Before doctors had access to accurate pocket watches, they timed a patient’s pulse with a 30-second ‘pulse glass’, a functional piece of equipment, never intended to survive for centuries.
Gillian Tindall inherited her great-great-grandfather’s pulse glass, which holds the heartbeats of many bygone generations and offers a portal to 19th-century Anglo-Irish life. The author brings her inimitable eye for domestic history to bear on the physical remnants of lives lost, unearthing stories.
Hearing Distant Thunder
A friend at college many decades ago was the daughter of a respected Kensington GP who was deeply involved in the history of the area. On one occasion when I was visiting she mentioned that her...Read more