Sir Joseph Lister, Bt. and Listerine

Listerine is an antiseptic mouthwash, but where does the name originate? It is named for a person: Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, also known as the Father of Modern Surgery. Until he entered the field of medicine, the popular theory of infection was not due to bacteria but “bad air”. At the time, surgeons would not […]

The Man with Two Faces

Listen to this article: 1896, the medical encyclopedia Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine was published. Within the tome, was a description of one Edward Mordake. He lived in complete seclusion, refusing the visits even of the members of his own family. He was a young man of fine attainments, a profound scholar, and a musician of […]

Fastest Knife in the West End

Before anesthetics and antibiotics, amputation of a limb was a life-threatening procedure. Time was an essential factor for both of these issues, infection and pain being reduced if the amputation was performed faster. One 19th century surgeon by the name of Robert Liston was particularly adept at speedy amputations, earning the name “The Fastest Knife […]

The Fregoli delusion (or syndrome)

The Fregoli sydrome is a “monothematic delusional” disorder in which a person holds the belief that different individuals are in fact a single individual who morphs their appearance simply to deceive them or those around them. It is often characterized by paranoia, with the affected person believing themselves followed by the deceiver. Causes According to […]