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Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is one of those "old timey" diseases I've been aware of since I was a kid--not just because I read a lot of historical fiction as a kid, but also because I grew up in mosquito country. But knowing it exists isn't the same as knowing what it does. So what is yellow… Continue reading Would This Kill Me in the 1800s: Yellow Fever

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Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous

Read the first part of this series here. Between 1837 and 1839, more than 500 people died of accidental arsenic poisoning in England, and a look at a Victorian household is enough to make one wonder why that number wasn't significantly higher, with household manuals of the time recommending various combinations of flour, oatmeal, or… Continue reading Dressed to Kill, Part II: Drop Dead Gorgeous