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By Pauline Conolly

ISBN-10: 0719814812

ISBN-13: 9780719814815

The Water Doctor's Daughters is the interesting story of Dr James Marsden, a filthy rich nineteenth-century homeopathist and water-cure practitioner, and his bothered kin lifestyles. although Marsden's youngsters grew up understanding the most well-known personalities of the day, together with Charles Darwin and Alfred Tennyson, they have been significantly emotionally disadvantaged. Their mom had died in childbirth and Marsden himself used to be either self-absorbed and autocratic. In 1852 he hired French born Celestine Doudet as a governess. Doudet got here hugely instructed, having as soon as served as dresser mistress to Queen Victoria. inside of weeks she had accused the doctor's 5 younger daughters of 'self-abuse'. Marsden recommended the governess to do every little thing in her energy to 'cure' them, condoning using actual restraints and insisting on a inflexible homeopathic nutrition aimed toward lowering sensuality. through the fall of 1853 Marian Marsden and her sister Lucy have been lifeless and the governess was once charged with manslaughter and...

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He read widely and experimented with the patent medical devices so eagerly embraced by the Victorians. In 1844 he travelled to Plymouth for a medical conference, where he demonstrated a dry-cupping device invented by a Frenchman called Tunod: ‘It was made of copper, in the shape of a boot, and is applied as one, having an India rubber top to tie around the thigh and render it air tight. The air is then exhausted with a syringe. ’3 Marsden had witnessed this alarming contraption being used during his summers in Paris.

3 It is impossible to imagine him having the time or inclination to rein in his steed, scoop up one of his offspring, and deliver the child to Mr Need the confectioner for a treat of hydropathic gingerbread. In April 1851 Charles Darwin made a return visit to Malvern, though not on account of his own chronic ill-health. His eldest daughter and special favourite Annie had been unwell for some time. Darwin’s suggestion that she may have shared his ‘wretched digestion’ was merely an attempt to quell his true fears about the seriousness of her condition.

On 18 August 1841, the Gentleman’s Magazine reported the death of Dr Marsden’s father in Hanover Square, London. Captain Marsden was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. Harriet Marsden subsequently let The Palace, moving with her unmarried daughter Theodosia to Claremont Cottage in Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham. Early in 1842 Dr Marsden moved his own young family to Devon, purchasing a fourteen-year lease on a property in fashionable Dix’s Field, in the city of Exeter. Approached via an impressive carriage drive, the house was one of a double row of Georgian terraces built on opposite sides of a central green.

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