Tagged with Gaby Wood

Wars and Invention

This is from a book the Phantom Museum in which various writers were let loose on the Welcome collection of medical curiosities. This is Gaby Wood on Phantom Limbs: “The American Civil War saw unprecedented numbers of men made limbless; Silas Weir Mitchell’s early estimate of 15,000 tuned out to be conservative – there were … Continue reading

New/Old Word : Doll

New/Old Word : Doll

This seems to be a straightforward term, but only as we know it in the modern useage.  It is a children’s toy, specifically a female, or, in earlier times, it was a term of endearment. But in the past there has been some confusion, especially in England in the late 17th/early 18th century, when at … Continue reading