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...

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...
19thC Finger Saw

The Amateur Anatomist and the Amputated Finger

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...

‘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...

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...