The complete works The Dublin Railway Murder A tale of two inventions A shot in the dark Metal in her mammaries So much chaff called brains Cover story Painfully obvious The cabbage catastrophe The carrot cataplasm The perils of a sneeze The miller’s daughter A late arrival An uncommon injury A cautionary tale Under the skin Libel and lithotomy Difficult to swallow Moulded to the lid Resuscitated by a Romanov Death by onanism The golden pin The surgeon and the smugglers The woman with two wombs The galley slave and the barrel hoop Specific gravity A gallon a day keeps the doctor away An unusual route The bacon factory eyelid transplant A mystery diagnosis The heart surgeon and the Nazis The boy with two skulls A real-life murder mystery from old Dublin Emergency coffee Revolutions in surgery Removed without the least difficulty A pane in the eye A triumph of surgery Nobody nose Do no harm Pricked it all over with a fine needle Conversation with a ghost Hit in the face with a cow’s stomach The privy spider Off the scale The bottom feeder An English emigrant to Canada Magnifique! 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The stone bullet Bruit force A near miss The safety valve Millipede meningitis Ulysse Trélat and an implausible discovery A watch spring, a bean and a clove of garlic The lemonade enema The practical joke Jules Cloquet: the surgeon as artist Britain’s first heart surgeon A wonderful accumulation The missing member The electric centipede The first caesarean in Ireland An infinite number of worms A knotty problem Eighth time lucky The child who swallowed a pin Four lambs and two puppies Claws for concern The tin box The spoon swallower Odds bodkins The baby who was bathed in a tumbler He swallowed a serpent Bedtime stories Stand well back The fiery finger Shafted A remarkable dislocation Divine’s intervention The viper’s kiss Commercial break The pork cylinder Shear bad luck An immense plug of wood Scalpel, suture and Swedish turnips Occupational hazard Frightened to death Jumping over a broomstick Degloved by a donkey The stomach snail Fourteen fingers A likely story Point-blank range “Oh, I’ll tell you another time” A disarming experience An unusual method The greatest phenomenon that nature has known Born under a manger A practical joke The wandering needle Get Out Of Jail Free Irritating the genitals by various means Finish what you started Extraordinary and probably unique A curious surgical case She swallowed a mouse An extraordinary quantity of worms Revealed: the cure for hiccups More than common danger The trumpeter and the walking stick The dislocated neck Cosmetic(s) surgery Asleep while she gave birth The poison taker Rare and peculiar William Harvey at the Royal College of Physicians The ear drill Mr Trought’s tobacco enema Plagiarising the past An enormous concretion The spermatorrhoea alarm Hooked Making a mark Show and tell The lithophagus Born in a cesspit A harrowing incident A week entombed in a snowdrift A dangerous weapon The bladder shrimp The eye magnet The pea pod polyp The foot-long bladder stone The lucky Prussian In hospital for 34 years All at sea A dangerous hobby The pigeon’s rump cure An enormous eater The very hungry schoolboy Mr Dendy’s egg-cup case The most eccentric physician who ever lived The man with two penises An interesting and remarkable accident Cured by a collision The accidental hysterectomy Media vita in morte sumus Twice bitten Cones and bones Normal for Norfolk Falling pregnant An arrow escape The forgetful sailor He sliced his penis in two Fifty years ahead of his time Not getting his hands dirty A span in length An unfortunate couple An unwelcome visitor Going for a dance The boy who choked on his gold A forgotten thing The colonic carpentry kit The healing power of nature Death of an earl The slugs and the porcupine The 43-year pregnancy The other Horatio Nelson The cheese knife lobotomy The seventy-year-old mother-to-be A receipt for making a rupture The man whose intestines twinkled like stars The case of the drunken Dutchman’s guts If you can’t find a surgeon… The lawn-tennis elbow A flaming nuisance A dubious paper Hook, line and Liston The amphibious infant The champagne cure The monk with a perfume bottle stuck up his bottom Robot hearts The lancer lanced A strange tale The ‘first’ heart transplant An abominable, disgusting habit The long road to recovery Publication day! Pins and needles The golden padlock The human clarinet An extraordinary surgical operation Like finding a needle in a pharynx An abnormal secretion