The Quack Doctor at Brighton Festival Fringe

If you're in Brighton on 16 May 2012, come along to the Red Roaster Coffee House on St James Street for an evening of unusual tales from eight writers - including The Quack Doctor!...
The History of Medicine in 100 Facts book

New book: The History of Medicine in 100 Facts

The history of medicine is a vast subject, encompassing the whole of humanity in every region of the globe. For millennia, our ancestors have sought to combat disease, relieve pain and postpone the Grim...

Book Review: What’s Up With Max? Medikidz Explain Asthma

For a child diagnosed with a medical condition, life can suddenly become confusing and scary. Adults might not be equipped to answer their questions, or might even feel that it's best to hide the...

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...

Forthcoming events

Join me for some quack-filled talks in London this summer! I've been invited by the London Fortean Society and Antique Beat to share my stories of fraud, advertising and the occasional gruesome death. I'll...
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.'...
Bedlam exhibition graphic design

Beyond the asylum: a review of the Wellcome Collection’s Bedlam

A review of the Wellcome Collection's exhibition, Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond, which runs from 15 September 2016 - 15 January 2017. I've never spoken here about having depression and anxiety because, after all, no one wants...

Compliments of the Season

  The Quack Doctor wishes you a happy Christmas and the best of health in 2013!

Review: Medikidz Explain Epilepsy

Knowledge is power, but if you're a child recently diagnosed with a medical condition – or are watching a loved one go through bewildering tests and treatments – information can be hard to get...

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...