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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...
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...
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...
Antidipso British Monthly Dec 1903

To raise false hopes

I appeared on Great British Railway Journeys, series 7, episode 11, on 18 Jan 2016. The episode is available on BBC iPlayer, and here's some more information about one of the remedies featured:   ‘Tears and...

‘A Damnable Villain’ part 2 – a free pony for your wife!

In the second part of his guest article, Robert K. Waits - author of The Medical Electricians - reveals Byron H Robb's change of career from electro-magnetic entrepreneur to Texas rancher. Read Part 1...