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Our Enduring Preoccupation with Premature Burial 

15 August 2017

  Hours before he died, George Washington told his secretary: “Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the Vault in less than three days after I am dead.”...

The Phrenology Head – Episode 16 – Under The Knife

27 July 2017

In Episode 16, Dr Lindsey Fitzharris talks about phrenology, a popular pseudoscience that emerged in the early 19th century that put forth the idea that a person’s personality...

Everyday Heroes: A Story of Self-Sacrifice & Bubonic Plague

6 July 2017

On 1 November 1666, a young farmer named Abraham Morten took one final, agonizing breath. He was the last of 260 people to die of bubonic plague in the remote village of Eyam in Derbyshire....

Dead Men’s Teeth – Episode 15 – Under The Knife

29 June 2017

In Episode 15 of Under The Knife, I explore the horrible reality behind dental practices from the past, including how dentures used to be made from the teeth of executed criminals,...