Horace Wells and the Gas War — Dentist Horace Wells set up shop in Hartford in 1836, before the discovery of anasthesia. At an exhibition in 1844 he became certain that nitrous oxide could revolutionize medicine. He tried to demonstrate his findings… but things didn’t go as planned.
W.C. Minor: Madness, Murder, and a Dictionary (Part 1) — In the first part of this episode, we look at the early days of William Chester Minor. Minor originally studied medicine and served and practiced surgery in the Union Army. Eventually he was committed to a hospital for the insane. But what happened next?
Johann Dippel and the Elixir of Life — Johann Konrad Dippel was born in 1673 at Frankenstein Castle. Originally a theology student, Dippel began dabbling in chemistry, medicine and alchemy. Today he’s remembered for creating a panacea that was used on a variety of ailments. How did he do it?
A show about medicine shows and patent medicine. A flyer of Chief White Eagle’s Rattlesnake Oil is read.