‘Roast ribs of beef and plum pudding’ – Christmas in the Victorian hospital

Above: Christmas at the Middlesex Hospital, Illustrated London News, 3 January 1874 . On Christmas Day 1898, one of the house surgeons at the London Hospital dressed as Father Christmas and did the rounds of the...

Worms, frogs and the strange world of the internet

This is a bit of a lazy post, I know, but I thought I'd share with you some recent search terms that have led people to The Quack Doctor. Some of them are quite an...

Carnivalesque

It's time for a round-up of the latest blog posts on early modern history, and I'm pleased to be hosting the 60th edition of Carnivalesque. If you're interested in hosting a future history carnival,...

History Carnival & Newsletter

I will be hosting the next edition of Carnivalesque on 21 March, so am now inviting nominations of your favourite recent blog posts on any aspect of early modern history. You can use the Carnivalesque...

The Elixir of Opium podcast, plus award news

A couple of weeks ago a I did a post about McMunn's Elixir of Opium, and because I had quite a bit of information about it, I intended to do a podcast. Unfortunately I...

McMunn’s Elixir of Opium

Source: Western Journal of Medicine and Surgery (Louisville, KY), July 1855 Click here for Transcript There are no prizes for guessing what was in this. First formulated in the mid 1830s by Dr John B...

Harness’ Electric Corset (with podcast)

. Source: The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, 31 December 1892 . I've decided to have a go at doing a podcast. It's about 13 mins long and goes into much more detail than the post...

The New Quack Doctor Website!

Happy New Year and welcome to the new home of The Quack Doctor, formerly found at quackdoctor.wordpress.com. I hope you like the site and continue to enjoy reading about the medical curiosities I find...