medical oddities

The Old Lady with the Nails

The Old Lady with the Nails An old lady with a hammer and nails menaces a dormitory of schoolboys in a nightmarish vision.

Eating Holy Clay

Eating Holy Clay A disturbing ritual from Ireland where clay from graves is eaten to protect against disease and sin. Unfortunately more was ingested than just clay.

Cholera Curiosities

Cholera Curiosities Fortean curiosities of cholera including blue fog, sulfurous stenches, vanishing birds. and Women in Black.

Kiss the Corpse and Then You Die

Kiss the Corpse and Then You Die The custom of kissing the corpse often led to death from infectious disease.

Painting in the Dark with Raphael

Painting in the Dark with Raphael Painting in the dark was only part of the artistic talents of Mr. Abel Taylor, psychic artist, who worked under the influence of the painter Raphael.

Supplying Dead Ringers

Supplying Dead Ringers Wax effigies, fake or substitute corpses used by criminals.

A Color Doctor

A Color Doctor Dr. William Hotchkiss of St. Louis believed that different colors could heal illnesses. He was known as The Color Doctor.

Miss Neas’s Bones of Contention

Miss Neas’s Bones of Contention Doctors and other witnesses reported seeing hundreds of bones working their way through Sarah Neas’s skin

The Little Man with the Soiled Handkerchief

The Little Man with the Soiled Handkerchief A little man haunts a sick woman, taunting her with his soiled handkerchief.

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