Today on the Internet I found a very reputable site indicating that a medical procedure impossible to perform prior to the discovery of antibiotics in 1928 may have been widespread in Victorian England. I was wondering if members of the list could point me to scholarly books, articles, dissertations, abstracts, indexes, bibliographies, errata sheets or, alternatively, contemporary newspaper clippings, fictional accounts, poems, songs, tragedies, diaries, daydreams, larks or fancies in which this procedure plays a vital part? In my forthcoming manuscript, I demonstrate gross ignorance of basic medical fact and speculate that Victorians could have performed this procedure, so any mention of it will confirm to my satisfaction the validity of my speculation. (Or, if not confirm, it will prove the procedure haunted the Victorian imagination by means of its terrifying potential, which for scholars of my caliber amounts to the same thing.)
I would be particularly interested in accounts demonstrating the procedure not only done to beast and man, but from beast to man.