Say Ahhh

An estimated 3% of the population suffers from dentophobia, a crippling fear of going to the dentist. Given some of the instruments pictured below, it’s not hard to see why. However, if you want a sparking smile, regular visits to the dentist are a necessary evil. Since the always accurate internet declares that today is Read More

Clip of the Week: January 25, 2023

If any Second Glance History readers have been putting off a haircut or a shave, consider this your call to action: Appendicitis caused by moustaches is the latest curious case just reported to the French Society of Medicine by two Paris surgeons. They declare they recently operated on a patient in whose case the inflammation Read More

How to Get Vaccinated

By the time you read this, I expect to be shivering under a pile of blankets and sipping chicken noodle soup with a fever, chills, aches and a sore arm to boot. Happy Second Bill Gates’ Microchip Installation Day to me! I intend to celebrate in two weeks by running around and licking every doorknob Read More

The Other Pandemic

Sick and tired of worrying about coronavirus making you sick and tired? If you’ve had it with wall-to-wall COVID-19 coverage, Second Glance History is happy to distract you with another horrific disease to fixate on: kyphosis bicyclistarum. You’re welcome. I’m surely not the only one consulting WebMD more frequently of late. However, while we’re bombarded Read More

Just What the Pediatrician Ordered

While I would no doubt enjoy living in an era that considers beer a health food and bread boxes a threat to public morality, when it comes to well-being and safety, the 21st century can’t be beat. Not only do we have cat memes, but we also benefit from modern medicine and robust public health Read More

Nuggets from Norfolk

Back by unpopular demand! This week, in response to calls from absolutely no one, I present the long-awaited sequel to Insults from Ipswich: Nuggets from Norfolk. Like the Ipswich Journal, the Norfolk Chronicle covered daily life in eastern England, beginning in the late 18th century. And as in Ipswich, the city of Norwich had plenty Read More