Hysterical Females

Hysteria comes from 'hyster' (Greek for uterus). From the phenomenon of the wandering womb believed by the ancient Greeks to hysteria's popularisation in the 19th century, Victorian males were quick to diagnose female hysteria with the emergence of symptoms such as depression, nervousness, erratic behaviour, loss of appetite, insomnia, sexual desire and so on. It … Continue reading Hysterical Females

Mellification: The Process of Turning Oneself into Honey in the name of Medicine

I have just been searching through Facebook and discovered a link to a list of weird ancient medical treatments on Listicles.com. One I found particularly fascinating is the consumption of a honey-coated cadaver. Being naturally curious as to the truth behind this assertion, I researched on... Reported in Chinese sources, significantly of the 16th Century, … Continue reading Mellification: The Process of Turning Oneself into Honey in the name of Medicine