Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports compiled by Rictor Norton

Medical Experiments

2 July 1726   A few days ago, a man was cut for the stone, the old way, in preinæo, by Mr. Dobyns at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital; from whom were taken six stones, one as big as a turkey’s egg, two as a pigeon’s, the others as a nutmeg, and is likely to recover. [Weekly Journal, or The British Gazetteer]

13 May 1727   On Monday last John Egerton of Oulton in the County of Chester, Esq; was couch’d for a cataract by Dr. Cheselden, with good success. [British Journal]

17 August 1728   A few days ago Dr. Richard Smith cut a large cancer from the lip of Thomas Welling (upon his stage in the Broadway of Westminster) formerly a soldier in General Sabine’s Regiment, but now a Pensioner of Chelsea College; and last Friday the man appear’d upon the stage perfectly well cured, altho’ he was cut once before by a very noted surgeon. (Weekly Journal; or, British Gazetteer)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Medical Experiments", 5 September 2002, updated 3 January 2006 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/medical.htm>

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