The New Quack Doctor Website!

Happy New Year and welcome to the new home of The Quack Doctor, formerly found at I hope you like the site and continue to enjoy reading about the medical curiosities I find in historical newspapers. All my old posts from the blog are now here, and there’s lots more to come in 2010, starting tomorrow with Harness’s Electric Corset – which includes my first attempt at a podcast!

I also plan to set up a section of the site for transcripts related to the wider history of medicine – particularly the gruesome or strange aspects, so look out for that soon. Also check out the More from Old Newspapers gallery – this contains a lot of stuff from the old site plus plenty of new images, and I’ll carry on updating this frequently.

If you’re a previous subscriber to The Quack Doctor, you can update your RSS feed at the subscribe button at the top of the sidebar, or the link is

If you’re one of the many bloggers who has kindly included me in your blogroll, please could you update your link to:


Thank you, and please spread the word about the new site!


  1. Happy New Year to you too.

    I am looking forward your blogs in 2010. I am sure they will continue to be entertainingly gruesome.

  2. Thanks Michael. I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog, and thanks for all your interest and comments in 2009.

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  5. Good Job! You star!


  6. Thanks Elliott.

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