Tag Archives: medicine

King of the Toilets

I first heard this story on an episode of QI (series L, episode “Landmarks”). In 1902, King Edward VII of England was crowned, about a year and a half after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria. You can watch a … Continue reading

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Madam Lou Bunch

I was originally made aware of this nineteenth-century badass woman by @WhoresofYore‘s tweet here. Today we’re going to discuss frontier brothel owner and all-around cool person Madam Lou Bunch. There is, in fact, a holiday dedicated to her (the third … Continue reading

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Victoria’s Granddaughters – Princess Ena

I’ve been reading Julia Gelardi’s Born to Rule: Granddaughters of Victoria, Queens of Europe (2004) and am doing a series of posts on Queen Victoria’s five granddaughters, all of whom went on to be European queens themselves. All quotations are from that … Continue reading

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Death by Nostalgia

I found this story on an episode of QI (series N, episode “Noodles”). In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, nostalgia was considered a disease, and was only declassified as a disease (I assume they mean universally? Or perhaps just in the UK … Continue reading

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Medical Duty

I found this story on Futility Closet’s blog here. “Secessionist Roger A. Pryor was visiting Fort Sumter just before the outbreak of the Civil War when he accidentally drank a bottle of poison. A Union doctor named Samuel Crawford pumped … Continue reading

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P is for Phosphorus

I’m continuing my examination of major Victorian murder cases brought about by poisoning. A new one every Monday! These posts were inspired by Kathryn Harkup’s book A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie (2015), from which I am … Continue reading

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The No Nose Club

I first heard of this story in a Telegraph article here. The original sources were the Star (Iss:  1861, 18 Feb 1874)  and The Leeds Times, 18 October 1873. The Victorian era had a hell of a lot of weird clubs … Continue reading

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