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The Wandering Womb: Female Hysteria through the Ages

28 April 2017

The word “hysteria” conjures up an array of images, none of which probably include a nomadic uterus wandering aimlessly around the female body. Yet that is precisely what...

The Reusable Condom – Episode 13 – Under The Knife

20 April 2017

  In Episode 13 of Under The Knife, I discuss the history behind reusable condoms, and the terrible diseases that made them necessary in earlier centuries. The video may or may...

Houses of Death: Walking the Wards of a Victorian Hospital

24 March 2017

The following blog post relates to my forthcoming book THE BUTCHERING ART, which you can pre-order here.  Today, we think of the hospital as an exemplar of sanitation....

The Dead House – Episode 12 – Under The Knife

16 March 2017

In Episode 12 of Under The Knife, I explore the grim reality facing medical students in earlier centuries when they first entered the dissection room, or “dead house,”...