The Alleged Bogus Lady Doctor

The bogus lady doctor

In a recent post for the British Newspaper Archive, I mentioned Maria Owen, who posed as a doctor in late Victorian Birmingham. Here's some more information about her, adapted from my book, The Quack...
A 1930s Valentine card courtesy of the Vintage Valentine Museum

The mysterious ‘Zep’ love potion

A rag, worn close to the heart, and steeped in a mystic substance imbued with the wisdom of the East. A flame, charring the edges until smoke curls and billows and at last takes...
Grant household in the 1911 census.

On thorny ground: the human x-ray scientists

Imagine being able to see through a steel door, or to force the germination of poppy seeds and at once destroy them with the power of your mind. Such were the abilities claimed by...
Advertisement for the Rev E J Silverton, 1884

Detective Caminada and the quack doctors

Angela Buckley's book, The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada, published in March 2014, tells the story of a real-life Victorian supersleuth. In this guest post, Angela relates Caminada's encounter with...
Richard and Edward Chrimes

Notorious Chrimes: The Blackmail Pills

In 1890s London, the 'Lady Montrose Pills' blackmail scheme efficiently and heartlessly targeted more than 8,000 victims. In this comprehensive account of the case, Dick Weindling¬†introduces the Chrimes brothers, who manufactured this audacious scam.   In...