Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: Martin van Butchell

  • A white horse painted with purple spots

    In London in the 1770s, the “dentist” Martin van Butchell mostly sold artificial teeth and gums, and was famous for advertising his services by travelling on a white horse or pony painted with purple spots. His fame (or infamy) continued at home, as he had his wife embalmed and preserved after her death, and then…