Episode 9: Life Of A Surgeon-Apothecary 1750 -1850:
Guest Interview with Suzie Grogan
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My guest today is fellow Pen & Sword author, Suzie Grogan. Suzie’s written three books now but it is her second book, Death, Disease and Dissection that we’re really focusing on in this episode.
Join me as our chat turns to the world of medical history and the life of a surgeon-apothecary in the mid 18th and 19th Century.
We don’t forget the body snatching in this episode and look at it from a slightly different angle than usual.
Our discussion about a Surgeon-Apothecary goes as follows:
*Listener discretion is advised at the beginning of this episode
1:12 Introduction & how a murder inspired Suzie’s first book ‘Shell-Shocked Britain’
5:07 The Structure of the medical profession
9:42 The varied work of a Surgeon – Apothecary: From rolling pills to lancing abscesses
11:40 Inside the 19th century dissecting room
14:07 John Keats as a Medical student
14:22 Druin Burch ‘Digging Up The Dead’ & accounts of 19th dissecting rooms
15:12 The horrors of cross-contamination & germs in the dissecting room
19:09 Digging deeper into the life of a 19th century medical student
19:36 Students providing cadavers for dissection & anatomists relationship with body snatchers
23:16 I’m asked a surprise question on the total number of cadavers stolen
24:19 The value of the human body at the time of the Anatomy Act
26:13 The fear of being dissected
27:03 The glamorous life of the Surgeon – Apothecary
29:37 Quack Doctors
30:48 We dive back into the subject of body snatching
33:41 Keats: His medical notebook & time as a medical student
39:18 The influence of medicine on Keates poetry
40:50 Suzie’s thoughts on body snatching & its importance in medical history
43:39 How to find more from my guest, Suzie Grogan
Books & Resources Mentioned In This Episode Include:
- Ruth Richardson ‘Death, Dissection & the Destitute’
- Druin Burch ‘Digging Up The Dead’
- E.S Thompson The Gem Flockheart Series (Vol 1: Beloved Poison)
- The British Newspaper Archive
Suzie’s Book (In Order Of Publication)
Want to follow Suzie and find out what she’s up to?
Suzie’s fantastic Website can be found here