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By Bruce Robinson

ISBN-10: 0007548893

ISBN-13: 9780007548897

The iconoclastic author and director of the respected vintage Withnail & I—"The funniest British movie of all time" (Esquire)—returns to London in a decade-long exam of the main provocative homicide research in British heritage, and at last solves the identification of the killer often called "Jack the Ripper."

In a literary high-wire act such as either Hunter S. Thompson and Errol Morris, Bruce Robinson deals an intensive reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper, contending that he used to be now not the madman of universal legend, however the vile manifestation of the Victorian Age's ethical bankruptcy.

In exploring the case of Jack the Ripper, Robison is going past the who that has obsessed numerous others and makes a speciality of the why. He asserts that any "gentlemen" that walked above the fetid gutters of London, the 19th century's such a lot wicked urban, usually harbored proclivities either violent and taboo—yearnings that went solely unpunished, in particular if he additionally bore royal connections. the tale of Jack the Ripper hinges on debts that have been published and disbursed all through background through an analogous murderous miscreants who frequented the East finish of her Majesty's London, wiping the fetid muck from their boots after they once more reached the marble flooring of society's best homes.

Supported via fundamental assets and illustrated with seventy five to a hundred black and white pictures, this breathtaking paintings of cultural historical past dismisses the theories of earlier "Ripperologists." A Robinson persuasively makes transparent together with his certain brilliance, The Ripper was once faraway from a bad resident of Whitechapel... he was once a lifestyle.

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66 In addition to crutches or staffs, apparently there were other aids for people who had difficulty walking, such as the corrective boots and shoes mentioned incidentally in tl1e Hippocratic corpus ( On Joints 62 ) . Plutarch may have such a boot in mind in his story of Damonidas the music master, who prays, when he loses his boots, specially made for his crippled feet, that they might fit their finder ( Moralia 18 d) . 67 Prosthetic devices are not mentioned at all in the Hippocratic cor­ pus .

Ischemia (localized anemia) and gangrene ( decay of tissue resulting from this lack of blood supply) are common results of injuryY Limb loss could also result from ischemia and gangrene from advanced dia­ betes. D. C. D. ( The Igno­ rant Book -Collector 6). Cold injuries have been documented at surpris­ ingly warm temperatures, up to twelve degrees Celsius, or about fifty­ four degrees Fahrenheit. The limbs do not fall off immediately from the cold, but rather mummifY and fall off on their own or can be removed with forceps a few weeks later.

C. C. ) . 3 8 Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the connective tissue that today affects three million Americans, also existed in the ancient world. 39 Rheumatoid arthritis is incurable, but its symptoms are handled today with a range of treatments, such as steroid drugs and surgery, that were not available in tl1e ancient world. Gout, too, was recognized and dis­ cussed by the Hippocratics . 4o The skeleton of a female from the Proto­ geometric period shows signs of a big-toe inflammation, a common symptom of goutY Gout can be kept under control today by a variety of drugs; while we do not know the specifics, people suffering from gout in the ancient world also had treatments available Y Infectious arthritis is not a well-known phenomenon in the modern world, as it can be treated with antibiotics; sterile treatment for injuries has led to fewer cases of infectious arthritis .

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