WTAO - inside pages

What the Apothecary Ordered

I’m delighted to announce that 10 August is the UK publication day for a pocket volume I compiled for Old House Books, an imprint of Shire Publications. What the Apothecary Ordered gathers together some...

‘Come for the skin book, stay for the history!’ An interview with Dr Lindsey...

The image of the 18th-century anatomist is a shady one, redolent of midnight forays into graveyards and dissection in front of a rabble of students. The cadavers in these scenes are anonymous and devoid...

Goat testicles and great stories! An interview with film director Penny Lane

In Depression-era Kansas, small-town doctor J R Brinkley made a fortune from his novel method of treating impotence. It was startling, sensationally popular... and a total con. His strange career has inspired filmmaker Penny...

Event: Do not untimely die!

I will be speaking at Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol on 27 February 2014 as part of their 'Matters of Life and Death' programme sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. Tickets are £5 via the...
The March of Intellect

History Carnival 132

It might be 1 April but there are no fools in the history blogosphere if the last month is anything to go by. I'm pleased to present History Carnival 132, showcasing some of the...

Happy Christmas from The Quack Doctor

............................................................................................... FATHER CHRISTMAS AND THE DOCTORS Old Christmas comes but once a year, Of that there is no question; But when he comes we all feel queer, Hurrah for indigestion! Dyspepsia follows in his train, The Stomach-ache attends him; And every sort...

The Quack Doctor Book

I've written a book! It is out now and I must embark on the excruciating task of self-promotion, about which I ought to have learnt something from the quacks by this time. Unfortunately I...

History Carnival – nominations please!

The Quack Doctor will be hosting the April edition of The History Carnival, a monthly showcase for the latest history blogging, and you are invited to nominate posts for inclusion. The Carnival is a...
Burdock Blood Bitters, late 19thC

Happy Christmas!

ADvent Calendar Day 24 I hope you've enjoyed the daily posts during December - I've had fun compiling them! I leave you with a festive late-19th century trade card for Burdock Blood Bitters or 'B.B.B.'...

Book Review: Shropshire Doctors & Quacks, by Richard Moore

When doctors write about the history of medicine, there's a danger that the result will be ‘look at me! I've just discovered the story of James Graham's Celestial Bed and shall now proceed to...