Filed under history of medicine

A Guy Minus a ‘Y’

The difference between men and women is whether our cells have either XX = female, or XY = male, or that’s what we’ve long been taught. But Last wek some new reasearch on white mice seems to undermine this. Without a Y the cells were said to be the default sex, ie female. This is … Continue reading

Cholera in Silson

Cholera arrived on the south coast of England in 1831, one of the prices paid for empire. It took decades for the discovery of how it was spread – by drinking water – and so means found to control it. This is again from ‘Old Oak’. There used to be a long line of graves … Continue reading

PT Barnum’s Career Began This is an article from JSTOR, describing how the great showman’s career was launched by an elderly African American women who claimed to have been about 160 years old. After death she was anatomised and her age was dismissed, but as I reported elsewhere, in England there was a woman who was accepted as … Continue reading

Gender and Medicine

When I was a medical student, there were lots of debates about the relevance of drug testing as it was mostly carried out on young healthy students in need of extra funds to get through university. This often included drugs for the elderly, so we often wondered about its relevance and safety. Now much drug … Continue reading

Science and Art

Science and Art

These two are generally seen as worlds apart, but here’s a picture of a foot and mouth virus. Beautiful, isn’t it?  

Electrical Quackery

Electrical Quackery

In 18th century England, electricity became the big thing for the still primitive field of medicine. John Wesley and his followers were very intrested in it, and often treated people with wide range of illnesses, though I do recall reading of a woman whose arm was set alight by it. In the Museum of Science … Continue reading