Medical

The Cold or Catarrh in the Late 1800s

Many doctors of the late 1800s wrote about and investigated the cold, or at it was often called, catarrh. Nineteenth-century doctors also had advice about the best ways to avoid or prevent a cold. Of course, that was not always possible and so when a cold happened, doctors and even quacks wanted to cure it…

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Cold Sea Bathing in the Georgian Era

Cold sea bathing in the Georgian Era was thought to have curative or therapeutic properties and be more than merely a cold bath. The salt made it a “medicated bath,” and as salt was considered to be a stimulant, it was also “an efficacious cleanser of the glands of the skin.”[1] Cold bathing was also…

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Regency Poisons

Poisons were an important topic in the Regency Era and because of the interest in poisons, a lengthy article was published in 1828 that provide all sorts of information about poisons, including class III poisons designated as “Sedative, or Narcotic Poisons.” All of these poisons could be ingested or applied to the body and were…

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Death By Peas and Other Foods

Food was not always safe in the 1800s, and all sorts of foods could cause death. For example, a 22-year-old woman decided to eat raw rice mixed with milk, and afterwards drank her hot tea. A few hours later she fell ill and complained of severe stomach pain, which was caused from the rice swelling.…

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Curing Headaches in Georgian Times

Georgian physicians claimed there were all sorts of causes for headaches. Some of the stranger causes included atmospheric changes, bile in the blood, too much iron, bowel issues, thunderstorms, and indigestion. Just as Georgian physicians believed there were many causes for headaches, physicians also offered a wide variety of solutions to headache sufferers. Some of…

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Hysteria in the Georgian Era

Hysteria was a catch-all term given to sufferers who were readily excited, highly nervous, or emotionally distressed. Georgian doctors claimed hysteria was brought on because of surprise created by joy, grief, fear, etc., and doctors also asserted it affected people early in life — primarily between the age of puberty and thirty-five. Eighteenth century doctors…

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John St. John Long – A Most Remarkable Quack

John St. John Long was the second son of a basket maker named John Long. He was born in 1798 in Newcastle, a town in west Limerick county in Ireland. He would have pursued his father’s trade but he showed an inclination towards art and ended up attending design school in Dublin. In 1822, he…

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