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The Mesmerist

By Wendy Moore
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Wendy Moore
Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy. Onto this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope of the medical world. Charismatic and ambitious, Elliotson was determined to transform medicine from a hodge-podge of archaic remedies into a practice informed by the latest science. In this aim he was backed by Thomas Wakley, founder of the new magazine, the Lancet, and a campaigner against corruption and malpractice.Then, in the summer of 1837, a French visitor - the self-styled Baron Jules Denis Dupotet - arrived in London to promote an exotic new idea: mesmerism. The mesmerism mania would take the nation by storm but would ultimately split the two friends, and the medical world, asunder - throwing into focus fundamental questions about the fine line between medicine and quackery, between science and superstition.
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  • Mrs Beeton's Classic Meat Dishes

    By Isabella Beeton
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    Isabella Beeton
    The complete guide to cooking hearty meat dishes by our most famous cook - fully updated for the 21st-century kitchen.Mrs Beeton was an expert at cooking suppers that were hearty, warming and wholesome. From a roast fore rib of beef, steak and kidney pudding and braised mutton, her recipes were big on flavour: tender, succulent and delicious dishes with the best quality cuts of meat. Here is traditional British cooking at its best, with the most economical and practical methods for you to create those classic suppers that continue to stand the test of time. All of the recipes have been drawn from Mrs Beeton's original Book of Household Management and have been updated for the 21st-century kitchen. Combined with sound, modern advice on how to source good food, plus detailed information on ingredients and equipment, and illustrations of all the techniques required, this is the go-to mini-book for any aspiring or experienced home cook.
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  • Mrs Beeton's Cakes & Bakes

    By Isabella Beeton
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    Isabella Beeton
    The complete guide to baking by our most famous cook - fully updated for the 21st-century kitchen.As a nation, there is no denying that we have a sweet tooth - and classic recipes such as Eccles Cakes, Victoria Sandwich Cake, scones and shortbread, have stood the test of time. MRS BEETON'S CAKES AND BAKES is a gorgeous and practical recipe book for the home cook, packed with delicious desserts and sweet treat ideas for any occasion.All of the recipes have been drawn from Mrs Beeton's original BOOK OF HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT and have been updated for the 21st-century kitchen. Combined with sound, modern advice on how to source good food, plus detailed information on ingredients and equipment, and illustrations of all the techniques required, this is the go-to mini book for any aspiring or experienced home cook.
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