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.

May 8th, 1886 – Confederate Chemist Creates “Intellectual Beverage”

In April 1865 while serving as lieutenant colonel of the Confederate Army’s 12th Cavalry Regiment, Georgia State Guard, John Pemberton was wounded in the Battle of Columbus, Georgia. He was slashed across the chest by a saber, and like many wounded veterans, he became addicted to the morphine used to ease the pain. Pemberton was a […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Remedies – Galvanic Viagra of the 1850’s

Join Dr. J.D. Pembroke as he explores the many curious, ridiculous and sometimes downright confusing medical methods by which mankind has sought to heal itself over the years… Imagine if you will: you are visiting an old friend for the evening, with the intention of getting wrecked on brandy and discussing Important Matters, such as the price of […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic: Electrifying Medicine Pt. 4 – Memory Loss

Onxyfeld, Late Winter 1872 Last week we witnessed first-hand the electric ‘resurrection’ of George Forster in 1803. This gruesome act was performed by a charismatic, exuberant scientist named Giovanni Aldini, hell-bent on challenging the perception of life and death as we knew it. In short, as you might imagine, this is someone I could share a […]

Dr. Pembroke’s Clinic – Trepanning Pt. 3 – Defiance and Demonstration

London, 1872 My name is Doctor-Chirurgeon J. D. Pembroke. This is Part 3 of the study of trepannation. Part 1 and part 2 are available for your perusal. As the art of surgery progresses, we see increased skill employed and ever more subtle intrusions into the dermal layers, resulting in fewer scars and diminished bodily […]

Pembroke’s Clinic: Trepanning Pt. 1 – History

London, 1872 On My Humble Self: My name is Doctor-Chirurgeon James D. Pembroke. My work is simply this: to learn about and extend the utility and usefulness of the modern homo sapiens, a most interesting and curious creature. The periodicals and weeklies have yet to have their fill of me, and promote a most insidious and […]

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