Dr Lindsey Fitzharris
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Lindsey Fitzharris holds a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology from Oxford University. In 2009, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at Queen Mary, University of London - where she is still based today.

Lindsey is the author & creator of The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice, a website dedicated the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery. On it, she writes about everything from Victorian anti-masturbation devices, to coffin collars and books bound in human skin. The website has been mentioned by Discover Magazine and Scientific American, and was awarded a Cliopatria for ‘Best Individual Blog’ by the American Historical Association in 2011.

In addition to the blog, Lindsey has also written for the Guardian, the Lancet, and New Scientist; and has appeared on television for Channel 4, the BBC and National Geographic.

She is the writer, producer and host of the upcoming television show, Medicine's Dark Secrets, which begins filming in August.

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Entries by Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

The Face of History Through the Eyes of a Caricaturist

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 10:15 AM


"Every face can be reduced to a basic shape," Adrian Teal declares as he adjusts his square-rimmed glasses and begins drawing on the blank piece of paper before him. "Take, for example, this cube."

I peer over his shoulder,...

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Holding a Book Bound in Human Skin

(5) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 7:24 AM

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...
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Dissected Alive: The Case of Colleen S. Burns in Historical Perspective

(13) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM


On Sunday, The Post Standard reported a story that could have come straight from the script of a horror movie. In October 2009, Colleen S. Burns was admitted to St Joseph's Hospital Center in New York for a...

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The Bloody History Behind the Barber's Pole

(12) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 10:45 PM


Mark Twain once wrote: 'What one experiences in a barber's shop the first time he enters one is what he always experiences in barbers' shops afterwards till the end of his days'.

He couldn't be further from the truth.


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