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Lincoln’s Corpse – Episode 11 – Under The Knife

23 February 2017

In Episode 11 of Under The Knife, I explore the origins of the modern funeral industry beginning with the American Civil War and the unusual embalming & burial of President Abraham...

Under The Knife, Episode 11 – Abraham Lincoln’s Corpse

23 February 2017

In Episode 11 of Under The Knife, I explore the origins of the modern funeral industry beginning with the American Civil War and the unusual embalming & burial of President Abraham...

Pre-Order My Book! The Butchering Art

16 February 2017

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for the US edition of my forthcoming book, THE BUTCHERING ART, which will be published by FSG on October 17th. The book delves into the grisly...

Syphilis: A Little Valentine’s Day Love Story

14 February 2017

Photo Credit: The Royal College of Surgeons of England  We don’t know much about her. We don’t even know her name. What we do know is that the woman who wore the above...