‘Set the spirit alight’: Victorian festive science

Ah, Christmas! A time for peace, goodwill, and setting fire to chemicals. I was intrigued the other day by Rupert Cole’s article at the Guardian about the crossover between the cultures of science and Christmas during...

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...

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...
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Strange case: ‘At all events the blade fell’

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...

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...