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The Mad Dogs of London: A Tale of Rabies

28 April 2016

  There was panic on the streets of London in 1760, and the city’s newspapers weren’t helping the situation. Hundreds of column inches, for week upon week, were full...

“The Queen’s Big Belly:” The Phantom Pregnancy of Mary I

23 March 2016

On 30 April 1555, the people of London took to the streets in celebration as bells ringing out around the city announced that Mary I, Queen of England, had been safely delivered of...

The Battle over Bodies: A History of Criminal Dissection

23 February 2016

On 29 July 1831, John Amy Bird Bell was found guilty of murdering a young boy for the sake of a few coins. At his trial, Bell expressed no emotion when he was sentenced to death. He...

PBS Mercy Street – Guest Blog Post

21 February 2016

Inspired by real people and events, the new PBS mini-series Mercy Street goes beyond the front lines of the Civil War and into the chaotic world of the Mansion House Hospital in Union-occupied...