Post - Dr Lindsey Fitzharris (@drlindseyfitz)

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Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

@drlindseyfitz

NYTimes Bestselling Author

United Kingdom

I have a PhD in the History of Science and Medicine from Oxford University. I've authored two nonfiction books, The Butchering Art and The Facemaker, both of which make me grateful to live in the 21st century. I was recently diagnosed with Stage IIA breast cancer.

25 Posts

  1. The severe pitting in this skull is the direct result of tertiary (last stage) syphilis, a bacterial infection often transmitted through sexual contact - though infected mothers can pass it onto child
  2. This extraordinary anatomical model of a dissected head and neck was created by the British sculptor Joseph Towne for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Towne's models were critical teaching tools at a tim
  3. Heroin was first synthesized by C. R. Alder Wright in 1874 by adding two acetyl groups to the molecule morphine, a natural product of the opium poppy. Bayer commercialized the drug when they began mas
  4. Getting ready for #NYE ? Coca wine was a 19th-century beverage made with wine and cocaine. One popular brand, Vin Mariani, was enjoyed by Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Arthur Conan Doyle. Thomas Ed
  5. In 1863, Alexander T. Augusta became the first African-American commissioned as a medical officer in the Union Army and was awarded the rank of major. He was eventually put in charge of his own hospit
  6. A Serving of Medical History

    A couple kiss under the mistletoe while wearing gas masks, c.1940. Today, we associate mistletoe with smooching; however, the poisonous plant has a long association with medicine, and in the past would
  7. The anaesthetic powers of chloroform was first discovered in 1847 by the Scottish physician James Young Simpson. He and his two friends experimented with it on the evening of November 4th. At first, t
  8. BURIED ALIVE!

    ESCAPABLE BURIAL CHAMBER built by Thomas Pursell for himself & his family. The ventilated vault can be opened from the inside by a handwheel attached to the door. Pursell was buried there in 1937, and
  9. GRAVEYARD GUN (c.1820) - used to prevent bodysnatchers from stealing corpses to sell to anatomists. Set at the foot of a grave, the gun would have had three tripwires around it. One such gun reportedl
  10. Beetlejuice. Acrylics on canvas. #tealcartoons #adrianteal #art #artist #caricature
  11. My current book is called The Intermediaries. It’s about the first gender reassignment surgeries—in the 1920s-30s—at an institute in Berlin. Most people think Lile Elbe was the first trans woman to ha
  12. This is the DEATH MASK of a young woman who drowned in the River Seine in the 1880s. As was customary in those days, her corpse was put on display in the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone might
  13. Did you know...?

    GRAVEYARD GUN (c.1820) - used to prevent bodysnatchers from stealing corpses to sell to anatomists. Set at the foot of a grave, the gun would have had three tripwires around it. One such gun reportedl
  14. "Tooth Worms"

    Standing only four inches tall, this object is entitled "The Tooth Worm as Hell's Demon." It dates to the 18th century. The two halves open up to reveal a scene about the infernal torments of a tootha
  15. The Bregenz Festival is famous for staging some of the most mind-blowing spectacles. Verdi’s opera, “A Masked Ball,” featured a stage that looked like a giant book being opened by a skeleton. The show
  16. This is the DEATH MASK of a young woman who drowned in the River Seine in the 1880s. As was customary in those days, her corpse was put on display in the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone might
  17. Another painting, in acrylics on canvas. Like the Indiana Jones one, this is available as a limited-edition print from my website, adrianteal.com Btw, is there a way to add alt text to these posts? #caricature
  18. The Unusual History behind the CPR Doll

    This is the DEATH MASK of a young woman who drowned in the River Seine in the 1880s. As was customary in those days, her corpse was put on display in the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone might
  19. World War I Tanks

    While researching my latest book, The Facemaker , I came across this mask worn by tank crews during World War I. Shaped to fit around the eyes & nose, the (chain)mail protected against "bullet splash"

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