wanted to get rid of a wart on your hand, there were several options open to you. You might, for instance, steal a piece of beef (it must be stolen, otherwise the cure would not work) and bury...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Sep 2017

The champagne cure

Pyaemia is a form of septicaemia (blood poisoning) in which a bacterial infection spreads from an abscess and becomes systemic. The disease is characterised by abscesses all over the body, and in the days before antibiotics it was generally fatal. ...
From: Thomas Morris on 22 Jun 2017

Last Days of Patient 33

In the afternoon of September 26, 1818, a family from Gloucester County, New Jersey arrived at Friends’ Asylum in Frankford, outside Philadelphia. They had brought their relative, a 26-year-old woman, fifteen miles from Woodbury to the asylum because...
From: Darin Hayton on 24 May 2017

A leech on the eyeball

Bloodletting is an inescapable theme of a medical blog set largely in the nineteenth century. Although venesection (opening a vein) was frequently used, for minor complaints the weapon of choice was the leech, which could extract a small amount of blood...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Mar 2017

The tapeworm trap

In September 1856 a physician called J. Gotham wrote to an American journal, the Medical and Surgical Reporter, with news of an exciting new breakthrough: a tapeworm trap. As it is my desire to keep you advised of all the improvements in medical and surgical...
From: Thomas Morris on 8 Mar 2017

The turpentine vapour bath

The year is 1874, and American medics are deeply concerned about the activities of quacks and unlicensed doctors who are damaging the reputation of the profession. One particularly worrying case is reported by The Medical and Surgical Reporter: The following...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Mar 2017

Mucus Cure-Alls: Snail Waters and Spa Treatments

By Jennifer Sherman Roberts In a world view that relied on correspondences between macrocosm and microcosm, and in a humoral medical system that utilized similarities between bodily functions and features of the natural world, one can imagine no more...
From: The Recipes Project on 16 Feb 2017

Bled dry

Most visitors to this blog will probably be aware that for centuries bloodletting played a central role in Western medicine.  This is partly the result of the extraordinarily long-lasting  influence of the Greek physician Galen, whose humoral...
From: Thomas Morris on 13 Feb 2017

Quails and beer

Invalid diets could be unusual in the nineteenth century – and often included regular doses of strong liquor. But even by the standards of the era, this example struck me as eccentric. In 1874 Charles Wotton, a doctor from King’s Langley in...
From: Thomas Morris on 11 Feb 2017

Searching for Syphilis in Recipe Books

By Olivia Weisser I have been on the search for syphilis – or venereal disease as it was known in England in the 1600s and 1700s. In that era, there was one broad disease category, “venereal disease,” for what we...
From: The Recipes Project on 19 Jan 2017

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