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...

To raise false hopes

I appeared on Great British Railway Journeys, series 7, episode 11, on 18 Jan 2016. The episode is available on BBC iPlayer, and here’s some...

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...

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...

Dr Wheeler and the Bacillus of Death

In May 1895, a low-key but intriguing advertisement appeared in British local newspapers. What could this ‘death microbe’ be? Did it refer to the lethal...
Welcome to our virtual collection of health advertising, fraudulent schemes and medical oddities of the past.

Beyond Bedlam

Beyond Bedlam
A review of the Wellcome Collection's exhibition, Bedlam: the Asylum and Beyond

Amateur anatomy

Amateur anatomy
1824: a young poulterer with 'an itching for surgery' offers to preserve his friend's amputated finger, but decides to joke about with it instead.

100 Facts

100 Facts
Caroline Rance presents a concise introduction to the history of medicine.

Fat or fiction?

Fat or fiction?
The tapeworm diet is credited with a long history, but did our great-grandmothers really use parasites for weight loss?

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