Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic: Electrifying Medicine Pt. 3 – Reanimation

The date is the 18th of January, 1803. The place: the Royal College of Surgeons, London. Giovanni Aldini prepares to demonstrate a curious new science on the body of the convicted murderer George Forster. Below follows the true account of that gruesome demonstration: The crowd is hushed, the auditorium almost completely quiet, packed to the […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic: Electrifying Medicine Pt. 2 – Italian Frog Legs

Onxyfeld, Late Winter 1872 Welcome to the Enlightenment! A time period where we learned the mass of the earth, invented the steam engine, and most importantly, played around with the power of electricity without having the foggiest idea what we were doing. Practitioners include Benjamin Franklin, industriously shocking people as ‘therapy’ for pain and paralysis, […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic: Electrifying Medicine Pt. 1 – Stingrays and Storms

  Onxyfeld, Late Winter 1872 Many of you are familiar with the lamentably popular 1818 piece of pulp named Frankenstein. Unknown to most, what it actually chronicles is how at the turn of the 18th century, one of my creations went missing and for reasons best known to itself, wandered off into the Arctic tundra (not the smartest […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies: Blowing Vapours

Join Dr. J.D. Pembroke as he studies the many curious, ridiculous and sometimes downright confusing medical methods by which mankind has sought to heal itself with over the years. It’s a beautiful, warm night. You’re walking along the Thames River, London, breathing in the not-quite-yet-fetid air drifting in from the sea. You’re enjoying a good […]

The Knick – Review

The Knick is a superb, grimy, period medical drama set at the turn of the twentieth century. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen, it’s a great example of the ongoing trend for television to hire top-shelf actors and directors to acquire that filmic quality, and although surprisingly it’s produced by Cinemax, don’t expect […]

Vessel – Game Review

(Dr. Pembroke is taking a couple of weeks off from his endless, er, I mean, extremely informative medical essays for the time being (he’s in Venice or something – bodies are cheap there) and so he left me, Daniel, in charge. I have to write some articles, feed the Caged Ones, and also the cat. At least […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 4 – Execution

Up the close and doun the stair, But and ben wi’ Burke and Hare. Burke’s the butcher, Hare’s the thief, Knox the boy that buys the beef. —19th-century Edinburgh skipping rhyme Onyxfeld –Early winter This is the fourth and final in a series of essays on a most infamous yet necessary contributor to modern anatomical […]

Pembroke’s Clinic – The Resurrection Men, Pt 3 – Punishment

‘These men perform miracles, for they “raise the dead”, they are slave dealers, for they sell men ; they are amusing, for they furnish subjects for conversation; scientific, for they assist science. They are a species sui generis; Lycanthropes, for they live on the dead; discoverers, for they bring things hidden to light; quarrelsome , […]

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