Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Wednesday Wotsit - Caution, unsavory text from 1840

 While searching the National Library web site I found this (The last sentence amused me, there was no picture!)
December 14th 1840 BURY & NORWICH POST
(advert for R.H.Lamb Medical Practitioner from Manchester and Liverpool)
Son age 12 of Mr Robert Farman, Builder of St. Helens Street, Ipswich, while taking a course of Mr. Lambs Medicine, passed a Tape Worm upwards of 21 feet long, with several hundred joints. The principal symptoms that affected the boy for a considerable time, were violent pains in the head, dimness of sight nearly to blindness, at time giddiness, violent pains in the side striking across the bowels, gnawing pains in the stomach, pain in the back, extreme fullness after eating, moaning and starting during sleep, numbness of the limbs etc etc. Further particulars may be known by applying to Mr. Farman or of Mr Lamb, where the worm may be seen.


Stephanie V said...

Eeew! That poor boy. Mr Lamb's medecine seems to be mighty effective. Wonder what it really was?

Byddi Lee said...

Cool ! I'd have gone to see it!