Tagged with tuberculosis

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

Our Oldest Companion

Tuberculosis, or TB,  has been around for centuries, is widely viewed as a disease of overcrowding and malnutrition today about 1.4 million people still die of TB. Tuberculosis is still the biggest single infectious killer, beaten only by HIV/AIDS, with 95% of cases in low income countries. Some victims of TB contract it as a result … Continue reading

Love Failed

This is another story from Henry Williamson’s ‘Life in a Devon Village’ from the 1920s. This is about an old woman who lived – if you can call it that – by beachcombing, pushing an old perambulator as close as she could get it to the beach to carry home what she found: “…she padded … Continue reading

Not Resorting to Hotwell Spa

Not Resorting to Hotwell Spa

From the late 17th century when Catherine of Braganza visited the Hotwell near Bristol, the spa became a popular destination for the affluent. Balls, outings and other entertainments were often advertised in local papers, as also were lists of recently arrived visitors. But what was less often mentioned was the real reason for the site’s … Continue reading