2 Mar 2020
Emily WinterEmily Winter is an archivist of everything from the miasmatic to the purulent.
22 Oct 2019
Pillbox (Edward William John Hopley), Quack: An Ignorant Pretender, , Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine Why do we call a person who promotes fradulent or harmful medicine under the guise of medical expertise a “quack”? The term comes from the 17th century Middle Dutch kwaksalver: a combination of kwaken (to brag, boast, or croak) […]
2 Oct 2019
The threat cholera posed was not limited to the population’s health, but extended into political and social concerns of the era. When cholera arrived via Britain’s harbors and waterways in 1832, the disease swept across a nation agitated by political unrest and a deeply divided class system. The working population, disenfranchised and without democratic representation, […]