Holding a Book bound in Human Skin

-It is hot and muggy in the upstairs gallery of Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh. I walk past shelves upon shelves of jars that contain 18th-century specimens suspended in liquid: a severed spine here, a cancerous bowel there. Compared with the lower level of the museum, it is eerily quiet up here. This section is not open to the public and so these objects are rarely gazed upon with such naked curiosity as I am experiencing now.

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By |2013-08-19T13:24:21+00:00August 19th, 2013|The Huffington Post|3 Comments

The Bloody History behind the Barber’s Pole

V0019646 A barber's shop, Alresford. Coloured reproduction of an aquaI am thrilled to announce that I have been asked to blog for the Huffington Post. But don’t worry, kind readers! I will never abandon The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice. I will continue to post original content on this site in order to satisfy your voracious appetite for medical history.

To keep you up-to-date on my latest morbid musings, however, I will provide links to the full-length articles from The Huffington Post here.

So without further ado, please kindly direct your attention to my debut piece: ‘The Bloody History behind the Barber’s Pole’—I hope you enjoy it!


*Please note that stockpile images which appear at the top of Huffington Post articles are not chosen by the author. 

By |2013-07-03T15:20:08+00:00July 3rd, 2013|The Huffington Post|10 Comments