It may not come as a surprise to you that I was a strange child, and the signs were there from the beginning that I would become an even stranger adult (pictorial evidence, below). I used to make my grandmother take me to old cemeteries in Chicago when I was younger. I suppose you could say I have always been fascinated with death. But more so, I have always been fascinated with the past.
I’ve also always been a passionate storyteller. I suppose that’s what first attracted me to history as a subject. I’m so often moved by the stories I come across in my research—stories about the people who died, about the loved ones they left behind, and about the battles between doctors and death which helped advance medical science.
Several years ago, I created The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice out of sheer love and enjoyment for medical history. I am a firm believer that the past doesn’t just belong to scholars and historians. It belongs to everyone. And this blog has been my attempt to uphold that conviction. To share with a wider audience crazy stories about Victorian anti-masturbation devices, books bound in human skin, safety coffins, and more!
Okay, maybe it’s not quite on the same scale as say, Tolstoy, but I get no greater satisfaction in life than when someone stumbles upon my little blog and takes the time to write me an email telling me how something they read here prompted them to delve deeper into the subject.
Sadly, at the moment I am going through a very stressful divorce which I did not initiate, and which has had dire consequences on my right to remain in a country I’ve called home for 11 years. It has been a deep betrayal and I am only beginning to realize the extent of lies that I’ve been told by someone I once trusted. As you can imagine, these circumstances are making it very difficult to sustain my writing at the moment—which is why it’s been several months since I’ve produced a new article.
This is why I humbly ask you for your support today. If you enjoy the blog, please consider donating to my Patreon Page so I can get back to producing content for The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice (CLICK HERE). In exchange for your support, I’m offering fun perks, like postcards, videos, the first chapter of my novel, and phone chats!
If every reader donated just $1, it could really make a difference.
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support during this difficult time. I’ll be back to blogging–and horrifying you with gruesome facts about our medical past–very soon!
Lindsey (AKA “The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice”)