The Spitting Image

I came across this image while browsing in the online collection of the Wellcome Library (heaven only knows what my search terms were). Even in the often-bizarre world of the Wellcome’s collection, with wood engravings of eyes swollen shut by a witch’s curse and pictures of possessed men spitting up nails, this image stood out. Regurgitating,Continue reading “The Spitting Image”

Scratching “The Itch Infalable” at The Recipes Project

I wrote this blog post for The Recipes Project: Food, Magic, Art, Science, and Medicine about a 17th-century anti-itching recipe: Scratching “The Itch Infalable”: Johanna St. John’s Anti-Itch Cure On the downside, you may get psychosomatic itching after reading it, much like in 5th grade when you watched all those educational movies about lice. OnContinue reading “Scratching “The Itch Infalable” at The Recipes Project”