The Early Modern Commons

The Chirurgeon's Apprentice

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Mangling the Dead: Dissection, Past & Present

28 June 2016

I never feel more alive than when I am standing among the rows and rows of anatomical specimens in medical museums around London. In one jar floats the remains of an ulcerated...

“Not A Relic of the Past” – in THE GUARDIAN

24 May 2016

A bone belonging to the saint Thomas Becket has returned to England after 800 years. My latest article in The Guardian explores our endless fascination with relics, and discusses some...

The Strange, the Morbid, the Bizarre – Now on Instagram!

22 May 2016

After years of resisting, I’m finally on Instagram! Follow me for strange, morbid, and bizarre history facts each day by clicking HERE. The above photo (featured on my account)...

“Limbs Not Yet Rigid” – A History of Dissecting the Living

20 May 2016

Several years ago, the news reported a story that could have come straight from the script of a horror movie. In October 2009, Colleen S. Burns was admitted to St Joseph’s Hospital...