The Early Modern Commons

Thomas Morris

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An extraordinary surgical operation

23 May 2017

Last week I came across an article which took my breath away. It was published in 1858, in an American journal, the Medical and Surgical Reporter, and it describes an operation of such...

Like finding a needle in a pharyn

18 May 2017

In November 1828 several English-language journals picked up a case which had appeared in the Revue Medicale, a French medical journal, the previous month. It begins promisingly: A...

An abnormal secretion

16 May 2017

This was the front page story in The Lancet on July 11th 1835. It’s a glorious case, but I think my favourite thing about it is the inclusion of the word ‘abnormal’...

The boy who got his wick stuck in a candlestick

14 May 2017

The year is 1827, and if you wish to apprise yourself of the latest and most important developments in medicine you could hardly do better than browse the pages of The London Medical...