The Early Modern Commons

Thomas Morris

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The champagne cure

22 June 2017

Pyaemia is a form of septicaemia (blood poisoning) in which a bacterial infection spreads from an abscess and becomes systemic. The disease is characterised by abscesses all over the...

The monk with a perfume bottle stuck up his bottom

19 June 2017

Today’s dose of medical mishap is excerpted from an influential textbook published in 1837 by George Bushe, a surgeon who died at the age of 39 and about whom little is known....

Robot hearts

18 June 2017

The horrors of nineteenth-century medicine will return to this blog tomorrow, but here’s a brief intermezzo: The Guardian recently printed a long extract from The Matter...

The lancer lanced

15 June 2017

On November 9th 1869 a private from the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, ‘Richard F.’, arrived at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley, a large military hospital on the south coast...