Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – The Tyburn Tree Gallows, Part 2

Hanging day was a riotous affair in the eighteenth century – convicted criminals and notorious ne’er do wells were held accountable for their vicious and heinous crimes (such as stealing bread) by means of a slow asphyxiation, swinging from the gibbet of the Tyburn Tree. The whole event was meant to serve as a deterrent yet […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – The Tyburn Tree Gallows, Part 1

The year is 1756, it’s a lovely warm autumn day… and it’s almost time for the hanging. In the center of the square, a giant mass of people cluster around the infamous three-beamed gallows known as the Tyburn Tree. In the center, beset on all sides by the thronging crowd, are two decidedly separate camps of […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Anatomy Night School

During the intellectually ravenous period of the mid to late 1700’s, the study of medicine was flourishing and blooming like some strange, bloody, sticky anatomical flower, as doctors engaged themselves in the long road to true, empirical understanding of the human body. Luminaries such as my personal hero John Hunter, amongst others, were eager to expand their skills […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – John Hunter and the Irish Giant

It’s almost midnight, late by any standards. The weary owner passes a filthy rag over the bar-top and stuffs it back in his stained apron. There’s only a few punters left and they’ll be kicked out after a minute or two. He turns to face the back bar, puts on his spectacles and peers at […]

Dr Pembroke’s Clinic – Electric-Zombie Kittens

WARNING: This article contains vivid descriptions of gruesome scientific experiments on small, cute, fluffy kittens. Although Karl Weinhold’s experiments strain credibility and may not have taken place, they still evoke revulsion and may not be for all readers. Onyxfeld, Early Spring 1872 Few doctors have the stomach for the kind of work that I am willing […]

Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 1 – Extraction

Onyxfeld, Early Winter As I was recently traveling to the city of Onyxfeld, the train passed by a large, snow covered cemetery. The sight of it brought to mind a common issue faced by surgeons and anatomists of the modern world in which we live, namely the sore deficit of cadavers available for the study […]

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