Medical Materials

A short while ago now I examined Alice Dolan’s excellent thesis on linen and its various roles in the life cycle. This got me thinking a bit more about the materials used in early modern medical recipes. We have seen these in various previous blog posts – like the hats made to cure headaches and …

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Perceptions of Pregnancy

UPDATE! THE BOOK IS NOW PUBLISHED! YAY! Available through all the usual channels. As many regular readers will know along with Ciara Meehan I have been working hard finalising the proofs for an edited collection exploring Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century. We are very excited about the volume which looks …

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Science Mixtape

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be the guest on Soho Radio’s Science Mixtape with Matilda Hay. If you would like to listen to the show it is available as a podcast.    

Dead Useful II: operating on the dead

Not too long ago I wrote a post about corpse medicine; the use of parts of the dead body in medicines. This could take the form of Stroking lumps and bumps with the hand of a hanged man, or including mummified flesh in a remedy. But dead bodies weren’t only used as remedies, they were used to …

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The Alchemist at the RSC

Ben Jonson’s 1610 play The Alchemist was playing in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer (until 6 August) before transferring to The Barbican from September. Set against the backdrop of a great plague epidemic which has seen the wealthy abandon London for the cleaner country air, the play is a rare chance for those us interested in the history …

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