medical oddities

Mr Moon and his Mummified Molly

Around Halloween there was a shuddersome spate of stories about mummies and grave robbing. There were so many mummy dearest that I just had to write about Mr Moon and his wife Molly.

“Pull for the Shore, Sailor:” Mystic Music at Sickbeds and Deathbeds

Hearing mysterious music on the sickbed and at the death bed. The ideal of Spiritualist music was etherial, but the reality was accordions.

Introducing The Victorian Book of the Dead

A shamelessly commercial post today: Kestrel Publications is draping itself in black in celebration–The Victorian Book of the Dead has arrived!

Know When to Hold ‘em: Waiting Mortuaries in Connecticut?

An account of a proposal from Bridgeport, Connecticut, for an organization that would hold the bodies of the dead until they showed unmistakable signs of decomposition–in the interest of preventing burial alive.

Jack (and Jacqueline) the Clipper

Today we look at some hair-collectors—not ones who wanted to make sentimental hair jewelry or memorial hair wreaths, as was so commonly done in the Victorian period, but persons with more sinister motives. Meet “Jack the Clipper.”

Eating Holy Clay

Delving among the gravestones, I ran across a disturbing ritual from Ireland where clay from graves is eaten to protect against disease and sin. Unfortunately more was ingested than just clay.

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