March 21, 2013 by Victorian Body Parts Conference
Here at the Victorian Body Parts blog, as you would imagine, we’re rather keen to have a good old ogle at some of the more curious ‘articulations’ of the Victorian body. So, from time to time, we’ll post an example of a “bit” of the nineteenth-century body to whet your appetite for the conference.
We’re calling it the ‘Parts Party’ – and no, you can’t stop us.
For our first example, we’re delighted to show you a patient of what is euphemistically dubbed ‘heroic treatment’:
‘This is how I looked after what the doctors call “HEROIC TREATMENT”‘ is part of a satirical series on orthodox medical methods by Morison, who gained fame as a seller of health-promoting ‘Universal Vegetable Pills’. Sadly, after a period of immense popularity and fame – and once the pills had been implicated in coroners’ courts as playing a role in a death or two – Morison decided that France needed the benefit of his medical and comical gifts.
We’d love to hear your examples – submit them via firstname.lastname@example.org or @victbodyparts (#partsparty) and let’s see what bits and knobs we can connect. After all, as the old song goes, ‘the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone’. (Technical terms available on request.)
Beatrice and Emma
@beatricebazell and @emmalcurry