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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Book Review: Shropshire Doctors & Quacks, by Richard Moore

When doctors write about the history of medicine, there’s a danger that the result will be ‘look at me! I’ve just discovered the story of James Graham’s Celestial Bed and shall now proceed to show how clever I am by relating some well-known details about it in an urbane and …

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‘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 wards, accompanied by a medical student togged up as Pierrot and pushing a trolley …

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