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The Medicalization of Death in History

30 August 2016

When the Black Death swept through Europe in the 14th century, it claimed the lives of over 75 million people, many of who were clergymen whose job it was to help usher the dying into...

The Cutter’s Art: A Brief History of Bloodletting

28 July 2016

  When King Charles II suffered a sudden seizure on the morning of 2 February 1685, his personal physician had just the remedy. He quickly slashed open a vein in the king’s...

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...