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The privy spider

This painful case was recorded in the American Journal of the Medical Sciences in 1839. The author, Dr Isaac Hulse, was the surgeon in charge of the US Navy hospital in Pensacola, Florida: On the 7th of August last, Mr. Q. of this place, while in the...
From: Thomas Morris on 20 Jul 2019

Magnifique! Delicieux!

The French surgeon Auguste Nélaton is one of those figures better known for the company he kept than for what he did. As well as acting as personal physician to Napoleon III, Nélaton famously treated Giuseppe Garibaldi, the unifier of Italy,...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Jun 2019

The stone bullet

In 1829 a surgeon from Wolverhampton, William Lewis, contributed this unusual surgical tale to The Lancet: John Roden, a boy about 11 years of age, (of the Deanery-row,) of a spare habit and pale complexion, received a shot wound on the...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Jun 2019

The safety valve

This case was reported in 1896 in the Medico-Chirurgical Transactions by a surgeon, Rickman Godlee, who was a distant relative of mine (my second cousin five times removed, since you ask). Godlee was the nephew of Joseph Lister, the originator of antiseptic...
From: Thomas Morris on 18 May 2019

A watch spring, a bean and a clove of garlic

An 1868 issue of a French journal, the Bulletin général de thérapeutique médicale et chirurgical, contains this case report contributed by Paul Pamard, chief of surgery at the Hotel Dieu hospital in Avignon. Pamard was unusual...
From: Thomas Morris on 2 Apr 2019

Jules Cloquet: the surgeon as artist

The French surgeon Jules Germain Cloquet was a man of many talents. A member of the Paris Academy of Medicine, he made his name as an authority on hernias and took an interest in the latest medical developments: in 1829 he even performed a mastectomy...
From: Thomas Morris on 27 Feb 2019

The missing member

A strange case of mistaken identity was reported in the Berliner klinische Wochenschrift in 1874, and subsequently translated in the Medical Herald. It was given this striking headline: W. K., a strongly-built farmer, aged 57, was injured on the...
From: Thomas Morris on 15 Feb 2019

Claws for concern

Philipp Franz von Walther was an eminent German surgeon highly regarded for his expertise in ophthalmology and as a pioneer in plastic surgery. While serving as professor at the University of Bonn he was also the co-editor of an influential periodical,...
From: Thomas Morris on 31 Dec 2018

The spoon swallower

Here’s an intriguing snippet reported by the Paris correspondent of the Lancet in September 1882: We have now a patient in the Lariboisiere Hospital who has been operated on by Dr. Felizet for the removal of a spoon from the stomach. The patient...
From: Thomas Morris on 17 Dec 2018

Odds bodkins

This fascinating case report was published in the Philosophical Transactions in 1701, contributed by a distinguished Dublin physician, Thomas Molyneux. It is notable both for the unusual nature of the injury, and for the remarkably sophisticated...
From: Thomas Morris on 13 Dec 2018

A remarkable dislocation

Charles White was an eminent Manchester surgeon of the eighteenth century. As a young man he studied anatomy in London with William Hunter, and became friendly with William’s brother John, the outstanding medical scientist of the age. Returning...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Oct 2018

The pork cylinder

A few days ago I was reading an article about foreign bodies in the bladder – for what better way to while away a dull afternoon? In 1897 a doctor from Philadelphia, Francis Packard, wrote an analysis of more than 200 cases, all of which had been...
From: Thomas Morris on 6 Oct 2018

An immense plug of wood

 Sometimes a headline says it all. In June 1842 the London Medical Gazette printed a letter under this memorable title: The case report that followed was submitted by a retired naval surgeon called Archibald Blacklock (previously featured on this...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Sep 2018

Occupational hazard

Here’s a striking report from The London Medical and Surgical Journal, originally published in March 1837. The headline is straightforward enough: Two remarkable cases of this kind I have had an opportunity of seeing weekly, for twelve months. The...
From: Thomas Morris on 16 Aug 2018

Jumping over a broomstick

During a meeting of the New York Pathological Society in 1872, a local physician called Dr Post gave a short talk about one of his patients, who had discovered a highly novel method of injuring himself: On the 9th August, 1872, I was requested to see...
From: Thomas Morris on 7 Aug 2018

Degloved by a donkey

Mercer’s Hospital, founded in 1734, was for many years one of the most important teaching hospitals in Ireland – but it is perhaps most readily associated today with a piece of music. In  1742 the first performance of Handel’s Messiah...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Aug 2018

Fourteen fingers

August is sometimes known as the ‘silly season’: a period of the year when little seems to be happening, politics grinds to a halt, and newspaper editors are forced to publish nonsense they wouldn’t even consider putting into print at...
From: Thomas Morris on 28 Jul 2018

A likely story

The French surgeon Jean Civiale was one of the most significant figures in the history of urology, the branch of medicine dedicated to the urinary (and male reproductive) systems. In the 1820s he devised the technique of lithotripsy to treat bladder stones,...
From: Thomas Morris on 25 Jul 2018

Born under a manger

In 1863 a surgeon from the small German town of Gräfenhainichen, Herr Geissler, wrote to one of the Berlin journals to share an extraordinary tale he had encountered in his practice. The publication to which he submitted the case  Monatsschrift...
From: Thomas Morris on 4 Jul 2018

A practical joke

Some of the greatest advances in nineteenth-century surgery were made by military surgeons. British surgeons were not exactly short of opportunities: the country’s military forces began the century at war with France, and ended it fighting the Boers,...
From: Thomas Morris on 21 Jun 2018

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