The Amateur Anatomist and the Amputated Finger

19thC Finger Saw

Injuries acquired in unusual circumstances, spurious news stories of medical happenings, bizarre or gruesome reports from doctors’ casebooks… Strange cases is an occasional feature on the Quack Doctor that reproduces these tales. In this excerpt from the London Courier and Evening Gazette of 4 December 1824, we meet a young poulterer whose ‘itching for …

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Strange case: ‘At all events the blade fell’

guillotine

Injuries acquired in unusual circumstances, spurious news stories of medical happenings, bizarre or gruesome reports from doctors’ casebooks… Strange cases is an occasional feature on the Quack Doctor that reproduces these tales. Today we meet a morbid Parisian who ended up spiting his face. Model of Guillotine Severs Owner’s Nose A citizen of Paris, a …

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A barbarous, insanitary custom

CRUSADE AGAINST KISSING New York Lady Doctor says it is Barbarous. Great amusement has been caused in New York by a crusade against kissing started by the local branch of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Dr. Anna Hatfield, lady physician, the leader of the new movement, in the course of …

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They’ll never notice

An unusual medical case takes a grisly turn in 1881:   EXTRAORDINARY MEDICAL CASE A week ago, a man was brought to the hospital at Pesth, where he soon died, from the result of an accident. The usual autopsy took place, when the doctors discovered, to their astonishment, that the …

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Live Lizards Found in Girl’s Stomach

CLEVELAND, O., Dec. 23—.Two live lizards three and a half inches long, several smaller ones, and a number of lizard eggs, were taken from the stomach of Lovel Herman, nineteen, four days before she died. A postmortem examination showed that the wall of the stomach had been attacked by the …

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Busy curing a man in America

I have no background to the following newspaper story – I don’t know who the tailor was or even whether he really existed. The newspaper’s purpose in printing the tale is clearly to amuse readers and allow them to congratulate themselves that they aren’t among the supposed gullible masses who would …

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Girl vomited 87-inch worm – or did she?

The dearth of posts on The Quack Doctor over the last couple of weeks is owing to the fact that I was away in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory – not on holiday exactly, as I got paid to go and write about it, but nevertheless much more fun …

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Some remarkable cases of worms

This post departs from the usual because it’s not directly related to an advertised remedy, and no one involved is out to make money from selling cures. While I was researching the Sugar Plums for Worms, however, I came across many interesting stories showing the impact of parasites on individuals’ …

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