Medical history (11 pages found in this category)

Chevalier Taylor

Redirected to John Taylor (oculist)

Crazy Sally Mapp

Redirected to Sarah Mapp.

Doctrine of signatures

Observation that the form of a medicinal plant in some way resembles the organ or disease it can be used to treat.

John Taylor (oculist)

Early 18th-century English eye surgeon and medical charlatan.

King’s Evil

Name given in medieval times to scrofula, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck caused by tuberculosis.


Technique that makes use of extracts derived from animal or human tissues to treat medical conditions.


Those who exhumed the bodies of the recently deceased during the 18th and 19th centuries to provide cadavers to anatomists for their research.

Sarah Mapp

18th-century bone-setter, nicknamed Crazy Sally.


Imaginary kind of afterbirth in the form of an “evil-looking little animal” especially attributed to Dutch women.

The Sleeping Girl of Turville

Girl claimed by her mother to have fallen into a deep sleep from which she could not be roused for nine years.