The Blood Eagle: When the Vikings Sentenced You to Death, They Didn’t Mess Around

The Blood Eagle The Vikings, the word conjures images of bloodthirsty Norsemen storming the beaches as unsuspecting residents cower in fear. While this did happen, the real story of the Vikings is much more complicated; they weren’t mindlessly raping and pillaging throughout Europe as the old books and movies would have you believe. The VikingsContinue reading “The Blood Eagle: When the Vikings Sentenced You to Death, They Didn’t Mess Around”

Morris Memorial Home for Crippled Children. Milton, West Virginia

Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children Along a winding country road atop a hillside in Cabell County, you will find a large, colonial revival style building. It looks a little worse for wear right now having been abandoned since 2009 when Rose Greene closed the doors of the Morris Memorial Nursing Home. This building startedContinue reading “Morris Memorial Home for Crippled Children. Milton, West Virginia”

The Huntington State Hospital Fire. Huntington, West Virginia 1952. (Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital)

Photo Courtesy of WVDHR Huntington’s Home for Incurables Posted by Medical History Staff Writer Sherry Michaels Perry In 1897 the WV Legislature designated a building and 30 acres of land on Norway Ave as the “Home for the Incurables”. The name has changed a few more times since then from the “WV Asylum” to HuntingtonContinue reading “The Huntington State Hospital Fire. Huntington, West Virginia 1952. (Mildred Mitchell Bateman Hospital)”

The Polio Epidemic of the Early 20th Century

This is a guest post from Licensed Nurse Practioner and medical history nerd, Sherry Michaels Perry.   In the early 20th century summer was a scary time. Families would isolate themselves in their homes, not allowing their children to play with other children. There would be no public functions and no swimming in an openContinue reading “The Polio Epidemic of the Early 20th Century”

Ancient Dental Quakery

Photo Courtesy of threestooges.com In ancient times it was believed that dental pain was caused by tooth worms that burrowed into your teeth. This was believed until the end of the 17th century. So during the middle ages, people would smear their aching teeth with honey and sit up all night with a pair ofContinue reading “Ancient Dental Quakery”