One of the doctors, who won’t be
on the list, was Baron John William Adolphus
Augustus Frederick Spolasco, the flamboyant ‘doctor’ who
fraudulently practised in Adelaide
Street from 1838. He claimed that he that could cure all ills instantly, and with one pill. The
Cambrian mentioned, on May 27th, 1841, that his treatment, of Mr Griffith
Thomas was ‘one of the greatest miracles’. However other patients of the Baron were not so lucky and eventually he was accused of manslaughter but found not guilty.
After another brush with the law, he moved on to New York where he died penniless. His bust can be found in the Maritime Quarter.
Another doctor, John
Williams, who had a practise at 10 Heathfield Street,
might have left his mark during 1888, in White Chapel, London.
The jury is still out on this!
It is impossible to find our ancestor’s medical records even if one so desired. Though those who have any relatives, who were at Swansea Union
Register of Births and Deaths, Creed
Register, Register of
and Discharges, 1836-1954,
Glamorgan Archive Service, Civic Centre. Anyone interested in finding out more about any doctors within the
family can obtain Medical Registers, at
Most of these diseases that I have mentioned throughout have all been eradicated in the UK so don’t worry!
In a later article I will be looking at WW1 medical treatment.