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Under The Knife – Reboot!

8 December 2016

It’s been 18 months since I’ve filmed an episode of my YouTube series, Under The Knife. But that ends today! Check out the trailer to the series reboot, which may or...

“We Have Conquered Pain!” The Uses & Abuses of Ether in History

30 November 2016

The surgical revolution began with an American dentist and a curiously sweet-smelling liquid known as ether. Officially, ether had been discovered in 1275, but its stupefying effects...

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...