Protection from the Tyranny of Treatment

Natasha McEnroe shows that a new exhibition provides insights into both medical and sexual practices in the eighteenth century.

Would Dr Johnson have raised an eyebrow at some of the items currently on display in his Dictionary Garret? This autumn’s exhibition at Dr Johnson’s House – The Tyranny of Treatment: Samuel Johnson, His Friends and Georgian Medicine – illustrates the physical problems suffered by the great Doctor and five of his friends, and the various treatments that they underwent in their search for health.

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