The boy who got his wick stuck in a candlestick A freak accident Painful news from the Bobbin Factory A large portion of chin An unwanted buzz cut The egested intestine Pitched upon a pitchfork Death by barley An X-ray vision A chainsaw to the spine Spirits go straight to your head Broken glass and boiled cabbage The eye fungus The man who peed a bullet Cart to heart Hip hip A fishy business The stone-swallower The bone-breaking sneeze The dentist who made the blind see The snuff-eating nose centipede Deafened by a kiss A leech on the eyeball The mystery of the poisonous neckerchief Sleeping with the fishes The tapeworm trap The tin whistle The turpentine vapour bath The dislocated eyeball The self-opening coffin The punctured bowel The tooth ant Bled dry Quails and beer Better late than never The man with a snake in his heart Firearm fires forearm Up the spout Evacuated with a spoon She cut off her nose with a carving knife The ear maggots The girl whose sweat turned black A nineteenth-century hacking scandal The spider’s web cure The forty-foot tapeworm A festive night in a Victorian emergency department Pegged out Shot by a toasting fork A bayonet through the head A high pain threshold Killed by his false teeth The venomous boot Bunged up Reeking from the jaw of the living animal Pregnant with a toothbrush The exploding scrotum A window in his chest Mother knows best Attempted suicide by spoon A most fortunate escape The soldier operated on himself The spear and the eucalyptus tree Rings on his fingers An unexpected discovery A most remarkable accident A leech in the throat Incorrigible A hopeless case? The perils of being a writer Cured by a nightmare A pin in the ear Sheathed in a pig’s gut The missing pencil The woman who peed through her nose Toast and herbs In one side and out the other Severed, replaced, reunited The woman who vomited pins Snake poo salesman She needs a finger Flies in his eyes The King of Smokers The poet’s skull and a boy’s bowels On flatulence and Darwin The man with 87 children The fractured penis The cure of Thomas Tipple Reattached with a sticking plaster The missing tobacco pipe The extra jaw Conceived by a bullet The mysterious bullet in the heart Brolly painful The sad case of Hoo Loo The sleepwalker A saw head Rattlesnakes and brandy A fork up the anus Like an elastic ball The man with the wax face A diplomatic disaster The amputee obstacle course Bolt from the blue Amputating the bowels Occupation: glass and nail eater A case for Dr Bell Death from peas The double monster The horn of a dilemma Killed by a corkscrew Saved for posterity Two spoonsful of brain on the pillow The deserter The largest tumor on record Honking like a goose Sugar is good for your teeth The wandering musket ball The dreadful opening How to treat hay fever? The fire-proof man Boiling water and birch twigs A rotten trick Plum stone colick Mass delusions Champagne ad libitum A head of wheat in the bladder Eye eye Dancing testicles The incredible shrinking man Worms in the nose A beetroot up the bottom The miller’s tale Replete of vermin Scared to death? The redoubtable Mrs H Inexpressibly loathsome and sickening The man who coughed up a knife The glow-in-the-dark Easter feast The human piggy bank A difficult labour A suicidal machine Death by cucumber The man with three testicles The stomach eel Jaundice and night blindness Cured by a lightning bolt ‘Powder a Toad’ – Wesley’s Primitive Physick Lost and found An intestinal… mouse? Mütter’s operation – plastic surgery, 19th-century style The boy who vomited his own twin The man with a tooth in his ear Leeches for everybody Oshkosh, by gosh The mystery of the exploding teeth The man who ate chalk Trees do not grow in humans Killed by shaving The electric spectacles Medicinal pancakes Penis in a bottle A ludicrous mistake More astonishing than true The woman whose skin turned blue Benjamin Rush in The Lancet Dragging his bowels after him A medical duel Fruit, feathers and hair Suffocated by a fish A dismal tail Putting a patient to sleep (without anaesthetic) A medical old wives’ tale The woman who turned to soap Killed by a cough Dead or alive at will The seven-foot tumour Unfortunate injury of the decade Don’t mess with an electric eel Impaled on a stake Dead from too much pie Sober up the nineteenth-century way A Victorian hospital Christmas The hidden dangers of a Victorian Christmas The perils of the Christmas pudding Death by Christmas dinner A beetle in the bladder There was an old woman who swallowed a fork… Somewhat silly in