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Regency Bicentennial:   First Successful Blood Transfusion Using Human Blood

Two hundred years ago, this coming Tuesday, a doctor in London performed the first successful blood transfusion, using human blood. Strange as it may seem, for centuries before, many physicians felt blood was blood and a number of blood transfusions … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Belzoni Sets Off to Find the Ruins of Berenike

Two hundred years ago, this Sunday, the one-time circus performer turned archaeologist, Giovanni Belzoni, set off to seek the real ruins of the Ancient Egyptian port city of Berenike, or, as it is more commonly known today, Berenice. An important … Continue reading

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Before Vanilla:   Rose Water in the Regency

Some time ago, I wrote an article about the uses and applications of orange flower water during the Regency. It was one of the most popular ingredients used in cooking, medicines and perfumes in that decade, second only to rose … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The Turk Returns to London

Two hundred years ago, a chess-playing automaton returned to London, where it was on exhibit for much of the year. This same automaton, widely known as "The Turk," had already been displayed in England, thirty-five years before. However, a few … Continue reading

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Of Mirrors and Looking Glasses

Though it may seem incomprehensible to most of us today, until the mid-nineteenth century, only a small percentage of people ever saw the reflection of their entire body in a looking glass. That was due to the fact that looking … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Jellies Before Jell-O

This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the introduction of the industrial manufacture of gelatin. Prior to 1818, anyone who wanted to enjoy a dish which included gelatin, such as jellies or aspics, would have to spend a great … Continue reading

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Of The Woman Who Became a Man and a Doctor

During the Regency, a young woman was actively engaged in transforming herself into a man, and then into a highly competent doctor. This determined woman then went on to live the rest of her life as a man. She joined … Continue reading

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