Medicine Macabre – Flowers and Corpses

I love to garden. The joy of observing the steady growth of a living thing, flourishing and burgeoning in your tender custody. Quite the opposite of my other pastimes, usually involving the very dead, or soon to be so. Yet, surprisingly, human corpses and gardening share a connection. Can grisly corpse-work somehow complement our horticultural interests? One prominent English surgeon and […]

Dr. Pembroke at the International Steampunk Symposium

As night fell on Cincinnati, Ohio, the jolly mood of the 2016 International Steampunk Symposium assumed a darker cast. Secreted away in an abandoned panel room, Dr. Pembroke prepared to address his assembled colleagues. The atmosphere of the room, however, seemed to lend itself towards murderous malpractice more than modern medicine.

Medicine Macabre – The Music of Surgery

Who can choose when or where the Muses descend and sow their creative seeds, and significantly, who can decide what form that creativity takes? For example: to some, my work is an abomination. To me, it is art. Suffice it to say, the Muse assigned to Monsieur Maraise was having a particularly bad day when it proffered upon him […]

Medicine Macabre – Torment and Teeth

There’s no sound you enjoy more, I know, than the resounding crack as a tooth puller, expert or otherwise, yanks free a partially decayed tooth from your sweet mouth. Now consider such a procedure sans those delightful opiates you’re fond of consuming, and imagine every excruciating jolt of pain lancing into your very skull as the local barber, blacksmith, or anyone handy who owns a pair […]

Medicine Macabre – Beer Medicine!

Ladies and Gentlemen! Do you need an excuse to drink? Do you suffer from all manner of ailments, imaginary or otherwise? Do your children complain too much? Of course, all children do. Well have no fear, because with the use of clever advertising and an amnesiac approach to common sense and medical understanding, you too can enjoy […]

Medicine Macabre – The Manchester Mummy

One of my favorite topics to explore is the terrifying phenomenon of being buried alive (also delightfully known as vivisepulture). It remains one of our supreme dreads, and while for some premature internment may be but a minor inconvenience (remember the thrice buried Monsieur De Civille?), most consider it a hideous possibility. A few will go to great lengths to protect against such […]

Medicine Macabre – The Utica Crib

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It has often been said that the compassion by which we treat the incarcerated is indicative of the state of our society as a whole. A logical extension of this sentiment […]

Medicine Macabre – The Man With A Hole In His Stomach

Onyxfeld – Winter 1892 Major discoveries in medicine can occur for different reasons. Some, the result of slow, careful work; aggregate studies and experiments done over time with methodical precision. Some advances however are made as a result of purely circumstantial occurrences. The most dramatic example of this is perhaps the tale of a young Quebecian frontiersman, who as a […]

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