his manner All hail the strawberry The man with the rubber jaw The case of the missing pen The perforated private Is that it? Nothing to worry about Struck dumb Bleeding you well In praise of temperance Pipe dreams The eye-brush The owl-eyed girl Medicine or marinade? Trouble at t’mill The worst job in the world? The do-it-yourself hernia operation Saliva and crow’s vomit Glass half-empty A case for Dr Coffin The electric scalpel An ‘unnatural propensity’ and its perils Don’t try this at home Lettuce, a Class A drug Aleing all day, and oiling all night Brained by a bull Stay of execution? Almost to the ground The case of the luminous patients Speaking of tongues Electrical anaesthesia Lively and clean on the palate Medicated chocolate? No thanks The child with Bonaparte in his eyes An exercise in futility Sand, to be taken twice daily The perils of toast Hard to stomach Heal thyself Death by cold water A fatal nose job The bird and the bees Roger ‘two urinals’ Clerk The mystery of the poisonous cheese Le hundred-up club Nutmegs is the best spice for students The supernumerary leg Monsieur Mangetout Put a bandage on it The black sheep Poisoning pooches in the park Portrait of a quack Medical qualifications: optional The self-inflicted lithotomy Chess and phrenology Do no harm – unless it’s a criminal A 19th-century doctor’s guide to etiquette Such is the fortitude of females The rocket man The cod-liver oil binge The self-performed caesarian Worms on the pillow Opium – perfect for babies All flesh is grass Fingers crossed All’s well that ends well It makes you go blind, you know Mummies and rhubarb Adventures in digestion The dreadful mortification The winged ones: insects in the stomach Leeches: for external and internal use The perpetual patient Nil by mouth Brain of hare and turd of dog Wrapped in a dead sheep A fright for sore eyes The original Lead Belly Medicated cigarettes: the new panacea The port-wine enema The human pincushion Cycling will give you heart disease Wine, the great healer Anaesthesia for lions (and bears) The guillotine – life after death? The woman who could smell with her feet Spiders in her eyes Breaking news: swallowing knives is bad for you The petrol cocktail: a cure for cholera Smoking’s good for you – as long as you’re a priest Why children should never wear hats Busted! A medical plagiarist exposed A painful way to ‘cure’ a stammer A dissertation on pus Centipedes in your bacon Catching a disease through an electric wire In event of drowning, blow smoke up bottom The Swiss disease Death of a 152-year-old (or was he?) The combustible countess At least it got rid of the tapeworm… A bad use for good wine Half man, half snake Difficulty getting it down A bracing cure for madness The twelve-hour tonsillectomy Mercury snuff “Catch anything, darling?” “Only Granny” On leeches, and how to catch them John Keats: Ode to a Black Eye The hearing-aid chair Your cooker will give you typhoid The woman who could read with her stomach A bit of a headache Heart disease? Have you tried using a swing? The man who fought a duel in his sleep Give that man a medal Hemlock and millipedes The worm: a horror story Curing conjunctivitis with frogspawn Fishing line and marine sponges: the operating theatre of 1888 That’s one way to give up smoking Dear oh dear The child that cried in the womb Wrong Injured by the imagination Skipping-ropes: the silent killer A case of hiccups The case of the poisonous pheasants The incredible sleeping woman King George’s heart
4 thoughts on “The complete works”
Thank you for publishing this excellent and fascinating blog.
Many of us, myself included, often long for the “good old days”. Here are many examples of certain unpleasant shortcomings of medical practice in those times.
Thank you! Glad you’re enjoying it.
Thank you so much for the time you have put into making this type of infomation readable and easy to access.
“Back in the day” they sure did not have the luxuries we now have: pain killers, ICU and the knowledge etc.
As a person who has experienced accidents equal to several you have mentioned (horse related, some things do not change), I am especially grateful for our modern advances.
Thank you for all you do. The website was great fun while healing. Keep up the good works.
I am hoping all is going well in your neighborhood. I was wondering if it is possible that you have ever come across some situations in your researches, similar as to what we are dealing with now but smaller, that had been documented and hopefully on a positive note, “contained”?