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The Embalmed Soldiers of the American Civil War

26 August 2015

Thanks to your recent donations, I am finally able to get back to blogging. If you’d like to support my work, please click here. Thomas Holmes—the “Father of Modern...

S.O.S – Help Save My Blog!

20 August 2015

Click here to donate. It may not come as a surprise to you that I was a strange child, and the signs were there from the beginning that I would become an even stranger adult (pictorial...

Robert Hooke and the Dog’s Lung: Animal Experimentation in History

4 May 2015

In 1664, Robert Hooke—a pioneering member of the Royal Society and lead scientific thinker of his day—decided to investigate the mechanisms involved in breathing. In his...

Under The Knife, Episode 8 – Corpse Medicine

30 April 2015

In Episode 8 of Under The Knife, I discuss how drinking blood and eating flesh used to be accepted medical practice in the past. Learn all about corpse medicine by watching the...