Medicine Macabre – Genius & Insanity

Genius can often come at the cost of deep rooted psychological disorders, and one such man, Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), prophet of both theological revelation and neurological study, is such an example. In a fraction of the time that most researchers spend to make similar analyses, Swedenborg had predicted the function and value of the brain well over […]

Medicine Macabre – ‘The Empire of the Dead’

What do you do when you have millions of bodies, some only partially decomposed, overflowing in a space no bigger than a few city blocks? The answer lies beneath the streets of Paris, one hundred feet below the surface. For as much as it’s known as the City of Lights, Paris is also home to ‘The Empire […]

Medicine Macabre – Dr. Pembroke’s Favorite Articles of the Year

It is with only a small degree of sadness that I bid farewell to another year. As ever, it is not the time that has passed that matters as much as the experiences yet to come. Yes, the new year beckons like a fresh cadaver; full of fresh meat, bursting with discoveries, secrets, cuts and cavities to be explored, and is usually a good deal […]

Chicago Steampunk Salon – December 2015 Report

This week’s report is brought to you by two of the Windy City Steam Collective’s co-conspirators Miss Vivienne Merriweather and Dr. J.D. Pembroke. You might know them from such places as the Salon and various Speakeasies around Chicago. Chicago has a monthly Steampunk salon! Run by the Windy City Steam Collective, it brings the Chicagoland Steampunk community […]

Medicine Macabre – Two Million Corpses

I often hear about young people who enjoy taking romantic sojourns to a nearby cemetery, proving the eternal and inextricable bond between fervent sexual ardor and the grim inevitability of death.   A trip to the cemetery you say? How adorable. Why, the last time I visited a graveyard I also had a grand old time. I […]

The Monkey Mutiny of 1890

Dear readers, I hope you’ll forgive a lack of medically related anecdotes this week, in exchange for an absolute gem I found whilst perusing the Saturday 29th March, 1890 copy of the Warwick Examiner. I was researching insanity in small English towns (prevalent, if you’re interested – no surprise there), and I came across a short account of […]

Medicine Macabre – Morphine With Friends

Onyxfeld, 1872 – Late Autumn The companionship of humans has always been of great interest to me in my studies, but I have never really had need of it. That said, there is something to be said for the concept of group friendship, as best summed up in the old battlefield maxim that states that ‘Teamwork […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies – Cure Baldness and Colds!

In all fairness, this installation of Remedies shouldn’t be attributed to me at all, but moreso to the great and evangelical John Wesley, whose solutions to everyday maladies of the body are both terrifying and highly amusing. We’ve encountered his crackpot cures before with the explosively disgusting and agonizing Iliac Passion. Must we mock the man who […]

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